The Olmsted Foundation

The Olmsted Foundation Shaping Future Leaders Statement of Donor
The United States is one of the major forces in the world today. As a consequence, its military leaders come into contact with citizens and military leaders of many nations.

Relationships between nations require a unique consideration of many factors including political, economic and military, among others. It is not enough to know one’s own strengths, weaknesses, and general characteristics. The solutions of difficulties that arise between nations require a knowledge and depth of understanding of the particular nations involved. To this end, The George and Carol Olmsted Foundation established the Olmsted Scholar Program in 1959 in cooperation with, and support of, the Department of Defense and the Departments of the Army, Navy and Air Force, with the first Scholars selected in that year for study overseas beginning in 1960. With the passing years and additional funding from General Olmsted's estate, the Olmsted Scholar Program has been enlarged so that each year qualified officers from each service (As of 2007, the Foundation is authorized to support 10 officers each from the Army, Navy, and Air Force and three from the Marine Corps for a potential class size of 33 officers per year as a current goal) are tendered a grant to expand their total educational opportunities during two years of study overseas. The theme for the Program might well be ‘‘Know Your Neighbor.’’ Fundamental to the initial purpose of creating the scholarship program is the conviction that the greatest leaders must be educated broadly. The concept encompasses the vision of young military officers and their families immersing themselves in a foreign culture while the officer studies in a foreign language in a liberal arts field of his or her choice. In the years following this period of foreign study a scholar may seek a graduate degree; although such action is not required by the Foundation, it is encouraged, in concert with the military departments. In later years, the background and experience gained by the officer should be highly beneficial to their performance on higher echelon staffs or in assignments requiring continuing contact with citizens of the nation in which they studied, in particular, and with citizens of other countries in general. A major bonus is the fact that the Scholar’s family shares this experience. The interest of the Foundation extends beyond academic study. The Scholar is expected to become familiar with the institutions, characteristics, customs and mores of the people of the country in which the university is located. It is anticipated that warm and enduring friendships will be formed with individuals in the country in which he or she studies. To the extent that studies permit, a scholar is expected to travel extensively and acquire a familiarity with the region of which the country of study is a part. All of these activities and relationships combine to form a program of broad scope and substantial depth. The benefits to the individuals undergoing the educational experience are self-evident. The benefits to the country and to the Armed Forces of the United States are equally great in my judgment. GEORGE H. OLMSTED
Major General, USAR, Retired
U.S. Military Academy Class of 1922

Operating as usual

Today we celebrate the birthday of the founder of the Olmsted Scholar Program, Major General George Olmsted, US Army!#sh...
03/18/2021

Today we celebrate the birthday of the founder of the Olmsted Scholar Program, Major General George Olmsted, US Army!
#shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdevelopment

Congratulations to #Olmsted Scholar Brig Gen Leo Kosinski who studied at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan as a me...
03/03/2021

Congratulations to #Olmsted Scholar Brig Gen Leo Kosinski who studied at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan as a member of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2000. Brig Gen Kosinski is currently serving as the Vice Commander, Fifth Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan.
#olmstedleadership #shapingfutureleaders #usaf
#military #leadership

Congratulations are in order for the following #Olmsted Scholars from the #usaf! #shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdevelo...
02/25/2021

Congratulations are in order for the following #Olmsted Scholars from the #usaf! #shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdevelopment #usarmy #USNavy #usmc #uscoastguard

Olmsted Scholars are living all around the globe! A Scholar from the Class of 2020 is currently studying and immersing i...
02/23/2021

Olmsted Scholars are living all around the globe! A Scholar from the Class of 2020 is currently studying and immersing in the culture in Muscat, Oman. Where would you study if selected as an Olmsted Scholar?
#shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdevelopment #usmc #usarmy #usaf #usnavy #uscoastguard

An #Olmsted Scholar from the Class of 2020 is living and studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea! The #Olmsted Scholar Pro...
02/03/2021

An #Olmsted Scholar from the Class of 2020 is living and studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea! The #Olmsted Scholar Program is a #leadershipdevelopment program open to qualified officers in the #uscg , #usmc, #usna, #usaf, and #usarmy. Find out more by visiting www.olmstedfoundation.org.

Former Olmsted Foundation Chairman, VADM Doug Crowder, USN (Ret,) who studied at the University of Lausanne as a member ...
02/02/2021
Sea Stories: Humor & Life Lessons From a 40-Year Navy Journey

Former Olmsted Foundation Chairman, VADM Doug Crowder, USN (Ret,) who studied at the University of Lausanne as a member of the Olmsted Class of 1980, has published Sea Stories: Humor and Life Lessons From a 40-Year Navy Journey. This is not a retired flag officer autobiography of great deeds accomplished. Rather it’s a celebration of the fun, adventure, and camaraderie shared during our military careers in balance with the frequent hardships, sacrifices, and long separations. The book contains 91, two to three-page vignettes that track the chronological path of his career. Included among those 91 stories are about a half dozen stories about VADM Crowder’s Olmsted experience in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Sea Stories: Humor and Life Lessons from a 40-Year Navy Journey has received very positive reviews. Former NATO Supreme Allied commander, ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) described it as “an incredible book of leadership, but also deeply humorous, honest, and insightful.” Other readers have described it as a book that “is not only humorous, but also imparts important lessons in leadership, kindness, generosity, and mischievousness.”

If you would like a copy of Sea Stories: Humor and Life Lessons from a 40-Year Navy Journey it is available for purchase using the following link: https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Stories-Lessons-40-Year-Journey/dp/B08P6354YQ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=doug+crowder+book&qid=1611256491&sr=8-1 To search for the book on Amazon please use the search phrase “Sea Stories by Doug Crowder” Note: All proceeds of the sale of this book will go to the Navy & Marine Corps Relief Society and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Sea Stories: Humor & Life Lessons From a 40-Year Navy Journey

Congratulations to the following #Olmsted Scholars from the #usarmy! #shapingfutureleaders #LeadershipDevelopment
01/14/2021

Congratulations to the following #Olmsted Scholars from the #usarmy! #shapingfutureleaders #LeadershipDevelopment

Great news for the following #Olmsted Scholars! #shapingfutureleaders #olmstedleadership #usarmy
12/18/2020

Great news for the following #Olmsted Scholars!
#shapingfutureleaders #olmstedleadership #usarmy

Congratulations are in order for these #Olmsted Scholars from the #usmarines! #shapingfutureleaders #olmstedleadership
12/14/2020

Congratulations are in order for these #Olmsted Scholars from the #usmarines! #shapingfutureleaders #olmstedleadership

Great news for #Olmsted Scholars from the #usmarines!#shapingfutureleaders #olmstedleadership
12/14/2020

Great news for #Olmsted Scholars from the #usmarines!
#shapingfutureleaders #olmstedleadership

Congratulations to CAPT Patrick Murphy! CAPT Murphy studied at the Hochschule fuer Politik in Munich, Germany as a membe...
11/19/2020

Congratulations to CAPT Patrick Murphy! CAPT Murphy studied at the Hochschule fuer Politik in Munich, Germany as a member of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2011. CAPT Murphy is also currently serving as the Active Duty Director for the US Navy on the Olmsted Foundation Board of Directors.
#shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdevelopment #usnavy #usn

Great news for #Olmsted Scholars from the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2017! LT Sean Fitzmaurice and LT Andy Kramer have bee...
11/18/2020

Great news for #Olmsted Scholars from the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2017! LT Sean Fitzmaurice and LT Andy Kramer have been selected for promotion to Lieutenant Commander! #leadershipdevelopment #shapingfutureleaders #usnavy #usna #leadership

Olmsted Scholar Colonel Michael Hopkins, who studied at the University of Parma in Italy as a member of the Olmsted Scho...
11/17/2020

Olmsted Scholar Colonel Michael Hopkins, who studied at the University of Parma in Italy as a member of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2003, has now reached the International Space Station for the second time! Colonel Hopkins has recounted that "the Olmsted experience helped create a foundation of understanding and insight that served me well as I went on my mission to the International Space Station with an international crew of diverse backgrounds." We are proud that he will be able to apply those insights gained from this leadership development program once more during his second mission at the International Space Station.
#shapingfutureleaders #usairforce #usaf #usnavy #uscoastguard #usarmy #usmarines #leadershipdevelopment

Welcome to the International Space Station, Crew-1! The SpaceX Crew Dragon "Resilience" successfully docked at 11:01 p.m. EST, with Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA Astronauts, and Soichi Noguchi of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) aboard. After the hatch opening, they'll join the crew on the orbiting lab for a welcome ceremony: https://go.nasa.gov/2IHw4ZW

Three #Olmsted Scholars from the #usairforce were recently selected for command! Congratulations to these Scholars! #sha...
11/17/2020

Three #Olmsted Scholars from the #usairforce were recently selected for command! Congratulations to these Scholars! #shapingfutureleaders #leadership #usaf

Congratulations are in order for this #Olmsted Scholar!#shapngfutureleaders #usaf #usairforce #leadershipdevelopment #le...
11/13/2020

Congratulations are in order for this #Olmsted Scholar!
#shapngfutureleaders #usaf #usairforce #leadershipdevelopment #leadership

11/11/2020
Olmsted Scholar Lt Col Tobias Switzer, USAF, has recently written about the pilot retention crisis for War on the Rocks....
11/10/2020
The Air Force Pilot Retention Crisis Is Not Over - War on the Rocks

Olmsted Scholar Lt Col Tobias Switzer, USAF, has recently written about the pilot retention crisis for War on the Rocks. Lt Col Switzer studied at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile as a member of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2009 and is the current Active Duty Director, US Air Force on fon the Olmsted Foundation Board of Directors.
#olmstedleadership #shapingfutureleaders #usaf https://warontherocks.com/2020/10/the-air-force-pilot-retention-crisis-is-not-over/

Peter Brand: You're not doing it for the money. Billie Beane: No? Peter Brand: No. You're doing it for what the money says. And it says what it says to

11/10/2020
Have you seen our latest news? The Fall 2020 Olmsted Foundation Newsletter is out! #shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdeve...
11/09/2020
The Fall 2020 Olmsted Foundation Newsletter is Here!

Have you seen our latest news? The Fall 2020 Olmsted Foundation Newsletter is out! #shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdevelopment #usnavy #usarmy #usairforce #usmc #uscg

The Fall 2020 Newsletter is Here! Click here to access the Fall 2020 Olmsted newsletter Follow Us! Click below to reach the corresponding Olmsted Foundation site ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 80 East Jefferson Street Sui

Meet #Olmsted Scholar Col Mike Hopkins, USAF, who was a member of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2003 and is now the comma...
09/29/2020
NASA Live

Meet #Olmsted Scholar Col Mike Hopkins, USAF, who was a member of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2003 and is now the commander of the SpaceX Crew-1, during this virtual news conference at 2 PM EDT - #shapingfutureleaders #usaf #leadershipdevelopment
https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

NASA launches, landings, and events. Watch live broadcasts from NASA Television and NASA's social media channels, and a schedule of upcoming live events including news briefings, launches and landings.

08/26/2020
U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet

Olmsted Scholar ADM James G. Foggo from the Olmsted Class of 1987 discusses the Olmsted Scholar Program and the importance of sharing culture in this interview. #shapingfurtureleaders #leadershipdevelopment #usnavy https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=279620226455675&extid=c9SZEesh9SBbH3Qp

4th “What Inspires Me” with #USNavy ADM James G. Foggo where he discusses the importance of sharing culture and how that has guided and inspired him over the years. He speaks about his time with The Olmsted Foundation founded by U.S. Army General Olmsted and that experience set the course of his time in the Navy.

He ends by talking about the power of #music and how that brings us together via the US #Navy Band performances around #Europe and #Africa area of operation!
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Congratulations to #Olmsted Scholar Lt Gen D.T. Thompson who is a member of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 1993! #shapingf...
08/26/2020

Congratulations to #Olmsted Scholar Lt Gen D.T. Thompson who is a member of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 1993! #shapingfutureleaders #usaf

Even in the midst of COVID-19, Olmsted Scholars are continuing to overcome obstacles and embrace the Olmsted Experience!...
08/26/2020

Even in the midst of COVID-19, Olmsted Scholars are continuing to overcome obstacles and embrace the Olmsted Experience! LCDR Chip Howell and his wife Stephanie from the Class of 2020 have recently arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia and to begin studies and cultural immersion. #shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdevelopment #usnavy #usarmy #usairforce #uscoastguard #usmarinecorps

08/10/2020
06/19/2020
6th Combat Training Squadron

Olmsted Scholar Lt Col Patrick Parrish will take command of the 6th Combat Training Squadron at Nellis AFB at 1100 PDT today. Lt Col Parrish studied at Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile, as a member of the Olmsted Scholar Class of 2016. Lt Col Parrish is a 2005 graduate of the US Air Force Academy. For those interested in watching the ceremony will go live at the following link:https://www.facebook.com/6th-Combat-Training-Squadron-111793123900511

The mission of the 6th Combat Training Squadron (6 CTS) is to train and educate joint fires integrators for today's and tomorrow's battlefield.

Good news to report for Olmsted Scholars! Congratulations to these officers!
06/15/2020

Good news to report for Olmsted Scholars! Congratulations to these officers!

Congratulations are in order for Olmsted Scholar Brigadier General Dagvin (Dag) Anderson!#shapingfutureleaders #usaf
06/01/2020

Congratulations are in order for Olmsted Scholar Brigadier General Dagvin (Dag) Anderson!
#shapingfutureleaders #usaf

Happy Military Spouse Day!
05/08/2020

Happy Military Spouse Day!

An #Olmsted Scholar from the Class of 2020 will live and study abroad in Lima, Peru! The #Olmsted Scholar Program is a #...
05/06/2020

An #Olmsted Scholar from the Class of 2020 will live and study abroad in Lima, Peru! The #Olmsted Scholar Program is a #leadershipdevelopment program open to qualified officers in the #uscg , #usmc, #usna, #usaf, and #usarmy. Find out more by visiting www.olmstedfoundation.org.

Olmsted Scholars continue to lead!#shapingfutureleaders #usnavy
05/05/2020

Olmsted Scholars continue to lead!
#shapingfutureleaders #usnavy

Olmsted Scholars from the Classes of 2012 and 2013 have been selected for command!#shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdevel...
04/13/2020

Olmsted Scholars from the Classes of 2012 and 2013 have been selected for command!
#shapingfutureleaders #leadershipdevelopment #usarmy

Captain Cameron Marshall has been awarded the Alfred M. Gray award. The General Alfred M. Gray award is given to an acti...
04/09/2020

Captain Cameron Marshall has been awarded the Alfred M. Gray award. The General Alfred M. Gray award is given to an active-duty Marine captain serving as a Communications Information Systems Officer for outstanding contributions to the Marine Corps mission.
#shapingfutureleaders #olmstedleadership #usmc

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Morocco scholars virtual reunion with Jeff (18), Kyle (16), Melissa (15) and meet-n-greet for our newest addition, Jon Pro (21)! Merci, شكرا بزااااااف for setting it up Jeffrey Wismann! ❤️ 🇲🇦 #welovemorocco #theolmstedfoundation
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