We look forward to a highly successful event next week! All Speakers are confirmed unless otherwise noted.
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We are pleased to announce the following confirmed Keynote Speakers:
- Gen James F. Amos, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps (Confirmed)
- Mr. Thomas Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (Confirmed)
- ADM William H. McRaven, USN, Commander, USSOCOM (Confirmed)
- Hon. Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (Confirmed)
- Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Vice Chairman, House Armed Services Committee (Confirmed)
Awards Banquet - SOLD OUT
NDIA's SO/LIC Division is pleased to annouce that Gen James F. Amos, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps, has been confirmed as our Awards Banquet Guest Speaker. The Awards Banquet will be held on Monday evening, January 28, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. We will honor LtGen Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC (Ret) as our R. Lynn Rylander Award recipient, GEN Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret) (accepting in absentia) as our DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Superior Achievement Award recipients.
On October 22, 2010, General James F. Amos, USMC, assumed the duties of Commandant of the Marine Corps. A graduate of the University of Idaho, General Amos has held command at all levels from Lieutenant Colonel to Lieutenant General. General Amos’ command tours have included: Marine Wing Support Squadron 173 from 1985-1986; Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 – attached to Carrier Air Wing 8 onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) – from 1991-1993; Marine Aircraft Group 31 from 1996-1998; 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in combat during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM I and II from 2002-2004; II Marine Expeditionary Force from 2004-2006; and Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration from 2006 to 2008. Additional operational tours have included Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 212, 235, 232, and 122.
General Amos’ staff assignments include tours with Marine Aircraft Groups 15 and 31, the III Marine Amphibious Force, Training Squadron Seven, The Basic School, and with the MAGTF Staff Training Program. Additionally, he was assigned to NATO as Deputy Commander, Naval Striking Forces, Southern Europe, Naples Italy where he commanded NATO’s Kosovo Verification Center, and later served as Chief of Staff, U.S. Joint Task Force Noble Anvil during the air campaign over Serbia.
Transferred in 2000 to the Pentagon, he was assigned as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation. Reassigned in December 2001, General Amos served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters, Marine Corps. From 2008-2010 General Amos served as the 31st Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.
CONFIRMED TO ATTEND
LtGen Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC (Ret) will receive the R. Lynn Rylander Award in recognition of his lifelong and significant contributions to our country, which included service in every major conflict starting with Vietnam. General Hejlik culminated his service with the successful integration of the U.S. Marine Corps into U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), to include serving as the first Commanding General of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC). The Award is named for R. Lynn Rylander, a Department of Defense civilian who was an early advocate and activist on the revitalization of Special Operations Forces and the organizational and legislative changes required to sustain them; and who was a founding member of the organization, which is now the SO/LIC Division of NDIA.
ACCEPTING IN ABSENTIA
GEN Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret) will receive the DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award for his career of game-changing, forward leadership within the Special Operations community. As the Commanding General of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and later of the U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, General McChrystal changed the paradigm under which Special Operations, as well as conventional forces, thought, trained and operated, and will for years to come. The DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes sustained, distinguished service of an individual who has made distinctive lifetime contributions with significant impact in the areas of Special Operations, Low Intensity Conflict, or Irregular Warfare. The Award is named for Colonel Albert A. DeProspero, a retired Army Special Forces Colonel who was a founding member and eventual Chairman of the NDIA SO/LIC Division, and a lifelong supporter of and advocate for the SO/LIC community.