General Richard Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, addresses the Oxonian Society on issues that face the free world today, challenges to the nation and military, what occurred at the Pentagon on 9/11 and during the initial hours of the war in Afghanistan, and the future.General Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation's highest military officer, has done something that no other military leader has done, led the military during three simultaneous wars (the war in Afghanistan, war in Iraq, and worldwide war on terrorism). General Myers has led the military through one of the most challenging and demanding times in history.General Myers served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the National Security Council. General Myers led the United States military at time when 2.4 million active troops were on duty with an annual budget of a half trillion dollars. Before becoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Myers served in roles as Commander in Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command, and was responsible for defending America through space and intercontinental ballistic missile operations.Prior to assuming that position, he was Commander, Pacific Air Forces, in Hawaii, and also Commander of U.S. Forces in Japan. General Myers also has 600 combat hours in the F-4.moreless
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