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Campaign Leadership

 
 
Bob Dole
National Chairman


Bob Dole, National ChairmanSenator Bob Dole is the national chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign. Recognized as one of our nation’s towering political figures, Senator Dole has a distinguished record of public service that has made a difference for America.

A decorated and wounded combat veteran of World War II, Bob Dole was raised on the plains of western Kansas. This tough, common sense conservative from America’s heartland has experience second to none: Senate Majority Leader, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, his party’s nominee for vice president, member of the House of Representatives, chairman of the Republican Party, a state legislator, and a county attorney. He resigned from the Senate in June 1996 to campaign as the Republican nominee for president.

In January 1997, Senator Dole received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

"His title of Leader is not just a job title, it’s a description of the man," President Reagan said of Senator Dole. President Bush called Senator Dole "a great Republican Leader, as great as any in the past." Bob Dole is one of only 16 Americans to serve as Senate Majority Leader, and his first stint in that position in the mid-1980s won praise nationwide. According to Congressional Quarterly, Senator Dole "proved a point that badly needed proving at the time: The Senate could be led."

Senator Dole’s effectiveness as a consensus-builder and his commitment to deficit reduction and economic growth earned him the admiration of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike. On issue after issue, Senator Dole was a statesman who made his mark. He earned national acclaim for his leadership on behalf of the disadvantaged and Americans with disabilities, and for his mastery of foreign affairs.

During the Second World War, Bob Dole was a platoon leader in the legendary Tenth Mountain Division in Italy. In 1945, he was gravely wounded on the battlefield and was decorated for heroic achievement, receiving two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster.

Senator Dole was born in Russell, Kansas. He is married to Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole, and has a daughter, Robin, who resides in Virginia.

 
 
Frederick W. Smith
National Co-Chairman


Frederick W. Smith, National Co-ChairmanFrederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, a $17 billion global transportation and logistics holding company, is the national co-chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign.

Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx Corporation business units, including Federal Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Custom Critical, FedEx Global Logistics and Viking Freight. These FedEx Corporation companies serve 210 countries with operations that include 648 aircraft, 63,000 vehicles and over 2,600 facilities. More than 200,000 employees and contractors worldwide handle an average daily shipment volume of nearly five million items.

Smith founded Federal Express in 1971 and the company began operations on April 17, 1973.

A leader in regulatory reform, Smith has been an active proponent of global commerce and "open skies agreements" for aviation around the world. In 1976, Smith launched an airline deregulation campaign before Congress, the Department of Transportation and the Civil Aeronautics Board to obtain an air-cargo operating certificate for large aircraft. The following year, President Carter signed air cargo deregulation into law, and passenger airline deregulation soon followed.

Under Smith’s leadership, Federal Express has continued to strengthen its industry leadership over the past 25 years with its total commitment to quality service. FedEx was the first service company to win the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1990, and in 1994 was the first global express transportation company to receive simultaneous worldwide ISO 9001 certification, with re-certification in 1997.

Smith has served on the boards of several large public companies and is formerly chairman of the International Air Transport Association and chairman of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Air Transport Association. He is also a director of the Business Roundtable, CATO Institute, Library of Congress James Madison Council and the Mayo Foundation, and he serves as vice chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council.

A native of Marks, Mississippi, Smith attended Yale University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in economics in 1966. Smith, a Vietnam War veteran, served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1970.
 
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American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Leadership

 
 
Commissioners

General P. X. Kelley, USMC (Ret)Chairman

General Kelley is a partner with J.F. Lehman & Company and serves as a director for a number of corporations. From 1983 until his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1987, he served as the 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his 37-year military career he commanded Marine Corps organizations at every echelon, including an infantry battalion and infantry regiment during two separate combat tours in Vietnam. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, and honorary doctoral degrees from a number of universities. He previously served as chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission from 1990 to 1994.



Lieutenant General Julius W. Becton, Jr., USA (Ret)

General Becton’s military career spanned 40 years and included service in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War. Following military retirement in 1983, he served as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, president of Prairie View A&M University, and superintendent and CEO of D.C. Public Schools and the Emergency Transitional Education Board of Trustees. General Becton holds a bachelor’s degree from Prairie View, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and several honorary doctoral degrees. He has served on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards.



Major General Patrick H. Brady, USA (Ret)

General Brady is chairman of the Citizens Flag Alliance. His 34-year military career included two combat tours in Vietnam, where he developed tactical and foul weather helicopter flying techniques never before executed in combat. He flew over 2,000 combat missions, evacuated more than 5,000 wounded, and earned the Medal of Honor for extracting 51 severely injured patients from areas where other aircraft had failed or were shot down. He held a variety of command and staff positions, including chief of public affairs for the Army and secretary to the United Nations Military Armistice Commission in Korea. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame.



James B. Francis, Jr.

Since June 1996, Mr. Francis has served as president of Francis Enterprises, Inc., an investment and governmental and public affairs consulting firm. Prior to this, he was the only non-family partner of the Bright & Company investment firm, where he managed or supervised all oil and gas marketing, and negotiated the purchase and sale of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. He has had a number of Board of Director affiliations. He currently sits on the board of Silverleaf Resorts, Inc., and is a commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Mr. Francis served an active duty tour in the U.S. Air Force after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.



General Frederick M. Franks, Jr., USA (Ret)

A 1959 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, General Franks completed a 35-year military career in 1994. At the time of his retirement, he was the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Prior to that assignment, he commanded American and British forces of VII Corps during Operation Desert Storm in the main ground attack that liberated Kuwait in 1991. General Franks collaborated with author Tom Clancy on a book, Into the Storm, a Study in Command, has written for magazine publication on battle command, and speaks publicly on leadership. He holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University.



Colonel Antonio Lopez, USAF (Ret)

Colonel Lopez retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1982 after 27 years of service that included a combat tour in Vietnam as a forward air controller. Following retirement, he managed Latin American business development for the Vollrath Company. He was appointed special assistant to the president and director of the White House Military Office during the Bush-Quayle Administration, and served as associate director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. After government service, he was secretary for development and public relations, The Catholic Diocese of Memphis. He earned a bachelor’ degree from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.



Joseph E. Persico

After a career in the foreign service and 11 years as chief speechwriter for Governor and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Mr. Persico became a historian and biographer. He co-authored with Colin Powell the general's autobiography My American Journey. His other books include, The Imperial Rockefeller, Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial (adapted as a television miniseries), My Enemy My Brother: Men and Days of Gettysburg, Piercing the Reich, and Roosevelt's Secret War. He has appeared frequently on History Channel documentaries. He served as a naval officer during the Korean War and holds a bachelor’s degree and an honorary doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany.



Chief Master Sergeant Sara A. Sellers, USAF (Ret)

A 30-year Air Force veteran, Chief Sellers retired from active service in 1981. Military assignments took her to Germany, Korea, Okinawa, the Aleutian Islands, Spain, England, the Pentagon and numerous stateside bases. Following retirement, she was appointed by Secretary of Defense Cheney to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS). Chief Sellers serves as a Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee Woman, is the vice chair of the Tennessee Commission on National Community Service, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Johnson City/East Tennessee State University America’s Promise.



Senator Alan K. Simpson

Senator Simpson retired from the U.S. Senate in 1996 after representing the people of Wyoming for 18 years. While in the Senate, he served as assistant majority leader, assistant minority leader, and chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. Senator Simpson served as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1998 to 2000. He is currently a partner in a law practice with two sons in Cody, Wyo., and is a director on several corporate and philanthropic boards. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming, and earned a law degree from that university’s law school.



Major General Will Hill Tankersley, AUS (Ret)

General Tankersley is vice chairman emeritus of Stern, Agee and Leach Group, Inc., investment bankers and members of the NYSE. He joined the firm in 1958 and served as president and vice chairman of the board. He was deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs from 1974-77 and chairman of the DoD Reserve Forces Policy Board from 1985-90. He was a combat infantryman in six campaigns of the Korean War. He attended the Citadel before entering the U.S. Military Academy, graduating from West Point in 1950. He has a master’s degree from the College of Business at Auburn University and served as chairman of its Advisory Council and as chairman of the university’s Research Advisory Council.



Brigadier General Sue Ellen Turner, USAF (Ret)

General Turner was the director of nursing services in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C., at the time of her retirement in 1995 after a 30-year military career. Prior to joining the Surgeon General’s staff, she was chief of the Division of Nursing at the Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the command nurse at U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany. Previous assignments took her to Japan, Thailand, and numerous stateside bases. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Incarnate Word College, and a master’s degree in nursing administration and adult health from the University of Alabama.

Executive Staff

Major General John P. Herrling
United States Army, Retired
Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission


Major General John P. Herrling, United States Army (Retired), was appointed by the President in October 1995 to serve as Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. He is the fifth officer to be appointed as the Secretary since the position was established in 1923.

General Herrling was born in Auburn, New York. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton. His military schools include the United States Army War College, the Army Command and General Staff College, and Infantry Officers’ Basic and Advanced courses.

General Herrling has more than 35 years of active duty service. His last assignment was at Fort Monroe, Virginia, as the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Prior assignments were as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Dix, New Jersey; Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; Chief of Staff, VII Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army; Assistant Division Commander, 3d Armored Division, Germany; Commander, 2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. General Herrling also served as an instructor in the Ranger Department, U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia.

General Herrling’s awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), and Purple Heart.

General Herrling is married, and he and his wife, Marlene, have three children: Kathleen, Karen and Mark.

 
 
Kenneth S. Pond
Executive Director, American Battle Monuments Commission


Mr. Kenneth S. Pond, SES-6, was appointed Executive Director of the American Battle Monuments Commission in December 1994.

His experience with ABMC began in 1987 when he retired as Colonel, United States Army, and was immediately recalled to active duty to serve as Director of ABMC’s Mediterranean Region. In July 1993, he was appointed Director of Personnel and Administration in ABMC’s Washington headquarters. He retired from the Army in November 1994 to accept appointment as Executive Director, the organization’s only Senior Executive Service position.

Mr. Pond was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. He has a graduate degree from Georgia State University, attended the Emory University Graduate School of Business Administration, Advanced Management Program, and completed National War College and the Army Command and General Staff College.

He received his commission in the United States Army through Officer Candidate School in 1958. During early assignments, he served as Platoon Leader/Company Commander, Fort Dix, New Jersey; Company Executive Officer and Staff Officer, Panama; Company Commander, First Battalion, Third Infantry of the Old Guard, Washington, D.C.; and Senior Advisor to a South Vietnamese Infantry battalion. After serving as an instructor in the Ranger Department, Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, he returned to Vietnam as a Battalion Executive Officer in the AMERICAL Division. Following this second combat tour, he served on the staff and faculty of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, and commanded the First Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment. He next served as an Executive Assistant to the Inspector General of the Army in Washington, D.C.

Assignments in the grade of Colonel included Chief, Officer Professional Development Division, United States Total Army Personnel Command; Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander, Southern European Task Force, Italy; and Senior Army Advisor to the North Carolina National Guard.

His awards include the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with six Battle Stars, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, Unit Presidential Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab. In 1987, the Governor of North Carolina presented him with the North Carolina Distinguished Service Medal.

Mr. Pond is married to the former Miriam Yoder of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ponds have a daughter, Kendall, and a son, Kenneth.
 
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Memorial Advisory Board


 
 
Commissioner Peter Wheeler
Chairman


Peter Wheeler has been commissioner of veterans affairs for the state of Georgia for more than 50 years. Wheeler served in the Army from 1942-46, and continued in the Georgia Army National Guard until his retirement in 1978 in the grade of brigadier general. He is past president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs. His leadership provided for extensive veterans facilities in Georgia.

 
 
Admiral Ming E. Chang, USN (Ret)
Member


Rear Admiral Ming Chang of Virginia had a distinguished 34-year career in the U.S. Navy, receiving four awards of the Legion of Merit (Combat V) and a Bronze Star (Combat V). Prior to his retirement in 1990, he served as the inspector general for the U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C.

 
 
Miguel Encinias
Member


Dr. Miguel Encinias served in the Army Air Corps and Air Force in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He flew 70 missions in World War II, and was shot down and held prisoner for 15 months. In the Korean conflict, he flew 113 missions, was shot down, rescued and returned to duty. He flew 40 missions in the Vietnam War. Dr. Encinias, an educator with emphasis on Hispanic studies, has been awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Air Medals and two Purple Hearts.

 
 
Helen N. Fagin
Member


Dr. Helen Fagin, a survivor of the Holocaust, retired as professor of English and director of Judaic studies at the University of Miami, Florida. She served on the content committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and as chairman of the museum's education committee. Dr. Fagin represented the advisory board on ABMC's WWII Memorial Committee. She lectures and trains teachers in the moral lessons of the Holocaust, and was appointed to the Florida task force for teaching about prejudice and lessons of the Holocaust.

 
 
Mack G. Fleming
Member


Mack Fleming was staff director and chief counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs, and served as special assistant to the administrator of veterans affairs. An attorney from South Carolina, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe from 1956-58 and as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. Fleming earned a bachelor of science degree from Clemson University and a law degree from Washington College of Law, American University.

 
 
Melissa A. Growden
Member


Melissa Growden is the granddaughter of Roger Durbin, the World War II veteran who provided the initial impetus for the legislation authorizing the World War II Memorial. Growden graduated from Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan, and earned a master of arts degree from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, she is an art historian and holds other positions in higher education.

 
 
Jess Hay
Member


Jess Hay chairs the Texas Foundation for Higher Education and currently serves on the boards of directors of SBC Communications, Inc., Viad Corporation, and Trinity Industries, Inc. Prior to his retirement in 2001, he also served on teh board of directors of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He served as CEO of the Lomas Financial Group from 1965 until his retirement in 1994, is a former finance chair of the Democratic National Committee, and a former member and chairman of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.

 
 
Jon A. Mangis
Member


Jon Mangis is Virginia's Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, a post he has held since 2003. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-65, including a tour in Southeast Asia, and served with the Army National Guard from 1974 until retiring as a sergeant major in 1995. His father, a World War II B-17 pilot shot down in Holland, is buried at ABMC's Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten.

 
 
John William "Bill" Murphy
Member


Bill Murphy, a World War II Marine Corps veteran, has been a veterans' advocate for nearly 50 years. A practicing attorney and former state representative, he was chairman of the Arkansas Commission on Veterans Affairs, and was elected national vice commander of the American Legion in 1992. He is an active member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Purple Heart Society, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Marine Raider Association.
 
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