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2005.01.31 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

Gen. Hugh Shelton to Speak Feb. 22 at ABC Breakfast

OMAHA - National security expert Gen. Hugh Shelton will share his knowledge of public service Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Academy, Business and Community (ABC) Breakfast Speaker Series.

The event, sponsored by UNO, will be held at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 72nd and Grover streets.  The doors will open at 7 a.m. for a breakfast buffet.  Tickets are $12.50 each and may be purchased by calling (402) 554-2981.

On Oct. 1, 1997, Shelton became the 14th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and served two 2-year terms in that capacity.  As chairman, he championed a number of quality-of-life initiatives and helped improve the readiness and retention of the U.S. forces, which were involved in many joint operations around the world.

Prior to his work with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Shelton spent 37 years commissioned as a second lieutenant in the continental United States, Hawaii and Vietnam.  Among his assignments was a two-year stint as the assistant division commander for operations of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Ft. Campbell, Ky.  As assistant commander, he participated in the liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. 

Before being named general in March 1996, he held the rank of brigadier general, major general and lieutenant general.  During his tenure as Corps commander, Shelton led the U.S. Joint Task Force that helped restore democracy in Haiti.

His many military awards include four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart.  Additionally, he was honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor and has been decorated by 15 foreign governments, including being knighted by the Queen of England.

Gen. Shelton earned a master's degree from Auburn University and attended Harvard University, the Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College.

The ABC Breakfast Speaker Series is celebrating its 30th season in 2004-05.   It is one of the nation's longest running speaker series.  The next event, scheduled for March 24, will feature Anderson Cooper, news correspondent and host of the CNN program "Anderson Cooper 360˚."

For more information, call (402) 554-2981, or visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/~abc/.

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