Dick Cheney and Leon Panetta to Speak at Pitt-Johnstown on Veterans Day Holiday Pair to Headline Inaugural Speaker Series Event at the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness The John P. Murtha Foundation is very pleased to announce that two distinguished former high-ranking government leaders will participate in the inaugural speaker series event at the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness on the Pitt-Johnstown Campus on Veterans Day (observed), Monday, November 12. While both men have held a variety of leadership roles in the highest levels of government, Dick Cheney and Leon Panetta have one title in common – Secretary of Defense. Mr. Cheney served in that role under President George H. W. Bush, and Mr. Panetta held the position in President Barack Obama’s administration. Mr. Cheney also served as the Vice President under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2009 after representing Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives and working as White House Chief of Staff for President Gerald Ford. Mr. Panetta was the CIA Director for the Obama administration, and White House Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Management and Budget for President Bill Clinton. Before his White House roles, Mr. Panetta represented California in the U.S. House of Representatives. Vice President Cheney and Secretary Panetta will share their unique perspectives on today’s national defense and military. Since they served on opposite sides of the political aisle, they will provide valuable insight into the role of bipartisanship, as well as personal experience working with the late Congressman John P. Murtha. Also participating in this event are Mrs. Joyce Murtha, and former U.S. Ambassador to India and Johnstown native Mr. Richard Verma, who will moderate the VIP Session. TWO EVENTS in One Night: 4:30pm-6:30pm: VIP Forum with private reception at the John P Murtha Center for Public Service & National Competitiveness *** Moderated by Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to India – and Johnstown Native – Richard Verma *** VIP tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorships begin at $1,250 (includes 2 tickets). *Tickets include VIP Forum and private reception ( link )* 7:00pm-8:00pm: FREE moderated discussion for students & general public at the John P. Murtha Engineering and Science Building Auditorium To purchase VIP session sponsorships or tickets online, click here ( link ) or contact the John P. Murtha Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org ( mailto:email@example.com ) / (814) 536-2171. Tickets are also required for the FREE public forum. You can get those here online ( link ), or call UPJ: (814) 269-2080.