Former Iranian hostage to speak at Purdue

November 11, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Paul Needham, one of the 52 American hostages held for 444 days from 1979 to 1981 in Iran, will speak at Purdue University on Nov. 19.

"A Former Iranian Hostage Remembers 444 Days" is 7:30 p.m. in Krannert, Room G016. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Andrew Maner Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Department of Political Science.

From November 1979 to January 1981, Needham and other Americans were taken hostage at the United States Embassy in Tehran by a group of students supporting the Iranian Revolution. At the time, Needham was a U.S. Air Force Logistics staff officer. He is now a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, and a professor of logistics and director of the Supply Chain Management program at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University. He teaches courses in logistics, supply chain management, modeling and simulation, war gaming, military strategy and transportation economics.

Prior to coming to the Eisenhower School in 1996, Needham served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 23 years. In 1990, he was chosen for command of the Little Rock Air Force Base Supply Squadron. During his career he held a number of logistics positions including logistics analyst at HQ U.S. Air Force, foreign military sales officer, and several logistics staff positions.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723,

Source: Keith Shimko, 765-494-7601,

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