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March 13 Citadel Class of 1969 Greater Issues Keynote Speaker, General Peter Pace

General Peter Pace has served more than 40 years in the United State Marine Corps. As the sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council.

He currently serves on the board of directors of several organizations focused on management consulting, private equity, and IT security. Pace also served on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and on the Secretary of Defense's Defense Policy Board. He is a distinguised visiting research scholar for Fordham University and adjunct faculty member of Georgetown University.

General Pace will address the Corps and visitors in McAlister Field House with a speech focused on "Moral Courage in the Military, Business, and Life".




March 14 Firside Chat, Sergeant Dakota Meyer

Sergeant Dakota Meyer is a United States Marine Corps veteran, the recipient of the Medal of Honor-- the military's highest honor, and the New York Times best-selling author of Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War. He is also an entrepreneur, having founded a successful construction company in Kentucky.

Meyer earned his medal for this actions during the Battle of Ganjigal, which was part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He is the first living Marine to have received the medal since 1973 and one of the youngest. Humble and soft-spoken, Meyer insists that he is not a hero, and that any Marine would do the same thing. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau for lectures, he addresses inspiration, motivation, courage, leadership, believing in yourself, doing what is right, and what happened that day in Afghanistan.

Sergeant Meyer will sit down with COL Joe Trez, Executive Director of The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, for a "Fireside chat", where he will talk with students and visitors about the importance of accountability.