Author: robertpgivens

Recipients of the Air Force Academy AOG Distinguished Graduate Award

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AOG Distinguished Graduate Award
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As the president of Louisville’s RPG Consulting, LLC, Robert P. Givens helps companies become more efficient and profitable by providing corporate leadership development and strategic planning. A former United States Air Force Inspector General, Robert P. Givens earned a bachelor’s degree from the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) and is a member of the school’s Association of Graduates (AOG).

Founded in 1965, the AOG develops and expands services that support and assist Academy graduates, families, and the community. Additionally, the AOG highlights the success of its alumni with its Distinguished Graduate Award, which has been presented to worthy individuals every year since 2001. Here are three prominent award recipients:

1. General George Lee Butler – A 1961 graduate of the USAFA, Butler managed the Navy and Air Force’s strategic nuclear assets during his tenure with the Joint Forces’ Strategic Command. Following the end of his 35-year military career, he became a staunch global nuclear arms reduction advocate.

2. Paul Madera – Upon graduating from the Academy in 1978, Madera served stints in South Korea, Spain, and Utah, where he piloted F-4 and F-16 fighter jets. He later worked as a congressional liaison for the Pentagon’s Air Force Liaison Office.

3. Max James – A member of the Class of 1964, James was a rescue helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War and completed 200 combat missions. Following his tour of duty, he served as the executive vice president of Days Inns of America and the owner of both American Kiosk and North American Kiosk.

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Vikings Add Tight End Blake Bell in Roster Shuffle

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Blake Bell
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A member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates, Robert P. Givens is a former brigadier general who now serves as president of Louisville, Kentucky’s RPG Consulting. Outside of his professional obligations, Robert P. Givens is an avid fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) Minnesota Vikings.

Just over a week before the team’s first game of the 2017 regular season, the Vikings cut down its roster and added some depth at tight end. Minnesota waived a handful of players, including guards T.J. Clemmings and Zac Kerin, who were claimed by the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions, respectively. The team also gave up linebacker Edmond Robinson to the New York Jets. The Vikings used the waiver wire to add to its roster by claiming tight end Blake Bell from the San Francisco 49ers.

A former fourth-round pick of San Francisco, Bell caught 19 passes for 271 yards through two seasons with the 49ers. He joins Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan as Minnesota’s top three tight ends. In order to make room for Bell, the team had to waive tight end Bucky Hodges, a 2017 sixth-round pick who suffered an injury in the Vikings’ preseason finale. Should he clear waivers, he will go on injured reserve and remain on the team’s roster, unless he and the team reach an injury settlement.

The Development of the Napoleonic Wars

 

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Napoleonic Wars
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With experience as a United States Air Force brigadier general, Robert P. Givens served his country for more than 30 years and helped guide national security processes. Robert P. Givens has a passion for history spanning diverse eras and is particularly interested in colonial America and the Revolutionary War, as well as the Napoleonic period in Europe.

The period from 1799 to 1815 was one of conflict between the Napoleon Bonaparte-led forces of France and a number of European nations. It was directly preceded by the War of the First Coalition, which involved nearly every European nation in battle. This transitioned the concept of war from a monarch-led exercise to one that involved highly-armed nation states and the Total War concept.

In 1798, a coalition began to form against France among Great Britain, Austria, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, and the Kingdom of Naples, with fighting centered in Switzerland and Northern Italy. A decisive victory for Napoleon occurred when, facing refusal of his offer of peace, Bonaparte crossed the Alps and defeated the Austrian army. By 1800, only Great Britain remained in the way of French imperial ambitions and an extended period of war commenced, culminating in Napoleon’s fateful decision to attack Russia in 1812.

Cardinals Select Linebacker Haason Reddick in First Round of NFL Draft

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Haason Reddick
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The recipient of a masters degree in public administration from Troy State University, Robert P. Givens is a former United States Air Force inspector general who serves as president of Louisville, Kentucky’s RPG Consulting. When he isn’t working, Robert P. Givens enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals addressed a major need at the 2017 NFL Draft by selecting linebacker Haason Reddick with the 13th overall pick. While the Cardinals haven’t been apt to giving plenty of playing time to rookies in recent years, experts suggest that might not be the case for Reddick, who, due to his versatility, could play in the team’s sub packages, which it runs 65 percent of the time. Arizona’s head coach, Bruce Arians, compared Reddick to five-time Pro Bowl player Von Miller, who ranks 14th among active players in quarterback sacks with 73.5.

Reddick played four seasons of college football at Temple University. He had a breakthrough season as a senior in 2016 by recording 9.5 quarterback sacks to go along with 65 tackles, three forced fumbles, and one interception.

What You Can Do to Further the Blessings in a Backpack Mission

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Blessings in a Backpack
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Since 2013, Robert P. Givens has served as the president of RPG Consulting LLC. Robert P. Givens is dedicated to giving back to the community and supports a range of different organizations, including Blessings in a Backpack.

The Blessings in a Backpack program helps ensure that no child in the United States goes hungry by providing food and snacks for the weekend to elementary school students across the country. The organization’s work is only made possible through the generosity of donors and volunteers.

People who want to get involved with the program can do so in a number of ways. Many people choose to start a new Blessings in a Backpack program in their communities to serve even more young students. These individuals receive backing and resources directly from the organization to achieve the goal.

If individuals cannot commit to starting a new program, they can still get involved by organizing a Feed the Future Food Drive to ensure that the organization always has food to put into the backpacks that it hands out to students. Individuals may also want to consider writing notecards. Handwritten notes of positive encouragement are included in the backpacks to put a smile on children’s faces over the weekend.

3 Doors Down Announce Canadian Tour Scheduled for March

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3 Doors Down
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With over 20 years of executive leadership and management experience, Robert P. Givens serves as the president of RPG Consulting LLC, where he oversees strategic planning and operations process improvement. Outside of his career, Robert P. Givens loves indie rock and considers 3 Doors Down his favorite band.

To promote its latest album, Us and the Night, 3 Doors Down is heading out on a Canadian tour starting in New Brunswick. After a New Year’s Eve show in Minnesota, the band is taking a few months off before heading north to start the tour on March 9.

The album, featuring the singles “The Broken” and “In the Dark,” was one of front man Brad Arnold’s favorite records to make. According to a statement, 3 Doors Down had fun making the album throughout 2016, a year the band members describe as being incredible for the group. Arnold looks forward to returning to Canada on the eight-show tour, which will start at Moncton’s Molson Canadian Centre and end in Edmonton, Alberta, at the River Cree Resort & Casino on March 19th.

Anglo-Saxon England – A Very Brief History

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Anglo-Saxon England
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Robert P. Givens, president of RPG Consulting, enjoys learning about history in his free time. Robert P. Givens pursues a particular interest in Anglo-Saxon England.

After the Romans left England in the fifth century AD, large waves of settlers began arriving on the island’s shores from Germany. The largest numbers came from the regions of Angeln and Saxony, though the Jutes of Denmark also played a role. The Angles and Saxons, however, quickly became the most powerful groups in this extremely unsettled land.

The tribes first settled the eastern part of what is now England, then expanded westward. While the Saxons took charge of the South and parts of the Midlands, the Angles took the North, other areas of the Midlands, and the area now known as East Anglia. They rebuilt the stone buildings of the Romans with wooden structures and conversed in their own language, which became the first dialects of English.

The new settlers also organized into tribal groups, which then banded together to form kingdoms and sub-kingdoms. Of the four major kingdoms of East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, and Wessex, only Wessex remained intact through the Viking invasions. Its army slew Viking ruler Eric Bloodaxe and united the country under its first king, Edred.

Anglo-Saxons continued to rule the country until Edward the Confessor passed away in 1066. After a battle for the crown, William the Conqueror emerged victorious and began the modern legacy of English monarchy.