IDB Executive Fellows

The Institute for Defense and Business established the Executive Fellows Program to provide selected retired senior leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense and the military services an opportunity to continue to apply their knowledge and experience.  During their tenure, IDB Executive Fellows will participate in, and present at, LOGTECH and other IDB educational programs, attend and speak at conferences and provide their insight on emerging issues and trends in a range of military and educational issues.

Executives selected as Fellows are uniquely qualified because of the extraordinary expertise they have demonstrated during distinguished careers.  At least four fellowships are granted annually.

The Institute for Defense and Business is grateful to SAS, the global leader in business intelligence, for providing the inaugural support for the IDB Executive Fellows Program.

 

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Class of 2014-2015

Griffin

GEN Benjamin S. Griffin, USA (Ret.)
Class of 2014-2015

General Griffin retired in 2008 after a 38 year Army career.  He currently serves as Chairman of the board for the Military Child Education Coalition.

 

  

Harvey

ADM John C. Harvey, Jr., USN (Ret.)
Class of 2014-2015

Admiral Harvey retired from the U.S. Navy in November 2012 after serving as the Commander, U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Command.

 

  

Currier

VADM John P. Currier, USCG (Ret.)
Class of 2014-2015

Admiral Currier recently retired from the United States Coast Guard after serving for two years as the Coast Guard’s Vice Commandant.

 

  

Gaskin

LtGen Walter E. Gaskin, USMC (Ret.)
Class of 2014-2015

General Gaskin retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in November 2013 after 39 years of service.  He is currently the Managing Director of EuroOrient Financial Group.

 

  

Close

Maj Gen Kathleen D. Close, USAF (Ret.)
Class of 2014-2015

General Close retired from the Air Force in 2012 after a 33 year career.  She is currently an independent consultant.

 

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Class of 2013-2014

Breckenridge

VADM Jody A. Breckenridge, USCG (Ret.)
Vice Chair, San Francisco Fleet Week Association
Class of 2013-2014

VADM Breckenridge is a veteran of 34 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard.  She formerly served as Commander of the Pacific Area.  She is currently the Vice Chair of the San Francisco Fleet Week Association.

 

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LTG Kathleen M. Gainey, USA (Ret.)
Former Deputy Commander, United States Transportation Command
Class of 2013-2014

LTG Gainey retired from the U.S. Army in 2013 with more than 35 years of military service. She is currently Senior VP of Logistics at Cypress International, Inc.

 

Reno

Lt Gen Loren Reno, USAF (Ret.)
Dean, School of Business Administration & Professor, Management at Cedarville University
Class of 2013-2014

Lt Gen Reno retired from the United States Air Force in 2012 after 38 years of military service.  He served as the USAF's senior logistician at the Pentagon before retiring.  He is currently the Dean of Cedarville University's School of Business Administration.

 

Skinner

VADM Walter M. "Mark" Skinner, USN (Ret.)
Class of 2013-2014

VADM Skinner recently completed a career in the United States Navy.  Prior to retirement, he served as Principle Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition.

 

 

Williams

LtGen Willie J. Williams, USMC (Ret.)
Class of 2013-2014

LtGen Williams retired in 2013 from the United States Marine Corps with 39 years of military service.  He formerly served as the Chief of the Marine Corps Staff. 


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Class of 2012-2013

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Admiral Eric. T. Olson, USN (Ret.)
President, ETO Group, LLC
Class of 2012-2013

Admiral Eric T. Olson retired from the United States Navy in 2011 after more than 38 years of military service.  His last assignment was as Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. As President of ETO Group, LLC, Admiral Olson is now an independent national security consultant who supports a wide range of private and public sector organizations, including as an Adjunct Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

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General Roger A. Brady, USAF (Ret.)
Chairman, Board of Advisors, Dead Sea Power and Water Project
Class of 2012-2013

General Roger Brady was formerly the Commander, United States Air Forces in Europe and was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, HQ USAF.  He retired with more than 41 years of military service. General Brady frequently speaks to defense, civic, academic and church audiences on the subject of principled leadership.

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LtGen Bruce A. Knutson, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
Senior Mentor, MAGTF Staff Training Program
Class of 2012-2013

LtGen Bruce A. Knutson retired as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia after more than 32 years of military service. He is currently a Senior Mentor on the Marine Corps’ MAGTF Staff Training Program teaching MAGTF operations and operational planning.

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LTG Mitchell H. Stevenson, USA (Ret.)
Senior Account Manager, SAIC Logistics and Engineering Solutions Business Unit
Class of 2012-2013

LTG Mitchell Stevenson retired as the as Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Headquarters, Department of the Army after 37 1/2 years of active service. He was the principal logistics advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Army and the responsible official for sustainment of the Army to the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.  He currently works as the Senior Account Manager with the Logistics and Engineering Solutions Business Unit at SAIC.

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RADM Ronald F. Silva, USCG (Ret.)
Co-Chair, U.S. Coast Guard National Retiree Council
Class of 2012-2013

RADM Ronald Silva retired as the Ninth USCG District Commander after over 33 years of service. He was also the Assistant Commandant for Systems and Chief Engineer and Logistician for the Coast Guard.  After retirement he was Vice President at Washington Group International and is currently the Co-Chair of the U.S. Coast Guard National Retiree Council.

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Class of 2011-2012

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General Paul J. Kern, USA (Ret.)
Senior Counselor, Cohen Group
Class of 2011-2012

General Paul J. Kern is a Senior Counselor with The Cohen Group.  He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of AM General from August 2008 through January 2010 and is currently a Director with ITT and iRobot Corporations, and a member of the CoVant Board of Managers.  Since retiring from the Army in 2005, he has held the Class of 1950 Chair for Advanced Technology at West Point, was a President for Battelle, and a Director on the Anteon and EDO boards. 

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General Richard I. Neal, USMC (Ret.)
President, Audio MPEG
Class of 2011-2012

General Richard Neal rose to the position of Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.  Since retirement, General Neal has served on several corporate boards and has been associated with intellectual property rights in the private sector and defense-related companies.  He is president of Audio MPEG, a patent licensing company.  He has served on the Board of Directors of Humanetics Corporation, a pharmaceutical company, since January 2006, and on the Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of America Including a two year term as Chairman.

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Lt Gen Donald J. Wetekam, USAF (Ret.)
Senior Vice President, Government & Defense Business Development, AAR
Class of 2011-2012

Lieutenant General Donald J. Wetekam is the Senior Vice President Government & Defense Business Development, for AAR, responsible for strengthening AAR's presence in government and defense markets as well as managing legislative engagement activities.

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VADM James M. Zortman, USN (Ret.)
Sector Vice President, Life Cycle Logistics and Support, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Class of 2011-2012

Vice Admiral James Zortman is sector vice president, Life Cycle Logistics and Support, for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, a premier provider of manned and unmanned aircraft, space systems, missile systems, and advanced technologies critical to our nation's security.  Supporting sector strategy of "design anywhere, build anywhere, support anywhere," Zortman provides sector-level leadership of the full spectrum of logistics and product support functions.  He is responsible for ensuring that the same excellence in integration now represented in design and production at Aerospace Systems is also fully exploited in anticipation and fulfillment of product support requirements.

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RADM Erroll M. Brown, USCG (Ret.)  
Class of 2011-2012

Rear Admiral Erroll Brown retired from the US Coast Guard on 30 June 2005 after 33 years of distinguished service.  Since retirement, Admiral Brown has served in a number of senior advisory roles for the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Coast Guard, Department of the Navy, and IBM Global Business Services. 

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Class of 2010-2011

loy_2 (2).jpg  Admiral James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.)
  Senior Counselor,Cohen Group
  Class of 2010-2011

In 2005, Admiral James Loy completed a 45-year career in public service, retiring as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he was involved in all aspects of consolidating 22 separate agencies into one unified Cabinet department as well as managing the day-to-day activities of the agency. Prior to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in 2002, Admiral Loy served in the Department of Transportation as Deputy Under Secretary for Security and Chief Operating Officer of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and later as Under Secretary for Security. In these roles, he served as the first administrator of the newly created TSA, which is responsible for protecting the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Aimone SES_8 5x11_high res photo.jpg   Mr. Michael A. Aimone, SES, USAF (Ret.)
   VP Strategy Development, Battelle
   Class of 2010-2011

Mr. Michael A. Aimone retired as a member of the Senior Executive Service on July 31, 2009.  He was the former Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.  In that position Mr. Aimone was responsible to the Chief of Staff for leadership, management and integration of Air Force civil engineering, logistics readiness, supply, transportation, and aircraft and missile maintenance. He was also responsible for setting policy and preparing budget estimates that reflect enhancements to productivity, combat readiness and quality of life for Air Force people.  He currently works as VP Strategy Development for Battelle.

Dail headshot.jpg   LTG Robert T. Dail, USA (Ret.)
   President, Supreme Global Service Solutions
   Class of 2010-2011

Lieutenant General Robert T. Dail, USA (Ret.) was the Former Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).  DLA,   headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., is responsible for providing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and other federal agencies with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services in peace and war. These services include logistics information, materiel management, procurement, warehousing and distribution of spare parts, food, clothing, medical supplies and fuel, reutilization of surplus military materiel and document automation and production. This worldwide mission is performed by approximately 21,000 civilian and military personnel.  General Dail is now the President of Supreme Global Service Solutions.

Kramlich web.jpg   LtGen Richard S. Kramlich, USMC (Ret.)
   Senior Mentor, Marine Air Ground Training Facility
   Class of 2010-2011

Lieutenant General Richard S. Kramlich, USMC (Ret.) was the former Director, Marine Corps Staff, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC.  Prior to this assignment, he also served as the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics.  He currently serves as a Senior Mentor for the MAGTAF Staff Training Program at Quantico VA.

Loose web.jpg   VADM Michael K. Loose, USN (Ret.)
   Senior Vice President, Parsons
   Class of 2010-2011

Vice Admiral Michael K. Loose, USN (Ret.) was the former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4) from 2007-2010.  Admiral Loose was born in Albuquerque, N.M. and raised as a Navy junior. He attended the University of Kansas on an NROTC scholarship. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps in 1975. He earned his master's of Science in Civil Engineering and completed the Integrative Program in Administration at the University of Washington in 1980. Admiral Loose completed the University of Michigan Executive Program in 1996. Admiral Loose is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer.  Furthermore, the Admiral is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in the state of Calif., a member of the Acquisition Professional Community and a Fellow in the Society of American Military Engineers. 

 

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Class of 2009-2010

babbitt.jpgGeneral George T. Babbitt, USAF (Ret.)
Class of 2009-2010

General George T. Babbitt retired from the Air Force on June 1, 2000 as the Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  AFMC conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and provides acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapons systems ready for war.

Coleman.JPG LtGen Ronald S. Coleman, USMC (Ret.)
National Chairman, Marine Corps League Exposition Committee, Nielsen Company
Class of 2009-2010

Lieutenant General Ronald S. Coleman was the Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, and retired January 1, 2010.

 

Massenburg.jpg VADM Walter B. Massenburg, USN (Ret.)
Class of 2009-2010

Admiral Massenburg retired from the Navy after a successful 38 year career on 1 April 2007.  His last assignment in the Navy was Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland where he headed a team that included more than 27,000 program managers, aircraft maintenance artisans, engineers, acquisition experts, test pilots, and logisticians that provided cost-wise readiness and dominant maritime combat power to improve the integration, efficiency, and effectiveness of the Navy/Marine Corps aviation team.

Mortensen.jpg LTG William E. Mortensen, USA (Ret.)
Consultant and President, Mortensen and Associates
Member,
IDB Board of Directors
Class of 2009-2010

Lieutenant General Mortensen has acquired an array of on-the-ground logistics experience and knowledge throughout his career, culminating his 35-year Army career as the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Deputy Commanding General at Fort Belvoir, VA where he provided logistics, acquisition and technology support and materiel to our Army’s great soldiers from 2005 until he retired in August 2008.

Gabel.jpg RADM Dale G. Gabel, USCG (Ret.)
Consultant
Class of 2009-2010

Admiral Gabel retired from the Coast Guard in September 2009 after more than 38 years of military service.  His final tour of duty was Commander, First Coast Guard District, in which he supervised all Coast Guard missions across eight states in the northeast and along 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey.  Admiral Gabel commanded over 12,000 active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary personnel; and employed 30 cutters, 200 boats and 8 aircraft.

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Class of 2008-2009

Christianson.JPG LTG Claude V. "Chris" Christianson, USA (Ret.)
Senior Director, Center for Joint and Strategic Logistics, National Defense University
Class of 2008-2009

Lieutenant General Christianson completed his career in the U.S. Army in June of 2008.  His final active duty assignment was the Director for Logistics, J-4, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C., which he assumed in October of 2005.  As the Director for Logistics, he was responsible for operational logistics and strategic mobility support to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense.



Sattler.JPG LtGen John F. Sattler, USMC (Ret.)
Consultant
Class of 2008-2009

Lieutenant General Sattler completed his career in the U.S. Marine Corps in August of 2008.  His final active duty assignment was the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, the Joint Staff, which he assumed in September of 2006.  As the Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, Lieutenant General Sattler assisted the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with critical examination of future trends and provided responsive assessments and recommendations in four major areas: current and future military strategy, planning guidance, and policy; politico-military advice and policies; military positions on projected and ongoing international negotiations; and interagency coordination within these three areas.



Sullivan headshot-cropped.JPG VADM Paul E. Sullivan, USN (Ret.)
Vice President, American Centrifuge and Chief Engineer, USEC, Inc.
Class of 2008-2009

Vice Admiral Sullivan completed his career in the United States Navy in August of 2008.  His final active duty assignment was the 41st Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), which engineers, builds, buys and maintains ships, submarines, and combat systems that meet the Fleet’s current and future operational requirements.  As Commander, Admiral Sullivan oversaw a fiscal year 2008 budget of $24.8 billion, which accounts for nearly one quarter of the Navy’s entire budget, and a force of 53,000 civilian, military, and contract support personnel, and NAVSEA engineers.



Harrell.jpgMaj Gen Elizabeth Ann Harrell, USAF (Ret.)
Consultant
Class of 2008-2009

Major General Harrell completed her career in the U.S. Air Force in October of 2006.  Her final active duty assignment was the Director of Maintenance and Logistics, Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, V.A.  She was responsible for policy, budget, and oversight of the command’s maintenance, supply, contracting, transportation, and munitions activities.  She provided logistics direction and oversight to more than 43,000 logistics personnel assigned to 93 ACC combat and combat logistics support units worldwide supporting 2,840 fighter, bomber and special mission aircraft.  The General led a staff of more than 350 people and controlled a budget of $4.6 billion.  In addition, she supervised three special staff agencies comprising more than 440 people providing the command’s regional supply support, command-wide contracting activities, and program management of the radar surveillance systems dedicated to protecting the nation’s borders.

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Class of 2007-2008

Nyland.jpg General William L. "Spider" Nyland, USMC (Ret.)
Consultant
Class of 2007-2008

General Nyland served as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington D.C. from September 2002 until September 2005.  He retired from active duty November 1, 2005.



McCarthy.jpg VADM Justin "Dan" McCarthy, USN (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer, Silver Eagle Consulting
Class of 2007-2008

Vice Admiral McCarthy completed a 37 year career in the U.S. Navy on April 1, 2007.  His final active duty assignment was as Director, Materiel Readiness and Logistics, the senior logistician on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.  In this assignment, he was responsible for Navy policy, programming, and resourcing for Fleet readiness, logistics, strategic sealift, and environmental programs.


strock.jpg LTG Carl A. Strock, USA (Ret.)
Bechtel Group
Class of 2007-2008

Lieutenant General Strock completed his 35 year career in the United States Army in May of 2007.  His final position was Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  As commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he led a major Army command that is the world’s largest public engineering, design, and construction management agency.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer.

Orr.jpg Mr. Ronald L. Orr, SES, USAF (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer, RLO Associates
Class of 2007-2008

Prior to his retirement from Senior Executive Service on January 3, 2005, Mr. Orr was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.  In this role, he provided guidance, direction, and executive oversight to the Assistant Secretary for overall supervision of installations, environment, safety and occupational health and logistics.  The department’s responsibilities included military construction, base closure and realignment.

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Class of 2006-2007

salomon.jpg GEN Leon E. Salomon, USA (Ret.)
Consultant, Logistics/Supply Chain Operations
Class of 2006-2007

General Salomon’s last active duty assignment was as Commanding General (CG) of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.  His long and distinguished career consisted of numerous logistics-related command and staff positions to also include CG of U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Headquarters Department of the Army.  Upon retirement he worked for Rubbermaid Incorporated becoming the Senior Vice President for Procurement responsible for the company’s $1.4 billion global procurement and services programs.  He has served on several Board of Directors including as Chairman to the Board for the Armed Forces Benefit Association.  General Salomon was a member of the Army Science Board for six years and is an Honorary Regimental Colonel, Emeritus – U.S. Army Ordinance Regiment.

 

kelly.jpg Lt Gen Richard L. Kelly, USMC (Ret.)
Research Chair, LMI
Class of 2006-2007

Lieutenant General Kelly completed his USMC career as the Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.  During his tenure, he modernized the USMC supply chain employing technology insertion, process reengineering, best practices, benchmarking and other transformational initiatives.  His many commands included a Combat Service Support Detachment for the 1st Marine Division in the Gulf War, and the 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force.  He also served as Vice Director for Logistics, the Joint Staff.  Among his many military and civilian academic honors was his designation in 2005 as a Distinguished Graduate by the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees.

saunders.jpgMaj Gen Mary L. Saunders, USAF (Ret.)
Executive Director, Texas Woman's University (TWU) Leadership University
Class of 2006-2007

Major General Saunders’ career in the military culminated as Vice Director for the Defense Logistics Agency.  She has also held General Officer positions as Commander of the Defense Supply Center in Columbus, OH and on the Air Staff as Director of Supply and Transportation.  General Saunders’ distinguished career included line and staff transportation and logistics assignments in Air Force, Joint and Combatant Commands throughout the globe.  General Saunders’ many honors include being named a Distinguished Alumnus of TWU in 1998 and a TWU woman of Distinction in 2000.

Lucas.jpgMr. William R. Lucas, SES (Ret.)
Class of 2006-2007

Mr. Lucas retired from Federal Service in 2005 as the Deputy to the Commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) (formerly MTMC).  Mr. Lucas held a number of positions in his distinguished career with MTMC directing policy and programs in traffic management, railways and freight automation advancing to Acting Assistant Director for Transportation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Headquarters Department of the Army before assuming his top position in the SDDC.

He has also held positions with the Interstate Commerce Commission, Xerox Corporation and the Middle Atlantic Conference.  Some of Mr. Lucas’ many honors include the Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 2005 and the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1997 and 2002.

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Class of 2005-2006

Tuttle-1.jpg GEN William G.T. Tuttle, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Consultant
Class of 2005-2006

As the Army’s senior logistician, General Tuttle led 100,000 soldiers and civilians of the U.S. Army Materiel Command from 1989 until his retirement early in 1992, a period encompassing Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.



McKissock high res.jpgLt Gen Gary S. McKissock, USMC (Ret.)
Consultant and Board of Director, Sapient Corporation
Class of 2005-2006

Prior to his retirement, Lieutenant General McKissock served as the Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, Headquarters Marine Corps.  His distinguished career included combat tours of duty in the Fleet Marine Forces in Vietnam and in Desert Storm and numerous staff positions plus commands at the battalion, group and expeditionary support base level.  He also served as Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Service Support Schools.

Holder Photo 120x142.jpgVADM Gordon S. Holder, USN (Ret.)
Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
Class of 2005-2006

Vice Admiral Holder’s most recent active duty position was the Director for Logistics, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, which he began on September 4, 2001 and held for nearly three years during the tumultuous period following 9-11.  He has served in numerous staff positions and commands at sea and on shore including Commander of Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific/Commander Naval Base Pearl Harbor and Command of the Military Sealift Command.


DShands.jpgMs. Donna L. Shands, SES (Ret.)
Principle Owner and Chief Operating Officer, General Logistics, Inc.
Class of 2005-2006

Ms. Shands retired from the Department of Defense as a Senior Executive Service (SES) official with more than 30 years of senior logistics and supply chain management experience in the U.S. Army.  She has a history of being the first woman to serve in executive and managerial positions in the organization.

 

 

 

 

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