The Kent Memorial Library's lecture series, focusing on "The New Soldiers: the American Military in the 21st Century," is underway.

General William Edward "Kip" Ward, who retired May 1, will speak June 5 at 2 p.m., tentatively scheduled at the Kent Community House on Route 7 North.

General Ward is a United States Army four-star general who served as the first commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Oct. 1, 2007 to March 9, 2011.

He also served as deputy commanding general and chief of staff, US Army Europe and Seventh Army, during which time he was selected by the U.S. Secretary of State to serve as the United States Security Coordinator, Israel-Palestinian Authority.

Promoted to general in May 2006, General Ward served as deputy commander, United States European Command until October 2007.

AFRICOM is the theater which will soon be transferring control of UN forces in Libya to NATO.

Retired general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell will present a lecture July 3 at 2 p.m. at the Kent Community House.

He has had a successful military career and followed that with experience as a statesman.

Details regarding the fourth and final speaker in the lecture series will be announced in the future.

For more information and registration, call the Main Street library at 860-927-3761.