Gen. Lee Butler
Born at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1939, this anti-nuclear activist attained the rank of General in the United States Air Force in 1991. The rank came after three decades of being responsible for all U. S Navy and U. S Air Force nuclear forces in support of the strategic defense, national security objective. The titles he bore that fulfilled this vast responsibility were the last Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Air Command, as well as the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Strategic Command at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base. After his retirement, and because of his extensive first-hand experience and in-depth research on US nuclear war plans, Butler has become a leading voice for the abolition of nuclear weapons. His heartfelt concern has been said to be that the people of the world "have not grasped the elemental truths and the acute penalties" of nuclear war. Among his many honors and medals are The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Broze Star, Oak Leaf Cluster's Legion of Merit, and Distinguished Service Medals. Butler also received the Distinguished Peace Leadership Award from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in 1999. Butler serves on numerous boards of civic organizations, and is now president of the nonprofit he founded, The Second Chance Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska, an organization dedicated to reducing nuclear danger. Only a man who once held the position of the principal nuclear advisor to the president, with the power to command the launch of America's nuclear arsenal, could teach the world so much about the gravity of nuclear weapons.
"I want to record my strong conviction that the risks entailed by nuclear weapons are far too great to leave the prospects of their elimination solely within the province with governments."
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