Florida’s strategic importance in protecting America’s national security is indisputable. Home to over 20 military installations, Florida’s abundant coastline is a natural choice for military exercises and deterrence. Tampa in particular, host to two command centers, is a critical convergence of U.S. national security.
Join the American Security Project on May 19th at 2pm EST for a virtual discussion on military resilience in the Tampa Bay region with Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.) and Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.)
About the Speakers
Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Gunn served in the U.S. Navy for thirty-five years prior to his retirement in 2000. His last active-duty assignment was Inspector General of the Department of the Navy where, together with his Marine Deputy, he was responsible for the Department’s overall inspection program and its assessments of readiness, training, and quality of service. Admiral Gunn serves on the American Security Project’s Board of Directors.
Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.)
President of the American Security Project
BGen Stephen Cheney USMC (Ret) is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has over 30 years experience as a Marine. His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment. Gen. Cheney’s primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island. He served several years in Japan and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia.