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Citadel News Service
22 Oct 2010

Ambassador to give Greater Issues address

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Richard L. Armitage, former ambassador and U.S. deputy secretary of state, will give a Greater Issues address at 7 p.m., Oct. 26, in McAlister Field House on The Citadel campus.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Armitage has been engaged in a range of global business and public policy endeavors is a frequent speaker and writer.  He is currently the president of Armitage International.  Before he left public service, Armitage as ambassador directed U.S. assistance to the new independent states of the former Soviet Union.

Armitage has also served in key diplomatic positions as presidential special negotiator for the Philippines Military Bases Agreement, special mediator for water in the Middle East, and special emissary to Jordan’s King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War. In the Pentagon, he served as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.

A 1967 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Armitage served on a destroyer stationed on the Vietnam gun line and subsequently completed three combat tours in Vietnam.

Armitage was most recently awarded the Department of State Distinguished Service Award. He has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service four times, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award.

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day.  Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel.  The Greater Issues Series is made possible by a grant from The Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.

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