2019 Defense Communities National Summit | June 10-12, 2019 | Washington, DC

Speaker Biographies


Stephen D. Austin • Sanford D. Bishop, Jr • Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham • James B. Balocki • Timothy Bridges • Maj. Gen John Broadmeadow • Howie Chandler • Paul Cramer • John Conger • Mark A. Correll Carla Coulson • Joe Courtney •  Matthew P. Dubois • Mackenzie Eaglen • Todd Harrison • Bob Hale • Richard Hartley • Frank Kendall • Joseph Ludovici • John McHugh • Jennifer Miller • Charles E. Milam • Patrick O’Brien • Michael E. O’Hanlon • Edwin OshibaSteven Palazzo • David Perdue • Anthony Principi • Darryl RobersonRandall Robinson • Martha Roby • Dutch Ruppersberger • Maj. Gen. Derek Rydholm • Evelyn Sanguinetti • Adam Smith • Thomas Spoehr • Jack Surash • Ronald Tickle • Dr. Heather Wilson

Stephen D. Austin

Assistant Chief of Army Reserve

Stephen D. Austin was selected for the Senior Executive Service in June 2007. He became the Assistant Chief of Army Reserve (ACAR) on 4 October 2015. He serves as the primary advisor to the Chief of Army Reserve within Headquarters, Department of the Army. He represents the Army Reserve in the formulation and synchronization of policy and strategy at the National, Departmental, and Service levels. He provides oversight to the Chief of Army Reserve’s staff and directs the development of policy, resourcing, and plans for generating, sustaining, and integrating Army Reserve force capabilities in support of the nation.

Prior to assuming this position, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Director, Resource Management and Materiel (CFO/DRM/M) for the Army Reserve. In this position he had fiduciary responsibility including Comptroller, Budget, Financial Management, and Program Development. He oversaw the Chief of the Army Reserve Title 10 responsibilities for three appropriations: Reserve Personnel Army (RPA), Operation and Maintenance Army Reserve (OMAR) and Military Construction Army Reserve (MCAR) affecting more than 198,000 soldiers in 1,500 units and over 1,000 facilities. As the Director of Materiel he oversaw all equipping, supply, property accountability, and logistics support for all units and soldiers in the Army Reserve.

Before coming to the Army Reserve, he was the Department of Commerce Director of Program Evaluation and Risk Management and Senior Advisor to the Department of Commerce Chief Financial Officer (CFO) / Assistant Secretary of Administration (ASA). In this position, he advised the Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary and CFO/ASA on financial, performance, management, and business process issues within the Department. He also led the Department Management Council, set up the first comprehensive Department-level Program Review process, and led the initial institution of a Balanced Scorecard management and performance system in the Department. Prior to this, he was the Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) leading the annual development of the $25 billion five year Program across six National Services/Line Offices including Weather, Ocean, and Marine Fisheries and all NOAA Staff Offices.

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Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr

Representative  for the Second District of Georgia 

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. is serving his thirteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bishop was first elected to Congress in 1992 after serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990 and in the Georgia Senate from 1991-1992.

Bishop holds a number of leadership positions. He was a Senior Democratic Whip in the 112th and 113th Congresses. He earlier served as Chairman of a Democratic House Task Force on Homeland Security and the Working Group on Defense of Physical Infrastructure and Natural Resources.

Congressman Bishop has held leadership positions at the community, state and national levels, including serving as Georgia’s representative on the Southern Growth Policies Board and on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Drug Abuse. For the last several years, he has been named by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.

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Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham

Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

LTG Gwen Bingham is the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. She assumed these duties on June 30, 2016.

LTG Bingham graduated with a General Business degree and as an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Alabama in 1981. She was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. She holds Masters Degrees from Central Michigan University and the National Defense University.

Her military schooling includes the Quartermaster Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Combined Arms and Services Staff School; Army Command and General Staff College; the Army Inspector General Course; Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the CAPSTONE General and Flag Officer Course.

LTG Bingham has served in a myriad of staff and leadership positions throughout her career from Platoon Leader to Two-Star Commanding General. She has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and has served in assignments both in CONUS and overseas. LTG Bingham served as the 51st Quartermaster General of the United States Army and Commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School, Fort Lee, Virginia; Commanding General, U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, and Commanding General, Tank-automotive and Armaments Life Cycle Management Command, Warren, Michigan.

LTG Bingham is the recipient of numerous military awards including the Distinguished Service Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Achievement Medal and numerous campaign and service medals.

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James Balocki

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Facilities)

Mr. Balocki was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Facilities in October 2016. He is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) on Navy and Marine Corps policies related to military construction, facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization; acquisition, use and disposal of real property and facilities. Mr. Balocki served previously as the Chief Executive Officer and Director Services and Installations of the US Army Reserve at Fort Bragg, NC. He was responsible for the command’s facilities and infrastructure worldwide, operation of classified and unclassified information networks, acquisition of services and supplies, and management of 12,000 DoD civilians. From 2009 through 2013 Mr. Balocki held two senior executive service positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for engineering, infrastructure, environmental, scientific, and technical support to the Services, combatant commands and embassies; federal, state and local government agencies; foreign governments; and non-governmental organizations. Mr. Balocki deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, serving as the Director, Joint Programs Integration Office, Headquarters, US Forces-Afghanistan. He oversaw US and NATO construction programs to establish Afghan National Army and Police forces. He also worked closely with the State Department, US Agency for International Development, and the Government of Afghanistan.

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Timothy Bridges

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Headquarters Air Force

Timothy K. Bridges, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. Mr. Bridges is responsible to the Chief of Staff for leadership, management and integration of Air Force civil engineering, force protection, logistics readiness, supply, transportation, and aircraft and missile maintenance. He is also responsible for setting policy and preparing budget estimates that reflect enhancements to productivity, combat readiness and quality of life for Air Force people.

Mr. Bridges commissioned in 1979 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at the Virginia Military Institute, earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He has served in various roles at the base level, to include design, planning, contract management, operations and RED HORSE. Mr. Bridges’ most recent assignment was as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations. He has also served twice as a base civil engineer squadron commander, and served as an installation commander. He also served as an Air Force ROTC assistant professor and held various staff positions at the major command and Air Force levels in the readiness, environmental and resources arenas. Mr. Bridges retired from active duty in the rank of colonel in July 2006 and entered the Senior Executive Service.

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maj-gen-broadmeadow-photoMaj. Gen.  John J. Broadmeadow

Commander, Marine Corps InstallationsCommand/Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations & Logistics (Facilities)

MajGen John J. Broadmeadow is commander of Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM), MajGen Broadmeadow also serves as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics and Commander, Marine Corps National Capital Region. Prior to joining MCICOM, MajGen Broadmeadow was Vice Director J4, Joint Staff. Before that assignment, he served as Commanding General, Marine Corps Logistics Command from 26 July 2013 to 12 May 2015.

As a Company Grade Officer from 1983 to 1995, he served in staff and command billets with 3rd Force Service Support Group, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, Facilities Department Camp Pendleton, 1st Marine Corps District, and 1st Force Service Support Group deploying to Somalia for Operation Restore Hope.

Field Grade staff billets from 1995 – 2009 include; G-4 Operations and Plans Officer, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan; Prepositioning Officer for Deputy Commandant Plans, Policies, and Operations at Headquarters, U.S.Marine Corps; Assistant Chief of Staff (AC/S) G-4, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade; AC/S N-4, Task Force 58 during the amphibious assault and first conventional force operations in Afghanistan at the start of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF); AC/S G-4, 1st Marine Division for the attack to Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I and the return for stability / counter insurgency operations in Al Anbar, Iraq for OIF II; and AC/S G-4, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

His Field Grade command billets include Commanding Officer, Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 deploying to Al Anbar, Iraq for OIF 04-06; Commanding Officer, Combat Logistics Regiment 17; and Team Chief and Senior Advisor to the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division in Iraq for OIF-08.

As a General Officer he was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General, Marine Forces Pacific in August 2009. During this tour he also served as the Combined Force Land Component Commander (CFLCC) for Exercise Rim of the Pacific ’10 and as the Deputy Commander for Joint Task Force 505 in Japan for Operation Tomodachi. He assumed Command of 1st Marine Logistics Group in June 2011 and deployed to Afghanistan in Feb 2012 for OEF 12. Upon redeploying, in Dec 2012 he assumed the concurrent duty as Commanding General, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Major General Broadmeadow is a graduate of the USMC Amphibious Warfare School and Command and Staff College (non-resident programs), a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in 2001. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Norwich University, a dual M.A. in Business Administration and Computer Resources Management from Webster University, and a M.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

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General (retired) Howie Chandler

Former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force

General Chandler retired from the Air Force in March 2011 after completing more than 36 years on active duty. His last assignment was in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, where he was responsible for formulating Air Force policy and guidance for over 680,000 Airmen including organizing, training and equipping Air Force personnel for worldwide operations. He led Air Force budgeting and resourcing decisions as Chair of the Air Force Council.

General Chandler’s assignments as a general officer covered 14 years and included Commander, Pacific Air Forces; duty as Air Force Director of Operations in the Pentagon; Commander, Alaskan Command and 11 AF; Director of Operations at the beginning of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom at Air Combat Command; an additional Pentagon assignment as Director of Operational Plans; Chief of Staff, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe in NATO during the air war over Serbia; and Commander, 56 Fighter Wing, the USAF’s largest fighter wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

He served multiple overseas assignments where he worked closely with air forces of other nations in the Middle East, Europe and the Pacific. As Commander of Pacific Air Forces, he was responsible for approximately 45,000 Air Force members and their families principally in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Japan and the Republic of Korea. He directed operations at nine major bases with approximately 350 aircraft operating primarily from the West Coast of the United States to India.

After beginning his flying career as an instructor pilot in the T‐38, General Chandler flew all models of the F‐15 Eagle with one assignment flying the F‐16 Fighting Falcon. He has flown approximately 3,900 hours and commanded two fighter wings, a support group and a fighter squadron. He also completed staff assignments in the Pentagon, at Pacific Command, Pacific Air Forces, and the Military Training Mission, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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John Conger

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), International Security Program, CSIS

John Conger is a senior adviser to the CSIS International Security Program. Mr. Conger previously served in the Department of Defense (DoD) as principal deputy under secretary (comptroller), a Senate-confirmed position with responsibility for all budgetary and financial matters in DoD, including the development, defense, and execution of the department’s annual budget and overseeing the department’s efforts to achieve audit readiness. He previously performed the duties of the assistant secretary of defense (energy, installations, and environment) and was acting deputy under secretary of defense (installations and environment), overseeing base realignment and closure; management of more than 500 installations, 500,000 buildings, and 28 million acres; DoD’s climate change efforts; operational and facility energy policy; and environmental compliance, conservation, and clean-up programs. Prior to his appointment in DoD, Mr. Conger served in several staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.A. in science, technology, and public policy from the George Washington University.

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Carla Coulson

Installation Services Director, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

Ms. Carla K. Coulson was selected for the Senior Executive Service (SES) in June 2013. She serves as the Director, Installation Services in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. In this capacity she develops and oversees Army-wide policies, programming guidance and strategies for a host of installation services of great importance to Soldiers, Families, and Civilians, including but not limited to, Soldier and Family Readiness, Family and Unaccompanied Soldier Housing, Logistics, Environmental, and Privatization and Partnership programs.

Ms. Coulson has over 37 years of experience in facilities engineering and installation management gained from a variety of assignments within the Departments of the Army and Defense, both in the United States and abroad. She served in command and supporting positions as an Army Engineer officer for over 28 of those 37 years, retiring in December of 2005.

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Mark A. Correll

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure

Mark A. Correll, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.  He provides executive leadership on all matters pertaining to formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs, and budgets for Air Force built and natural infrastructure, environmental, safety and occupational health programs.  These include facility management, military construction, family housing, as well as acquisition, operation, maintenance, repair and disposal of real property, environmental compliance and restoration, ground safety, and workplace health.

Mr. Correll was commissioned in the Air Force in 1981 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, earning a degree in civil engineering.  He commanded two civil engineer squadrons, a mission support group, and an air base wing.  He retired in 2010 in the rank of colonel.  Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Correll served as the Air Force Deputy Civil Engineer.  In that position he provided leadership, direction and technical knowledge to organize, train, and equip a 60,000-person engineering force as well as development, construction, operation, maintenance, emergency response, readiness, housing, and environmental quality of Air Force bases worldwide.  He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2010.  Mr. Correll is registered as a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas.

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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representative for Connecticut’s Second District

Congressman Joe Courtney was elected in 2006 to represent the Second Congressional District of Connecticut in the House of Representatives. He serves on the Armed Services, and Education and Workforce Committees.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Courtney is the Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee. In addition, along with Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia, he co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus. As a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, he serves on the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions subcommittee, as well as the Higher Education and Workforce Training subcommittee.

As a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Courtney has worked to strengthen our nation’s defense by leading the call for increased submarine production. Since his swearing-in, Congressman Courtney has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for both our nation’s veterans and our men and women in uniform. He successfully fought to expand the Montgomery GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans and their families, and led the fight to extend TRICARE benefits to dependents under age 26. Congressman Courtney also fought and won support for an 18-unit supportive housing facility for homeless and at-risk veterans in Jewett City. He also partnered with Senator John McCain to introduce the Post-9/11 Troops to Teachers Enhancement Act to help members of the military transition into the teaching profession. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of veterans, Congressman Courtney has been awarded the Connecticut National Guard’s highest honor, the Meritorious Service Award. He has also earned recognition from veterans organizations, including the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, which named him Legislator of the Year in 2009.

Before serving in the House of Representatives, Joe Courtney represented the citizens of Vernon in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1987 to 1994. During this tenure, then state-Rep. Courtney served as House Chairman for both the Public Health and Human Services Committees.

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Paul Cramer

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing & Partnerships)
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment)

Mr. Cramer brings a wealth of experience to the Senior Executive Service, having served in numerous positions of increasing responsibility within the Army. For the last three years, he has been responsible for Construction, Housing and Base Operation issues at the Army Secretariat level and served as Acting DASA (IH&P) for nearly two years.

His previous positions include: Director of Public Works, Ft. Irwin, CA; Director of Public Works, Ft. Polk, LA; Chief of Public Works, Installation Management Command, Korea-Region; and Deputy Garrison Commander, US Army Garrison, Yongsan, Korea.

Mr. Cramer is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He obtained his Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University.

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Matthew P. Dubois

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Integration)

Mr. Dubois is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Integration in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Manpower & Reserve Affairs. In this role, he serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (ASD (M&RA)) in support of the ASD’s Title 10 role of providing overall supervision of the manpower and reserve affairs for the Department of Defense (DoD). He is responsible for both the seamless integration of reserve affairs across DoD and strategic engagement on all Reserve Component matters.

This includes liaising with the Reserve Forces Policy Board, the Reserve Component Chiefs, and the Council of Governors as well as exercising primary responsibility for unique Reserve Component programs to include the DoD STARBASE program, National Guard Youth Challenge, international Reserve Component programs, Innovative Readiness Training, and Reserve Component Family and Employer Programs and Policy.

He was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel and Facilities responsible for developing and exercising policy guidance and overall supervision of National Guard and Reserve materiel, maintenance, equipment, sustainability, facilities, energy, and military construction requirements for the Defense Department’s seven Reserve components.

Mr. Dubois retired from the Navy in 2011. He held many leadership, command, and staff positions. He is most proud to have served alongside the brave men and women of the armed forces who have always answered the nation’s call to duty with honor.

Mr. Dubois is the recipient of many awards and decorations including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, as well as other personal and unit ribbons.

Gaining early joint duty credit, Mr. Dubois was born an Army brat in Paris, France. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Siena College, and Troy State University.

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Mackenzie Eaglen

Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies

Mackenzie Eaglen is a resident fellow in the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where she works on defense strategy, defense budgets, and military readiness.

Eaglen has worked on defense issues in the House of Representatives and Senate and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff. In 2014, Eaglen served as a staff member of the congressionally mandated National Defense Panel, a bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission established to assess US defense interests and strategic objectives. This followed Eaglen’s previous work as a staff member for the 2010 congressionally mandated bipartisan Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, also established to assess the Pentagon’s major defense strategy. Eaglen is included in Defense News “100 most influential people in US Defense” both years the publication compiled a list. A prolific writer on defense-related issues, she has also testified before Congress.

Eaglen has an M.A. from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. from Mercer University.

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Todd Harrison

Director, Defense Budget Analysis, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS

Todd Harrison is the director of the Aerospace Security Project and the director of Defense Budget Analysis at CSIS. As a senior fellow in the International Security Program, he leads the Center’s efforts to provide in-depth, nonpartisan research and analysis of space security, air power, and defense funding issues. He has authored publications on trends in the overall defense budget, military space systems, civil space exploration, defense acquisitions, military compensation, military readiness, nuclear forces, and the cost of overseas military operations.

Mr. Harrison frequently contributes to print and broadcast media and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera English, C-SPAN, PBS, and Fox News. He teaches classes on military space systems and the defense budget at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a class on the defense budget at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing, and a member of the Defense News Advisory Board.

Mr. Harrison joined CSIS from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, where he was a senior fellow for defense budget studies. He previously worked at Booz Allen Hamilton where he consulted for the Air Force on satellite communications systems and supported a variety of other clients evaluating the performance of acquisition programs. Prior to Booz Allen, he worked for a small startup (AeroAstro Inc.) developing advanced space technologies and as a management consultant at Diamond Cluster International. Mr. Harrison served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with both a B.S. and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics.

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Bob Hale

Former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and currently Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton

The Honorable Robert F. Hale is currently an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton.  From 2009 until 2014 Mr. Hale served as Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Defense. During those years he managed $600 billion budgets in time of war and oversaw efforts by the Department to minimize the problems caused by the 2013 sequestration and government shutdown.  He also made significant financial improvements in defense financial management, making tangible progress toward auditable financial statements and establishing a course-based certification program for defense financial managers. From 1994 to 2001 Mr. Hale served as the head of Air Force financial management, managing that service’s budgets and spearheading efforts to create a test-based certification program.  Mr. Hale also spent 12 years as head of the defense group at the Congressional Budget Office, where he frequently testified as an expert witness before Congressional committees.  He was the Executive Director of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and held analytic and management positions at LMI government consulting and the Center for Naval Analyses.  Early in his career he served as a Navy officer.

Mr. Hale served as a Commissioner on the recent National Commission on the Future of the Army and is a past member of the Defense Business Board.  Since 2001 he has been a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.  He is Level 3 certified in Defense Financial Management and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager (with acquisition specialty).

Mr. Hale holds a B.S. with honors from Stanford University in statistics, an M.S. from Stanford in operations Research, and an MBA from the George Washington University.  He has received numerous awards from the Department of Defense and the federal government for distinguished public service including the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and the GAO/OMB/Treasury award for distinguished lifetime accomplishments in federal financial management.

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Richard Hartley

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy

Richard K. Hartley is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy.  He is responsible for the formulation, review, and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets to meet Air Force installations, energy, environment, safety and occupational health objectives.

Mr. Hartley began his career in 1985 as a cost analyst and industrial engineer in the Naval Air Systems Command.  In 1992, he moved to the Air Force where he served in a variety of positions at the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency and Directorate of Cost Analysis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Cost and Economics.  In 1997, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency as an employee of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), where he entered the Senior Intelligence Service in 2000.  As the Director of the NRO Cost Group, Mr. Hartley founded the now longstanding government and industry cost integrated process improvement team and is credited with establishing and implementing groundbreaking metrics to report and improve cost estimating performance.  In 2003, he came to the Pentagon as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cost and Economics, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller.

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Frank Kendall

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Senate Confirmed in May 2012, Mr. Frank Kendall currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L).  In this capacity, he is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base.  He is the leader of the Department of Defense’s efforts to increase the Department’s buying power and improve the performance of the defense acquisition enterprise.  Prior to this appointment, from March 2010 – May 2012 he served as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary and also as the Acting Under Secretary.

Mr. Kendall has over 40 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, government, and the military.  He has been a consultant to defense industry firms, non-profit research organizations, and the Department of Defense in the areas of strategic planning, engineering management, and technology assessment.  Mr. Kendall was Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, where he was responsible for management direction to the engineering functions throughout the company and for internal research and development.  Before assuming his current position, Mr. Kendall was a Managing Partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a Virginia-based aerospace and defense sector consulting firm.

Within government, Mr. Kendall held the position of Director of Tactical Warfare Programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the position of Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategic Defense Systems.  Mr. Kendall is a former member of the Army Science Board and the Defense Intelligence Agency Science and Technology Advisory Board and he has been a consultant to the Defense Science Board and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  Mr. Kendall also spent ten years on active duty with the Army serving in Germany, teaching Engineering at West Point, and holding research and development positions.

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Joseph Ludovici

Deputy Commander, Navy Installations Command

Mr. Ludovici is currently serving as Deputy Commander, Navy Installations Command. He serves as the senior civilian responsible for policy, strategy, governance, and business management oversight for Navy shore support at 70 installations and 11 regions worldwide. He leads efforts to develop Navy-wide shore investment strategy, long term planning, resource programming, and business management for the most efficient and effective delivery of shore support services to sustain and improve current and future fleet readiness and mission execution.

Prior to this position, Mr. Ludovici was the DASN (Infrastructure Strategy and Analysis), where he was responsible for leading the Department of the Navy basing, realignment and infrastructure support analysis programs. He came to DASN (IS&A) after serving one year as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), where he guided Navy and Marine Corps installation and environmental policies related to construction management; facilities sustainment; real property acquisition and disposal; and environmental protection and conservation.

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John McHugh

Former Secretary of the U.S. Army

Mr. John M. McHugh was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Army on Sep. 21, 2009, following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the United States Senate.

As Secretary of the Army, he has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management. Secretary McHugh is responsible for the Department of the Army’s annual budget and supplemental of over $200 billion. He leads a work force of more than 1.1 million active duty, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve Soldiers, 221,000 Department of the Army civilian employees, and 213,000 contracted service personnel. He has stewardship over 14 million acres of land.

At the time of his appointment as Secretary of the Army, Mr. McHugh was a sitting member of Congress representing Northern and Central New York. During his nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, he earned a reputation as a staunch advocate for Soldiers and their Families, working tirelessly to ensure they have proper facilities, training, and the quality of life necessary to carry out wartime missions while caring for those at home.

As a Member of Congress, Mr. McHugh served as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) with responsibility to oversee the policies and programs for the Department of Defense and each of the Armed Forces. Before becoming Ranking Member, Congressman McHugh was first the Chairman of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Panel and then Chairman and later Ranking Member of the Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Mr. McHugh also served as a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and for six years as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Postal Service that significantly reformed the Postal Service.

From 1997 to 2004, Mr. McHugh was a member of the House International Relations Committee. Subsequently, from 2005 to 2009, he served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Mr. McHugh was also a 14-year member of the United States Military Academy Board of Visitors. At the time of his nomination, Mr. McHugh was co-chair of the House Army Caucus, a bipartisan organization that works to educate fellow House Members and their staffs about Army issues and programs.

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Jennifer Miller

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations

Jennifer L. Miller, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C. Ms. Miller is responsible for the management, policy and oversight of Air Force installation programs. These include base closures and realignments, installations strategy, the Air Force Environmental Impact Analysis Process, strategic basing, compatible and joint land use, public/private partnerships, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program, encroachment management, housing privatization, utilities privatization, and real property transactions.

Prior to assuming her current position, Ms. Miller served as the Deputy General Counsel, Installation, Energy and Environment Division, Office of the Air Force General Counsel, Washington, D.C. She was responsible for providing legal advice to the Secretary of the Air Force, Assistant Secretaries, General Counsel, and offices of the Secretariat and Air Staff. Ms. Miller led the largest division in the General Counsel’s office responsible for real estate, housing privatization, enhanced use leasing, base realignment and closure, basing, land use, military construction, energy, environmental planning, regulatory compliance, cleanup, restoration, and environmental safety and occupational health.

Prior to becoming a member of the Senior Executive Service, Ms. Miller spent several years supporting the Air Force’s real property and housing privatization programs. Before that, she was a real estate attorney at a Seattle law firm. She is also an Army Reserve Judge Advocate and spent 2013 through 2014 deployed with a special operations joint task force.

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Charles E. Milam

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

A member of the Senior Executive Service, he is responsible for all matters relating to Civilian and Military Personnel Policies, Reserve Integration, Military Community and Family Policy, Total Force Planning and Requirements, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Defense Commissary Agency and the Armed Forces Retirement Homes. He has led numerous innovative and transformative efforts as Chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on Common Services for Service Member and Family Support Programs, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission’s Quality of Life Working Group and the ASD/M&RA Strategic Initiatives Group. Additionally, he has spearheaded the Department’s efforts to promote wellness and resilience among Service members and families through the Healthy Base Initiative demonstration pilot.

Mr. Milam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and management from the University of Maryland, a Master of Science degree in international relations from Troy State University, Ala., and a Juris Doctor degree from British-American University, Colo. He is a graduate of the Air War College, the Federal Executive Institute, and the Defense Leadership and Management Program.

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Patrick O’Brien

Director, Office of Economic Adjustment

As Director of the Office of Economic Adjustment, Mr. O’Brien leads a talented team of project managers in assisting local economic adjustment efforts on behalf of the Department of Defense. Additionally, he manages the Defense Economic Adjustment Program to assist communities to respond to Defense base closures, realignments, contractor reductions, and base expansions.

Prior to joining OEA, Mr. O’Brien negotiated public-private development packages of various sizes under the Urban Development Action Grant Program, reviewed labor policies, sized federal loan participations, assisted distressed communities in evaluating proposed housing and economic projects, and crafted Executive legislative initiatives for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where he started his Federal career as a Presidential Management Intern. Over this span, he also spent time on the Hill, working on community and economic development-related issues. Preceding his tenure with the Federal government, Mr. O’Brien was an Assistant Business Developer for the City of Duluth, MN, where he assisted with the reuse of a closed air base; prepared marketing, finance, and business survey packages to assist local development efforts; supported the conversion of a former steel plant; and co-drafted the State’s first enterprise zone bill. He also served as a citizen representative to the Duluth Joint Airport Zoning Board.

Mr. O’Brien has authored technical publications, including the OEA Community Guide to Base Reuse and other resources for communities, and led different BRAC implementation policy reviews. He has demonstrated experience with all aspects of the economic adjustment process and has worked a range of issues, including: public-private initiatives; fiscal impact analyses, federal real property disposal; local organization and business plan development; redevelopment planning and finance; and, economic cost-benefit analyses.

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 Michael E. O’Hanlon

Senior Fellow & Director of Research, Brookings

Michael O’Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy. He co-directs the Center on 21st Century Security and Intelligence there with retired General John Allen. O’Hanlon is also director of research for the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia, Princeton, and Syracuse universities and University of Denver. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. O’Hanlon was a member of the external advisory board at the Central Intelligence Agency from 2011 to 2012. He is a commentator and consultant on Alhurra TV.

O’Hanlon’s latest books are “The Future of Land Warfare” (Brookings, 2015); “Healing the Wounded Giant” (Brookings); and “Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century” (the latter with Jim Steinberg, published by Princeton University Press, 2014). Previously, he wrote “Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy” (with Martin Indyk and Kenneth Lieberthal, Brookings, March 2012); “The Wounded Giant: America’s Armed Forces in an Age of Austerity” (Penguin Press, 2011); “A Skeptic’s Case for Nuclear Disarmament” (Brookings, 2010); “Toughing It Out in Afghanistan” (with Hassina Sherjan, Brookings, 2010); and “The Science of War” (Princeton University Press, 2009). He continues to co-author Brookings’s Afghanistan Index.

O’Hanlon’s other recent books include “A War Like No Other,” about the U.S.-China relationship and the Taiwan issue, with Richard Bush; a multi-author volume, “Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007” (Brookings, 2006); “Defense Strategy for the Post-Saddam Era” (Brookings, 2005); “The Future of Arms Control” (Brookings, 2005), co-authored with Michael Levi; “Neither Star Wars nor Sanctuary: Constraining the Military Uses of Space” (Brookings, 2004); and “Crisis on the Korean Peninsula” (McGraw-Hill) with Mike Mochizuki in 2003.

O’Hanlon has written several hundred op-eds in newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, USA Today, and Pakistan’s Dawn paper. O’Hanlon has appeared on television or spoken on the radio more than 3,000 times since September 11, 2001.

O’Hanlon was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1989 to 1994. He also worked previously at the Institute for Defense Analyses. His doctorate from Princeton is in public and international affairs; his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, also from Princeton, are in the physical sciences. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Congo/Kinshasa (the former Zaire) from 1982 to 1984, where he taught college and high school physics in French.

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Edwin Oshiba

Deputy Director of Civil Engineers, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force

Mr. Oshiba is responsible for supporting the Director of Civil Engineers by providing executive leadership, direction and technical knowledge for installation support functions at a total of 182 Air Force bases worldwide with an annual budget of more than $11 billion. He is also responsible for organizing, training and equipping the 51,000-person engineering force along with providing policy and oversight for the planning, development, construction, maintenance, utilities and environmental quality of Air Force bases worldwide, valued at more than $297 billion. This responsibility includes housing, fire emergency services, explosive ordnance disposal and emergency management services.

Mr. Oshiba was commissioned in the Air Force in 1989 upon graduation from Santa Clara University. He commanded three civil engineer squadrons and an expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force (Prime BEEF) group and served in a variety of positions at garrison, major command, and Headquarters U.S. Air Force levels. He retired in 2015 in the rank of colonel, last serving as the Chief, Installations Strategy and Plans Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In that position, he led the development of installation support strategy, planning and future warfighting concepts to enable Air Force core missions. Additionally, he provided oversight and guidance for installation development planning; encroachment; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance; installations governance, and civil engineer business process reengineering.

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Congressman Steven Palazzo

Representative for the Fourth District of Mississippi 

Congressman Steven M. Palazzo is proud to serve the people of South Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District,which includes Mississippi’s Gulf Coast and Pine Belt regions.As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, current member of the Mississippi National Guard, and former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, Congressman Palazzo has a record of service that began long before he was first sworn into office on January 5, 2011.

Steven currently serves on the House Appropriations Committee, where he sits on three subcommittees: the Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee, the Subcommittee on Agriculture, and the Homeland Security Subcommittee. His committee is responsible for allocating every dollar of federal discretionary spending.

Since his first term, Steven has served on the Majority Whip team. He also spent five years as the Chairman of the Space Subcommittee, overseeing the country’s space program and ensuring America’s continued access to space.Before being selected for the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Palazzo also sat on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees. His military experience also provided the opportunity for Steven to lead the House National Guard Caucus, where he remains chairman. In 2016, he also took the helm of the House Aerospace Caucus.

Steven’s prior life includes experience working on oil rigs, serving on active duty overseas, and starting and owning his own small business. He also served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. A Gulf Coast native, Steven is the proud father of three children:Barrett,Aubrey and Bennett.

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Senator David Perdue

The State of Georgia 

David Perdue is the junior Senator from Georgia. David is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and has over 40 years of business experience as the former CEO of Reebok athletic brand and Dollar General stores, where he created thousands of quality jobs and helped working families make it from payday to payday.

David was born in Macon, Georgia and raised in Warner Robins where he grew up working on his family farm. Both of David’s parents were school teachers, and from an early age David was taught the importance of hard work and a good education.

At Georgia Tech, David earned a degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s in Operations Research while working warehouse and construction jobs. After graduating, he married his wife Bonnie, whom he had met in the first grade and they have been married for 44 years.

For the 115th Congress, David serves on the Armed Services Committee; Banking Committee; Agriculture Committee; and Budget Committee. His role on these powerful committees puts him at the intersection of solving our national debt crisis and global security crisis.

David and Bonnie live in Glynn County, Georgia and attend Wesley United Methodist Church. They have two sons and three grandsons, who are their inspiration for coming to the U.S. Senate.

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Anthony Principi

Principal in The Principi Group, LLC

Anthony J. Principi is a Principal in The Principi Group, LLC providing consulting services and support to the U.S. Congress, defense communities and investors on military bases and federal facilities realignment and closure matters.

In 2005, Mr. Principi was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the 2005 military Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). The Commission was responsible for recommending to the President and Congress the realignment and closure of military installations throughout the United States. The 2005 BRAC was the largest of all previous BRACs combined.

From 2006 to 2011, he was senior Vice President for Pfizer, Inc. where his primary focus centered on corporate strategy and federal government relations.
During his four-year tenure (2001-2005) as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, he directed the federal government’s second largest department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America’s 25-million living veterans and dependents.

Mr. Principi is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., and first saw active duty aboard the destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy. He later commanded a River Patrol Unit in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. During his service in Southeast Asia, Mr. Principi was awarded the Bronze Star with combat “V” for valor and several other military decorations for valor.

Upon returning from Vietnam, Mr. Principi earned his law degree from Seton Hall University in 1975 and was assigned to the Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps in San Diego, Calif. In 1980, he was transferred to Washington D.C. as a legislative counsel for the Department of the Navy. From 1984 to 1988, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, following three years as counsel to the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Mr. Principi served as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, VA’s second-highest executive position, from March 17, 1989, to September 26, 1992, when he was named Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President George H.W. Bush. He served in that position until January 1993. Following that appointment, he served as Republican chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Prior to his nomination as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Principi was senior vice president at Lockheed Martin IMS, and a partner in the San Diego law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps

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Lieutenant General Darryl L. Roberson

Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson is Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He is responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. His command includes the Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and Air University. The command operates nearly 1,370 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft, 23 wings, 12 bases, and five geographically separated groups. It trains more than 293,000 students per year with approximately 62,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilian and contractor personnel.

General Roberson is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Euro-NATO Joint Jet pilot training, and the National War College. He has been a Thunderbird air demonstration pilot, a Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill and has served on the Air Staff and Joint Staff at the Pentagon including as the Vice Director for Operations (Vice J-3). He has commanded a squadron, operations group, three wings, and prior to becoming the AETC commander was the Commander, 3rd Air Force/17th Expeditionary Air Force, Ramstein AB, Germany. He has flown combat missions in Iraq during operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom as well as in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

General Roberson is a command pilot who has more than 5,150 flight hours including 865 combat hours.  He has flown the F-4, F-15, F-16 and F-22.

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Randall Robinson

Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment

Mr. J. Randall Robinson is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (PDASA IE&E), assuming duties as of June 1, 2012. He provides strategic guidance, supervision, and oversight of policies, plans, and programs under IE&E’s purview. This includes Resource Management, Business Transformation, Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Strategic Planning of IE&E’s $16B annual program. He also serves as the Project Executive Officer (PEO) for the National Museum of the U.S. Army (NMUSA), overseeing all aspects of the NMUSA Development and Operation Plans. On 20 January, 2017, Mr. Robinson was designated the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

Mr. Robinson has held a variety of leadership and management positions throughout his career to include: Director, Installation Management Command, Central Region; Region Director, IMCOM, West Region, Fort Sam Houston, Region Director, IMCOM, Northwest Region; Chief of Staff, Southeast Region, Installation Management Agency; Chief, Installation Management Support Division, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia; Fort Hood Deputy Garrison Commander, Fort Hood, Texas; XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Garrison Plans and Operations Officer, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Command Program Analyst/Executive Officer, Army Materiel Command-Saudi Arabia; Administrative Officer and Command Program Analyst/Executive Officer for the Program Manager, Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization Program; and Budget Analyst, Belvoir Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Mr. Robinson’s awards include the 2007 Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, Department of the Army’s Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service Award, Secretary of the Army’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity, Meritorious Civilian Service Award (3), Superior Civilian Service Award (2), Desert Shield/Desert Storm Civilian Achievement Medal, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Service Medal.

A native of Virginia, Mr. Robinson earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Economics and Business Management from Carson-Newman College and a Master’s of Public Administration from Shippensburg University. He is a graduate of the Army Management Staff College and the Army War College.

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Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representative for Second District of Alabama 

Rep. Martha Roby is currently in her fourth term serving the people of Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to Congress, Rep. Roby worked as an attorney and served as a city councilman in her hometown of Montgomery.

Roby is a Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, which has oversight on the whole range of government spending. Rep. Roby serves on the Defense Subcommittee, the Labor, Education, Health and Human Services Subcommittee, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. She is the first representative from the 2nd District to serve on the key congressional committee. Rep. Roby also serves on the House Judiciary Committee.

Roby obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from New York University in 1998 and her law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2001. Martha is married to Riley Roby and they have two children, Margaret and George.

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Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger

Representative for the Second District of Maryland 

Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger is serving his eighth term in the United States House of Representatives.

Congressman Ruppersberger currently serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, including the Defense, the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Homelande Security subcommittees. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for allocating hundreds of billions of federal dollars each year.

The assignment comes after a committee-record 12 years serving on the House Intelligence Committee, including four as Ranking Member. Congressman Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever appointed to the committee, which oversees the collection and analysis of intelligence from around the world to ensure our national security and prevent potential crisis situations — especially terrorist activity. He traveled to more than 50 countries including Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, China and Venezuela during his time on the committee.

Congressman Ruppersberger has served in public office for more than 30 years. He was elected to the Baltimore County Council in 1985 and again in 1989, chosen twice as council chairman. He was elected Baltimore County Executive in 1994 and 1998, and, under his leadership, the county was named one of the nation’s four best-managed counties by Governing Magazine. The county achieved three AAA bond ratings and staggering job growth during his administration.

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Maj. Gen. Derek Rydholm

Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command

Maj. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm is the Deputy to the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force Washington, D.C. He assists the Chief of Air Force Reserve who serves as the principal adviser on Reserve matters to the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff. He facilitates matters pertaining to the oversight of Air Force Reserve appropriations for personnel, operations and maintenance, and construction programs for a force of more than 70,000 personnel. As deputy, he often represents the Chief with other Air Staff agencies in the formulation and development of plans, policies and programs affecting the Air Force Reserve. General Rydholm assists the chief in developing the organizational architecture of the Air Force Reserve in accordance with wartime requirements and budget realities. During mobilization, he advises Air Force officials on capabilities and issues related to plans and policies for recall and mobilization of the Air Force Reserve.

General Rydholm is a 1983 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, he completed pilot training at Beeville, Texas, before being sent to fleet replacement training in the F-14 Tomcat at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. After flying F-14s operationally for three years, General Rydholm then flew F-16s as an exchange pilot at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida. While there he completed his commitment to the Navy and continued to fly the F-16 as an Air Reserve Technician in the 482nd Fighter Wing. Prior to his current assignment, General Rydholm was the Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.

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Evelyn Sanguinetti

Lieutenant Governor of Illinois

Evelyn is proud to serve the residents of the State of Illinois as their 47th Lieutenant Governor. She is a wife, working mother of three and an attorney by trade. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law and a Wheaton City Councilwoman.

Evelyn was born to teenage parents in Hialeah, a neighborhood outside of Miami, FL.  Her mother was a Cuban refugee and her father, an Ecuadorian immigrant.  Evelyn recalls moving frequently as a child because her parents were unable to afford rent.  While they were of little means, her parents were determined to give Evelyn every opportunity to succeed.

Growing up, Evelyn developed a love for the arts.  She learned how to play the piano at a local community center and was accepted into The New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. Evelyn not only became an accomplished pianist, she cultivated a love for learning.  This educational opportunity allowed her to pursue a college education at Florida International University.

Following graduation, Evelyn moved to Chicago to attend The John Marshall Law School where she developed an understanding and passion for the law and for Illinois.  Evelyn soon joined Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan’s office as an Assistant Attorney General where she fought to protect the people of the State of Illinois.

In 2010, Evelyn suffered an accident while walking on Wheaton city property.  Subsequent medical examinations revealed that she has Multiple Sclerosis.  Evelyn vowed to never let her MS stop her.  She proceeded to run for, and win, an election to the Wheaton City Council on a platform of delivering efficient, streamlined government.

As Lt. Governor of Illinois, Evelyn is committed to fighting for all Illinois residents. She will apply the same passion to her new role that has propelled her throughout her life, from humble beginnings in Hialeah, FL to becoming Illinois’ first Latina Lieutenant Governor.

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Congressman Adam Smith

Representative for the Ninth District of Washington

Adam attended the University Of Washington School Of Law, and earned his law degree in 1990. He later worked in both private and public practice, first as a lawyer at Cromwell, Mendoza and Belur in 1992, and then as a prosecutor for the City of Seattle from 1993-1995. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 for Washington’s Ninth District.

Now in his 11th term, Adam serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he is a strong advocate for our military personnel and their families. Adam is also committed to providing our military personnel with the best equipment available to carry out their current and future missions while ensuring that the Pentagon spends taxpayer dollars in the most efficient and effective manner. This includes carefully examining our current policies and working to eliminate fraud, waste and abuse.

Having served on the on the House Armed Services Committee since 1997, Adam formerly chaired the subcommittee on Air and Land Forces (ALF), which has jurisdiction over all Army and nearly all Air Force acquisition programs. Prior to serving as Chair of ALF, Adam chaired the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities subcommittee, which oversees the United States Special Operations Forces and counter-terrorism policy, among other critical areas. Adam has also previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Thomas Spoehr

Director, Center for National Defense, The Heritage Foundation

Thomas W. Spoehr conducts and supervises research on national defense matters such as budgets, acquisition, strategy, and policy as director of the Center for National Defense at The Heritage Foundation. Before joining the Washington think tank in 2016, Spoehr served America for more than 36 years in the Army, where he attained the rank of lieutenant general before retiring.

In senior leadership positions at the Pentagon, Spoehr was responsible for charting the Army’s financial plans, developing strategies to modernize equipment, and achieving business efficiencies and reform. His early service included operational assignments to ensure Army and joint forces were proficient in countering weapons of mass destruction — whether chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear.  As one of the Army’s foremost uniformed experts in this area, Spoehr served as commandant of its Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he was responsible for policy, training, and strategy. His other assignments included command at the company, battalion, and brigade levels.

In the wake of the 2015 incident in which Defense Department laboratories shipped live anthrax spores, the secretary of the Army tapped Spoehr to lead a task force that resulted in approval of corrective actions to prevent future occurrences.

Spoehr has published articles in various journals, including Parameters and Military Review, on methods to make the military more efficient and effective. He is a widely requested speaker on these topics, and has testified before Congress on Army modernization strategies and acquisition.

His operational experiences include service with combat units including the 82nd Airborne Division and the 1st Armored Division. He participated in Operation Urgent Fury, the 1983 invasion of Grenada. In 2011, Spoehr served as deputy commanding general of U.S. Forces Iraq during Operation New Dawn, overseeing the safe withdrawal of all American forces and equipment from Iraq ahead of schedule.

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Jack Surash

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability)
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment)

Mr. J. E. “Jack” Surash became the Acting DASA (E&S) in September 2016. In this position he is responsible for overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to Energy Security and Sustainability within the Army. As the Army’s Senior Energy Executive, Mr. Surash coordinates and integrates both installation (traditional as well as expeditionary) and operational energy programs and strategies.

He comes to the Pentagon from duties as the Senior Project Management Advisor at the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM). Prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management. In that position, he led efforts for EM’s $6 billion per year portfolio, served as EM’s Head of Contracting Activity, oversaw procurement planning, contract management, and provided project management support. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina and raised in Rochester, New York, Jack has served the nation in key positions around the world.

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Ronald Tickle

Executive Director, DoD Siting Clearinghouse Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Energy, Installations and Environment

Ronald Tickle is a member of the Senior Executive Service and currently serves as the Executive Director of the DoD Siting Clearinghouse in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (OUSD (AT&L)), U.S. Department of Defense. In this role, he oversees the Mission Compatibility Evaluation Process for the Department, establishes and implements policy and prioritizes research and development tools for the Clearinghouse, while also identifying opportunities for outreach with the energy industry, and state and local governments.

Prior to OUSD (AT&L), from August 2014 to January 2016, Mr. Tickle served as the Director, Operations, Readiness and Sustainment in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment). His responsibilities included coordination with the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and other agencies on a wide range of encroachment, readiness, and sustainability matters, including identifying and addressing potential impacts from wind farms, transmission lines, and other energy and non-energy projects.

Prior to his position on the ASN EI&E staff, Mr. Tickle served for over 20 years in numerous capacities on the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) staff. From 2011 to 2014, he was Branch Head for Readiness Sustainment and Compatibility. In this capacity he was responsible for ensuring the Navy’s ability to continue to train and test in the face of increasing external pressures. His responsibilities included coordination with the DoD Siting Clearinghouse, implementation of the National Ocean Council Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning process, and assessing wind turbine development and its impacts on low-level training as well as electromagnetic interference with radar and navigation aids.

Additionally while on the OPNAV staff, Mr. Tickle served for 10 years as Branch Head for the Operational Environmental Readiness and Planning Branch, which was responsible for environmental planning, marine mammal compliance, and natural resources preservation. In this position he initiated the Navy’s Tactical Theater and Planning Program (TAP) that resulted in the first comprehensive fleet training environmental planning effort, and the first-ever Marine Mammal Protection Act authorizations for Navy training and testing activities. Prior to that position, Mr. Tickle served as the Head of the Shore Compliance Branch, where he was responsible for environmental compliance worldwide at Navy facilities. Mr. Tickle began his career at the Naval Energy and Environmental Support Activity, Port Hueneme, CA, where he worked in the installation restoration program.

Mr. Tickle earned a Master’s Degree of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from West Virginia University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Mr. Tickle has earned numerous Special Act Awards and recognition for his actions. Most notably, he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics) and was presented the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Fleet Readiness and Logistics).

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Dr. Heather Wilson

Secretary of the Air Force

Dr. Heather Wilson is the 24th Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training and equipping and providing for the welfare of 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces as well as their families. She oversees the Air Force’s annual budget of more than $132 billion and directs strategy and policy development, risk management, weapons acquisition, technology investments and human resource management across a global enterprise.

Dr. Wilson has more than 35 years of professional experience in a range of leadership and management roles in the military, higher education, government and private industry. Before assuming her current position, Dr. Wilson was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, an engineering and science research university.

From 1998 to 2009, Dr. Wilson was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Before being elected to Congress, Dr. Wilson was a cabinet secretary in New Mexico’s state government responsible for foster care, adoption, juvenile delinquency, children’s mental health and early childhood education.

From 1989 to 1991, Dr. Wilson served on the National Security Council staff as director for defense policy and arms control for President George H.W. Bush during the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact.

From 1991 to 1995, and again from 2009 to 2013, Dr. Wilson was in the private sector. In 1991 she founded Keystone International, Inc., a company that did business development and program planning work for defense and scientific industry. She served as a senior advisor to several national laboratories on matters related to nuclear weapons, non-proliferation, arms control verification, intelligence and the defense industrial base. Dr. Wilson also served on the boards of two publicly traded corporations as well as numerous advisory and non-profit boards.

Dr. Wilson was an Air Force officer from 1982 to 1989. She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in the third class to include women, and earned her master’s and doctorate degrees as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in England.

Dr. Wilson was a collegiate rower at Oxford and is an instrument-rated private pilot.

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