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Retired Air Force major general to speak on climate change

Rick Devereaux

The local chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby is bringing in a retired U.S. Air Force officer to speak about the national security risks of climate change.

Maj. Gen. Rick Devereaux will speak at noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Alexandria Senior Center, 414 Hawthorne St. in Alexandria.

Devereaux served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force before retiring in 2012, closing out his career as director of operational planning, policy and strategy in Washington, D.C. He is now executive vice president for Texson Technologies, an energy transmission company.

He also volunteers with the Asheville, North Carolina, chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby. In an interview published online last month, Devereaux told the national climate lobby office that he appreciated its bipartisan approach and effectiveness in getting things done.

"Our Asheville CCL chapter has gained a reputation for outreach to individuals and groups who are not members of traditional environmental groups," he said. "We are a very politically diverse group with a broad range of backgrounds."

Each month, the Douglas County chapter brings in a guest speaker. In honor of Veteran's Day on Nov. 11, it chose Devereaux.

Refreshments will be served at 11:30 a.m. prior to Devereaux's talk.

The chapter says it welcomes the public, especially veterans, to hear him speak.