Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan, to Address The Economic Club April 27 2011

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan will host the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, on April 27. The members-only meeting will be held at the Mendel Center for Arts and Technology, Lake Michigan College, Benton Township, Mich. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for Upton Hall members and at 6 p.m. for Mainstage Auditorium members.

TedKoppel_Enlarge McChrystal, a former Green Beret and a retired four-star general, is renowned for creating a revolution in warfare strategy that fused intelligence and operations. He was commander of the U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan (2009-2010). It was under his leadership that Saddam Hussein was captured in December 2003 and al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was located and killed in June 2006. Gen. McChrystal is also a former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (2003-2008) that oversees the military’s most sensitive counter-terrorism units. He retired from the U.S. military in August 2010.

Gen. McChrystal is the son and grandson of Army officers. He graduated from West Point in 1976 and two years later began training at the Special Forces School at Fort Bragg, N.C. During the Persian Gulf War, Gen. McChrystal served in a joint special operations task force and later commanded the 75th Ranger Regiment. In 1997 he completed a yearlong fellowship at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and in 2000 a yearlong fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations.

He was appointed chief of staff of military operations in Afghanistan in 2002. Two years later he was chosen as the spokesman for nationally televised Pentagon briefings about military operations in Iraq.

A man of candor and innovative leadership, Gen. McChrystal in his talk will cite stories from his career and enlighten members about the geopolitical realities of the troubled region he knows so well.

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