The USC Schwarzenegger Institute was proud to continue its collaboration with the armed forces by hosting a round table conversation with the new Commander of the Pacific Submarine Force, Rear Admiral Daryl Caudle. On January 19th Admiral Caudle visited Governor Schwarzenegger's production company offices for a round table conversation on the the emerging undersea technology that the United States Navy is currently utilizing and testing in the pacific theater of operations. Joining the Admiral for the conversation were senior writers, directors and producers from across the entertainment industry interested in building a deeper understanding of the the United States military's operations and personnel.
The meeting with Admiral Caudle follows a similar event that the Schwarzenegger Institute held last year with Admiral Fritz Roegge, the previous commander of the Pacific Submarine Force. Both admirals acknowledged the profound impact that media has on morale and recruiting within the military and the need for clear lines of communications between the armed forces and the creative industries. The Schwarzenegger Institute, always interested in supporting the armed forces, welcomed the opportunity to help facilitate that conversation.
Governor Schwarzenegger has a longstanding relationship with the United States military. California is home to more active duty and reserve military personnel and their families than any other state in America. Governor Schwarzenegger saw that as one of California's great strengths and created the Governor's Military Affairs Advisory Council to help advise his administration on how best to support this important community. Access to education was one of the areas the Council highlighted as important to military personnel and veterans in California and encouraged the Governor to find ways to help military personnel make the transition from service to college and the building trades. Governor Schwarzenegger launched the "Troops for College" initiative and supported the non-profit "Helmets to Hardhats" organization to help retiring solders, sailors and airmen.