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Feb. 28, 2003 -- No. 130

Gen. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to hold media availability today at UNC-Chapel Hill

Friday, Feb. 28, 5 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Room 101, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Armory
221 South Columbia Street (adjacent the S. Columbia-South Road intersection)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. governmentís top military adviser, will discuss issues including the global war on terrorism, Iraq and the U.S. armed forces during a session for media representatives today (Feb. 28) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He will make brief remarks at about 5 p.m. and take reportersí questions.

Myers, named chairman in 2001, advises President George Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the National Security Council. Previously, Myers was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also was Commander in Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command, and responsible for national defense through space and intercontinental ballistic missile operations. A command pilot, Myers flew combat missions during the Vietnam War. He entered the Air Force in 1965 at Kansas State University through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. For more, go to and click on "People" to find a biographical sketch and photo.

Among his trip activities will be meeting with ROTC student cadets from UNC, N.C. State and Duke universities as well as with faculty and graduate students from the three campuses affiliated with the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, which focuses on national and international security. Joining Myers at the media session will be Dr. Richard H. Kohn, chairman of UNCís Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense. Also accompanying him to North Carolina will be Maj. Gen. Gerald A. Rudisill Jr., a 1965 UNC graduate and ROTC alumnus who is assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters and a former Adjutant General of the N.C. National Guard.

Reporters, photographers and videographers planning to attend the session are asked to bring media credentials (picture ID if possible). Broadcasters can expect audio feeds.

Directions, parking: From Raleigh, take the N.C. 54 exit for Chapel Hill off I-40. N.C. 54 becomes South Road to the UNC campus. Turn right onto South Columbia Street. The armory is the first building on the right. Broadcasters with heavy equipment may park on the sidewalk in front of the armory. Others may park in UNCís McCauley Street lot, located nearby. Call News Services, 962-2091, for those directions or ask staff members on site.

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UNC News Services contacts: Print, L.J. Toler, (919) 962-8589; Broadcast, Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595; or Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593
Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff contact:
Joan Asboth, (703) 697- 4272