General (Ret.) Martin E. Dempsey
- "Keynote Session: The Last 50 Years"
- "Featured Sessions: The U.S. Military After Vietnam"
- Friday, October 28
General Martin E. Dempsey recently retired after 41 years of military service. During his time in the Army, he commanded a Cavalry Troop, a Tank Battalion, a Cavalry Regiment, a Tank Division, and United States Central Command where he was responsible for securing U.S. interests in the Middle East and South Asia. He served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom accumulating 42 months in combat.
General Dempsey is a 1974 graduate of West Point and has master’s degrees from Duke University, the Army Command & General Staff College, and the National War College; he also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Notre Dame.
His military awards include the Bronze Star with valor device, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and Distinguished Service Medals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard as well as awards from other U.S. governmental departments and awards from numerous allied countries.
Most recently, he served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army and then as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he was the senior officer in the Armed Forces and the military advisor to the Secretary of Defense and to the President.
In 2015, General Dempsey was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine. In 2016, he was inducted into the Irish-America Hall of Fame and also received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.