U.S. Navy Secretary to discuss roles of Navy, Marines on Dec. 18

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will discuss the missions of the Navy and Marines Corps at a public lecture at UNT.
Monday, December 14, 2009

Who: U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will present a public lecture titled "The Navy and Marine Corps: America's Away Team."

When: 1 p.m. Dec. 18 (Friday).

Where: University Union Lyceum.

Media: Reporters and photographers are invited to attend. Mabus will be available for media interviews following the lecture.

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will discuss the missions of the Navy and Marines Corps at a public lecture at the University of North Texas at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 (Friday) in the University Union Lyceum.

In an address titled, The Navy and Marine Corps: America's Away Team, Mabus will discuss the many roles played by the two military branches, ranging from major combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan to naval diplomacy, security force assistance, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. He also will discuss energy reform efforts and unmanned systems as examples of research and development on which the Navy and Marines are focused.

After the speech, Mabus will answer questions from the audience.

Mabus' visit builds upon UNT's long established commitment to the U.S. Armed Forces. UNT has an estimated 1,200 known student veterans, and the university recently opened the Veterans Center to help those veterans transition from military life to college.

UNT researchers also are heavily involved in military-related research, including projects to make environmentally friendly packaging for Meals Ready-to-Eat and to develop stronger, more durable jet engines and airplane parts.

"We are honored to host Secretary Mabus at UNT," said Dr. Michael Monticino, dean of UNT's Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, which is sponsoring the event.

"The secretary has a deep commitment to education, and, in his current role, to supporting research and development, like that at UNT, which contribute to the strength of our economy and national defense."

As secretary, Mabus leads the Navy and Marine Corps and is responsible for an annual budget of more than $150 billion and almost 900,000 people.

Prior to joining the administration of President Barack Obama, Mabus served as governor of Mississippi, where he passed one of the most comprehensive education reform programs in the country. He was named one of Fortune Magazine's top 10 education governors.

Mabus also served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia and as an officer in the U.S. Navy aboard the cruiser USS Little Rock.

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