GEN Gordon R. Sullivan, USA Ret.
President & Chief Executive Officer
General Sullivan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of the United States Army, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Since assuming his position in 1998, General Sullivan has overseen the transformation of the Association into a dynamic member-based organization that represents Soldiers, families, and the defense industry.
His responsibilities encompass both daily business operating and strategy planning for the largest Army-oriented non-profit association. The Association promotes and advocates programs for Soldiers and their families, creates opportunities for Army-Industry and professional dialog; advocates public awareness of Army and national security issues through its educational mission and maintains an outreach program to national leadership on critical issues pertinent to Army readiness.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Quincy, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Norwich University and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor in 1959. General Sullivan retired from the Army on 31 July 1995 after more than 36 years of active service. He culminated his service in uniform as the 32nd Chief of Staff—the senior general officer in the Army—and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Sullivan currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University, the Army Historical Foundation, and the Marshall Legacy Institute, as well as a member of the MITRE Army Advisory Board, the MIT Lincoln Labs Advisory Board, and a Life Trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
In addition to his many awards on active duty, he is also the recipient of the West Point Association of Graduates’ Sylvanus Thayer Award and a member of the Sergeants Major Academy’s Hall of Honor.
General Sullivan currently resides in Alexandria, VA. He has three children and three grandchildren. He is an avid reader, amateur historian, and active sailor and sport fishing enthusiast.
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GEN Carter F. Ham, USA Ret.
Executive Vice President
General Ham is the executive vice president of the Association of the United States Army. He is an experienced leader who has led at every level from platoon to geographic combatant command. He is also a member of a very small group of Army senior leaders who have risen from private to four-star general.
General Ham served as an enlisted infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division before attending John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Graduating in 1976 as a distinguished military graduate, his service has taken him to Italy, Germany, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Macedonia, Qatar, Iraq and, uniquely among Army leaders, to over 40 African countries in addition to a number of diverse assignments within the United States.
He commanded the First Infantry Division, the legendary Big Red One, before assuming duties as director for operations on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon where he oversaw all global operations. His first four-star command was as commanding general, U.S. Army Europe. Then in 2011, he became just the second commander of United States Africa Command where he led all U.S. military activities on the African continent ranging from combat operations in Libya to hostage rescue operations in Somalia as well as training and security assistance activities across 54 complex and diverse African nations.
General Ham retired in June of 2013 after nearly 38 years of service. Immediately prior to joining the staff at AUSA, he served as the chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, an eight-member panel tasked by the Congress with making recommendations on the size, force structure and capabilities of the Total Army.
He resides with his wife, Christi, in Arlington, Virginia.
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LTG Jerry Sinn, USA Ret.
Vice President, Finance & Administration
As the Vice President of Finance & Administration and the Corporate Treasurer of AUSA, Lieutenant General Sinn, USA Ret., is responsible for all financial aspects of the Association and the day-to-day operations of the national headquarters. He coordinates with the Finance and Audit Committee on the budget and audit processes, and counsels the Association’s leadership on financial matters. General Sinn is also responsible for AUSA’s accounting, personnel, administrative services, and the operations of the headquarters building.
Beginning in 2012 General Sinn co-owned and operated Quadrate, LLC., a business focused on providing engineering, project management, and business development services.
From 2007 to 2012, General Sinn served as a Senior Vice President, Land Warfare Strategy and Planning for DRS Technologies, Inc. and then as President, DRS Technologies Tactical Systems Group, an operating company with subordinate elements in the United Kingdom, Florida, Alabama, & Missouri. The company developed and manufactured: platform electronics, prognostic & diagnostic equipment, radars, electrical power generating equipment, tactical vehicles (Armored Knight and Joint Assault Bridge), heavy loading equipment for the Air Force, and electronic displays.
Prior to joining DRS Technologies, General Sinn spent 30+ years in the US Army. During that time he had typical command and staff assignments from company through brigade. As a general officer he served as the: Assistant Chief of Staff Resource Management, Army Materiel Command; Director of Operations & Support, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management & Comptroller; Commanding General of the North Atlantic Division, Army Corps of Engineers; Director of the Army Budget; and as the Military Deputy for Budget.
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering.
LTG Roger G. Thompson, Jr., USA Ret.
Vice President, Membership and Meetings
Association of the United States Army
Lieutenant General Roger G. Thompson, Jr., USA Ret., is responsible for AUSA National support to 120 chapters worldwide, total membership in the three categories of national sustaining, corporate at chapter level, and the individual membership. He serves as the Chairman of the Annual Meeting, and is also responsible for AUSA’s symposia in key Army operational areas and the Hot Topic One-Day events, the Global Force Symposium (formerly the Winter Symposium), and AUSA’s participation in four international military expositions in support of the Army and Sustaining Members. Additionally, he is responsible for the Association’s National support of Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Programs, the ROTC program, the ILW Breakfast Series, marketing for the association, chapter training and operational support.
General Thompson has commanded at all levels through Army Major Command. He began his 34-year career in field artillery where he commanded firing batteries in Fort Hood, Texas and Vietnam. As an Army logistician, he commanded an early deploying transportation company, an Army port battalion, the 37th Transportation Command in Europe, and Military Traffic Management Command (currently named – Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command). He served three times in the Department of the Army Staff. His last position on the Staff was Director of the Army Budget. He completed his military career as the Deputy Commander in Chief, United States Transportation Command, serving as the Chief Operating Officer of a Department of Defense-wide military and commercial contract support enterprise. During his career, General Thompson served in the 1st Armored Division, 82d Airborne Division, 3d Infantry Division, 2d Corps Support Command and VII Corps Headquarters.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Syracuse University, and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College. He and his wife Inga Marie have two adult children.
LTG Guy C. Swan III, USA Ret.
Vice President, Education
Lieutenant General Guy C. Swan III currently serves as an AUSA Vice President. During more than 35 years of active service he commanded at every level through Army Service Component Command. A career armor/cavalry officer, his general officer assignments included Commanding General, United States Army North/Fifth Army; Commanding General, United States Army Military District of Washington and Commander, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region; Commanding General, 7th Army Training Command, United States Army Europe/Seventh Army; Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, Multi-National Force-Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Director of Operations, United States Northern Command; and Chief of Army Legislative Liaison.
General Swan's other key assignments included Commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; Assistant Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy for the Joint Staff; and Deputy Operations Officer for the 1st Armored Division during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
A 1976 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, General Swan holds a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the United States Army's School of Advanced Military Studies. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
General Swan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, and the FEMA National Advisory Council. He is also a Certified Emergency Manager(CEM) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), board certified in security management.
General Swan is married to the former Melanie Taylor Curry of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They have two children: Ryan, a cadet at West Point, and Melissa, a college freshman.
SMA Kenneth O. Preston, USA Ret.
Director, Noncommissioned Officer & Soldier Programs
Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston served as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army from January15, 2004 to March 1, 2011. He retires as the longest serving Sergeant Major of the Army with more than seven years in the position.
As Sergeant Major of the Army, Preston served as the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on all Soldier and Family related matters, particularly areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He devoted the majority of his time in this position to traveling throughout the Army serving as a force provider overseeing Soldier and unit training, manning and equipping challenges, and talking to Soldiers and their Families to understand their personal hardships and challenges.
Preston is a native of Mount Savage, Md. He entered the Army on June 30, 1975. He attended Basic Training and Armor Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Throughout his 36-year career, he served in every enlisted leadership position from cavalry scout and tank commander to his final position as Sergeant Major of the Army. Other assignments he held as a command sergeant major were with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division; 3rd "Grey Wolf" Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; 1st Armored Division in Bad Kreuznach, Germany; and V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany.
His most recent assignment prior to serving as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army was as the command sergeant major for Combined Joint Task Force 7 in Baghdad, Iraq.
His military education includes the Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course, First Sergeant's Course, M1/M1A1 Tank Master Gunner Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer's Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. Preston holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from TUI University.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Good Conduct Medal 11th award, National Defense ribbon with bronze star, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCOES Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon 5th award, the NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait), the Joint Meritorious Unit Awards with bronze star, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Department of the Army Staff Badge.
He and his wife Karen have 3 adult children Valarie, Kenneth Jr., Michael, and 6 grandchildren.
CSM Donald E. Thomas, USA Ret.
Assistant Director, Noncommissioned Officer & Soldier Programs
CSM Thomas, a native of Fairfax, Va., was drafted into the United States Army on January 26, 1971. After completing Basic and Military Police Advanced Individual Training, he was assigned to numerous installations both stateside and overseas. CSM Thomas concluded his career as the Command Sergeant Major, United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, United States Forces Korea, and Eighth United States Army, Yongsan, Korea.
CSM Thomas began serving as the Assistant Director of NCO & Enlisted Affairs, now known as Noncommissioned Officer & Soldier Programs, Association of the United States Army, shortly after his retirement.
His military education, in addition to Basic and Advanced Individual Training, included Military Police Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course, Military Police Investigation Course and the United States Army First Sergeant Course. CSM Thomas is a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy Class #31, Fort Bliss, Texas. He also holds an Associate in Arts Degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of the State of New York.
Military Policeman, Company B, 385th Military Police Battalion, Stuttgart, Republic of Germany
Platoon Sergeant/Internal Security NCO, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium
First Sergeant, Military Police Company, United States Chemical Activity, Johnston Island
Command Sergeant Major, 92nd Military Police Battalion, Republic of Panama
Command Sergeant Major, 8th Military Police Brigade, Yongsan, Korea
Squad Leader, Safeguard Command Military Police Company, Nekoma, N.D.
Training, NCO, 437th Military Police Company, Fort Belvoir, Va.
Military Security Force, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C
First Sergeant, 259th Military Police Company, White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
Provost Sergeant Major, Air Defense Center & Fort Bliss, Texas
Command Sergeant Major, 720th Military Police Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas
Awards & Decorations:
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (fifth award)
Joint Service Commendation Medal (second award)
Army Commendation Award
Humanitarian Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Army Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Ribbon (numerical five)
Military Police Hall of Fame (2004)