The Washington Times - September 9, 2013, 08:25AM

Ronald Reagan still gets much recognition for his finesse in the public arena.

Consider that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Navy Chief of Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert plus Sens. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, and Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, are among the 30 luminaries who will attend “Building Peace Through Strength Through 2025” at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., in mid-November.

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“More than ever, before we are learning the true value of peace through strength,” declares Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; he also heads up the steering committee for this event.

Among many items on the agenda: the Asia “rebalance,” Pentagon management during wartime and sequestration, and caring for wounded warriors.

“My husband worked every day of our eight years in Washington to ensure that our country was peacefully protected and that our military was the finest in the world,” former first lady Nancy Reagan says. “He would be so pleased to know that his ‘Peace Through Strength’ policies are being discussed.”

The evening will conclude with the presentation of the inaugural Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and to Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, Sen. Carl Levin.