One of the area’s most distinguished military citizens is the honorary chairman of the 2008 Pacific Northwest National Security Forum.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. William H. Harrison accepted the honorary chair position earlier this year, providing the Forum planners with guidance as they prepared the agenda for the Forum which takes place Tuesday, June 3. General Harrison intends to attend the event.
General Harrison was Commanding General, I Corps and Fort Lewis, from July 1987 to August 1989. After retiring in 1991, he settled in Lakewood and became the city’s first mayor, holding that civic title until recently. He has remained active in Fort Lewis and community events throughout his retirement years.
The Forum begins at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Tacoma Convention Center. The agenda includes speakers on the topic of Africa Command (AFRICOM) from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session.
Participants will be able to attend a reception with the speakers beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by dessert and an evening presentation beginning at 6 p.m. The evening speaker, from the Air Force’s provisional Cyber Command, will focus on cyber warfare. The Forum will wrap up around 8 p.m.
The one-day National Security Forum is open to the public. Cost is $50 and includes admission to an expo reception co-hosted by SpecOps West, a trade show going on at the convention center June 3-5. Forum information is available at www.pnwnsf.org/; online registration has closed but late registrations will be accepted at the door. For more information about day-of registration, please call Dan at 253-584-9300.
The Pacific Northwest National Security Forum is a coalition of military and veteran-affiliated organizations and their local supporters in the Fort Lewis, McChord AFB and Bremerton areas. The forum conducts annual events featuring speakers on major defense issues. Previous forums have covered topics such as asymmetric warfare and the future of the U.S. defense establishment.