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General Richard B. Myers retired as the 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in October 2005, after serving more than 40 years in the US Air Force. During his term as Chairman, Myers served as principal military adviser to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. He began his term only a few weeks after the September 11th attacks, and was instrumental in guiding the U.S. strategy in the War on Terror.
During Myers’ tenure as Chairman, the U.S. led international efforts to topple the Taliban and deny Al Qaeda’s safe haven in Afghanistan, and to defeat the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Myers also oversaw the military’s role in disaster relief efforts for the Pacific tsunami in December 2004, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
A Kansas City, Kan. native and 1965 graduate of Kansas State University, Myers has held command positions at every level, including Commander of US Space Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Pacific Air Forces, US Forces Japan, and two fighter wings. A fighter pilot with more than 4,100 hours, Myers logged more than 600 combat hours during the Vietnam conflict. Prior to serving as Chairman, Myers also served as Vice Chairman and Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Richard Myers serves on several public and non-profit boards and lectures nationwide on national security issues and leadership. He is Foundation Professor of Military History and Leadership at Kansas State University and holds the Colin Powell Chair of Leadership, Ethics, and Character at National Defense University.