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Release No: 591-11
July 07, 2011

DOD Announces Appointment of DOD Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program Director

           The Department of Defense (DoD) announced today that Retired Army Lt. Gen. Claude M. “Mick” Kicklighter has been appointed director of DoD Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program.

          Kicklighter, a Vietnam veteran with 35 years’ service in the U.S. Army, served as executive director of the United States of America 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Committee, and provided oversight for the writing of the plan for the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War.  Most recently, he served as the director of the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, at George Mason University.

           The DoD Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemoration Program is partnered with other federal agencies, veterans groups, state, local government and non-government organizations to:

  • Thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans. 
  • Highlight the service of the armed forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the armed forces. 
  • Pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War. 
  • Highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to the military research conducted during the Vietnam War. 
  • Recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.

           For more information call 877-387-9951 or visit the official website at http://www.vietnamwar50th.com.