Annual Luncheon Keynote Speaker: General Anthony Zinni

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12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

A military strategist of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. Anthony Zinni will engage the audience with his tales of wisdom as the keynote speaker at the American Correctional Association's (ACA) 2005 Winter Conference Annual Luncheon. Gen. Zinni's strong presence and outstanding military background will send a message of leadership, commitment, and determination to the many corrections professionals in attendance.

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Gen. Zinni joined the Marine Corps in 1961. He was commissioned to the rank of infantry second lieutenant in 1965 before graduating from Villanova University and has held numerous command and staff assignments. 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.

As a strategist, Gen. Zinni has extended military units to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Western Pacific, Northern Europe, and Korea. He has also served tours in Okinawa and Germany. His operational experiences include two tours in Vietnam, emergency relief and security operations in the Philippines, and United Shield in Somalia, and the Maritime Intercept Operations in the Persian Gulf, just to name a few. He was involved in the planning and execution of Operation Proven Force and Operation Patriot Defender in support of the Gulf War and noncombatant evacuation operations in Liberia, Zaire, Sierra Leone, and Eritrea. He has also participated 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 is also the recipient of numerous 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.

Gen. Zinni currently serves on several boards of directors of 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. …