Robert Gates to return to hometown Wichita for lecture, book signing

Robert Gates will be returning to his hometown on March 31 to talk about his book “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”

The former secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011 will present a lecture and sign books beginning at 6 p.m. March 31 at Miller Concert Hall in the Duerksen Fine Arts Building on the Wichita State University campus. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. The lecture will be 6 to 7 p.m.; the book signing will be after the lecture.

Watermark Books & Cafe partnered with WSU for the Gates lecture.

Gates was born in Wichita and graduated from East High School in 1961. He returned in 2009 to be the keynote speaker at East High’s graduation ceremonies. In 2010, he was named Kansan of the Year at the annual dinner of the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.

Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional, serving six presidents. He was director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal twice and the CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, three times.