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Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Feb. 6 in the Genome Sciences Building, room 100, at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public on a general admission basis. Members of the media are permitted to attend the event, but must arrive by 5:00 p.m. to have their equipment cleared by security.

Dempsey is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, serving as principal military adviser to the president, the secretary of defense and the National Security Council. During his 40 years in the U.S. Army, he has served during times of war and peace at every level, from platoon leader to combatant commander.

Both a soldier and a scholar, he earned a master’s degree in English from Duke in 1984.

He’s held command in Iraq, as well as throughout Europe and the Middle East. In 2007, Dempsey served as acting commander of U.S. Central Command and became chief of staff of the Army in 2011.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Defense Superior Service Medal.

The event is sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill’s curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. It is co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

Published January 27, 2015