LtGen John A. Toolan, USMC (Ret)
Lieutenant General John ‘Jocko’ Toolan Jr served as the Commander, Marine Forces Pacific, from August 2014 until August 2016. He retired from active duty on 1 October 2016.
Commissioned in 1976 upon graduation from Fordham University, his first assignment was as an infantry platoon commander with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines in Okinawa in 1977. He subsequently served at every command billet in the Infantry, while gaining broad experience in the Joint arena through his service on both the NATO and PACOM staffs. He has extensive background in the Indo/Asia-Pacific region at both strategic policy and operational levels. He also holds a Master’s of Business Administration from National University.
From 1989 to 1991, Lieutenant General Toolan served as the operations officer for 2nd Light Armored Infantry Battalion, a role in which he led and planned ground combat operations in support of Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama and Operation DESERT SHIELD DESERT STORM during the liberation of Kuwait.
Following a tour serving as the Commanding Officer of 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Lieutenant General Toolan attended Air Force War College in Montgomery, Alabama, and was subsequently assigned as the Deputy Joint Planning Officer at Supreme Allied Headquarters, Mons, Belgium. In this position, he assumed duties as the Lead Planner for Operation ALLIED FORCE, the liberation of Kosovo, and retrograde operations in Bosnia.
Selected to Colonel, he was selected for a training command and then was chosen to serve as the 1st Marine Division Operations Officer for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I and the “march up” to Baghdad in 2003. Lieutenant General Toolan took command of Regimental Combat Team 1 during combat operations and led the regiment into Baghdad. His regiment returned to Al-Anbar Province, Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II in 2004 and led the initial assault into Fallujah. Following regimental command, he was assigned as the Director of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. In this role, he led significant changes to the college’s curriculum to emphasize socio-cultural understanding based on his experiences as a commander during combat operations in Iraq.
Promoted to Brigadier General in 2006, assigned to Office of the Secretary of Defence as the Principal Director for Asia/Pacific Affairs, this assignment required extensive understanding of the Asia / Pacific region, and an intense travel schedule, that took him throughout the region, interacting with multiple nations. He was a key participant in negotiations for a revised lay down of forces in the Pacific, assistance programs for the Philippines, and many other initiatives. Selected as Deputy Commander, United States Forces Japan from 2008 to 2010. This tour capitalized on his relationships he had built in the Pacific especially Japan. He was promoted to Major General in 2009. In July 2010, Lieutenant General Toolan was assigned as the Commander of the 2nd Marine Division.
In March 2011, he deployed on Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, as the Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in the role of Commander, Regional Command (South West) A NATO JOINT command until March 2012. In September 2012, Lieutenant General Toolan was promoted to his current rank and assumed command of the I Marine Expeditionary Force the largest fighting force in the Corps. Lieutenant General Toolan assumed command of Marine Forces, Pacific in August of 2014.
Boards, Advisory and other positions: Senior Member—Marine Corps General Officers’ Executive Conference; Senior Mentor—Marine Staff Training Program; Member—National Association Corporate Directors.
Mr. Jay S. Holmes
Jay S. Holmes joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves as the Vice Chairman. He also serves on the Executive Committee. He previously served as the Chairman of the Audit and Investment committee.
Mr. Holmes graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in economics and history. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1968 and served in Vietnam with the Third Battalion, 5th Marines as a forward observer. From 1970-71 he was an artillery instructor at Schools Demonstration Troops and The Basic School at Quantico. Holmes credits the Marine Corps’ unique culture and superior leadership experience as a major contributing factor to his successful business career in the commercial finance industry.
An accomplished business executive for nearly 40 years, Mr. Holmes spent the last six years of his career serving as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of a multi-billion-dollar commercial finance institution.
Since retirement he remains active in various organizations, including the Atlanta Civil War Round Table, the Atlanta World War II Round Table, U.S. Naval Institute and the Friends of Gettysburg. He holds life memberships in the Marine Corps League, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, National Rifle Association, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Holmes enjoys physical fitness, sports, military history, and competition pistol shooting. He and his wife of over 40 years, Cori, are “empty nesters” and have three grown children. They reside in Knoxville Tennessee.
LtGen 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). In May 1989, he was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California and served as Operations Officer, Assistant Chief of Staff G-4, and Depot Motor Transport Officer.
In June 1992, Captain Chiarotti was selected to attend the Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Camp Pendleton, California for duty with 7th Motor Transport Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group as Commander of both Alpha and Headquarters and Service Company. Additionally, he served as Operations Officer, Combat Service Support Detachment 17. Upon transferring to MEU Service Support Group (MSSG) 15, he was assigned as the Operations Officer and subsequently deployed with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) (MEU (SOC)). He deployed in support of WestPac in 1995.
In 1996, he was assigned to Combat Service Support Detachment (CSSD) 36, Iwakuni, Japan, for duties as Executive Officer. In June 1999, he was selected to attend the Naval Command and Staff College, Newport, Rhode Island. Following graduation in June 2000, Major Chiarotti was assigned to Marine Corps Forces, Europe, Stuttgart, Germany as the Southern Region Logistics Plans Officer. In August 2001, Major Chiarotti reported for duty as Plans Officer, Plans and Policy Division, Logistics and Security Directorate, Headquarters, U.S. European Command. Following the events of September 11, 2001, he served as Watch Officer, Crisis Action Team, European Theater Command and Control Center. Subsequently, he served as the Branch Chief, Logistics Support Operation, responsible for the planning and execution of logistics support operations in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM from within the European area of responsibility.
In May 2003, Lieutenant Colonel Chiarotti was assigned to 2d Force Service Support Group. He deployed as the Officer-in-Charge, Transport Support Detachment, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Camp Fox, Kuwait. Returning in November 2003, he assumed duties as Deputy, Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3. In March 2004, he deployed in support of OPERATION SECURE TOMORROW as the Director for Logistics, Combined Joint Task Force, Haiti. Returning from Haiti in July 2004, he assumed command of MSSG-22 and was deployed in support of Revised Combined Arms Exercises 3 through 14, Camp Wilson, Twenty-nine Palms, California from September 2004 to March 2005. In May of 2005, MSSG-22 became part of 22d MEU (SOC). Lieutenant Colonel Chiarotti deployed MSSG-22 in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in support of the 22d MEU (SOC).
He was selected for and successfully completed a Fellowship at Smeal School of Business, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, and was subsequently transferred to Okinawa, Japan on 7 July 2007, where he assumed command of Combat Logistics Regiment 3, 3d Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). Following this assignment, he was assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 until his reassignment to United States Central Command as Chief of Staff, Logistics Directorate.
In August of 2011, Brigadier General Chiarotti was assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe and U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Africa as Deputy Commander. Brigadier General Chiarotti was subsequently assigned as the Deputy, J-5 Plans and Strategy and finally the Director, J-5 Plans, Strategy and Programs for U.S. Africa Command until his assignment to II MEF as Commanding General, 2d Marine Logistics Group from June 2014 to June 2016.
In June 2016, Major General Chiarotti was assigned duties as Deputy Commander, United States Forces, Japan. June 2018, Lieutenant General Chiarotti was transferred to the Pentagon to assume the duties as Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics.
Lieutenant General Chiarotti retired from active duty in September 2021 and subsequently accepted the position as the President and CEO of the Marine Corps Association and its supporting Marine Corps Association Foundation.
Lieutenant General Chiarotti holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (with oak cluster in lieu of second award), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (with Gold Star in lieu of second award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with oak cluster in lieu of second award), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Lieutenant General Chiarotti was also awarded the French National Defense Medal (Silver Award).
Mr. Bryan H. Wood, SES (Ret)
Mr. Bryan H. Wood retired from federal service in April 2019 after a distinguished 33 year career serving the Marine Corps and the Navy, the final 14 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES). He retired as the Assistant Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Installations & Logistics where he served as the principal deputy and technical assistant to the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics, responsible for providing long-range continuity to the department’s policy, direction and performance oversight for all installations and logistics functions at USMC bases and stations throughout the world and for the operating forces across the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Wood was appointed to this position in 2014 following 4 years as Director, Pacific Division (PP&O), HQMC, responsible for capabilities, force posture, infrastructure and budgeting to support Marine Corps force realignments in the Pacific including the proposed relocation of Marine forces from Okinawa to Guam, Australia and Hawaii. This followed 24 years as an attorney with the Department of the Navy’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC). Initially appointed to the Senior Executive Service in December 2003 as the Deputy Counsel for the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Wood’s latest legal position was as Counsel, Office of Naval Research (ONR). While serving as ONR Counsel in 2007, he was the first Navy OGC attorney to deploy to a combat zone in his civilian OGC capacity when he volunteered to serve as the special legal advisor to the Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Djibouti, Africa.
Mr. Wood began his career with Navy OGC as Assistant Counsel at Southern Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Charleston, SC in 1986. He has since served as Assistant Counsel for the Charleston Naval Shipyard and the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion & Repair, Charleston, SC; Counsel, Officer in Charge of Construction, Marianas and Navy Public Works Center, Guam; and Counsel, Navy Public Works Center, Norfolk, VA. In January 1997, Mr. Wood was selected as the first civilian attorney to serve as the Executive Assistant and Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Navy. Mr. Wood has also served as the Environmental Law Section Head and Senior Associate Counsel (Environment/ Safety), Naval Sea Systems Command and as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller).
Mr. Wood is a 1983 graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Degree in Political Science/Public Administration. In December of 1985, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of Bridgeport School of Law during which time he served with the Organized Crime Bureau and the Economic Crime Unit of the Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. Mr. Wood is a member of the bars of the State of Connecticut, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. He is the recipient of both the Presidential Rank of Distinguished and Meritorious Executive, two Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Awards (CSA), four DoN Superior CSAs, two DoN Meritorious CSAs and the Joint Service Civilian Commendation medal.
LtGen Richard C. Zilmer, USMC (Ret)
LIEUTENANT GENERAL RICHARD C. ZILMER, USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Richard Zilmer retired from Active Duty in January of 2011 following over 36 years of commissioned service. Among a variety of professional and volunteer activities, LTGEN Zilmer presently sits on the CNA Military Advisory Board. LTGEN Zilmer is also an independent consultant and past Board member with the Hershey Trust Company and Milton Hershey School Board of managers where he served as Vice Chairman. He also serves as a Highly Qualified Employee and Senior Mentor for the US Army.
During his military career, Zilmer served in a variety of operational and staff assignments throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. His operational commands consisted of Commanding Officer First Battalion, First Marines, Commanding Officer 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Commanding General Multinational Forces -West ( Anbar Province, Iraq) and Commanding General III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. Zilmer served combat tours during Lebanon Peacekeeping Operations, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Zilmer’s staff assignments included multiple Washington DC tours at Headquarters Marine Corps, Deputy J-3 for Operations at the United States European Command, Presidential Support duties at Camp David, Maryland and Senior US Marine Representative to the Royal Marines in Poole England. His final assignment was Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters Marine Corps.
A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Zilmer presently resides with his wife Lorie and youngest son in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. Lieutenant General Zilmer graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education from Kutztown University in 1974 and holds a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Warfare. He has also studied at the Penn State Executive Programs and the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC.
MajGen James Kessler, USMC (Ret)
Major General James A. Kessler, USMC (ret)
A native of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, MajGen Kessler was commissioned a 2ndLt from The University of Washington in June 1980. Kessler held various command and staff billets in his early career to include 1st Tank Bn, 1stMarDiv where he deployed in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He was selected to serve as the Aide-de-Camp to the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, GEN John M. Shalikashvili. He was later selected to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now called the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy), National Defense University.
MajGen Kessler was selected for, and assumed command of H&S Battalion, 3rd FSSG, serving concurrently as the Camp Commander for Camp Kinser, MCB, Okinawa, Japan. While there, he was deployed to Sri Lanka as the Commanding Officer, Marine Logistics Regiment-2, Combat Logistics Group-Sri Lanka, JTF-536, Operation Unified Assistance in support of the tsunami relief effort. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 2006 and immediately reassigned to assume command of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force.
In Jan 2007, he deployed 2ndMLG forward as part of II MEF (forward) and Multi-National Forces-West in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 2ndMLG redeployed home in Feb 2008. In April 2008, he relinquished command of 2ndMLG and assumed duties as Director, Manpower Management Division, M&RA. In June 2009, he assumed command of Marine Corps Logistics Command (MCLC), Albany, Georgia. In July 2011, he relinquished command of MCLC and was assigned as the Assistant Deputy Commandant, I&L (Facilities). On 1 October 2011, Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM) was established and he became the first Commanding General, MCICOM concurrent with his Assistant Deputy Commandant duties.
MajGen Kessler retired from the Marine Corps in September 2013. Subsequent to his retirement, he was hired by DynCorp International to run the Logistics Civilian Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) in Kandahar, Afghanistan responsible for logistics support to the southern half of the country. After 18 months in-country, he returned home and was hired by Logistics Management Institute (LMI) as the Vice President for Materiel Management Division.
On 1 Oct 2018, he was hired to take over as the President and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation with offices at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He retired from MCHF in December of 2020 and established his own private consulting company, JAK Solutions
MajGen Kessler holds advanced degrees in Military Studies from Marine Corps University, a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of California, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Col John M. Reed
Mr. John Reed is the President & CEO of Reed Charters, LLC providing strategic planning and management services to Federal agencies and in particular to the United States Marine Corps. He leads the company providing consultation analysis to identify organizational goals, objectives, measurable performance metrics and actions for services and production. The company focuses on National Security Strategy planning through force development and campaigning in the US Indo Pacific Command Area of Responsibility. Reed Charters led Infrastructure Capital Investment Planning at Headquarters Marine Corps for the Commandant’s Infrastructure Reset Strategy. Reed Charters developed the audit and transfer process of two Cooperative Security Locations in the Republic of Korea including leadership stakeholders from Commander Navy Installations Command, Marine Corps Installations Command, Marine Forces Pacific, and Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Reed Charters has a leadership development program with coaching, mentoring, and facilitation services. Reed Charters, LLC, is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business registered with the General Services Administration; the Department of Veterans Affairs; and it is Small, Women, and Minority owned certified business in Virginia.
He retired as a Colonel from the United States Marine Corps at the end of 2015 after 26 years of service. He has extensive experience working at the General Officer level. He served as the 2nd Marine Division Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 and Chief of Staff to the Division Commanding General at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. As the Commanding Officer, he trained and formed Battalion Landing Team 2/7 for service with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in the US Indo Pacific Command Area of Responsibility participating in multiple Theater Security Cooperation Exercises and deterrence operations. He served as a lead planner in the establishment of Marine Corps Installations Command and served as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 for operations, future plans, and governmental external affairs for all Marine Corps installations. He has a Masters of Military Studies from Marine Corps Command and Staff College and has personal awards to include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Defense Meritorious Service Medals among other personal awards. He served in multiple combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
LtGen Mark A. Brilakis, USMC (Ret)
Lieutenant General Mark Andrew Brilakis is currently assigned as the Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was commissioned through the Platoon Leaders Class in May 1981.
Assignments in the Operating Forces include: Battery Officer, 1st Battalion, 10th Marines; Battery Commander, Battalion FDO, and S-3, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines; Naval Gunfire Control Officer and Assistant Supporting Arms Coordinator, Amphibious Group Two; Future Operations and MAGTF Planner, G-3, II MEF;
Executive Officer, 10th Marine Regiment; Commanding Officer 1st Battalion, 10th Marines; Commanding General, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Deputy Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commanding General, 3d Marine Division.
Assignments in the Supporting Establishment include: Company Officer and Commanding Officer, Company A, and Course Developer, MCI Company, Marine Barracks, Washington DC; Commanding Officer, Weapons Training Battalion, Training Command; and the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
Headquarters and Staff assignments include: Status of Forces Officer, Plans, Policies, and Operations Department, HQMC; Head, Program Development Branch, Programs and Resources Department, HQMC; Director, European Liaison Office, Headquarters, U.S. European Command, Deputy J-3, United States European Command, and Assistant Deputy Commandant (Programs), Programs & Resources Department, HQMC.
Military Education: Amphibious Warfare School; Command and Staff College; School of Advanced Warfighting; and CMC Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Masters in Military Studies, Marine Corps University.
MajGen Craig Crenshaw, USMC (Ret)
CRAIG C. CRENSHAW MAJOR GENERAL, USMC (RET)
A native of Pensacola, Florida, Major General Crenshaw received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in August 1984 through the NROTC Scholarship Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a Master of Arts in Procurement and Acquisitions Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri; a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, DC; and is a graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course and the Program Manager Course from the Defense Acquisition University.
Major General Crenshaw began his military career as a Logistics Officer with 3d Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, Japan. He was later reassigned to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, where he served as a Series Commander and Battalion Operations Officer. In September 1989, he was assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. While assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, he deployed to the Persian Gulf region in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and participated in Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Los Angeles in response to the civil disturbance during the Los Angeles riots.
In September 1992, Major General Crenshaw was assigned to the Program Executive Office for Cruise Missiles and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Washington, DC. He served as the Marine Corps Integrated Logistics Support Manager and Deputy Director, Joint Logistics Program, Joint Logistics Directorate. Major General Crenshaw was subsequently assigned in 1995 to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Okinawa, Japan, where he served as the Group Logistics Officer.
Following this assignment, Major General Crenshaw was selected to attend the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Defense Foreign Liaison Division, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC, as an Executive Agent to the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In June 2002, Major General Crenshaw was assigned to 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he assumed command of Headquarters and Service Battalion and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In August 2004 Major General Crenshaw was selected to attend the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, in Washington, DC. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Logistics Directorate, as the Division Chief, Joint Logistics Operations Center, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
In June 2007 he was assigned to the Department of Installations and Logistics (I&L) as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Commandant for I&L and Logistics Facilities for Defense Policy Review Initiatives.
In June 2008, Major General Crenshaw assumed command of Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2d Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF). He was subsequently assigned as the Commanding General, 3d Marine Logistics Group, III MEF, Okinawa, Japan in June 2010.
In July 2012, Major General Crenshaw returned to the Joint Staff as the Vice Director, J-4, with the follow-on assignment as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics (LP), Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, in October 2013.
From May 2015 to June 2018, Major General Crenshaw served as the Commanding General of Marine Corps Logistics Command Albany, Georgia, and transitioned in July 2018 as the Director, Manpower Management Division, Department of Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. The position he held until his retirement in 2019.
As a career Marine, Major General Crenshaw personal awards and decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster in lieu of second award, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster in lieu of second award, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous unit awards and citations.
He currently is the president of Claxton Logistics, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and is an Executive Fellow for the Institute for Defense and Business at University of North Carolina.
SgtMaj Michael Mack, USMC (Ret)
SgtMaj Mack enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 1986 and attended recruit training at 3rd Recruit Training Battalion Parris Island, SC. He graduated from recruit training and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of PFC in September 1986. He then reported to Basic School at Camp Johnson in Camp Lejeune, NC and upon completion of the Basic Course he reported to MCAS Yuma, AZ for duty as a Finance Clerk. In August 1987, LCpl Mack transferred to Casualty Co, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA then on to HqCo, H&S Bn MCRD, San Diego, CA in November 1987. In November 1989, he was promoted to the rank of Cpl and was an honor graduate from Combat Enhancement Training. Cpl Mack was then transferred to Quantico, VA in December 1989 to be an auditor in the Finance Office, Separations Section. Cpl Mack also deployed to 3rd FSSG Okinawa, Japan to support Operation Cobra Gold. In May 1993, he was promoted to the rank of Sgt and tasked with training and creating the Standard Operating Procedures for the Finance Office for the Separation of Marines in Okinawa, Japan. In January 1994, Sgt Mack reported to MCB Kaneohe Bay, HI selected as NCO of the Quarter, assigned as the Battalion Career Planner, and appointed as the Color Sergeant. In April 1997, he was promoted to SSgt and reported to HqCo, H&S Bn Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA for duty as the Pay SNCOIC of the Finance Office. In June of 1999, SSgt Mack reported to Drill Instructor School where upon completion, he was assigned to Bravo Co 1st Recruit Training Battalion MCRD, San Diego, CA. SSgt Mack held the billet of Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, Chief Drill Instructor, Operations Chief, and Operations Officer. He was selected by his peers to be the recipient of the Dan Daly Leadership Award, GySgt Nichols Award (Best New Drill Instructor), Drill Instructor of the Quarter, and 3 Honor Platoons, a Company Honor man, and Series Honor man.
In August 2001, SSgt Mack was promoted to the rank of GySgt and was re-assigned to Marine Forces Atlantic. In August 2002, GySgt Mack was interviewed as a Manpower Analyst representing the Marine Corps at Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA), Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). In August 2003, GySgt Mack transferred to the position of Marine Analyst for the Marine Corps at Marine Information Systems at M&RA Division. In May 2004, GySgt Mack was transferred to Officer Candidate School where he served as a Platoon Sergeant and received the Best Drill Instructor of the Cycle Award. During August 2004, GySgt Mack attended the Advanced Course, Quantico VA where he distinguished himself through the course and was chosen by his peers as the recipient of the class Gung Ho Award for the student who best personified the traits and principles of Leadership of a Staff Non-Commissioned Officer. In December of 2004, SgtMaj Mack was selected to rank of 1stSgt and was frocked on February 2nd, 2005, where he assumed duties as Company 1stSgt Marine Corps Institute Marine Barracks, 8TH & I, Washington, DC on the third day of February 2005. In September 2006, 1stSgt Mack received PCSO to 1st Marine Division and deployed with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion to Ramadi Iraq. In October 2008, SgtMaj Mack was selected to the rank of SgtMaj and received PCAOs to proceed to MWSS-373 in April 2009 and redeployed to Afghanistan with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 Third Marine Air Wing. May 2011, SgtMaj Mack returned from deployment and reported for duty at Recruiting Station Orange, 12th Marine Corps District as the Recruiting Station Sergeant Major. May 2013, SgtMaj Mack reported for duty as the SgtMaj of the Wounded Warrior Regiment. February 2016, SgtMaj Mack had his relief and appointment/retirement ceremony and was officially retired from the United States Marine Corps on 01 July 2016 after 30 years of faithful service. After retirement Mr. Mack went to work at the U.S. AbilityOne Commission a Federal Agency as the Director of Oversight and Compliance GS-15 until January 2021. Currently, Mr. Mack is the CEO of Mack Strategic Solutions a consulting agency that supports Wounded, Ill and Injured Veterans.
SgtMaj Mack’s personal awards include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal in lieu of 2nd Award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal in lieu of fifth award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in lieu of second award, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal in lieu of eighth award, National Defense Medal in lieu of second award, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon in lieu of third award, Iraqi Campaign, Afghanistan Campaign, NATO ISAF Afghanistan, and the Recruiting Ribbon and the Drill Instructor Ribbon second award.
Col Robert Love, USMC (Ret)
Mr. Bob Love is a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and is serving as the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of the Navy. His previous assignment was as Vice President, Business Development at the Logistics Management Institute (LMI). Prior to joining LMI he founded Daedalus Solutions, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business specializing in helping companies understand the international market. He is a proven professional with a record of accomplishments as a Strategist, Logistician, and International Business Leader. He was the Executive Director, International Campaigns (Support Solutions) BAE Systems, Inc., from March 2010 until July 2014. Mr. Love led the Company’s effort to develop business opportunities in key locations around the world. Mr. Love is an Executive Fellow Emeritus for the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB).
From 2006 until March 2010 Mr. Love was a member of the SES and served as the Executive Director, Expeditionary Business in the Task Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), Office of the Secretary of Defense. TFBSO worked in close cooperation with various agencies, the international business community, non-government organizations, and local governments (Middle East, Afghanistan, & Sub Saharan Africa). Mr. Love was directly involved with foreign direct investment, value chain integration, and industrial revitalization. The Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, awarded Mr. Love the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service, the Department of Defense’s (DoDs) second highest civilian award, for his work with TFBSO.
From October 2005 until June 2006 Mr. Love served as the Director, War fighter Support Office (WSO), Business Transformation Agency (BTA). He was instrumental in the establishment of the BTA and WSO. In this role, Mr. Love worked across the DoD, Secretariat, Service, and Combatant Commands to evaluate business enterprise processes and associated systems affecting contracting, logistics, fund distribution, financial management in order to align to the theater commanders needs.
Mr. Love retired as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps in August 2004. Colonel Love’s career included a variety of command & staff assignments to include command of a Marine Wing Support Squadron and a Combat Logistics Battalion. He led the Marine Corps Capstone Logistics Modernization Effort, a flagship enterprise regarded by military and industry organizations as a model for transformation. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Colonel Love served as the Officer in Charge of the Reconstitution Liaison Support Team (RLST) and deployed to Kuwait/Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Upon his return, he was assigned as the Senior Logistics Advisor, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. After retiring, Mr. Love served as the Deputy Director for the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics Systems Management), supporting major logistics system modernization efforts.
IDB’s Executive Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for selected retired senior leaders from the DoD, the Department of Homeland Security, and the military services to share their knowledge and experience with participants in the IDB’s educational programs. Mr. Love’s tenure was for the 2015 – 2016 academic year.
Mr. Love holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Management and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Armed Forces Staff College. He is the recipient of eleven personal awards for outstanding performance of duties and has received the Federal Executive Association Outstanding Officer Award for superior leadership and management abilities. Mr. Love has been designated a Professional Logistician by the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He and his wife, Helaine, have three adult children, Dr. Andrew Love, Ms. Genna Love (CPA), and Lieutenant William Love, USN.
Col Emily E. Swain, USMC (Ret)
Colonel Emily Elder Swain was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1987, upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
After completing the Motor Transport Officer Course, 2nd Lieutenant Elder received orders to 9th Motor Transport Battalion on Okinawa, Japan where she served as a platoon commander, detachment commander and company executive officer from 1989 to 1990. Subsequently, she reported to the Marine Wing Support Group-47 Operations section, to train reserve Marines. In 1994, Captain Elder was assigned to 7th Motor Transport Battalion as the Bravo Company Commander, Battalion S-4 and as an Action Officer in the 1st Force Service Support Group G-3.
After completing Amphibious Warfare School, she reported to Headquarters, Marine Corps (Installations & Logistics) as the Motor Transport Occupational Field Sponsor. Major Elder was selected to attend Command and Staff College, earning a Masters of Military Science degree, before transferring to the III Marine Expeditionary Force G-4 (Plans) office in Okinawa, JA.
In 2002, she reported to the 1st Force Service Support Group G-3 (Plans) but was quickly reassigned as the Operations Officer for Combat Service Support Battalion-18, a task-organized unit formed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, Major Elder became the Headquarters & Service Battalion Executive Officer, returning to Iraq for OIF II as the (Acting) Commander of Headquarters & Service Battalion at Camp Taqqadam. LtCol Elder subsequently became the Combat Service Support Group-11 Executive Officer as the FSSG transitioned to Marine Logistics Group.
LtCol Elder returned to Headquarters, Marine Corps in 2005 as the Section Head of MMOA-3, Officer Plans & Programs, and in 2008 was assigned to Programs and Resources as a Manpower & Infrastructure Analyst. Colonel Swain reported to the Navy Secretariat in 2009 as the Marine Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower & Reserve Affairs. In July 2011, Colonel Swain assumed duties as the AC/S G-4 of MARCENT (Forward). Returning from Bahrain, Col Swain served as the Marine Corps National Account Manager at the Defense Logistics Agency Headquarters. Colonel Swain finished her 30 year career as the Inspector General of Marine Corps Base, Quantico.
LtCol Christopher Davis, USMC (Ret)
Chris Davis is president of Raytheon International, Incorporated (RII), the international sales and marketing arm of Raytheon Company. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
As president of RII, Davis is responsible for the company’s sales and marketing efforts in more than 80 nations worldwide. He is leading the RII team to achieve top-line growth through focus on global growth, enterprise collaboration and competitive advantage. International business has accounted for roughly 27 percent of Raytheon’s total sales. The company maintains international sales and consultant offices in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America and has operations outside the U.S. in Australia, Europe and Canada.
Previously, Davis served as Raytheon’s Country Leader for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he was responsible for executing an integrated, companywide engagement strategy for the UAE based on collaboration, and deep customer intimacy. His customer engagement and collaboration responsibilities included contract execution, offset dialogues and integrated pipeline development and execution.
A retired United States Marine Corps officer and aviator, Davis joined Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in 2006 after a 20-year military career, and after two years assisting the UAE president of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce with that chamber’s aerospace and defense portfolio. As RMS’ director of Middle East Business Development, Davis was responsible for sales and marketing in 10 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, and significantly participated in more than $1.4 billion of successful capture efforts.
While in the military, Davis lived for three years in Japan, and was a finalist for the Council on Foreign Relations’ International Affairs Fellow Japan. He is a combat aviator with over 2,000 flight hours in both rotary and fixed-wing (fighter) aircraft.
Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial economics from Union College in Schenectady New York, and a master’s degree in security studies from the Marine Corps University.
SgtMaj Robin C. Fortner, USMC (Ret)
Sergeant Major Fortner was born in Brooklyn, New York. In August of 1990, she enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., where she was meritoriously promoted to private first class. Private First Class Fortner was transferred to Camp Lejeune, N.C., to attend the Basic Supply School and obtain the MOS 3051. Private First Class Fortner graduated at the top of her class and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in January 1991. After completion of school, Lance Corporal Fortner’s first assignment was 2d Supply Battalion, 2d Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
During her tour, Lance Corporal Fortner was meritoriously promoted to the rank of corporal in June 1992 and later transferred to Marine Air Traffic Control Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Okinawa, Japan. While serving as the Warehouse Chief, Corporal Fortner began cross training into the Supply Administration MOS 3043 and was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February 1994.
In June 1994, Sergeant Fortner was transferred to Marine Air Control Squadron 6, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, N.C., serving in various billets to include Supply Chief, Color Sergeant, and Armorer. She was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in March 1998.
In June 1999, Staff Sergeant Fortner reported to Weapons Field Training Battalion, MCRD Parris Island, S. C. to serve as a Primary Marksmanship Instructor. After graduating number one in PMI School, She trained both male and female recruits in the basic fundamentals of marksmanship before reporting to Drill Instructor School in April 2001.
Staff Sergeant Fortner graduated as Honor Graduate of Drill Instructor School, and assigned to Co. O, 4th Recruit Training Battalion. In September 2002, Staff Sergeant Fortner was promoted to the rank of gunnery sergeant and also served as Company First Sergeant.
In 2004, Gunnery Sergeant Fortner transferred to Okinawa, Japan and was assigned to G-4, 3d Marine Logistics Group as the Supply Chief. Additionally she served as the lead Supply Analyst and Drill Analyst for the Commanding General’s Inspection Program. During this tour, she deployed several times, in addition to serving with Joint Task Force 536 to Colombo, Sri Lanka in January 2005. Gunnery Sergeant Fortner attained the rank of first sergeant and reported to Headquarters Company, III Marine Expeditionary Force on Camp Hansen, Okinawa in May 2006.
First Sergeant Fortner was later transferred to 9th Communication Battalion, I MEF Headquarters Group, Camp Pendleton, CA in July of 2007. She deployed to Camp Fallujah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010.
In April 2011 Sergeant Major Fortner assumed the duties as the Battalion Sergeant Major of 4TH RTBN, Parris Island SC. Sergeant Major Fortner took an active role in preserving the legacy of female Marines through two monumental ceremonies celebrating 70 years of Women Marines. In August 2013 Sergeant Major Fortner received orders to 2D Law Enforcement Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C. June 2014 Sergeant Major Fortner received orders to the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force where she is currently serving.
Sergeant Major Fortner’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3rd Award) and various campaign and unit awards. Sergeant Major Fortner is the recipient of the 2012 Megan McClung Leadership Award. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies and currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Leadership and Management.
LtCol Wendy Garrity, USMC (Ret)
Wendy Garrity has over 25 years operational experience across a broad spectrum of roles and responsibilities in the military, as well as in the information technology/cyber security, and manufacturing sectors.
She currently serves as a cyber security consultant (manufacturing) for Agilitech Solutions, LLC. She assists small to medium manufacturing companies assess compliance with NIST 800-171 standards to maintain and/or gain government contracts. She also works for Disaster Resource Group as a Logistics Site Lead. In this capacity, she manages and operates large turnkey base camps for 200-1500 personnel during natural disasters. She was recently deployed to support recovery efforts for Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
Prior to her current roles, Wendy was the Vice President for Manufacturing Support at Turbine Technologies. In this position, she was responsible for managing Information Technology and Security, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Customer Relations, and Human Resources for the company. Wendy joined Turbine Technologies in June 2017 after serving 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) where she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
While in the Marine Corps, she commanded at every level which culminated as the Commanding Officer of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 38. She also served in several executive staff positions focusing on support to Joint and Marine Corps operations, communications and intelligence. Her last assignments in the USMC were the Current Operations Officer to Marine Forces Cyberspace Command and the Marine Corps Liaison Officer to the National Security Agency. Additionally, she led the operational planning team that developed the overarching strategy for how the Marine Corps would effectively leverage and integrate operations in the cyberspace domain. She completed three deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, as well as a deployment to Haiti for earthquake relief efforts in support of Operation Restore Hope.
Wendy holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Norwich University, a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and she was a National Security Fellow for the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Wendy and her husband Steve reside in Greenville, South Carolina.
LtCol Jeff Speights, USMC (Ret)
Jeff Speights works in the Defense Customer Accounts organization, for the Raytheon Missiles & Defense (RMD) business, and serves as the Director for all Marine Corps accounts. He is responsible for facilitating all RMD activities involving the support of U.S. Marine Corps contracts, RMD customer requirements and other Marine Corps business opportunities. He has been with Raytheon for 8 years.
Raytheon Technologies, based in Waltham, MA, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and commercial and defense aviation and aerospace. Raytheon Technologies has 4 major businesses; Raytheon Missiles and Defense; Raytheon Intelligence and Space; Collins Aerospace Systems; and Pratt & Whitney.
Mr. Speights has over 38 successful years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility involving leadership, business development, and acquisition program management. Prior to assuming his current position Mr. Speights was employed by Vistronix Inc., where he served as Vice President, Business Development for their Defense Strategic Business Unit. Before Vistronix, Mr. Speights served in senior Business Development positions with Technology Associates, QinetiQ North America, and Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation.
Throughout these assignments, Mr. Speights was integrally involved in the identification, cultivation, and pursuit of new Navy / Marine Corps opportunities, and the generation of revenue growth.
Mr. Speights has an extensive Marine Corps background, serving for 21+ years as an Air Defense/ Aviation Command & Control officer, including combat command during Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm and the counter-narcotics Operation Laser Strike.
Additionally, Mr. Speights garnered a wealth of defense systems acquisition and program management experience during his two tours at Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, VA, where he served initially as the Marine Corps Liaison Officer to the U.S. Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, AL, and subsequently as the Program Manager / Deputy Program Manager for the Common Aviation Command and Control System (CAC2S) program. During this assignment, he led the efforts of a diverse team of government agencies, laboratories, and multiple defense contractors in the acquisition process, encompassing all aspects of systems engineering, software development, and lifecycle support. He retired from active duty in 2005 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Speights received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He is also a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University, and certified as a Defense Acquisition Professional.
Jeff currently lives in Stafford, VA with his wife Tammy.
SgtMaj Gary Smith, USMC (Ret)
Sergeant Major Smith was born in Walterboro, South Carolina. He attended Walterboro High School and upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He attended recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina and was meritoriously promoted to PFC upon completion of recruit training. Subsequently transferred to Twenty Nine Palms, California where he attended the Field Radio Operator Course and was assigned the MOS 2531.
Upon completion of MOS training, Sergeant Major Smith received orders to 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, Communications Company Radio Platoon. During this tour of duty he was deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
In March 1993, Sergeant Major Smith was ordered to Okinawa, Japan. Assigned to 3rd Marine Division, he served with the 12th Marine Regiment, Communications Radio Platoon as a section leader. Upon completion of a one-year tour, Sergeant Major Smith was transferred to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing where he served with Marine Wing Support Squadron-273, MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. Assigned to the Communications Platoon, he served as the Radio Section leader and was promoted to Sergeant in October 1994.
In July 1995, Sergeant Major Smith requested and received orders to Drill Instructor School, MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation from Drill Instructor School, he was assigned to 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. During this successful tour of duty, he served as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Series Gunnery Sergeant with Golf Company.
After his successful tour of duty on the Drill Field, Sergeant Major Smith Was transferred in November 1998 and reported to The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia as the Communications Chief. During this tour he was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant and was subsequently assigned to Officer Candidate School Permanent Personnel where he served as Sergeant Instructor, Platoon Sergeant, Company Gunnery Sergeant, and General Military Subjects Chief.
In June 2002, Sergeant Major Smith received orders to 1st MAW and was assigned to Headquarters & Service Company, Marine Wing Communications Squadron- 18 where he served as company First Sergeant. During this tour of duty he also served with the Central Identification Lab as a Communications Watch Officer for the 81’st mission to Laos for the recovery of U.S. Service Members Remains.
December 2003 Sergeant Major Smith was selected to First Sergeant and was transferred to 7th Communications Battalion, IIIMEF Headquarters Group serving as Service Company First Sergeant. March 2005 posted as the Alpha Company First Sergeant. January 2006 transferred to 3rd Transportation Support Battalion 3rd MLG and posted as the Headquarters & Service Company First Sergeant.
October 2006 Sergeant Major Smith attended the Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA) class 128 in Newport, RI. Sergeant Major Smith was the recipient of the Distinguished Honor graduate award in class 128.
July 2007 transferred to 1st BN 1Oth Marines 2nd Marine Division, posted as the Charlie Battery First Sergeant. October 2007 selected to current rank of Sergeant Major.
July 2008 SgtMaj Smith transferred to Marine Attack Squadron 542, MAG 14, 2d MAW and posted as the Squadron Sergeant Major.
May 2010 SgtMaj Smith was selected and posted as the Director of the Quantico Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Sergeant Major Smith was responsible for and oversaw the efforts of more than 50 permanent personnel and two civilians who supported and educated more than 3,000 Marines, sister service and international students during the operation of all courses.
January 2012 SgtMaj Smith attends Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leaders Course at the National Defense University.
July 2012 SgtMaj Smith was selected as the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa Command Senior Enlisted Leader and posted on 15 July 2012. As the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for CJTF-HOA, Sergeant Major Smith served as the principal advisor to the Commander of CJTF-HOA on all issues affecting the health, morale, welfare and professional development for more than 1,800 Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines joint service personnel in 14 countries on the continent of Africa.
August 2013 SgtMaj Smith transferred to 4th Marine Logistics Group, New Orleans, LA. He serves as the principal advisor to the 4th Marine Logistics Group Commander on all issues affecting health, morale, welfare and professional development for Marines and Sailors within the command.
May 2016 Sergeant Major Gary Smith transferred to Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM), Quantico, VA. He served as the principal advisor to the MARCORSYSCOM Commander on all issues affecting health, morale, welfare and professional development for Marines within the command. This was the final Command of Service to both Nation and Corps, it was here SgtMaj Smith retired with a culmination of almost three decades of service.
Sergeant Major Smith’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (with 1Gold star in lieu of second award), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 1Gold star in lieu of second award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with 3Gold stars in lieu of fourth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with 3 Gold stars in lieu of fourth award) and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Sergeant Major Smith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Excelsior College and Master of Science Degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Business. SgtMaj Smith also holds a certification as a Professional Counselor through the U.S. Department of Labor.
In Retirement SgtMaj Smith is the Chief Executive Officer for the Smith Leadership Consulting Group (Smithlcg.com) which focuses on Motivational Speaking, Executive Leadership Coaching and Workforce Leadership Development.
Gary is the Regional Chief Instructor for the Enlisted Seminars (Quantico Region) for the College of Distance Education & Training (CDET) at Marine Corps University.
Gary sits on the Board of Directors for Thrive Virginia. Gary is also a Member of The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). Gary is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Gary is a devoted member of both Louisiana State University (LSU) & Excelsior College Alumni Associations. Gary is a Facilitator for Anger Management Classes for At- Risk Youth for the State of Virginia (Fredericksburg Area). Gary is Member of the Marines Memorial Association & Foundation. Gary is Member of the Marine Corps Association & Foundation. SgtMaj Smith is authoring a book that promises to be a Best Seller discussing The Art & Science in Leadership Development, due to be released in early fall 2021.
Mr. Michael Martz
I have been in the construction, development and management business for the past 32 years. My experience has allowed me to be involved in all phases of each project fcom start to finish. The main focus for many years was commercial interior construction, which evolved into a new phase of construction of building very high end residential homes.
In the past 16 years, I have developed and redeveloped manufactured housing communities. My portfolio currently includes 4 communities that are owned by my companies.
The most current project has been Cottage Gardens Development. This project was taken from raw land to a total turnkey development for homebuyers. This project serves the need for affordable housing for many first time homebuyers, as well as general people looking for quality homes at affordable prices. Our developing has allowed us to create InLine Utilities, which supplies water and sewer services to our developments and adjoining properties.
The Cottage Gardens project was nominated 2 years in a row for the “Best Manufactured Housing Community in the United States.
Cottage Gardens is a 570 lot subdivision built and owned by my company and Sugarbercy Place Phase I is a 400 lot subdivision built by my company and sold to real estate investors. These developments are valued at approximately $84,000,000.00.
Cottage Gardens and Sugarberry Place as well as adjoining properties are serviced with water and sewer utilities by my company Inline Utilities.
At the present time we are purchasing resort property in the Dominican Republic and are exploring and investigating the needs for a Retirement Community and a Christian Camp for children.
These are just a few of the commercial projects that I have been involved in during my career:
Heights Hospital, Bellaire Hospital, Brownsville Medical Center, Williams Trace Retail Center, Kingwood Shopping Center, Pasadena General Hospital, Landmark Chevrolet, Bill Heard Chevrolet, Continental Airlines Training Center, Randall’s Retail Centers (Memorial, Shepard Square, Bissonet, Humble), Houston Intercontinental Airport, Cenmry National Bank, Exxon Re.ftnery, Houston Hobby Airport
Mr. Timothy Eichhorn
Wm. Timothy (Tim) Eichhorn is a former Marine infantry officer serving now as a partner and senior adviser with Rather & Kittrell Capital Management in Knoxville, TN.
Tim received his commission through the PLC program in 1987 upon graduation from Frostburg State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. His 8 years of USMCR active duty included stints with Lima Company 3/9 from May 1989 through May 1991, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion May 1991 through May 1992 and 6th Marine Corps District (RS Jacksonville) May 1992 through May 1995. Tim then re-entered active duty for another 1.5 years with 4th Combat Engineer Battalion from November 2004 until May 2006.
He served as platoon commander, weapons platoon commander and executive officer of Lima 3/9 and through deployments to Bridgeport MWTC, Honduras and Operations Desert Shield/Storm. At 1st Recon he served as BN S-3A, Dive Officer and company commander. At RS Jacksonville, FL., Tim served as a three year executive officer. At Delta Company, 4th CEB, Tim served as company commander and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom as AST/MTT to an Iraqi battalion in Fallujah from Jan 2005 to Aug 2005.
Tim manages corporate and personal assets for clients of Rather & Kittrell Capital Management nationwide as well as the local East Tennessee region. Tim joined Rather & Kittrell in 2004 after nine years of consulting and non-profit work.
Tim has served as president of the Maryville, TN Little League, The Downtown Knoxville Kiwanis Club, The Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Detachment #924 of The Marine Corps League and on boards of The East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association and The Salvation Army, Knoxville and Maryville TN. He also currently serves as a member of The Blount County (TN) Audit Committee.
Tim and his wife, Beth, have three grown children: Catherine (Eric), Caroline and Blake (Kaci). Catherine and Eric are Marines at Camp Pendleton and Blake is a Marine in North Carolina.
Mr. Michael Raiole
Mike Raiole retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a senior executive in 2021. Mike served in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations as a Paramilitary and Operations Officer, and then as a member of Senior Intelligence Service for the last 17 years of his career. He completed seven assignments outside the United States, including four as a Chief of Station and Director of National Intelligence Representative. Over the course of his career, Mike served in several areas of active hostilities, including as Chief of Station. Among other assignments at CIA Headquarters, he served as Director and Chief of Operations in mission centers. He received numerous CIA and Intelligence Community Awards, was decorated for valor by CIA, and is the recipient of a Presidential Rank Award.
Since retiring in 2021, Mike has worked as a consultant and serves on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit assisting the resettlement of Afghan nationals who supported US efforts in Afghanistan. Most recently, he was CEO of Oritain Government Services, the US subsidiary of a New Zealand forensic traceability verification company, from January 2021 – February 2022.
Mike served as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps from 1984-88 as a Recon Marine/Para/SCUBA qualified assigned to 5th Platoon, 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, Camp Lejeune.
In 1984, Mike received a BA in International Relations with a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Florida.
Mike is married with two daughters and lives in Northern Virginia. He joined the MCAF Board in 2023.
SgtMaj Stephanie K. Murphy, USMC (Ret)
Sergeant Major Murphy was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1967. She graduated from Dollarway High School, Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1985. In May of 1988, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. She went to boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolna and was meritoriously promoted to Private First Class. She was transferred to Fort Eustis, Virginia where she was ordered to military occupational specialist training at the United States Army Transportation School, where she was assigned the MOS of 3112, Traffic Management Specialist.
After completion of school, she was assigned to Beach and Port Terminal Operations Company, 3rd Landing Support Battalion, Camp Kinser, Okinawa, Japan as a Traffic Management Specialist. During her tour in Okinawa, she deployed to Camp Fuji, Japan with Combat Service Support Detachment Fourteen for three months. Private First Class Murphy was promoted to Lance Corporal in April 1989.
In November 1989, Lance Corporal Murphy transferred to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California as a Traffic Management Specialist. In December of 1991, she reenlisted for four years. After her reenlistment, Lance Corporal Murphy was promoted to Corporal in January of 1992. She remained in El Toro until May 1993 and then transferred to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for a one year, unaccompanied tour where she was a Passenger Service Agent.
Upon completion of her unaccompanied tour, she transferred to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, assigned as a Traffic Management Specialist where she remained for 2 years. While stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, she was promoted to Sergeant in November of 1994.
In October of 1996, Sergeant Murphy reported to Drill Instructor School at Parris Island, South Carolina. She graduated December of 1996 and was assigned to Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion. In April of 1998, Sergeant Murphy was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. During her assignment she was assigned as a Drill Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor, and Series Gunnery Sergeant.
In December 1999, after a successful tour, Staff Sergeant Murphy transferred to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia where she was assigned as the Staff Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Traffic Management Office. During this assignment, Gunnery Sergeant Major attended the United States Army Transportation School’s Joint Personal Property Course and was honored as the Distinguish Graduate. In April 2001, Staff Sergeant Murphy received an accelerated promotion to Gunnery Sergeant.
In September 2001, Gunnery Sergeant Murphy requested orders to Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL to train Naval Officer Candidates. After completing Drill Instructor School for the second time, Gunnery Sergeant Murphy served as a drill instructor for three years. After the completion of her first class, Gunnery Sergeant Murphy was awarded a Congressional Record proceedings and debates of the United States of America, by the 107th Congress Second Session, Volume 148, Number 104, Washington, on Friday, July 26, 2002. The Senate honoring her as the First Female Drill Instructor at Naval Officer Candidate School. While assigned as a Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Murphy served as a Drill Instructor and Battalion Drill Instructor Advisor.
Gunnery Sergeant Murphy was frocked to the rank of First Sergeant in January 2005 and reported to Inspector & Instructor Staff Indianapolis, Indiana immediately as the First Sergeant of Detachment Communications, Communication Company Headquarters Battalion, 4th Marine Division and Detachment Two, Electronics Maintenance, 4th Marine Logistics Group. During this tour of duty, First Sergeant Murphy served in numerous collateral billets.
In June of 2007, First Sergeant Murphy reported to First Radio Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California as the First Sergeant of Headquarters and Service Company. In February 2008, First Sergeant Murphy deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom.
During January 2009, First Sergeant Murphy was frocked to the rank of Sergeant Major and immediately reported to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina for duty as the 4th Recruit Training Battalion Sergeant Major of the Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, South Carolina. Sergeant Major Murphy served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for two Battalion Commanders and a personal example for the only all enlisted-female Recruit Training Battalion in the Department of Defense, providing inspiring leadership and counsel to enlisted and officers alike. She was directly responsible for the thorough indoctrination of over 4600 new Marines to meet the challenges of the future operating environment.
After completing this tour, Sergeant Major Murphy reported to the Combat Logistics Battalion Two, 2nd Marine Logistics Group and in July 2012 deployed to combat in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 12-2.
She returned from combat deployment in February 2013 and reported to Officer Candidates School in April 2013 as the Sergeant Major of Officer Candidates School, Training Command, Quantico, Virginia. Sergeant Major Murphy served as an inspiring role model for officer candidates and the Marines and Sailors of Officer Candidates School. She was responsible for the professional and leadership development of drill instructors and over 3200 officer candidates. Notably, Sergeant Major Murphy was the first female Sergeant Major to covet this assignment.
In June 2015, Sergeant Major Murphy posted as the Marine Corps Logistics Command Sergeant Major, Albany, Georgia. This was the final Command of Service to both Nation and Corps; it was here Sergeant Major Murphy served her final three years of service and retired with a culmination of thirty years of service.
Sergeant Major Murphy’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Gold Stars in lieu of fourth award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with 2 Gold Stars in lieu of third award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with 1 Gold Stars in lieu of second award),.
Sergeant Major Murphy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Degree from the University of West Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from the American Military University. She has obtained a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Dr. Murphy completed her research in the area of Mentoring in the Military. Her dissertation was on Cross-Gender Mentoring Experience of a Few Good Women.
In retirement, Dr. Murphy is the Creative Executive Officer for Tuxedobox, LLC (tuxedobox.com) which is a Lifestyle Consultant and Organization/Leadership Management Company. This organization’s mission is to mentor, guide, help, and assist with life’s goals.
Dr. Murphy is a Lifetime Member of National Montford Point Marine Association and the Women Marine Association. She is a member of the Military Women’s Memorial, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Marine Corps Association and Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project, and the United Service Organizations, Inc.
She is active member of the University of West Florida Alumni Association and the University of Phoenix Alumni Association.
She is the Architectural and Design Committee Chair for her Homeowner’s Association.
Mr. Thomas "Tom" Craig
Thomas “Tom” Craig represents, advises, and counsels individuals and entities in a wide variety of matters, including government contracting, sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations, complex civil litigation, export and other regulatory compliance, structuring business transactions, and criminal defense.
Mr. Craig has extensive experience representing government contractors, especially in high stakes litigation. He assisted a major defense manufacturer in obtaining a nine-figure judgment from its principle subcontractor in a case involving allegations of overcharging and trade secret violations. While he handles all matters related to government contractors, from bid protests
to teaming agreements, Mr. Craig specializes in high-profile and high-risk matters that require comprehensive coordination of legal, media, political, and consulting efforts.
His other matters include breach of contract claims against the government, enforcement of work share agreements, violations of non-competition agreements, bank fraud claims, grand jury subpoenas, and alleged trade secret violations. He also has extensive employment law experience, including drafting employment contracts, advising on employment practices and policies, and litigating a wide variety of employment issues.
Before joining FH+H, Mr. Craig practiced law at Williams & Connolly LLP. Mr. Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Illinois and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where he was also an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
Mr. Craig had a distinguished military career, serving more than 21 years as an active duty Marine, primarily in intelligence and counterintelligence billets.
+ Assists U.S. companies working in the national security environment by navigating regulations regarding investments, exports and security requirements.
+ Assists both Commercial and Government Contracting Companies in resolving complex disputes, including through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation
+ Assists government contractors in resolving disputes with their government customers, including negotiations, administrative claims, and formal litigation.
+ Advises corporations on complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.