• August 19, 2017

    UCARE student relies on military experience to advance UAS research

    Lincoln, Neb. — When Galen Kreifels was in the Army, he operated an unmanned aerial system called the Raven, which plays a major role in observing combat zones. The freshman mechanized systems management major is now using that experience to advance his undergraduate research project using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to measure water quality.

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  • August 18, 2017

    University of Nebraska: National Security Minor Expanding

    In 2009 UNL won a multimillion-dollar grant to create a set of national security programs on campus aimed at helping students begin a career path in the US Intelligence Community. UNL was charged with creating both curricular and extra curricular programming for students who wanted to pursue a career in intelligence. Since its creation the National Security program at UNL has continued to grow well beyond its initial mandate. The National Security program and the NSST minor feature a diverse group of students from all backgrounds and majors who are interested in public service! You can learn more about the program including the IC Scholar program here: You can also contact Dr. Tyler White at: for more information on the minor.

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  • August 18, 2017

    Husker students, faculty, staff to view eclipse together

    As the sun, Earth and moon continue their course toward a total solar eclipse, final preparations are being made to allow students, faculty and staff at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to view the phenomenon together.

    The sun and moon will be in alignment over Lincoln to cast areas of Earth into darkness for about 90 seconds, beginning at about 1:02 p.m. Aug. 21.

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  • July 21, 2017

    Student Veteran Legislative Fellowship

    Opportunity allows 10 student veterans to address issues directly with Congress

    Student Veterans of America (SVA) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) are seeking student veteran candidates to participate in their 2018 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship program. The fellowship, now in its fourth year, will bring 10 selected student veterans to Washington to meet face-to-face with their congressional members.

    Student veterans interested in applying for the 2018 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship must complete an application package that includes an essay proposal on one of four specific legislative issues. The proposal should include a discussion of why the issue is important to the veterans’ community, and how the fellowship candidate plans to address the issue through community-based advocacy. Selected fellows will then be flown to Washington to ensure the veterans’ voice is delivered to Capitol Hill alongside 500 fellow veterans’ advocates as part of the 2018 VFW Legislative Conference, March 4-9, 2018.

    VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship opportunities are open to currently-enrolled student veterans at colleges and universities with active SVA chapters. Candidates must be VFW members, the eligibility criteria for which can be found here. For the application essay proposal, applicants must select one of the following veterans’ issues to write about:
    • Veteran success on campus
    • How to improve the VA health care system
    • Ways to strengthen the Post-9/11 GI Bill
    • Transition from military to civilian life
    All applications must be submitted by close-of-business October 20, 2017. Selected fellows will be notified before Thanksgiving, with a formal announcement of the fellowship class at the SVA National Conference in San Antonio in January 2018.

    Past fellows have earned academic credit for their experience, found internships, accepted additional academic opportunities, and even landed jobs as a result of their fellowship experience. Additionally, a member of the 2017 class became the first fellow to have their research integrated into legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.   

    Program Contacts:
    VFW: Ken Wiseman,
    SVA: Will Hubbard,

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  • June 12, 2017

    Home Depot announces their Orange Honors: Scholarship Contest

    The Home Depot is proud to announce their 2017 Orange Honors Scholarship Contest! One grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship to assist with tuition/fees for an Associate’s degree or higher. To enter, write a 750 - 1,250 word essay on how an educational scholarship would change your life and submit your application before 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 12, 2017.

    Scholarship details including eligibility, deadlines, essay questions, verification documents, and application process can be found in the attached document. For additional military spouse scholarship opportunities, please reach out to an education consultant at Military OneSource by calling 800-342-9647.

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  • June 1, 2017

    Top Gun Instructor Discusses Elite Organizations

    Top Gun, the United States Navy's Fighter Weapons School, is synonymous with excellence.

    It exposes Navy and Marine Corps pilots to the most demanding training scenarios in fighter aviation, led by some of the most talented pilots in the world. Top Gun instructors are the very best in naval aviation, hand-picked to teach at a legendary school and charged with preparing pilots for air combat.

    They must master a rigorous training syllabus taught by the most experienced instructors on the staff, and are expected to execute their mission flawlessly.

    Only they don't. Flawless execution is a myth.

    I knew about Top Gun long before I instructed there. Like most aviators of my era, the movie inspired me to become a fighter pilot. I joined the Marine Corps, and my dreams started becoming reality when I began Naval Aviation Flight Training. I selected to fly the F/A-18 Hornet in Miramar, California, and Top Gun stood then, as now, at the pinnacle of my craft. I didn't know a single pilot that didn't want to earn that patch.

    Attending Top Gun as a student is highly competitive and the most sought after qualification in a fighter squadron. Selection to return as a Top Gun instructor is even more exclusive, especially for Marines. As a student, I convinced myself that I had to be flawless if I was going to become one of the three Marine Corps pilots on the staff. I thought what made the instructors exceptional was that they never made any mistakes.

    Top Gun brought out the best in all of us. I reached my peak as a fighter pilot during my last six months there when I was the training officer responsible for the conduct of the course. At that point, I'd been completely devoted to flying fighters for nearly three years straight. I was dual qualified in the F-18 and F-16, and routinely spent 15 hours a day either in simulated combat or studying it. Every day I instructed, flew with, and learned from the best fighter pilots in the world. If anyone could achieve flawless execution, it was them.

    But in three years at Top Gun I never once witnessed flawless execution, and I never once heard anyone mention it as an objective. In fact, we didn't even focus on the things we did right.

    At the debrief that followed every hour-long flight, pilots and instructors alike would spend up to eight hours together, acknowledging and openly dissecting their every mistake. We did this because we knew that although good pilots make mistakes, the best pilots are the ones who recognize and fix them. This is the skill that matters most, that saves lives in combat, and ensures we win.

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    Dave Berke speaks at Echelon Front's Muster conference in New York City in May 2017. Echelon Front
    I left Top Gun in 2006 to become a forward air controller in Ramadi, then the most dangerous city in Iraq, where I conducted urban combat operations alongside SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser led by Jocko Willink. Although we were engaged in what many believed to be an unwinnable fight, I was once again surrounded by the best.

    And while Top Gun's training was replaced by combat, and pilots were replaced by SEALs, the takeaway was exactly the same: There is no such thing as perfection.

    It's a lesson all elite organizations understand. Perfect execution cannot be achieved. Instead of searching for it, they define perfection as finding and fixing every mistake. Perfection is setting your ego aside and explaining to your team what you did wrong. Perfection is building a culture where your team is willing to expose every error, even those that could be hidden or ignored. Perfection is a creating a team that competes over whose fault it is when a project fails or when goals aren't reached.

    It's time to redefine perfection. Perfection is about mistakes. You must teach your mistakes to others so they learn them in the classroom, the boardroom, and the debrief. You must teach your mistakes to others so they don't make them in combat, on a sales call, during a negotiation, or when fighting a fire, running a business, or leading a team.

    That's what happens at Top Gun, that's what happened at TU Bruiser, and that's what your objective as a leader must be.

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