HONOURING DAVID PETRAEUS - Thursday, 13 June 2013

The former Director of the CIA – General David Petraeus (Ret) – was honoured in a partnership event at Royal Armouries’ ancestral home, the Tower of London, on Monday.

The General, who saw distinguished service in both Iraq and Afghanistan, received the Chesney Medal from the Royal United Services Institution (RUSI) at a gala dinner, co-hosted with Royal Armouries.

Guests included HRH The Duke of Gloucester; General the Lord Richard Dannatt; RUSI’s Director General, Professor Mike Clarke, and Royal Armouries’ Chairman Wes Paul.

The Chesney Medal is the highest award in the gift of the Council of RUSI and was first awarded in 1900. The award’s purpose is to mark a life-long distinguished contribution in the defence and international security fields, to the benefit of the United Kingdom and/or the international community. Other beneficiaries have included Sir Winston Churchill in 1950 and Baroness Thatcher in 2000.

During the dinner at the Tower, General Petraeus delivered a speech, saying that he believes the era of insurgency is far from over. To read an edited version of this, please visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10111708/General-David-Petraeus-We-must-be-coldly-realistic-over-the-use-of-force.html

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