IDB Executive Fellows enrich our educational programs by bringing the perspective of retired U.S. Department of Defense and military senior leaders, as well as private industry senior executives, into the learning environment. Typically, one Fellow will attend each program for one or more days. Their role is to provide thought leadership on relevant topics addressed in the program curriculum as well as mentor, coach, and advise participants during the program, and often long beyond.

Class of 2023

Admiral Charles Ray, USCG (Ret)

Charlie Ray served four decades as a tactical, operational, and strategic leader in Coast Guard mission sets around the globe. Admiral Ray retired in 2021 after serving as the 31rst Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science Degree from The Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Purdue University.

Lieutenant General Warren D. Berry, USAF (Ret)

Warren Berry is a senior consultant offering insights and solutions to complex executive leadership and strategic logistics challenges in the aviation industry and beyond. In his most recent position before retiring, Warren was a Deputy Chief of Staff (Executive Vice President  equivalent) working at the highest levels of the U.S Air Force in the Pentagon.

Lieutenant General Charles G. Chiarotti, USMC (Ret)

Lieutenant General Chiarotti was commissioned December 21, 1985. Following graduation from The Basic School and Basic Motor Transport Officer Course, he was assigned to 1st Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Air Control Group 18, Okinawa, Japan. During this tour, he served as the Battalion Motor Transport Officer, S-4 Officer, and 2d Platoon Commander, Bravo Battery (Stinger Gunner).

Ms. Anne Bradley, CEO Agility Defense & Government Services

Anne Bradley joined Agility in 2001. She transitioned to the role of Chief Executive Officer after serving as Senior Vice President and Head of
Program Management supporting the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense (MoD). She maintained full responsibility for the Agility DGS
contracts, which provide specialized movement support services for the entire U.K. MoD.

Vice Admiral Dee L. Mewbourne, USN (Ret)

Dee Mewbourne retired as a Vice Admiral in 2022 after 40 years of service and is currently pursuing an executive leadership position in the private sector. His passion is leading positive strategic change while imbuing an organizational culture of excellence, high performance,
and teamwork. Most recently, he demonstrated these skills while working in global logistics.

Major General Rodney D. Fogg, USA (Ret)

Rodney Fogg recently retired after 35 years in the United States Army. Commissioned into the Quartermaster Corps in 1987, Rodney served as a logistics officer throughout his career. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and supported multiple divisions in combat and home station operations including the 3rd ID, 1st ID, 1st CAV and 82nd ABN.

Class of 2022

Mr. John M. Holmes, President and CEO AAR

Mr. John M. Holmes is President and Chief Executive Officer of AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading aviation services provider to commercial airlines and government customers worldwide. He also serves on AAR’s Board of Directors.

General Stephen R. Lyons, USA (Ret)

General Lyons was appointed as White House Ports and Supply Chain Envoy in May 2022. He retired from the US Army in December 2021 after 38 years of service culminating as the 13th commander of US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). TRANSCOM is one of 11 Presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed combatant commands within the DOD responsible to deploy and sustain military forces, provide humanitarian assistance, and integrate the multibillion-dollar Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise.

Lieutenant General John J. Broadmeadow, USMC (Ret)

John Broadmeadow retired from the Marine Corps in October 2020 as a three-star general with over 37 years of progressive leadership experience in a variety of positions. He successfully led large, diverse organizations across the globe, in combat, and during periods of significant change. He now leverages extensive experience in executive leadership, logistics / supply chain management, strategic planning, and corporate change management by consulting in the private sector and with various government organizations.

Lieutenant General Andrew E. Busch, USAF (Ret)

Andy Busch is a tested senior leader with extensive experience in supply chain management and aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO).  As a senior executive, he provided strategic leadership while commanding an aircraft MRO depot, the aviation spare parts supply chain for the Department of Defense, as well as the Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

Rear Admiral Joseph L. Nimmich, USCG (Ret)

Admiral Nimmich completed a 33-year Coast Guard career, five years in private sector, nearly four years in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  He is currently a Partner at Potomac Ridge Consulting.

Mr. James H. Smerchansky, SES, USN (Ret)

Jim Smerchansky is the Executive Vice President for Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT), an information technology company providing disruptive innovation which dramatically improves the quality and accelerates the delivery of capability to the U.S. Military.

Class of 2021

Admiral Thad W. Allen, USCG (Ret)

Admiral Thad Allen retired from Booz Allen Hamilton as Senior Executive Advisor.   Admiral Allen completed his distinguished career in the U.S. Coast Guard as its 23rd commandant, retiring from that position in June 2010.


General Darren W. McDew, USAF (Ret)

General Darren W. McDew served with distinction in the United States military for 36 years. Throughout his career, he had the opportunity to lead at all echelons; culminating as the 12th Commander, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).


Lieutenant General Darrell K. Williams, USA (Ret)

General Williams, concluded a 37-year military career while serving as Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). He currently serves as Vice President and Managing Director for the Leidos UK Logistics Division.

Major General Craig C. Crenshaw, USMC (Ret)

General Crenshaw concluded a distinctive 34 year Marine Corps career when he retired as Director, Manpower Management Division, Department of Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps in 2019.

Mr. Michael T. Madden, SES, USN (Ret)

Mr. Michael T. Madden served as Vice Commander and senior civilian of the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) May 2016 – January 2020.


Class of 2019-2020

General Vincent K. Brooks, USA (Ret)

General Vincent K. Brooks, former commander of U.S. Forces Korea, relinquished command on Nov. 8, 2018 wrapping up a 38-year career in the Army marked by trailblazing accomplishments and operational leadership.

Lieutenant General Michael G. Dana, USMC (Ret)

Lieutenant General Michael Dana retired from the United States Marine Corps in September 2019 after thirty-seven years of service.  His last assignment was Director of the Marine Corps Staff, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.

Lieutenant General John B. Cooper, USAF (Ret)

John B. Cooper is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General who most recently served as the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection. During his 35 year career he served in various assignments involving Munitions, Aircraft Maintenance and Logistics.

Rear Admiral Michael J. Lyden, USN (Ret)

Mike Lyden currently leads Katahdin Associates LLC, assisting organizations with effective planning, execution and assessment of business transformation.

Rear Admiral Michael J. Haycock, USCG (Ret)

Rear Admiral Haycock last served as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Acquisition Programs & Program Executive Officer (PEO).

Class of 2018-2019

General Daniel B. Allyn, USA (Ret.)

General Allyn retired in June 2017 after 36 years of service. He was the 35th Vice Chief of Staff of the Army.

Lieutenant General Bruce A. Litchfield, USAF (Ret.)

General Litchfield served as Commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center before his retirement in August 2015. He is currently the Vice President of Sustainment Operations for Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics business.

Rear Admiral Jonathan A. Yuen, USN (Ret.)

Admiral Yuen retired in 2018 as Commander of Naval Supply Systems Command. He is currently a sought-after speaker.

Major General James A. Kessler, USMC (Ret.)

General Kessler retired in 2013, after 33 years of service. His final assignment was as Assistant Deputy Commandant of Installations and Logistics. He is currently LMI’s Vice President of Materiel Management.

Rear Admiral Bruce D. Baffer, USCG (Ret.)

Admiral Baffer retired in 2017 as the Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics and Chief Engineer. He is currently with Fincantieri Marine Group.

Class of 2017-2018

Mr. Alan Estevez, PDUSD (AT&L), OSD (Ret.)

Mr. Estevez retired from federal service in January 2017 after 36 years of service. His last assignment was the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. He is currently employed by Deloitte Consulting.


Lieutenant General Judith A. Fedder, USAF (Ret)

General Fedder retired from the USAF in July 2015 after serving for 35 years. At the time of her retirement, she was Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, HAF. She currently works as an independent consultant and is Vice Chair of the IDB Board of Directors.


Vice Admiral William Brown, USN (Ret.)

Admiral Brown is currently the president and CEO of the National Defense Transportation Association. He recently completed his 37-year naval career as the Director of Logistics for the Joint Staff.


Lieutenant General Robert R. Ruark, USMC (Ret.)

General Ruark retired after 36 years in the U.S. Marine Corps on May 10, 2017. His last assignment was the Military Deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.


Ms. Kathryn A. Condon, USA, SES (Ret.)

Ms. Condon retired in 2013 after 30 years of federal government service. Her last position was as the Executive Director of Army National Military Cemeteries where she was recognized as the leader responsible for the complete turnaround of Arlington National Cemetery. She currently heads an independent consulting agency.


Class of 2016-2017

General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF (Ret.)

McNabb retired in 2011 as the commander of the United States Transportation Command. He is currently a co-founder and managing partner of Ares Mobility Solutions.

Vice Admiral Mark D. Harnitchek, USN (Ret.)

Harnitchek retired in 2015 after 37 years of service in the the U.S. Navy. His last assignment was as director of the Defense Logistics Agency.

Lieutenant General William M. Faulkner, USMC (Ret)

General Faulkner is the president of the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB).  He retired in 2015 after serving 33 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His last assignment was Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics. Prior to becoming president at IDB, he was a Senior Mentor for the Marine Corps and President and CEO of the Marine Corps Association and Foundation.

Rear Admiral Richard T. Gromlich, USCG (Ret.)

Gromlich retired in 2016 after 33 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard.  In his final tour of duty, he served as Commander, Coast Guard 13th District in Seattle, WA where he was responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific.

Mr. Don Tison, SES, USA (Ret.)

Tison served as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 before retiring in May 2016. He was responsible for Army Programs, Force Development, Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), Army Studies Management, and the Center for Army Analysis (CAA).

Class of 2015-2016

General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF (Ret.)

McNabb retired in 2011 as the commander of the United States Transportation Command. He is currently a co-founder and managing partner of Ares Mobility Solutions.

Lieutenant General Raymond V. Mason, USA (Ret.)

Mason retired in 2014 after serving 35 years in the United States Army, his last assignment was as the HQ USA G4. He is currently the COO of VT Systems.

Rear Admiral Kathleen M. Dussault, USN (Ret.)

Dussault retired from the United States Navy in October 2012 after 33 years of service. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Military Officers Association of America.


Rear Admiral Ronald J Rábago, USCG (Ret.)

Rábago retired in July 2014 from the U.S. Coast Guard as Assistant Commandant for Engineering and Logistics (CG-4).

Mr. Robert E. Love, OSD, SES (Ret.)

Love retired in 2010 as Executive Director, Expeditionary Business in the Task Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations.

Class of 2014-2015

General Benjamin S. Griffin, USA (Ret.)

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

Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr., USN (Ret.)

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

Lieutenant General Walter E. Gaskin, USMC (Ret.)

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.

Vice Admiral John P. Currier, USCG (Ret.)

Currier retired from active duty in May 2014 after serving for two years as the 28th Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.

Major General Kathleen D. Close, USAF (Ret.)

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

Class of 2013-2014

Lieutenant General Kathleen M. Gainey, USA (Ret.)

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.

Vice Admiral Walter M. Skinner, USN (Ret.)

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.

Lieutenant General Willie J. Williams, USMC (Ret.)

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.

Vice Admiral Jody A. Breckenridge, USCG (Ret.)

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.

Lieutenant General Loren Reno, USAF (Ret.)

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.

Class of 2012-2013

Admiral Eric. T. Olson, USN (Ret.)

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.

General Roger A. Brady, USAF (Ret.)

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.

Lieutenant General Mitchell H. Stevenson, USA (Ret.)

Stevenson retired as the as Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Headquarters, Department of the Army after 37 years. 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.

Lieutenant General Bruce A. Knutson, Jr., USMC (Ret.)

Knutson retired as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia after more than 32 years of military service.

Rear Admiral Ronald F. Silva, USCG (Ret.)

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.

Class of 2011-2012

General Paul J. Kern, USA (Ret.)

Kern is a Senior Counselor with The Cohen Group. 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.

General Richard I. Neal, USMC (Ret.)

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.

Vice Admiral James M. Zortman, USN (Ret.)

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.

Lieutenant General Donald J. Wetekam, USAF (Ret.)

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.

Rear Admiral Erroll M. Brown, USCG (Ret.)

Brown retired from the US Coast Guard on 30 June 2005 after 33 years of distinguished service.

Class of 2010-2011

Admiral James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.)

In 2005, 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.

Lieutenant General Robert T. Dail, USA (Ret.)

Dail was the Former Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

Lieutenant General Richard S. Kramlich, USMC (Ret.)

Kramlich was the former Director, Marine Corps Staff, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC.

Vice Admiral Michael K. Loose, USN (Ret.)

Loose was the former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4) from 2007-2010.

Mr. Michael A. Aimone, SES, USAF (Ret.)

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.

Class of 2009-2010

General George T. Babbitt, USAF (Ret.)

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.

Lieutenant General William E. Mortensen, USA (Ret)

Mortensen acquired an array of on-the-ground logistics experience and knowledge throughout his 35-year Army career, culminating as the U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Deputy Commanding General at Fort Belvoir, VA. He retired in August 2008.

Vice Admiral Walter B. Massenburg, USN (Ret.)

Massenburg retired from the Navy after 38 years on 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.

Lieutenant General Ronald S. Coleman, USMC (Ret.)

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

Rear Admiral Dale G. Gabel, USCG (Ret.)

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 and along 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey.

Class of 2008-2009

Lieutenant General Claude V. “Chris” Christianson, USA (Ret.)

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.

Lieutenant GeneralJohn F. Sattler, USMC (Ret.)

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.

Vice Admiral Paul E. Sullivan, USN (Ret.)

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.

Major General Elizabeth Ann Harrell, USAF (Ret.)

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.

Class of 2007-2008

General William L. “Spider” Nyland, USMC (Ret.)

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.

Lieutenant General Carl A. Strock, USA (Ret.)

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.

Vice Admiral Justin “Dan” McCarthy, USN (Ret.)

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.

Mr. Ronald L. Orr, SES, USAF (Ret.)

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.

Class of 2006-2007

General Leon E. Salomon, USA (Ret.)

Salomon’s last active duty assignment was as Commanding General (CG) of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

Lieutenant General Richard L. Kelly, USMC (Ret.)

Kelly completed his USMC career as the Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.

Major General Mary L. Saunders, USAF (Ret.)

Saunders’ career in the military culminated as Vice Director for the Defense Logistics Agency.

Mr. William R. Lucas, SES (Ret.)

Lucas retired from Federal Service in 2005 as the Deputy to the Commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) (formerly MTMC).

Class of 2005-2006

General William G.T. Tuttle, Jr., USA (Ret.)

As the Army’s senior logistician, 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.

Vice Admiral Gordon S. Holder, USN (Ret.)

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.

Lieutenant General Gary S. McKissock, USMC (Ret.)

Prior to his retirement, McKissock served as the Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, Headquarters Marine Corps.

Ms. Donna L. Shands, SES (Ret.)

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.