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Citadel News Service

April 16, 2001




The commandant of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force chief of staff will visit The Citadel on Friday, April 20.

Commandant Gen. James L. Jones will address faculty, staff and the Corps of Cadets beginning at 2:30 p.m. in McAlister Field House as part of the college's Greater Issues Series. Following his speech, Jones will take questions from cadets.

Later the same afternoon, Gen. Michael E. Ryan, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., will take review of the Corps of Cadets during parade, which begins at 4 p.m. on Summerall Field.

The public is welcome at both events.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., and raised in France and the United States, Gen. Jones was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps in January 1967. His military career has included service as a platoon and company commander in Vietnam, Marine Corps Liaison Officer to the U.S. Senate, Chief of Staff for the Joint Task Force Provide Promise for operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia and Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense

Gen. Jones, who was promoted to his current rank in June 1999, became Marine Corps commandant in July 1999. His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit with four gold stars, Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V", and the Combat Action Ribbon.

The Greater Issues Series was established in 1953 by Gen. Mark Clark (a former Citadel president) to give cadets insight into issues they face as future leaders of society.

Gen. Ryan's visit is in honor of Armed Forces Day, which is in May but it being celebrated early by The Citadel due to commencement events next month.

As Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Ryan serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer. He is responsible for the organization, training and equipage of 700,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. As a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he and the other service chiefs function as military advisers to the secretary of defense, National Security Council and the president.

The general entered the Air Force after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1965. He has commanded at the squadron, wing, numbered air force and major command levels. He flew combat in Southeast Asia, including 100 missions over North Vietnam.

He also served in staff assignments at the major command level, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and the Joint Staff. As commander of 16th Air Force and Allied Air Forces Southern Europe in Italy, he directed the NATO air combat operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which directly contributed to the Dayton Peace Accords.

Before assuming his current position, Gen. Ryan was commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and commander of Allied Air Forces Central Europe with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Media representatives who wish to cover either the Greater Issues speech or parade should contact The Citadel Public Affairs Office at 953-2155 to make parking and other arrangements. Camera crews attending the Greater Issues speech must be set up in McAlister Hall no later than 2:15 p.m.  


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