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9th Annual University of Mobile Leadership Banquet Features American Hero Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret.)

The University of Mobile will bring American hero Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) to Mobile for the 9th annual University of Mobile Leadership Banquet on March 27, 2014.

Sponsorships are available and tickets are on sale now at www.umobile.edu/banquet2014, or call the university at 251.442.2598. The gala event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in downtown Mobile.

Oliver North is a combat-decorated U.S. Marine, a No. 1 best-selling author, founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, and the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, North graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a Marine officer. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action.

He has authored 13 books, all of them New York Times best sellers. His latest book is “American Heroes on the Homefront,” and North will autograph copies of his book following the banquet.

The annual University of Mobile Leadership Banquet raises financial support for the UMobile Fund. North’s appearance marks the ninth Leadership Banquet which brings a speaker of national prominence to the Mobile area who uses his or her influence to open doors of opportunity for the next generation of leaders.

Previous speakers have included former President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, former Georgia Gov. and retired U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Sponsorships and premium tickets are available and range in price, including various benefits such as a private reception and photo opportunity with North. See www.umobile.edu/banquet2014 for all the options. 

Assigned to the National Security Council staff in the Reagan administration, Lt. Col. North was the United States government’s counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983-1986. He was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro.

After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi’s terror bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the infamous terrorist killed in Baghdad in August 2002. President Ronald Reagan described North as “an American hero.”

Since 2001, he has been the host of “War Stories” – the award-winning military documentary series on Fox News Channel -- and has been embedded with more than 55 U.S. and allied combat units.

North serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association and is the founder of Freedom Alliance, a foundation providing college scholarships to the sons and daughters of U.S. military personnel killed in the line of duty. He claims his most important accomplishment is being “the husband of one, the father of four and the grandfather of 14.”

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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