Thursday, July 07, 2011

DOD Announces Appointment of DOD Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program Director

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today that
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Claude M. "Mick" Kicklighter has been appointed
director of DoD Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program.

Kicklighter, a Vietnam veteran with 35 years' service in the
U.S. Army, served as executive director of the United States of
America 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Committee, and
provided oversight for the writing of the plan for the commemoration
of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. Most recently, he served
as the director of the Center for Infrastructure Protection and
Homeland Security, at George Mason University.

The DoD Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program is
partnered with other federal agencies, veterans groups, state, local
government and non-government organizations to:

* Thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel
who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for
their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to
thank and honor the families of these veterans.
* Highlight the service of the armed forces during the Vietnam War
and the contributions of federal agencies and governmental and
non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the
armed forces.
* Pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the
people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
* Highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine
related to the military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
* Recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of
the United States during the Vietnam War.

For more information call 877-387-9951 or visit the
official website at .

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