Medal of Heroism recipient to give talk at Linfield

Kael WestonJ. Kael Weston, recipient of the Secretary of State’s Medal of Heroism, will present “Iraq and Afghanistan: America’s Longest Wars… What’s Ahead?” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The event will be streamed and archived on the Linfield Live Facebook page.

Weston, who spent more time in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other American diplomat, will discuss the seven years he served as a political advisor to Marine Corps units in some of the most dangerous areas of both countries, as well as the future of U.S. foreign policy.

Weston is the author of “The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan,” a New York Times Book Review editors’ pick. The frame for the book, from which the title is taken, centers on soldiers who have received a disfiguring wound to the face. The mirror test is the moment during recovery when patients look upon their reconstructed appearance for the first time. From an intricate tapestry of voices and stories – Iraqi, Afghan and American – Weston delivers a larger mirror test for the nation in its global role.

Weston served in the U.S. State Department for more than a decade, including seven years in Iraq and Afghanistan focusing on political-military issues. The federal government awarded him the Secretary of State’s Medal of Heroism for his multi-year work with Marines in Fallujah between 2004 and 2007. Weston was also a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Shaik Ismail at 503-883-2228 or