Retired generals to speak to local students tomorrow

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Gen. Stanley McChrystal and six other retired generals will address students from 15 local schools in Indian Wells tomorrow.

The generals will discuss leadership as part of the Desert Town Hall speaker series, and McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, will be the keynote speaker at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa.

McChrystal, a former Green Beret, will give a talk titled "CrossLead: Lessons on Leadership from a Warrior, Statesman and Scholar."

He was commander of the Joint Special Operations Command in the Middle East from 2003 to 2008. He became the top commander in Afghanistan in 2009 and resigned the next year.

The other speakers are are Lt. Gen. Herb Temple, Maj. Gen. Ken Bouldin, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Miles, Maj. Gen. John Bianchi, Brigadier Gen. Guido Portante Jr. and Maj. Gen. Phil Kaplan.

Temple worked at the Pentagon. Bouldin commanded Army Reserve forces during Desert Storm. Miles was a fighter pilot in Vietnam and a military adviser to the Shah of Iran.

Bianchi helped deploy troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. Portante worked with other government agencies to stop drugs from crossing the California-Mexico border.

Kaplan served in Korea and Vietnam and worked in the headquarters of the U.S. European Command.

Previous speakers at Desert Town Hall have inlcluded heallth expert Sanjay Gupta, Newsweek editor Tina Brown and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Tickets are $325 for a reserved seat with dinner, $150 for a reserved seat and $75 for an unreserved seat.  For more information and tickets, call (760) 610-2852 or go to

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