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Nov. 7, 2017
College to Host McKeon Leadership Forum on Nov. 30

College of the Canyons, the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. and U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (Ret.) will present the Third Annual McKeon Leadership Forum, with a special keynote presentation from Gen. Richard A. Cody (Ret.), Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

“We are honored to have General Cody as this year’s McKeon Leadership Forum speaker,” said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. “The Forum gives us an opportunity and an excellent platform to encourage civic dialog and encourage community members to become involved with current issues.”

Cody’s presentation is titled “21st Century Geo-Political-Military Challenges and Leadership.” 

"General Cody was a strong leader in the US Army throughout his 36-plus years of active duty and remains as engaged today as he was while in uniform,” said McKeon. “He has great knowledge and expertise on the current world situation. When you have the opportunity to hear and learn personally from a person of his caliber, you should take advantage of it."

Established in 2015, the McKeon Leadership Forum is a speaker series aimed at promoting civic engagement through personal involvement. Thought leaders from the world of politics, government, and military are invited to speak at the Forum in order to engage community members into dialog and inspire them to become involved in current issues. The Forum also highlights the community’s robust economic industries, such as the aerospace sector.

“The Santa Clarita Valley is home to many companies in the aerospace and defense industry, said Holly Schroeder, president and CEO of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation. “The McKeon Leadership Forum provides a unique opportunity for the leaders of these companies to hear about the latest issues directly from top military and defense leaders.”

Conceived as an engaging, thought-provoking exchange, the Forum proposes to not merely entertain, but encourage attendees to shape the future of their community.

Admission to the McKeon Leadership Forum is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 14.

To RSVP, please visit the event's registration page.

About Gen. Richard A. Cody

Gen. Richard A. Cody (Ret.) was the 31st Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army from June 2004 to August 2008.

Born in Vermont, Cody is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Transportation Corps Officer Basic and Advance Courses, the Army’s Aviation Maintenance Test Pilot School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College.

During his military service, Cody served in six of the Army’s combat divisions and held various command positions, such as Company Commander, E Company, 24th Aviation Battalion; Company Commander, B Company, 229th Attack Helicopter Battalion; and Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (AH-64).

He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, a Bronze Star, a Legion of Merit medal, and was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame.

After 36 years of service, Cody retired in 2008 and is currently a Corporate Senior Vice President and Officer for L-3 Communications Corporation.

Cody serves on the boards of several organizations such as Homes for Our Troops, National Trust for Wounded Warriors, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the George C. Marshall Foundation, and Hope for the Warriors. He is also the founder and lead pilot for Operation Flying Heroes, an organization that provides flights for Wounded Warriors in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He and his wife Vicki Lynn have two sons, Tyler and Clint, who have done several combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as army helicopter pilots.