SKIP TO PAGE CONTENT

9th Annual Central Texas Military History Symposium

Central Logo for the Texas Military History Symposium

Returning to the Pacific War:

What is Old is New Again


en. Douglas MacArthur wades ashore during initial landings at Leyte, Philippine Islands during World War Two

The 9th Annual Central Texas Military History Symposium


at Texas A&M University– Central Texas
Bill Yowell Conference Center

Friday September 13, 2019 09:00 – 15:00

The Central Texas Military History Symposium at Texas A&M University- Central Texas serves as a local and regional event promoting the study of history of warfare and its influences on society. The Symposium's main goal is to provide the people of Central Texas and our students with access to the nation's top scholars in military history. Each year our attendance numbers have increased and with help from you, the community, the CTMHS can continue to grow and offer new and exciting opportunities to our students and Central Texas.

  • Attendance to the symposium is free. Additionally, lunch and refreshments will be provided.
  • Donations will be accepted at the door to help offset the cost and any extra money will go to support future symposiums and student scholarships.

Our Speakers:


  • Dr. Sharon Tosi Lacey
    "The Birth of Modern Joint Operations: From Guadalcanal to Okinawa"
    Dr. Sharon Tosi Lacey is the Chief Historian of the United States Census Bureau. Prior to that, she spent more than 26 years in the U.S. Army, both on active duty and in the Army Reserves before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Her service included several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as tours in the Pentagon, the U.S. Army Center of Military History, U.S. Army Materiel Command History Branch, Joint Forces Command, and the Institute for Defense Analyses. Dr. Lacey is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Long Island University, and University of Leeds. She has written on a variety of history topics ranging from Oliver Cromwell to the Israeli-Hezbollah War. Her book, Pacific Blitzkrieg: World War II in the Central Pacific, was on the Chief of Staff of the Army’s 2014 Professional Reading List, a featured selection on both the Military Book Club and the History Book Club, and won the 2013 Army Historical Foundation Book Award for Operational/Battle History and the 2016 Crader Family Book Prize in American Values.

  • Dr. Chris Rein
    "Multi-Domain Battle in the Southwest Pacific Theater of World War II"
    Dr. Chris Rein is a military historian focusing on the Second World War and the linkages between military and environmental history. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and is the author of The North African Air Campaign: The U.S. Army Air Forces from El Alamein to Salerno, published by the University Press of Kansas in 2012. He served as a Naval ROTC Instructor at Southern University in Baton Rouge, as an associate professor of History at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and as an associate professor at the Air Command and Staff College. Currently he is an editor at the Air University Press.

  • Dr. John Grenier
    "Operating in a Denied, Degraded, and Disrupted Environment, Old-School Style: Coastwatchers in the Southwest Pacific Area, 1942-1943."
    Dr. John Grenier serves as US Army's Field Artillery Branch/Field Artillery School Historian. One of his current duties involves providing the Army with historical guidance in its rewrite of Field Manual 3-09, Fire Support for Field Artillery Operations. FM 3-09 grapples with how tomorrow’s Combined/Joint force can employ field artillery against peer and near-peer competitors (to wit, Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran) in environments where the enemy will deny, degrade, and disrupt US advantages in C3ISR (command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance). His talk today addresses the intricate details of how the legendary Coastwatchers of WWII executed their mission in, for 1942-1943 standards, a denied, degraded, and disrupted environment. This is not a rehashing of old, well-known stories about the Aussie, Kiwi, and New Guinean coastwatchers, but instead an examination of the DOTMLPF—doctrinal, organizational, training, materiel, leadership, personnel, and facilities—solutions built on basic radio technology that the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Imperial Force (aka the army), and the Royal Australian Air Force crafted and executed to provide Allied forces victory-enabling C3ISR in the Southwest Pacific Area.

About the Symposium


Canons sit atop a hill in a field The Central Texas Military History Symposium at Texas A&M University- Central Texas serves as a local and regional event promoting the study of history of warfare and its influences on society. The Symposium's main goal is to provide the people of Central Texas and our students with access to the nation's top scholars in military history. Each year our attendance numbers have increased and with help from you, the community, the CTMHS can continue to grow and offer new and exciting opportunities to our students and Central Texas.

Now in its eighth year, The Central Texas Military History Symposium hosts nationally prominent military historians. Two past presidents of the Society for Military History have been keynote speakers: Dennis Showalter of Colorado College and Brian Linn of Texas A&M University. We have also hosted high ranking military officers, such as Lt. Gen. Dave Palmer (USA Retired). Palmer is a past superintendent of West Point and author of several acclaimed works of military history. Two Pulitzer Prize nominees have been speakers: Richard McCaslin and Lewis Sorley.


Support the Central Texas Military History Symposium


A military tank displayed at an outside museum The Central Texas Military History Symposium is dedicated to teaching and promoting military history, both in and out of the classroom. Our aims are to continually bring in the best military scholars to reward the Central Texas community and our students with most current scholarship. Please consider supporting the CTMHS in our current and future endeavors to expand our reach.


In Partnership with:


Our partners in producing and promoting the event include the National Mounted Warfare Foundation, the Ft. Hood Museums, and the U.S. Army Center of Military History. Military history has special meaning and relevance in our community.


Logo for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at Texas A&M Central Texas
Seal for the Center of Military History
Logo for the Ft. Hood 1st Cavalry museum
Logo for the National Mounted Warfare Foundation

Logo for Phi Alpha Theta



The Alamo

More Information:

Dr. Timothy Hemmis

254-519-5441
themmis@tamuct.edu