By Don Bolding

Killeen Daily Herald

Four Killeen business and government leaders participated in the weeklong 55th annual National Security Seminar, the capstone event of the 10-month curriculum of the Army War College for senior officers at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

The four who were among about 160 civilians from across the country who participated were District 3 Councilwoman JoAnn Purser, an official in her family's business of Bentina Homes; Cindy Davis, owner and president of Dynamic Designs; First National Bank Texas president Bobby Hoxworth; and Martha Tyroch, a retired Veterans Affairs official who contended with Ralph Sheffield for the District 55 state legislative seat.

The Army War College prepares senior officers in the armed forces, and some international and civilian officers for key leadership positions.

The four attendees from Central Texas participated in different seminars, Davis said.

"Our participation helped us understand the conduct of national security affairs," Davis said. "The leaders indicated they may call us from time to time to get civilian opinions to consider in making decisions.

"I ended the week feeling that the country is in very good hands, and I look forward to some of the graduates being assigned to Fort Hood. Of course, they were very familiar with it and know a lot about Killeen."

Purser said, "I am grateful for the experience and humbled by the intelligence our leaders exhibit. They're so bright and dedicated, and we're so fortunate to have these young men and women."

The attendees were picked from a field of about 700 candidates.

War College officials said, "The principal purpose of the seminar is to give participants an opportunity to meet and exchange views with the nation's future military leaders. The students learn from various citizen viewpoints on defense and security matters. Guests participate as new members of one of 20 student seminars to discuss national security issues."

Featured speakers included a wide variety of military and civilian leaders with nationwide offices.

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