Dr. Stephen V. Bowles & Ivonne Arena
The Myths and Realities of Military Culture Today
Presenter(s): Julia Gaspar-Bates, President, Intercultural Alliances; Dr. Mark Bates, Director, Resilience and Prevention Directorate, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE); Dr. Stephen V. Bowles, Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, National Defense University; Ivonne Arena, Deputy Chief of Staff, Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE)
Description: With the on-going war in Afghanistan, we are besieged with information about the military in the media, yet this information rarely gives a clear understanding of the breadth and depth of military culture. This panel roundtable will provide fascinating insight into the often misrepresented world of the United States military. Current and former officers from the Air Force, Army, and Navy will share their insider’s perspectives on areas such as common themes and core values across the military, themes specific to different branches, diversity, gender, community life of service members and their families and other aspects of what it means to be in the military today. Participants who attend this panel will gain a better understanding of the challenges and stressors as well as the resilience and pride that members of this unique culture contribute to our society.
President, Intercultural Alliances
Julia Gaspar-Bates is co-founder and President of Intercultural Alliances, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm based in the Washington DC metro area. She has trained thousands of executives, entrepreneurs, educators, and governmental and non-governmental employees in the U.S. and abroad focusing on intercultural communication, building cross-cultural competence, global virtual and multicultural teams, and relocation. She has also contributed to a large-scale initiative launched by the U.S. Air Force to teach culture to service members stationed around the world and has recently helped co-design the course curriculum.
Julia is also able to share her insights and expertise from a personal perspective. A bi-cultural British-American, she was born in London and grew up in the United States. With a B.A. in Romance Languages and a M.A. in Intercultural Relations, Julia is fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian and is able to incorporate a deep understanding of the complexities of communicating across linguistic barriers into her work. She has lived abroad on numerous occasions, most notably in France where she worked for seven years at the beginning of her career, and traveled in both a personal and professional context to more than 45 countries. Her seminars are peppered with personal anecdotes sharpened from a lifetime of interacting and working with people from different cultures.
Julia is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University, and is immediate past Executive Coordinator of SIETAR’s (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) Washington DC chapter and currently serves on its Advisory Board.
DR. MARK BATES
Director, Resiliance and Prevention Directorate, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
Dr. Mark Bates, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, clinical psychologist and former pilot, currently serves as the Director, Resilience and Prevention Directorate, Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). Prior to joining DCoE, Dr. Bates was assigned as the clinical psychology residency training director at Malcolm Grow Medical Center at Andrews Air Force Base, where he developed a model of community based psychology with supporting training competencies and metrics. Dr. Bates received his Doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed a residency in clinical psychology at Malcolm Grow Medical Center. He is a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Deputy Chief of Staff, Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE)
CDR Ivonne Arena is the Deputy Chief of Staff currently serving with the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) with the Chief of Staff Office. She received her Bachelor of Science with honors (Suma Cum Laude) in Biology from University of Puerto Rico, San Juan. She also has her Masters with honors (Magna Cum Laude) in Health Care Administration (MHA) from University of Puerto Rico. CDR Arena has been the project lead for numerous DCoE programs/committees for the last five years providing leadership and integrity to all DCoE staff members. Prior to DCoE, she was employed with the Department of Homeland Security/Division of Immigration Health Services as a Project Management Officer.
Dr. Stephen V. Bowles
Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the National Defense University, Adjunct Faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Dr. Stephen V. Bowles is a Colonel in the US Army and currently serves as Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the National Defense University and an Adjunct Faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has been awarded the Army Surgeon General "A" proficiency designator for his contributions as a health care professional in the military. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology and he is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical health psychology. He is a currently serving as the Past President and Chair of the Healthy Psychological Workplace of the District of Columbia Psychology Association. His current research and interest are in individual, couples, organizational and leader's resilience and well-being, deployment psychology, integrative medicine practices, psychological and family fitness, sports psychology, assessing, developing, and coaching strategic leaders.