MOORHEAD — The Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce announced Monday, Aug. 3, that retired four-star Adm. William H. McRaven will headline the 11th annual Voices of Vision from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Delta by Marriott.
McRaven's 2014 University of Texas commencement speech, titled "Make Your Bed," went viral three years later. Since then, McRaven has been one of the most requested military speakers, a news release from the Chamber stated.
"McRaven will draw on his experiences in the Navy and share impactful lessons and insights on authority amidst turmoil and instability, the force of teamwork and personal initiative, resilience in the face of opposition, and the unconditional importance of never giving up," the release stated.
While in the military, McRaven commanded special operations forces, eventually leading of the U.S. Special Operations Command. McRaven saw combat during Desert Storm and both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued Captain Phillips. McRaven is also credited with devising the plan and leading the mission to apprehend Osama bin Laden in 2011.
McRaven was the chancellor of the University of Texas system and was a foreign policy advisor for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama among other U.S. leaders. He currently serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Football Foundation and the board of directors of CoconoPhilips.
McRaven was the runner-up for TIME magazine's "Person of the Year" in 2011 and was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 10 Foreign Policy Experts" in 2012. McRaven has authored two books, "SPEC OPS: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life" and "Maybe the World and Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations."