U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to speak at Tuskegee University
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 16, 2012) — America’s highest ranking military officer will visit the university and honor Tuskegee’s rich military history. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will address students in the university’s ROTC (Army, Air Force and Naval) programs in the ballroom at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University at 2:30 p.m. He will also honor original Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. Herbert Carter.
Prior to his appointment as chairman, Dempsey served as the Army’s 37th chief of staff. In 1991, he served in Operation Desert Storm with the 3rd Armored Division. From September 2001 to June 2003, he served in Saudi Arabia training and advising the Saudi Arabian National Guard. In June of 2003, Dempsey took command of the 1st Armored Division in Baghdad. Before becoming the Army’s chief of staff, he commanded U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command from December 2008 to March 2011.
He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in English from Duke University as well as master’s degrees in military art and national security studies.
Dempsey has been decorated several times and his awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with “V” Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.