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U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh to Speak at National Press Club, April 23

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh will speak on the future of the Air Force at a National Press Club Speakers breakfast on April 23. General Welsh took the helm for the Air Force in August 2012. Before his appointment, he was commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and oversaw the operations of the Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany.

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Gen. Welsh, alongside Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, created a special victims counsel program for victims of sexual abuse. Since its implementation earlier this year, there has been a 33 percent increase in assault reports and prosecution.

Gen. Welsh recently testified at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense hearing on the FY2015 Air Force budget, including plans to cut the A-10 Thunderbolt II and U-2 fleets.

Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., with remarks beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer session ending at 10:30 a.m. Tickets may be purchase by going to the following link.  The cost of luncheon admission is $22 for National Press Club members and $36 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.

National Press Club Luncheons are webcast live on press.org.  Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NPCLunch, or on Facebook at (facebook.com/PressClubDC) and Twitter (@PressClubDC). Submit questions for speakers in advance and during the live event by sending them to @QNPCLunch on Twitter.  Or email a question in advance, type WELSH in the subject line and send to [email protected] before 8 a.m. on the day of event.

The Press Club is on the 13th floor, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Credentialed press may cover this event with ID.

About the National Press Club

The National Press Club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists with more than 3,300 members worldwide representing every major news organization. More than 250,000 people visit the Club each year to attend more than 2,000 events. The Club was founded in 1908 and is on the web at press.org.

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