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05.17.2012

FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF GENERAL RICHARD B. MYERS IS NAMED SENIOR MILITARY SECURITY ANALYST FOR CBS NEWS

 

            Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers has been named Senior Military Security Analyst for CBS News. His appointment is effective immediately.

General Myers is currently Foundation Professor of Military History and Leadership at Kansas State University. He also serves as the Colin Powell Chair for National Security Leadership, Character and Ethics at National Defense University.

General Myers was appointed the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2001, beginning his term just a few weeks after the September 11 attacks. He led the U.S. Armed Forces during a time of great threat to the nation’s security, serving an instrumental role in guiding the U.S. strategy for the war on terror. During his tenure as Chairman, he led the U.S.-led international efforts to topple the Taliban and deny al Qaeda’s safe haven in Afghanistan, as well as to defeat the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq.  He also oversaw the U.S. military’s role in relief efforts for the tsunami that struck the Pacific in December of 2004, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.  He retired in 2005, after serving more than 40 years in the U.S. Air Force.

Prior to his role as Chairman, General Myers served as Vice Chairman and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He held a variety of command positions, including Commander of U.S. Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Forces Japan and two fighter wings. A fighter pilot with more than 4,100 hours, General Myers logged more than 600 combat hours in Vietnam.

Currently, General Myers serves on a number of public, private and non-profit boards, including Aon, John Deere, Northrop Grumman, United Technologies, Rivada Corporation, Midwest Research Institute, The Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation and the Air Force Enlisted Village Board. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the USO, a trustee of Fisher House, a trustee and board member of the Kansas State University Foundation and serves on the advisory board of the Defense Health Board. In addition, General Myers lectures worldwide on a variety of topics, including issues related to national and international security.

A Kansas City native, General Myers now resides in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife, Mary Jo. They have two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.

 

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