Gen. David H. Petraeus to meet with Corps of Cadets
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command and former commanding general of the Multi-National Force in Iraq, will address the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010, in McAlister Field House as part of The Citadel’s Greater Issues Series.
The Greater Issues address is free and open to the public, but seating is limited since the 2,100 members of the Corps of Cadets will be in attendance. Doors open to the public at 3 p.m.
A 1974 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Petraeus has been lauded as a savvy leader and articulate commander at the forefront of the war in Iraq. During his 36-year military career, he has held numerous leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe and the United States, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander - Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In 2005 Petraeus was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s 25 Best Leaders, and in 2007 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential leaders of the year.
Following his Greater Issues address Petraeus will be inducted into The Citadel School of Business Administration’s Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding principled leaders who have demonstrated the values of integrity, diversity, respect and professional and intellectual development for all.
The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to enable cadets to participate in important topics of the day. Since its creation, 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.