Omega Protein director of fishing operations and Reedville plant general manager Monty Deihl will look at Reedville’s menhaden reduction industry today, said museum education committee chairman Betty Mountjoy.
“In past lectures we looked at historical Reedville,” said Mountjoy. “Now’s the time to look at Reedville’s current major industrythe menhaden fishery and its sustainable products.”
A Reedville native, Deihl is a graduate of Northumberland High School and Randolph-Macon College. A retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, he has masters’ in administration, aeronautical studies and industrial resource strategy.
He served numerous assignments and locations in the USAF around the world, earning a Bronze Star Medal for combat operations in Desert Storm and a Defense Superior Service Award. Before retiring from the service, he served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon as the U.S. Military’s senior nuclear arms control treaty negotiator.
He and his wife, Mary, live on Fleeton Point.
The lecture series is held on first Mondays through May, corresponding with the monthly Monday night fried chicken dinners from 5 to 6:30 at American Legion Post 117 next door.