Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 15, 2013
NDIA’s (National Defense Industrial Association) SO/LIC (Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict) Division is pleased to announce that General James F. Amos, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps, will serve as the Guest Speaker during its Annual Awards Banquet.
During the Annual Awards Banquet, NDIA’s SO/LIC Division Chair, Mr. Samuel P. Morthland, and the Division membership will present its highest awards, the R. Lynn Rylander Award and the DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award, to Lieutenant General Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC (Ret) and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret) (accepting in absentia), respectively.
The Annual Awards Banquet is being held on Monday, January 28, 2013, in conjunction with the 24th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition, January 28-30, 2013 in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
On October 22, 2010, Gen. James F. Amos, USMC, assumed the duties of Commandant of the Marine Corps. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Gen. Amos has held command at all levels from Lieutenant Colonel to Lieutenant General. Gen. Amos’ command tours have included: Marine Wing Support Squadron 173 from 1985-1986; Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 – attached to Carrier Air Wing 8 onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) – from 1991-1993; Marine Aircraft Group 31 from 1996-1998; 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in combat during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM I and II from 2002-2004; II Marine Expeditionary Force from 2004-2006; and Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration from 2006 to 2008. Additional operational tours have included Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 212, 235, 232, and 122.
Gen. Amos’ staff assignments include tours with Marine Aircraft Groups 15 and 31, the III Marine Amphibious Force, Training Squadron Seven, The Basic School, and with the MAGTF Staff Training Program. Additionally, he was assigned to NATO as Deputy Commander, Naval Striking Forces, Southern Europe, Naples Italy where he commanded NATO’s Kosovo Verification Center, and later served as Chief of Staff, U.S. Joint Task Force Noble Anvil during the air campaign over Serbia.
Transferred in 2000 to the Pentagon, he was assigned as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation. Reassigned in December 2001, Gen. Amos served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters, Marine Corps. From 2008-2010 Gen. Amos served as the 31st Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.
The 24th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition will examine how special operations capabilities could be tailored to counter existing and potential National Security challenges. Speakers will discuss how Special Operations Forces (SOF) can assist in building allied and partner nation capabilities. The symposium will also explore how SOF is addressing the change in focus from direct to indirect missions and the importance of interagency cooperation in this era of limited resources and fiscal constraints.
For further information on the Awards Banquet or the larger event, go to http://www.ndia.org/meetings/3880.
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