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Gen. Bagby to speak to Chinese students

Maj. Gen. Byron Bagby, Ret., with his wife Monique during his retirement ceremoney after 33 years of service to the U.S. Army.

Maj. Gen. Byron Bagby, Ret., with his wife Monique during his retirement ceremoney after 33 years of service to the U.S. Army. Contributed photo

Along with Chinese college students, Central Missourians are invited to hear on July 18 Maj. Gen. Byron S. Bagby, a former Fulton resident, discuss his role as a military commander in the current conflict in Afghanistan.

A 1978 graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, Bagby will speak at 9 a.m. on July 18 in Room 112 of the Hazel Wing of Reeves Library on the campus of Westminster College.

Bagby will discuss his work as a leading North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) commander during the Afghanistan conflict.

In the audience will be two student groups attending summer programs at Westminster College.

The first group includes high school students participating in Westminster’s second annual “Asian Summer Experience,” which will be at the college from July 15-20. The high school students will learn more about Asia.

The second group includes 18 people from the People’s Republic of China, including college students from Beijing Union University. They will attend Westminster’s first annual “American Summer Leadership Program” from July 15-28. The students will learn more about American culture, leadership and life.

Before retiring last year, Bagby served in the U.S. Army for 32 years. He received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest peacetime award.

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