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Retired General David Petraeus keynotes Dutch-American event

November 13, 2015
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David Petraeus
David Petraeus.

A retired U.S. general who helped lead the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will be in town next Tuesday to talk about what it means to be Dutch.

Retired General David Petraeus, who formerly served as director of the CIA, will be the keynote speaker at the Dutch-American Heritage Day celebration in Hudsonville at The Pinnacle Center, at 3330 Highland Dr. The event beings with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner at 6:45 p.m.


Petraeus served with distinction in the U.S. military for more than 37 years. He is the son of a Dutch-American sea captain.

Petraeus has served on additional tours in Cold War Europe, the U.S., Central America, Haiti, Bosnia, Kuwait and the Middle East. He had a total of six consecutive commands as a general officer, and five of those commands were in combat.

For his services to the U.S. and its allies, Petraeus has received numerous military, State Department, NATO and United Nations medals and awards. About 13 foreign countries have also decorated him, including the Netherlands, which presented him an honorary knighthood in 2010.

Petraeus resigned as director of the CIA in 2012, following reports of his having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

He currently serves as a partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and chair of its Global Institute.


Tickets for the event cost $15 and can be purchased by calling 616-726-8010 or emailing info at wmdutch-americanheritage dot com. 

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