Retired officer to speak about draft

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A retired Marine Corps officer will speak to the local chapter of the Central Carolina Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America on the possibility of re-introducing the draft Monday at noon at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Boundary St.

Col. Lee Lanage will examine the sentiment of the military, the administration and the discussion among U.S. House and Senate members about the possibility of re-introducing the draft

Lange was involved in the Vietnam War, especially in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of all military units from Vietnam.

He served with the 2nd Marine Division during the first Gulf War. For eight years, he was manpower planner at the Marine Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C.

When he retired in June 2001, he joined the staff of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) in the central office in Washington.

Lange is the director of the Council and Chapters Affairs Department for the association and its 411 chapters across the nation.

Carrol J.W. Fisher, president of the local chapter, invites citizens to hear the address and has 50 extra seats at Rufty-Holmes. The cost will be $6.50 for a meal.

Those who wish to attend should call Robert Loeblein at 704-636-4766 or Fisher at 704-636-4811 for a reservation.