General Stanley McChrystal, retired four-star general and former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, will provide the keynote address at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2014 Annual Convention.

The convention will be held Jan. 12-15, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.

More than 7,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation are expected to gather in San Antonio for the 95th Annual Convention to hear from distinguished leaders and participate in a grassroots policy-setting process that will guide AFBF through 2014.

McChrystal has been referred to as “one of America’s greatest warriors,” dedicating 34 years of military service to the U.S. He is a former leader of the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command, which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces.

His leadership of JSOC is recognized for the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein as well as Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, in June 2006.

“Farm Bureau is excited to announce Gen. Stan McChrystal as our keynote speaker,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “His dedication to our country, marked by one-of-a-kind leadership skills and a noteworthy record of achievement, is truly motivating,” he added.

McChrystal retired from the military in 2010. He currently teaches a leadership course at Yale University and is the co-founder of the McChrystal Group, which delivers innovative leadership solutions to organizations. He is also the author of the best-selling leadership book, “My Share of the Task: A Memoir.”

Farm Bureau members can register for the 95th AFBF Annual Convention through their state Farm Bureau.

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