Retired US four-star Army general to visit Jamaica

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

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Retired United States four-star army general Stanley McChrystal will engage with local officials and the security forces, as well as deliver a public lecture about leadership, during a one-day visit to Jamaica next week.

General McChrystal, also a best-selling author and sought-after speaker, is visiting the country at the invitation of The Jamaica National Group, from March 13-14.

General McChrystal, who was commander of the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq and top commander of the American forces in Afghanistan during the early and mid-2000s, is credited with the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the June 2006 location and removal of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

After his retirement in 2010, he published the best-seller, My Share of the Task: A Memoir, which explores his career in the military. He is also the author of two other best-sellers, Team of Teams, which focuses on how organisations can break down silos and work together effectively; and Leadership: Myth and Reality, which profiles 13 leaders from different eras and disciplines.

General McChrystal is currently a senior fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a graduate seminar about leadership in operation. He is also the chair of Service Year Alliance, a project of Be the Change and the Aspen Institute, which promotes service as a cultural expectation and common opportunity for young people in America. He also serves as a director on several boards in the US, including JetBlue Airways.

Earl Jarrett, chief executive officer of the Jamaica National Group, said the general's years of experience in the armed forces position him to engage the Jamaican public and private sectors and leaders of the country's security forces in rich dialogue on a diverse range of matters.

“There is much that we could benefit from listening to his experiences; his perspectives on leadership, gained through his four-star management strategy; as well as the decisions he made as a result,” Jarrett said.

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