Head of U.S. Central Command to Address ROTC Students Sept. 11

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2008)Lieutenant General Martin E. Dempsey, Acting Commander, U.S. Central Command will address University of South Florida Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force ROTC students on “Service to the Nation,” Thursday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 a.m. On hand will be USF President Judy Genshaft, the USF Board of Trustees, U.S Central Command Coalition senior national representatives, USF ROTC cadre, staff and students, invited USF faculty, staff and other guests.

The event takes places at the C.W. Bill Young Hall (CWY 206) at 12303 Maple Drive, on the Tampa campus. C. W. Bill Young Hall is one of USF’s newest buildings.

“This very special event is taking place in USF’s most technologically advanced educational facility, where many of the nation’s future military leaders receive training,” said Genshaft. “USF couldn’t be more proud of our ROTC programs’ contributions to our nation’s security and to the future leadership of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, and we are honored that General Dempsey will share his insights with us on this important day.”

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community -engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants last year. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.6 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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