Blog | December 14, 2017

Admiral Grog Johnson Featured on National Panel

Maine Mission: Readiness member Admiral Gregory “Grog” Johnson participated in American Enterprise Institute event exploring the connection between military readiness and early childhood

Admiral Gregory G. “Grog” Johnson of Harpswell, was recently one of three Mission: Readiness members participating in a panel discussion hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on December 5, 2017 about how high-quality early childhood programs can help prepare more children for success in school and in life, including in the military for those who choose to serve. Admiral Johnson said, “We recognize that a child’s education is shaped by many factors and that parents should be their first and most important teachers. That’s Plan A. But we need to have a Plan B for the many children raised in households where their social, emotional, and cognitive development is not fostered to its greatest potential. That’s where high-quality early care and education programs can make a difference.”

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Admiral (Ret.) Gregory G. “Grog” Johnson: “71% of young Americans between 17-24 are unqualified to serve in the military. If they can’t meet the military's qualifications, what other challenges will they face?"
Photo by John Boal Photography © American Enterprise Institute

In addition to Admiral Johnson, the panel also featured U.S. Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI), a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General who is the highest-ranking military officer ever elected to Congress; and General (Ret.) Craig R. McKinley from Virginia, who was the 26th chief of the National Guard Bureau. Admiral (Ret.) Gregory G. “Grog” Johnson served as the commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Europe. The panel was moderated by Katharine B. Stevens, Ph.D., resident scholar at AEI, where she leads the early childhood program.

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Photos: John Boal Photography © American Enterprise Institute

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