Four-Star General Richard B. Myers to Receive MRIGlobal Trustee Citation Award for Visionary Leadership
After Citation Presentation, General Myers will Participate in an Audience-Driven Q&A
(Kansas City, MO) October 6, 2011 – On October 13, MRIGlobal will present its prestigious Trustee Citation Award to four-star General Richard B. Myers, USAF, retired, and 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Myers is recognized for his leadership and integrity; commitment to freedom and democracy; devotion to education and business; advocacy for the armed forces and their families; and contributions to the nation.
The Trustee Citation Award is presented each year during MRIGlobal’s annual dinner meeting to a person who exemplifies leadership in science, business, academia or the arts. Previous recipients of MRIGlobal’s Trustee Citation Award have included distinguished individuals such as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Ford II, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Opera legend Beverly Sills, epidemiologist Dr. D.A. Henderson, and inventor Dean Kamen.
During his tenure as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Myers directed the U.S. strategy for the War on Terrorism. General Myers also is a member of MRIGlobal’s board of directors.
“Throughout his years of service with U.S. Air Force and since his retirement, General Myers has proven himself to be one of the most influential leaders of the 21st century,” said Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., MRIGlobal President and CEO. “We are inspired by his integrity, leadership and dedication. We are proud to honor him with our Trustee Citation.”
About General Richard B. Myers, USAF, retired
Kansas City native General Richard B. Myers was the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving from October 1, 2001 to September 30, 2005. He oversaw the U.S. strategy for the War on Terrorism (including the nation’s efforts in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq) and the military relief efforts following the Pacific tsunami of 2004 and Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005.
His 40 years with the U.S. Air Force included operational command and leadership positions: Commander of U.S. Space Command; North American Aerospace Defense Command; Pacific Air Forces; U.S. Forces Japan, and two fighter wings. As a fighter pilot, he logged more than 600 combat hours during the Vietnam conflict.
He has a mechanical engineering degree from Kansas State and an MBA from Auburn University. He also attended the Air Command and Staff College, Army War College, and the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
General Myers serves on the board of directors for Deere & Co., Aon Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp., and United Technologies Corp. He also serves on the Defense Health Board – Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Defense, and on the board of Rivada Networks. Following his retirement, General Myers was selected as the Colin Powell Chair of Character, Leadership, and Ethics at National Defense University and the Foundation Professor of Military History and Leadership at Kansas State University.
MRIGlobal, a not-for-profit research and development organization, delivers global solutions in national security and defense, energy and environment, life and animal sciences, agriculture and food safety, and transportation. The organization performs scientific research, advanced engineering and program integration and management for clients in government, industry and academia. Established in 1944 as Midwest Research Institute, MRIGlobal is based in Kansas City, Mo., operates in nine states and Washington, D.C., and manages more than 3,300 employees.
The organization is one of two partners in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, which manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., for the U.S. Department of Energy. MRIGlobal established and manages SolarTAC and supports the National Energy Technology Laboratory for the DOE to develop technologies for clean coal, carbon management, energy efficiency and techno/economic analysis of energy systems.
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