National Press Club

Army Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper to discuss the state of the U.S. Army at June 24 luncheon

May 15, 2019 | By Lori Russo |

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper will deliver an address at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on Monday, June 24, concerning the current state of the U.S. Army and how the Army is adapting to the challenges of the 21st Century.

Esper was confirmed and sworn in as the 23rd secretary of the U.S. Army on Nov. 20, 2017. Prior to his confirmation, he worked for nearly a decade as vice president of government relations for Raytheon. Previously, Esper served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense under former President George W. Bush and has held numerous senior staff positions on Capitol Hill, including serving as national security advisor for then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and as legislative director and senior policy advisor to Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.

Lunch will be served in the Holeman Lounge at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a Q&A session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for Club members, who may purchase two tickets at this rate, and $39 for all other non-member tickets. Purchase tickets online.

To submit a question for the speaker in advance, put ARMY in the subject line of an email and send to The deadline for submitting questions in advance is 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.

Club members who have a paid reservation to the luncheon and wish to attend the pre-luncheon reception must send their RSVP via email to at least 48 hours before the date of the event. Space may be limited.


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