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Joint Chiefs chairman is next on Landon platform

By Jelani Yancey

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will deliver the first Landon Lecture of the 2012-13 school year at Kansas State University. Landon officials confirmed Wednesday that Dempsey will speak at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1 at McCain Auditorium.

A 1974 West Point graduate, Dempsey has served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs for about the past year; in fact, his speech is scheduled for the first anniversary of his assumption of the position. He had previously served for four years as chief of staff of the Army.

Dempsey will become the fourth sitting Joint Chiefs chairman to address the Landon audience, joining Gen. Colin Powell in 1989, Gen. Richard Myers in 2000 and Dempsey’s immediate predecessor, Adm. Mike Mullen in 2010.

Dempsey has a masters degree in literature from Duke University, where his thesis focused on Irish poet William Butler Yeats. A veteran of both the 1991 and 2003 Iraq campaigns, he commanded forces responsible for security in Baghdad before being promoted to lieutenant general and named head of Central Command in 2007. He was named a full general in 2008. His awards include the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit

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