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Where Are the Leaders We Need Right Now? | Michael Lehnert | TEDxTraverseCity
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Added Jun 23, 2016
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In this talk, Major General Michael Lehnert, USMC (ret) asks where are the leaders we need right now? He suggests that the answers are closer than we think, and discusses examples of leadership among young veterans.

Major General Mike Lehnert, USMC (retired) was graduated from Central Michigan University in 1973 and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps as a combat engineer. He served on active duty for thirty seven years and retired as a Major General in 2010. He deployed to Japan, the Republic of the Philippines, Cuba and participated in combat operations in Panama, Kuwait and Iraq. In 2003, he led 5,000 Marines and Sailors during the initial invasion of Iraq. He held thirteen separate commands from platoon commander to Joint Task Force Commander. His service included: Chief of Staff Joint Task Force Panama overseeing the turnover of the Panama Canal, Joint Task Group Commander in Guantanamo Bay Cuba during the Cuban migrant crisis, Commander, Joint Task Force 160 to establish detention facilities for Al Qaida and Taliban terrorists. He also participated in an initiative to get more veterans into universities. This effort grew into the Student Veterans of America.

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