Headlining the Opening Ceremonies is General Stan McChrystal, a four-star general and the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces.
A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stan McChrystal is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. He is also known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate.
His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. He is also the author of the best-selling leadership book, My Share of the Task: A Memoir. General McChrystal, a former Green Beret, is known for his candor, innovative leadership and going the distance. Called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, few can speak about leadership, teamwork, and international affairs with as much insight as he can.
The Opening Ceremonies also feature performances by Cirque Fantastic—an unforgettable fantasy for the eyes and feast for the senses. Formed in Montreal, Quebec 15 years ago, Cirque Fantastic has traveled the world delighting audiences with their distinctive and elegant acrobatic circus performances. The troupe has created awe inspiring spectacles for over 1,000 events in 30 different countries. Recently they performed for 100,000 people on Parliament Hill in the capital city of Ottawa for the Canada day celebration. Photo: cirquefantastic.com
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Open to all registered attendees. Doors open at 7:00 am. Limited general seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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