Archive for Monday, October 29, 2001

Joint Chiefs chairman reconnects with KSU

October 29, 2001


— Gen. Richard Myers, the Kansas State graduate now serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, paid a weekend visit to his alma mater.

Myers had been in western Missouri on Friday for a stop at Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the B-2 stealth bombers being used in the U.S. and allied assault against the Taliban leadership in Afganistan.

Myers came on to Manhattan later Friday, making a stop that evening at the Meadowlark Hills retirement complex.

Accompanied by his wife, Mary Jo, a driver and a military aide, and often attired in a leather jacket, open collar shirt and jeans, the general took in a number of sites around the town where he went to school. Myers got a mechanical engineering degree in 1965 from Kansas State and entered the Air Force through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

He had lunch on Saturday with Army and Air Force ROTC cadets and attended the football game in which Kansas State broke a four-game losing streak by beating Kansas 40-6.

After the game, Myers dined with Kansas State president Jon Wefald.

During his stop at the retirement complex, Myers said the battle against terrorism following last month's attacks on New York and Washington will be a long one.

"It rivals World War II in how broad a scope it is," he said. "It will take the same effort."

Fighting the Al-Qaeda terror network, he said, will resemble a battle against organized crime.

"Al-Qaeda is in 60 countries, including this one," he said. "It's not just Afghanistan. And not everyone (within the network) knows all that's going on."

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