American Legion’s Men’s Leadership Academy hosts VIP guest

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Gravett and students

American Legion High School’s Men’s Leadership Academy hosted a VIP guest recently — U.S. Army Major General Peter Gravett, who serves in Gov. Jerry Brown’s Cabinet as Secretary of the California Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Gravett is a retired major general with more than 40 years of military service in the U.S. Army and the California Army National Guard, serving initially as an enlisted soldier prior to being commissioned in 1968.

During his career he served in numerous regions of the world including Asia, Central America, Western Europe and Central Europe where he was assigned as a Senior NATO Military Representative in Kiev, Ukraine, with the Partnership for Peace Program.

He was also stationed at various installations in the U.S., including duty at the Pentagon. Gravett talked to students about his career in the military and law enforcement (he is also retired from the Los Angeles Police Department) and how he earned three master’s degrees, including degrees in chemistry and forensics.

Gravett also answered questions and offered to mentor students.

The American Legion Men’s Academy has also been honored with visits from California Governor Jerry Brown, Sacramento Chief of Police Rick Braziel and City Councilmen Jay Schenirer.