Wichita, KS, September 18, 2014 – Decorated war veteran United States Marine Major General Michael Lehnert (retired) will help kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Southwestern College – Professional Studies with a lecture to members of the military.
General Lehnert will give a lecture on “GTMO: Lessons learned and the role of military officers in upholding constitutional responsibilities” at the Holiday Inn East on October 16th.
After overseeing the transformation of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into a detention facility for suspected members of Taliban and Al Qaeda following the attacks on 9/11, Gen. Lehnert has expressed his disapproval of tactics used there and belief that the facility should be shut down.
Before his role at Guantanamo Bay, Gen. Lehnert participated in Operations Just Cause and Promote Liberty during the Panama crisis. After his role at GTMO, he was deployed to the CENTCOM Theater as the commander of Marine Logistics Command in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Some of the general’s most prestigious decorations before his retirement in 2009 include the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit Award with Gold Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
The lecture will be held at the Holiday Inn located at 549 S. Rock Rd. on Thursday, October 16th from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Complimentary lunch will be served during the lecture. RSVPs to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/retired-gtmo-general-to-speak-to-military-members-tickets-12779280171 are encouraged as seating will be limited.
During his visit to Wichita, Gen. Lenhert will also give a public lecture and participate in a law enforcement panel discussion.