June 13, 2012 | By Nicole Hoffman | email@example.com
USS Cole Commander Kirk Lippold, a decorated former commanding officer of the USS Cole, is scheduled to speak Tuesday, July 10, about the harrowing details of the deadly al-Qaeda bomb attack on his ship in the port of Aden, Yemen, in 2000.
Lippold is the author of "Front Burner: Al Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole," a first-person narrative of the Oct. 12, 2000, attack. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on an American warship in history.
Lippold also will discuss the dangerous warning signs that many top leaders in Washington ignored, only to be caught flat-footed when al-Qaeda struck again 11 months later.
Lippold, awarded the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon, retired from the Navy in 2007.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the National Press Club conference rooms on the 13th floor. Lippold's talk will be followed by an opportunity for questions and book signings. Reservations are required and may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-662-7523.
This event is free for NPC members and $5 for all non-members. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Proceeds benefit the National Press Club Journalism Institute. No outside books will be permitted.