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The Pentagon Comes to Prairie View A&M

Top Army Officials to Visit PVAMU for Discussion On Life at the Pentagon
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas–Three star generals Lt. Gen. Patrick J. O’Reilly, director for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the Pentagon and former PVAMU President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Julius W. Becton, Jr. will visit Prairie View A&M University to dialogue with students about military careers in the wake of the U.S.’s fight against terrorism.

Known around the world for their experience in military science and defense, Lt. Gen. O’Reilly and Lt. Gen. Becton will lecture to PVAMU students on engineering, science, mathematics and about working for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Lt. Gen. Patrick J. O’Reilly, director for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Pentagon and Lt. Gen. Julius W. Becton, Jr., fifth president of PVAMU

Army delegation to host assembly style lecture and dialogue with Prairie View A&M students on careers with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon

10:30 a.m. (central standard time) Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Question and answers to immediately follow lecture

PVAMU Campus Alvin I. Thomas Administration Building Lt. Gen. Julius W. Becton, Jr. Auditorium Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, Texas 77446

Media are welcome.

For interviews with Lt. Gen. O’Reilly, Lt. Gen. Becton, or for more information please contact Bryce Hairston Kennard at (936) 261-2134,

Lieutenant General Patrick J. O’Reilly

About Lieutenant General Patrick J. O’Reilly

Lieutenant General Patrick J. O’Reilly served in both command and staff officer positions in a variety of operational units including the 1st Cavalry Division, the 3rd Support Command, Germany, and as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the United States Military Academy. As an Acquisition Officer, he served as Program Manager for Directed Energy Programs, PATRIOT PAC-3 Missile, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Missile System, Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Program, and as the Army Program Executive Officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support. O’Reilly is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and has master’s degrees in Physics, National Security and Strategic Studies, and Business. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, the U.S. Naval College of Command and Staff, and the U.S. Army War College.

About Retired Lieutenant General Julius W. Becton JrLieutenant General Julius W. Becton Jr

Lieutenant General Julius W. Becton, Jr. retired from the U.S. Army after almost 40 years of service. He entered active duty in the U.S. Army Air Corps, graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS), and became a veteran of three wars – World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. General Becton served as Director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, AID, before being nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate as the third Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), In December 1989 he became the fifth President of his alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. General Becton earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, from Prairie View A&M University and later earned his master’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. He is also a graduate of top military schools, including the Army’s Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the National War College. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Huston-Tillotson College in Texas, Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, Prairie View A&M University, The Citadel in South Carolina and Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

About Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University was founded in 1876 and is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. With an established reputation for producing engineers, business leaders, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and schools. The university recently named its College of Engineering in honor of PVAMU alumnus Roy G. Perry and the university’s marching band, The Marching Storm, was featured as the lead band in the 2009 Rose Parade. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. During the university’s 132-year history, more than 50,000 academic degrees have been awarded. For more information regarding PVAMU, visit

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