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Military Leaders Hold Town Halls for Obama

Anita Kumar

Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy and the15th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps John Estrada will hold a series of town hall meetings this weekend in Virginia.

They will be in Roanoke, Staunton and Winchester on Saturday and in Prince William County near the Quantico Marine Corps Base and Virginia Beach on Sunday. They will tout Obama's plan to end to the Iraq war, build international alliances, defeat al Qaeda and complete the U.S.'s work in Afghanistan.

Kennedy, who retired in 2000, was the first woman to reach the rank of three-star Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army. Estrada, who retired last year, was the first African-American to hold the rank of 15th Sergeant Major of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Details of the events are below:

SAT, OCT. 11, 2008

Roanoke National Security Town Hall with Lt. Gen. Kennedy and Sgt. Maj. Estrada

When: 12:45 p.m.
Where: TAP Community Room
145 Campbell Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24011

Staunton National Security Town Hall with Lt. Gen. Kennedy and Sgt. Maj. Estrada

When: 3:45 p.m.
Where: Staunton Public Library
1 Churchville Avenue
Staunton, VA 24401

Winchester National Security Town Hall with Lt. Gen. Kennedy and Sgt. Maj. Estrada

When: 6:45 p.m.
Where: Shenandoah University
Stimpson Auditorium
1560 University Drive
Winchester, VA 22601

SUN, OCT. 12, 2008

Quantico Veterans for Obama Event with Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy and Sgt. Maj. Estrada

When: 9:45 a.m.
Where: American Legion Post 28
17934 Liming Lane
Triangle, VA 22172-1622

Virginia Beach Veterans for Obama Event with Lt. Gen. Kennedy and Sgt. Maj. Estrada

When: 2:15 p.m.
Where: Disabled American Vets Hall
4896 Kempsville Green Parkway
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

By Anita Kumar  |  October 9, 2008; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President  
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Posted by: JMH | October 9, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

JMH - Just so you know, as a Marine, you can not actively endorse a candidate. And by your post it seems that you are, so I'm surprised that you don't know this. And since everyone knows who he is, he could not say anything while he was active. Now that he is retired, he is free to speak his mind, which he is doing so even under criticism from other military personnel. I have mad respect for SgtMaj Estrada for stepping up and speaking out. Oorah!

Posted by: Cpl S | October 10, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Cpl S: I think JMH has a point. NOW, they can speak out against Bush's "failed policies" but what about in 2004?

The article says that Kennedy retired in 2000. What took her so long to stand up?

Posted by: JE Army Brat | October 10, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Our Military can't afford another Mcbush term

Posted by: Weli | October 11, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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