MEDIA ADVISORY: AF intelligence officer speaks Thursday

Contact: Kenneth Billings

The senior intelligence officer for the U.S. Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command is on the Mississippi State University campus this week to speak to students about the issues surrounding Operation Enduring Freedom, one of the military campaigns in the global war on terror.

The visit by Brig. Gen. James O. Poss is being sponsored by the Appalachian Leadership Honors Program. Poss is a Mississippi native who earned his commission through the ROTC program at the University of Southern Mississippi and has commanded troops in Operation Desert Storm.

At 11 a.m. Thursday [Jan. 31] in the Colvard Student Union's third-floor Fowlkes Auditorium, the highly decorated officer and veteran of the Kosovo Air War and Operation Northern Watch in Iraq will discuss intelligence behind the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and real-world applications of political science. The presentation is open to the media and all other interested members of the general public.

"We are honored to have such a distinguished leader as General Poss visit MSU and speak to our students," said Cade Smith, ALHP director and assistant dean of students. "His military experiences in both war and peacetime will give our students valuable insights on the character and attributes of a strong leader."

Poss is a friend of MSU President Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong, a retired four-star Air Force general. Based at Langley Air Force Base, Va., he advocates intelligence policy and weapons system requirements and guides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tactics, techniques and procedures for air combat forces worldwide.

For more information about Poss' campus visit, contact Smith at 662-418-0140.

For more information about Mississippi State University, see http://www.msstate.edu/.

Wed, 01/30/2008 - 06:00