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September 12, 2015

General Rebecca Halstead to Deliver Keynote Address at 2016 SHOT Show University

We are pleased to announce that Brigadier General (ret.) Rebecca Halstead will be delivering the keynote address, STEADFAST Leadership, at the 2016 SHOT Show University. Halstead is on the board and faculty of the Thayer Leader Development Group (TLDG) at West Point, a winner of the Leadership Excellence award presented by Leadership Excellence Magazine. Brigadier General (ret.) Halstead and TLDG provide a unique, holistic approach to leadership development, one founded on the Army’s leadership philosophy of “Be, Know, Do,” which focuses on creating complete leaders through the development of character, knowledge and application.

“Leadership is the fusion of heart and mind,” said Halstead. “It is character and competence, not one or the other. As a soldier and leader of soldiers, my mission was to hold myself accountable first and then demand the same of others. I am thrilled to be presenting at SHOT Show University—I believe there is great alignment with those principles of leadership and training to the standard that I learned and lived in the military and that which SHOT Show University strives to bring to its audience.”

Halstead served 27 years with the U.S. Army, retiring as a General Officer in 2008. She is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and achieved an historic milestone by becoming the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer. She was the senior Commanding General for logistics in Iraq and was the first female in U.S. history to command in combat at the strategic level. In this capacity she was responsible for leading over 200 multi-disciplined units (20,000 military and 5,000 civilians) located across 55 different bases, providing supply, maintenance, transportation and distribution support to over 250,000 personnel serving in Iraq. Halstead culminated her career as the first female Chief of Ordnance and Commanding General of the Army’s Ordnance Center and Schools whereby she was responsible for the leader development and institutional training for the second largest branch in the army with over 100,000 members of the Ordnance Corps.

In addition to her storied career in the Army, Halstead has more than 15 years of executive-level leadership experience developing and training high-performing, complex and diverse teams capable of strategic planning and execution. Pursuant to her retirement from the Army, she founded her own leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership, after having been the Executive Director for Leader Development with Praevius Group Inc. She specializes in inspirational and motivational speaking, developing leader training programs and providing leader coaching and mentoring.

The 2016 SHOT Show University will take place January 18, the day before the show opens. Registration for this event is now open to retailers and exhibitors whose applications to attend the show have been approved. NSSF Premium Retailer members are permitted one complimentary ticket to the event. Tickets for all other NSSF members and for Premium Retailer members wishing to purchase tickets in addition their complimentary seat are $250. Tickets for non-member retailers and exhibitors are available for $500. The full course description for the 2016 SHOT Show University is available here. For more information, visit or click here.

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