A retired Army major general will discuss current and future national security concerns at a presentation in Clinton tonight (Tuesday, October 4).
The presentation by Major General John R. D’Araujo is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at the Clinton Community Center, which is at 101 Hicks Street in Clinton. The presentation will include a question-and-answer session.
D’Araujo was invited by Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, a press release said.
“I hope our community will take advantage of this excellent opportunity to take part in discussion of some of the major issues of national security concern with an expert of General D’Araujo’s caliber,” Frank said in the press release. “I am extremely thankful he is joining us to deliver a presentation, and also appreciative of his willingness to give the people of Anderson County an opportunity to ask questions about national security and our military.”
The press release said D’Araujo retired from the U.S. Army in January 1996 after more than 32 years of service. He served multiple tours of duty in the Pentagon, where he retired as the director of the Army National Guard of the United States. In 2001, he was appointed by the Bush Administration as assistant director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Response and Recovery Operations.
He commanded the 29th Separate Infantry Brigade in Hawaii and had various assignments with the 298th Air Defense Artillery Group (Nike Hercules Missile). D’Araujo is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as commander of an Infantry Mobile Advisory Team in the Mekong Delta in 1969.
His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Vietnam Honor Medal, among numerous others. In February 2012, he was awarded the Chief, National Guard Bureau Lifetime Achievement Award by the four-star chief of the National Guard and sitting member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He holds numerous state awards for distinguished service and is a commercial, instrument-rated aviator, the press release said.
D’Araujo has a bachelor’s degree in political science, and he is a graduate of the Army War College and Army Command and General Staff College.
For questions or further information, contact Frank’s office at (865) 457-6200.
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