POSTPONED: Humility, Faith and Final Honors

March 26, 2020

This event will be rescheduled for a later date.

Please join us as we welcome Colonel (USA) Pete Sniffin, Director of Ethical Development, Army War College, Carlisle, PA.

A part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series

About the Lecture

In recent years, leadership experts like Jim Collins have written about the importance of humility in the lives of leaders in would be successful organizations. In a 2018 article in Roll Call, John Donnelly said of the Army, “there’s something different about the Army these days. In a word, it is humility.” In both instances, organizations and the Army are finding a virtue possessed in abundance by one of its greatest leaders and foremost moral exemplars, George C. Marshall. One cannot read very far into any biographical description of Marshall without finding some discussion of Marshall’s humility.

Marshall was a man of humility, as well as a man of faith. As Marshall serves as an exemplar of humility to modern leaders, leaders like Marshall needed to look no farther than their own faith for the greatest exemplar of humility, Christ.

Marshall’s humility finds its final expression in his stated desires for his final honors. This lecture will examine the value of humility, its roots in faith and its final expression by George C. Marshall upon his death.


About the Speaker

Chaplain (Colonel) Pete Sniffin is the Director of Ethical Development in the Department of Command, Leadership & Management at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Chaplain Sniffin also serves as the War College Chaplain and is himself a third-generation graduate of the Army War College. Prior to his present assignment, Ch Sniffin served as the Commandant of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center & School and Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center, Fort Jackson, SC. He is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Chaplin Sniffin is a 1985 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He also holds a Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, a Masters of Military Art & Science from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC) and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars.

Pete is married to the former Rose Marie Finney of Rocky Mount, VA and they have two daughters; Olivia and Amelia.