Joint Chiefs chairman to speak in Chambersburg

January 31, 2011
  • Adm. Mike Mullen
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to speak at a town hall-style event Thursday, Feb. 10, at The Capitol Theatre on South Main Street.

Mullen’s address comes at the invitation of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and Scotland Landing Foundation, according to a news release.

His remarks are scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m.

One of Mullen’s special assistants, Col. David W. Sutherland, spoke in the community in December regarding the “Sea of Goodwill,” which encourages communities to meet the needs of soldiers and their families.

“The Chambersburg area has a long history of supporting soldiers in the field, through the work at Letterkenny Army Depot, and in other ways,” Chamber President David G. Sciamanna said in the news release.

He cited the former Scotland School for Veterans’ Children’s work and the high membership of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599.

At the town-hall meeting, Mullen plans to have a candid discussion about national security; the needs of the nation’s troops, veterans and their families; and how communities can support them, the news release said.

Mullen’s remarks will be followed by a question-and-answer forum.

In an interview earlier this month, leaders of the Scotland Landing Foundation described their vision for the former Scotland School for Veterans’ Children. The school, which operated on a 183-acre campus, closed in 2009 after 113 years of operation.

Proponents of redevelopment are envisioning a veterans home, library and resource center, schools for children and adults, financial counseling services, and job training and employment opportunities for veterans.

Mullen previously served as the 28th chief of naval operations, the Navy’s top uniformed leader and representative to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the first half of 2005, he served as commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command Naples and commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe, leading the Alliance’s peacekeeping operations in the Balkans and its training mission in Iraq.

From August 2003 to October 2004, Mullen served as the Navy’s 32nd vice chief of naval operations. Over the course of his career at sea, he served as commanding officer of three warships, and as an admiral, he commanded the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group and the U.S. Second Fleet.

Members of the public wanting to attend the event should plan to arrive by 1:15 p.m.

For more information, call Pamela Gaudiose, chairwoman of the Scotland Landing Foundation, at 717-264-9492, or Kathy Leedy with the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce at 717-264-7101, ext. 204.

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