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The Trustees of the


Cordially Invite You to an Address by






Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Reception: 5:15 p.m.    Address: 6 p.m.


Members: Free of Charge

Guest of a Member: Free of Charge   Non-Members: $25.00

“The Army Today and Tomorrow: Winning in a Complex World”

It is difficult to imagine that today’s multiplicity of challenges to global order and the United States’ interests can be ignored.  If these challenges are met, the United States Army could be engaged on almost every continent with a variety of missions requiring flexible forces and rapid response.  In many ways, the United States Army is at the very center of much of United States foreign policy.  Understandably, the articulation of the Army’s missions today requires a comprehensive understanding of the diverse challenges facing the United States as well as knowledge of the fighting force.  We are extraordinarily fortunate to be joined by the Army Chief of Staff to articulate its comprehensive and coherent set of answers to the basic challenges of our troublesome era.


General Raymond T. Odierno has been the nation’s senior Army officer since September 7, 2011, a period covering intense consideration of the role of the United States and the subsequent emergence of the new Unified Land Operations document.  He is in his 39th year of a career of combat experience and serious reflection on military doctrine and force structure.


General Odierno has commanded units at every echelon from platoon leader to theater and has served in Germany, Albania (Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Hawk), Kuwait (at the battalion level for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm), and Iraq (Commander of the 4th Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and later Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq, and subsequently Commanding General United States Forces-Iraq).  In Washington, he was Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he was the primary military advisor to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.  Prior to being Army Chief of Staff, he was Chief of the United States Joint Forces Command.


His intellectual understanding is grounded in a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, a master’s degree in Nuclear Effects Engineering from North Carolina State University, a degree from the Army War College and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. 


General Odierno knows the Army and has keen awareness of the demands of a complex and evolving international arena.


It is a great honor to welcome General Raymond T. Odierno to the Council.

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