TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)_For 4 decades, this man served our nation. As a former Kansan, he was a fighter pilot. He became 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2005 and is now retired. His name is General Richard B. Myers and he made his way to Topeka Saturday night.
He served over 40 years in the Air Force and during his term, he was instrumental in guiding the US strategy of the War on Terror. He led armed forces only a few weeks after September 11th. He remembers it fondly.
"I remember it very well and the initial thoughts were of course we're going to be involved in a different kind of warfare," said General Richard B. Myers.
He's in Topeka to speak at the Air National Guard Dining Out and also talk about his book entitled" Eyes on the Horizon."
"The book was to let people see, well, how is this guy from Kansas that went to Kansas State University through ROTC, how do you wind up, you know, being a 4 star general and I think it can help people," said General Myers.
And helping people is exactly what he's done. General Myers held various leadership positions in the US Air Force command. He's a man that several of his peers look up to.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom was awarded to General Myers in 2005 for his dedication to the freedom and security of out nation.
"It was an unbelievable feeling and just great humility," said General Myers.
General Richard B. Myers has a military science hall named after him at K-State University. It was constructed in 1943 and it was the only project completed on campus during World War II.