CSW to Host Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North at Maddox Series

10/20/2005.  The Fall 2005 Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted by College of the Southwest, will present Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, on Thursday, November 10.  North will take the stage at Tydings Auditorium on the Hobbs High School campus, located at 800 North Jefferson, at 7:30 p.m.

North is a combat decorated Marine, a #1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, and host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel; yet he claims his most important accomplishment as being "the husband of one and the father of four."

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

Assigned to the national security council staff in the Reagan administration, North was the United States Government's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator from 1983-1986, 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 hijackers of the cruise ship Achille Lauro.  After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi's terrorist bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the infamous terrorist found dead in Baghdad in August, 2002.  His award-winning combat coverage, while embedded with U.S. Marine and Army units for Fox News during Operation Iraqi Freedom, won international acclaim.

He is the author of Under Fire, One More Mission, War Stories-Operation Iraqi Freedom; and three novels: Mission Compromised, The Jericho Sanction (both New York Times best-sellers) and the recently published The Assassins

North is also the founder of Freedom Alliance, a foundation which provides scholarships for the sons and daughters of service members killed in action.