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Bellevue University's Annual Signature Event to Feature Gen. James Mattis

Event Set for Monday, Oct. 3 at the Holland Performing Arts Center


Bellevue University has announced that former Secretary of Defense Gen. James N. Mattis  USMC (Ret.) will be the featured speaker at the University’s annual Signature Event on Monday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center located at 13th and Douglas streets in downtown Omaha.

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“Gen. Mattis is recognized as a thoughtful, compassionate and strategic commander on and off the battlefield," said Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins. “We are delighted to welcome him to Nebraska and look forward to hearing his insights on America's place in today's complex and oftentimes dangerous world.”

If you have questions about the Signature Event, please email or call 402-557-7292.

About Gen. James Mattis:

One of the preeminent leaders of his generation, Gen. James Mattis, USMC (Ret.) has spent nearly 50 years in the service of his country. Renowned for his diligent study of war and efforts on the battlefield, Gen. Mattis served as the 26th Secretary of Defense of the United States (2017-2018).  He secured special permission from Congress to lead the Pentagon sooner than he was eligible.

During his 44 years in the Marines, Gen. Mattis rose from an 18-year-old reservist to the highest rank of four-star general. He capped off his military career as head of the U.S. Central Command, where he was in charge of all American forces serving in the Middle East.

Gen. Mattis is a recipient of the Bronze Star for valour for his service in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War. He is also the author of Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead and Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military. 

About Bellevue University

About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with nearly 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (