Three-star general to present Veterans Day lecture Friday
Contact: Christina Chapple
HAMMOND – Lieutenant General Brett M. Dula (U.S. Air Force, Retired) will deliver the Annual Veterans Day Lecture sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of History and Political Science at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 9, in Pottle Music Auditorium.
General Dula is a highly decorated pilot who flew 380 combat missions in Southeast Asia and later served on several occasions at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, among many other assignments.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
"We are extremely privileged to have General Dula as our Veterans Day Lecturer this year," said William B. Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. "His appearance will provide the opportunity for the Southeastern community both to honor America's veterans and to hear one of the outstanding military leaders of recent decades discuss our nation's current role in geo-political affairs. General Dula has the reputation of being highly knowledgeable and a very engaging speaker."
General Dula was born in Upland, Calif., and attended schools throughout the world as an Air Force dependent. He graduated from Bellevue (Nebraska) High School in 1960 and from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1964, earned a master's degree in public administration and personnel management from Pepperdine University in 1976, and attended the Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base in 1971, the Armed Forces Staff College in 1978, and the National War College in 1985.
General Dula held a wide variety of operational and staff assignments, including commander of two bombardment wings (416th Bombardment Wing, Strategic Air Command, Griffiss Air Force Base, and 2nd Bombardment Wing, Strategic Air Command, Barksdale Air Force Base); inspector general of a major air command (SAC Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base); director of Air Force legislative liaison in Washington, D.C.; commander of a numbered air force (the 2nd Air Force); and has held key duties in the U.S. intelligence community.
General Dula's many awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with 18 oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
"We are very grateful to Sam Dileo for helping to arrange this lecture," said Robison. Dileo is a prominent local attorney, a popular part-time Political Science instructor at Southeastern, and a long-time friend of General Dula and his family.