Council of Trustees
Nicholas D. Chabraja - Chairman
Thomas Arseneault
Leanne Caret
Rudy de Leon
GEN Ann E. Dunwoody, USA Ret.
Richard H. Edwards
CSM Steven R. England, USA Ret.
SMA Robert E. Hall, USA Ret.
John D. Harris II
MG Pat Hickerson, USA Ret.
LTG Larry R. Jordan, USA Ret.
Phebe Novakovic
GEN Dennis J. Reimer, USA Ret.
GEN Carl E. Vuono, USA Ret.
National Officers
Deputy Chairman
Thomas W. Rabaut
Vice Chairman for Noncommissioned Officer & Soldier Programs
SMA Jack L. Tilley, USA Ret.
Vice Chairman for Retiree & Veteran Affairs
LTG David H. Ohle, USA Ret.
Vice Chairman for Civilian Affairs
Philip E. Sakowitz, Jr.
LTG Jack C. Stultz, Jr., USA Ret.
President & Chief Executive Officer
GEN Carter F. Ham, USA Ret.
Corporate Secretary
Ann Belyea
LTG Jerry Sinn, USA Ret.
Assistant Treasurer
Chloe L. Hua
Region Presidents
First: Hank Zolla
Second:  CSM W. Douglas Gibbens, USA Ret.
Third:  Kris McBride
Fourth: Stan Lenox III
Fifth: Doug Stuart, Ph.D.
Sixth: COL Phil Stage, USA Ret.
Seventh: COL Sam Thiessen, USA Ret.
Pacific: COL Benjamin D. Lukefahr, USA Ret.
European: Eric P. Lien
Leadership Bios

GEN Carter F. Ham, USA Ret.

President & Chief Executive Officer 


GEN Carter F. Ham, USA Ret.
GEN Carter F. Ham, USA Ret.

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General Ham is the President and Chief Executive Officer 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 Patricia E. McQuistion, USA Ret.

Vice President, Membership & Meetings


LTG Patricia E. McQuistion, USA Ret.

Lieutenant General Patricia E. McQuistion, US Army Retired, joined the staff of the Association of the United States Army, where she serves as vice president of membership & meetings, after completing 35 years of uniformed service in a variety of positions primarily in logistics and supply chain solutions. She is a life member of AUSA.

She finished her Army career as the deputy commanding general for the Army Materiel Command and senior commander of Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. As a general officer, she commanded the U.S. Army Sustainment Command, headquartered at Rock Island, Illinois, the 21st Theater Sustainment Command for U.S. Army-Europe and Seventh Army in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Supply Chains in Columbus, Ohio.

She has served in numerous command and staff assignments in Hawaii, Germany, Virginia, Kansas, Texas, Egypt, Pennsylvania, and Kuwait, (plus three tours at the Pentagon).

She is a graduate of the University of Akron (Ohio), where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a commission in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program. She subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Acquisition Management) from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and a Master of National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters; the Bronze Star; the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters; the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster; the Air Force Commendation Medal; the Army Achievement Medal; the Army Staff Identification Badge; and the Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in Gold.

Pat is married to Colonel Leif Johnson, US Army, Retired. They have three grown children: Leif, Nick, and Laura, one grandson (so far), and a golden retriever.

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LTG Jerry Sinn, USA Ret.

Vice President, Finance & Administration

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LTG Jerry Sinn, USA Ret.
LTG Jerry Sinn, USA Ret.
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 Guy C. Swan III, USA Ret.

Vice President, Education 


LTG Guy C. Swan III, USA Ret.
LTG Guy C. Swan III, USA Ret.
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 US Army lieutenant, and Melissa, a college junior.

SMA Kenneth O. Preston, USA Ret.

Director, Noncommissioned Officer & Soldier Programs


SMA Kenneth O. Preston, USA Ret.
SMA Kenneth O. Preston, USA Ret.
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 Donald E. Thomas, USA Ret.
CSM Donald E. Thomas, USA Ret.
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.

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)