2009 Stockdale Symposium Welcomes ADM William J. Fallon

U.S. role of Leadership and Responsibility in the World to be Discussed

Admiral William J. Fallon, U.S. Navy (Retired), former commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), will discuss “Ethical Leadership” at the 2009 James Bond Stockdale Leadership and Ethics Symposium at 6 p.m., Thursday, February 19, in the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre.  Admiral Fallon replaced Army Lt. General John P. Abizaid, and was later succeeded by General David H. Petraeus, who currently heads this command.

The Stockdale Symposium, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the San Diego Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Unit, which is headquartered at the University of San Diego, and the USD School of Business Masters in Science in Global Leadership program.

The Stockdale Symposium allows members of the university, military and corporate communities to come together for discussions of moral issues in leadership in our society. The late Admiral Stockdale, a Medal of Honor recipient, bore witness to the importance of studying, understanding and applying ethical principles to one's profession, and the conduct of one's life.

The focus of Admiral Fallon’s remarks will be on Leadership and Responsibility: The Role of the U.S. in the World.  Admiral Fallon was the first Navy flag officer to be head of the CENTCOM (2007-08), which includes Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East and Central Asia.  He resigned his position after only one year, reportedly due to disagreements with the White House over the direction of American foreign policy.

Admiral Fallon was raised in Merchantville, N.J., graduated from Villanova University in 1967 and received his commission through the Navy ROTC.  He was designated a naval flight officer upon completion of flight training in December 1967, and he was known by his fighter-pilot call sign as “Fox.”  Admiral Fallon is a graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, R.I., the National War College in Washington, D.C., and has a master of arts degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University.  His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and various unit and campaign decorations, in addition to combat service in Vietnam.

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