Executive Leadership 

 

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 commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor and awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Norwich University in 1959. He holds a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire. His professional military education includes the U.S. Army Armor School Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. 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 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. He is the co-author of Hope Is Not a Method (Random House, 1996), which chronicles the enormous challenges encountered in transforming the post-Cold War Army through the lens of proven leadership principles and a commitment to shared values. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwich University and the Marshall Legacy Institute as well as a member of the MITRE Army Advisory Board and a Life Trustee of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

General Sullivan is married to the former Gay Loftus of Quincy, Massachusetts; they currently reside 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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LTG Thomas G. Rhame, USA, Ret.
Vice President, Finance & Administration

Lieutenant General Thomas G. Rhame, USA (Ret.) was born in Winnfield, Louisiana, on January 27, 1941. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1963. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a comptrollership specialty from Syracuse University. General Rhame’s military education includes the Infantry Basic and Advanced Courses, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army War College.

General Rhame retired from the Army on September 30, 1997, and his last military assignment was as the director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency. Before that, General Rhame was the chief of the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia. During Operation Desert Storm, General Rhame was the Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division ("The Big Red One"), Fort Riley, Kansas. Under his command, "The Big Red One" successfully conducted the initial attack to penetrate Iraqi defensive positions, conducted the rapid passage of lines for the 1st British Armored Division, and conducted a night attack against elements of the Iraqi Republican Guard. Additionally, his units conducted a rapid exploitation and attack into Kuwait to cut off Iraqi units attempting to escape from Kuwait and hosted the cease fire talks in Safwan, Iraq.

Prior to his Command of the 1st Infantry Division, he served as Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, United States Army, and Commander of the US Army Community and Family Support Center in Washington, DC. He also served as Commander, 2d Brigade, 3d Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany; Chief of Staff, 3d Armored Division in Frankfurt, Germany; and Assistant Division Commander, 3d Armored Division and Community Commander of the Hanau Military Community.

General Rhame served as the Senior Advisor to the 1st Brigade, 40th Infantry Division of the California National Guard during the period 1978-1980.

General Rhame also served two tours of combat in Vietnam, his first in 1967, commanding B Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry; his second in 1971, serving as a District Senior Advisor with USAMACV.

General Rhame received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Distinguished Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with "V" Device (with two oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device. He also wears the Parachutist Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army General Staff Badge, and the OSD Identification Badge.

General Rhame is married to the former Linda Saunders of Lecompte, Louisiana. They have two children: Becca lives in Woodbridge, VA and Gregg, his wife Pam and daughters, Taylor, Ashley and Emily reside in Stafford, VA. General Rhame joined the AUSA staff on May 28, 1998.


 
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LTG Roger G. Thompson, Jr.,
U.S. Army, Retired
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  122 chapters worldwide, total membership in the three categories of national sustaining membership, corporate membership 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, the Winter Symposium and AUSA’s participation in six 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  services, 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.  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 children, Colleen and Brendhan. 

          


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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 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, who is a high school student-athlete.

 

  
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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.


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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.

Education:
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.

Overseas Assignments:
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

Stateside Assignments:
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)