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Petraeus, Chertoff to participate in WWS anniversary kickoff, Oct. 1

Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, a Princeton alumnus who has been in charge of the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq, and Michael Chertoff, secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will speak at Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Their addresses are part of a kickoff marking the 75th anniversary of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver the keynote address on Friday, Sept. 30, to open the weekend and a yearlong series of events.

Petraeus will offer "A Soldier's Reflections on Iraq" in a keynote address at noon Saturday in McCosh 50. A live simulcast also will be available in McCosh 10 and 16 Robertson Hall.

Chertoff will deliver the closing address for weekend at 2 p.m. Saturday in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. He is expected to discuss the importance of international partnerships in the global war on terror as well as the Department of Homeland Security's risk-based strategy to address threat vulnerability and its consequences.

Petraeus, a three-star general who recently completed two tours of Iraq, earned his M.P.A and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton in 1985 and 1987, respectively. Earlier this month, he passed responsibility for the Transition Command and the NATO Training Mission in Iraq to Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey. Petraeus received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for his leadership from June 2004 to September 2005 in training and equipping Iraqi security forces.

While commanding general of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Iraq from March 2003 until February 2004, Petraeus earned high marks for helping the Iraqis improve security and services in the country's four northern provinces. He will assume command of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Oct. 20.

Chertoff succeeded Tom Ridge as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in February 2005. Prior to his appointment, he was a judge for the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chertoff previously served in the Bush administration as assistant attorney general for the criminal division at the Department of Justice from 2001 to 2003. He helped trace the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to the al-Qaida network, and worked to increase information sharing within the FBI and with state and local officials. He also spent more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, including serving as U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey from 1990 to 1994.

The two Saturday addresses are free and open to the public.

(Assignment editors/reporters please note: Petraeus' remarks will be off the record and not for attribution).

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