BOSTON (AP) — The former commander of all U.S. military and coalition forces in Afghanistan is giving a speech at Boston University on the ‘soldier’s perspective’ of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Retired Army Gen. David McKiernan is scheduled to speak Tuesday. He served from mid-2008 to mid-2009 as the commander of more than 100,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and special forces in Afghanistan.
He also led all ground forces into Iraq in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He retired in August 2009 and was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
McKiernan graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1972. He was commissioned from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and entered active duty as an armor officer.