12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. * Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Phoenix Civic Plaza
Retired General Anthony Zinni, formerly the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Central Command, and one of the most respected and outspoken military leaders of the past two decades, will motivate the audience with his tales of valor and wisdom as the keynote speaker of the American Correctional Association's (ACA) 2005 Winter Conference Annual Luncheon. His patriotism and extensive military background as a military strategist for the U.S. Marine Corps will serve as a model of strength and determination to the many corrections professionals in attendance.
Gen. Zinni joined the Marine Corps in 1961 and during a 40-year period he ascended from a young lieutenant in Vietnam to a four-star general with a reputation for candor. From 1997 to 2000, Gen. Zinni was in charge of all American troops in the Middle East, the same job held by his predecessor Gen. Norman Schwarzhopf and his successor Gen. Tommy Franks.
He has held numerous command and staff assignments that include platoon, company, battalion, regimental, Marine expeditionary unit and Marine expeditionary force command. His staff assignments included service in operations, training, special operations, counter-terrorism and manpower billets. He has also been a tactics and operations instructor at several Marine Corps schools and was selected as a fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. General Zinni's joint assignments include command of a joint task force and a unified command. He has also had several joint and combined staff billets at task force and unified command levels.
Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, the Bush administration thought so highly of Gen. Zinni that it appointed him to one of its highest diplomatic posts--special envoy to the Middle East.
While serving in the Marine Corps, Gen. Zinni has deployed military units to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Western Pacific, Northern Europe and Korea. As a supporter of the first Persian Gulf War he participated in the planning and execution of Operation Proven Force and Operation Patriot Defender and noncombatant evacuation operations in Liberia, Zaire, Sierra Leone and Eritrea. He has also been involved in presidential diplomatic missions to Somalia, Pakistan and Ethiopia-Eritrea and State Department missions involving the Arab-Israeli conflict and conflicts in Indonesia.
Gen. Zinni has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; the Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; the Bronze Star with Combat "V" and gold star and the Purple Heart.
Currently, Gen. Zinni is a member of the boards of directors of several major U.S. companies. He has also held academic positions, including the Stanley Chair in Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute, the Nimitz Chair at the University of California-Berkeley, the Hofheimer Chair at the Joint Forces Staff College and membership on the board of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary. He is also a Distinguished Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. General Zinni recently co-authored Tom Clancy's latest book "Battle Ready" that was released this spring.
ACA expresses its warmest appreciation to Correctional Services Corporation for their generous support of the conference program, including the 2005 Winter Conference Annual Luncheon Keynote …