Lt. Col. John Popiak
Lt. Col. John Popiak is a U.S. Army Cyber Warfare Officer with 22 years of active federal service.

The Auburn University Office of Professional and Continuing Education, in partnership with the United States Air Force Air War College, will host the annual Hap Arnold Lecture Series beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The lecture will feature a four-person panel including Lt. Col. John Popiak, U.S. Army Cyber Warfare Officer; Lt. Col. Mark Tallo, Army National Guard Judge Advocate General; Lt. Col. Jared C. Nelson, United States Air Force Officer; and Ms. Tiffany L. Herring, Senior Quality Assurance Specialist for the Defense Contract Management Agency.

Panel members will share their personal and professional stories and their views on a wide range of military and policy topics. An open forum for questions and answers will follow.

Named for the pioneering five-star general of the Air Force, the Hap Arnold Lecture Program is an outreach effort with the goal of fostering constructive dialogue between officers and the community on issues such as national security and public policy.

The Office of Professional and Continuing Education “is proud to offer programming that supports the university’s new strategic plan goal of increasing its service impact through community engagement,” said Hope Stockton, executive director. “The open forum provides a platform for community members to engage in discussion with some of the nation’s top leaders.”

Registration for the event is free and open to the public. To learn more visit or contact Alan Spencer at or (334) 844-5100.

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