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General Joseph Ralston to speak at Miami
U.S. Air Force Gen. Joseph Ralston, commander in chief, U.S. European Command and supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe, will present the Hammond Lecture on the American Tradition at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Miami Universitys Hall Auditorium. His topic will be "NATO and the European Theater."
Prior to his current position, Ralston was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nations second-highest-ranking military officer. In recommending Ralston for his position, former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen described him as a man of "fortitude, unconquerable resolve and piercing intelligence."
Ralston, a 1965 Miami graduate and a Norwood native, is head of 100,000 U.S. forces in Europe, including Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps troops. He is the senior U.S. military officer and commander of a unified combatant command with an area of responsibility that includes 89 nations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Ralston joined the Air Force through Miamis Reserve Officer Training Corps. He went on to log more than 2,500 flying hours, including 147 combat missions over Vietnam and Laos. Throughout his career he has held influential staff and management positions at every level of the Air Force, including commander of Alaskan Command and of Air Combat Command.
The W.A. Hammond Lecture Series on the American Tradition was established by William A. Hammond, Miami 14, to promote the qualities upon which our nation was founded. The lecture is free and open to the public.