Council of Trustees
Phebe N. Novakovic - Chairman
Thomas Arseneault
William M. Brown
Leanne Caret
The Honorable Rudy de Leon
GEN Ann E. Dunwoody, USA Ret.
John D. Harris II
MG Pat Hickerson, USA Ret.
Andy Hove
LTG Larry R. Jordan, USA Ret.
MSG Leroy A. Petry, USA Ret.
GEN Dennis J. Reimer, USA Ret.
Mark C. Roualet
Mitch Snyder
Frank A. St. John
LTG Jack C. Stultz, USA Ret.
SMA Jack L. Tilley, USA Ret.
GEN Carl E. Vuono, USA Ret.
CW5 Phyllis J. Wilson, USA Ret.
National Officers
Deputy Chairman
Thomas W. Rabaut
Vice Chairman for Retiree & Veteran Affairs
LTG David H. Ohle, USA Ret.
Vice Chairman for Civilian Affairs
Philip E. Sakowitz, Jr.
President & Chief Executive Officer
GEN Carter F. Ham, USA Ret.
Corporate Secretary
Ann Belyea

Manisha Patel

Region Presidents
First: COL Dennis Dougherty, USA Ret.
Second:  CSM W. Douglas Gibbens, USA Ret.
Third:  Kris McBride
Fourth: Gus J. Rodriguez Jr.
Fifth: CSM Rick Morris, USA Ret.
Sixth: COL Phil Stage, USA Ret.
Seventh: COL Sam Thiessen, USA Ret.
Pacific: COL Benjamin D. Lukefahr, USA Ret.
European: CW3 Anthony Ray Williams, USA Ret.
Leadership Bios

GEN Carter F. Ham, USA Ret.

President & Chief Executive Officer 

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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

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 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 US Army lieutenant, and Melissa, a college junior.


SMA Kenneth O. Preston, USA Ret.

Vice President, 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 Trident University International.

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 Award 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 8 grandchildren.