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Retired general to rule the podium at Purdue Fish Fry
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Retired Gen. Richard Myers, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the guest speaker at the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11.

For the third consecutive year, the event will be held at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

“Having the Fish Fry at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavil-ion gives so many more of our members the opportunity to see a speaker of such high national prominence as Gen. Myers,” said Donya Lester, executive secretary of Purdue’s Agricultural Alumni Association.

“Since his appointment as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2001, Gen. Myers has been an integral part of the decision-making process at the highest levels of our government,” Lester said. “Having him as guest speaker not only is a great opportunity to hear what went into some of the decisions that have guided this country over the past several years, but also to get some insights from a true insider as to some of the critical decisions that must be made in the years ahead.”

From the U.S. military’s engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan to its role in the Hurricane Katrina rescue and relief effort, Myers was the principal military adviser to the president, the defense secretary and the National Security Council.

“Gen. Myers became available as a speaker only after his retirement on Sept. 30,” Lester said. “So we’re very excited to have the opportunity to hear him discuss the military, security and preparedness issues, both at home and abroad.”

A fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, Myers is a command pilot with more than 4,100 flying hours. He joins a growing list of nationally prominent Fish Fry speakers, including presidential candidate Bob Dole (2002), Nobel Prize winner Norman Borlaug (2003), presidential consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin (2004) and Washington television analyst Tim Russert (2005). The Fish Fry will follow the Agriculture Forecast, which will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Old National Bank Grand Hall.

The Agriculture Forecast is free. Tickets for the Fish Fry are $20 with reserved parking available for $5 and $10. More information is available online ( or contact the Agricultural Alumni Association, Pfendler Hall of Agriculture, Room 107, 715 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061 or 765-494-8593.

Published in the January 11, 2006 issue of Farm World.