Board Biographies

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  1. Maj Gen (Ret) Arnold L. Punaro - Chairman

    MajGen (Ret) Arnold L. Punaro - Chairman

    Arnold L. Punaro took the oath of office as Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board on September 12, 2011. Appointed by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, he is the first person to hold the chair under the revised functions and structure established by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011.

  2. Sergeant Major Michael E. Biere

    Sergeant Major Michael E. Biere

    Sergeant Major Michael E. Biere assumed the position of Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) to the Reserve Forces Policy Board on 14 March, 2013. He previously served as Command Sergeant Major 7th Civil Support Command Kaiserslautern Germany; NATO Headquarters Sarajevo BiH; 8-229th Aviation Regiment (Attack) "Flying Tigers" Fort Knox, KY.

  3. VADM (Ret) John G. Cotton - Navy Reserve

    VADM (Ret) John G. Cotton

    John Cotton graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1973 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, earned his wings in October 1974 and became a third generation pilot. His father was also a Naval Aviator and his grandfather flew with the Lafayette Flying Corps in World War I.

  4. Maj Gen H. Michael Edwards - Air National Guard


    Major General H. Michael Edwards is The Adjutant General for Colorado. He is responsible for the command administration of over 5,000 Colorado Army and Air National Guard members...

  5. General (Ret) John W. Handy

    General (Ret) John W. Handy

    After retiring from the Air Force with 39 years of service and after serving as the Executive Vice President of Horizon Lines, Inc, General Handy currently manages his own advisory and consulting service in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  6. Hon. Grier Martin

    Representative Grier Martin

    Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Represents District 34, which comprises Raleigh from the Five Points intersection north to Strickland and Durant roads. First elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008, and 2010. Practiced law with non-profit groups and law firm since 1995.

  7. Ms. Paulette M. Mason

    Paulette M. Mason

    Proven leadership, project development, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills. Set high standards for meeting goals and achieving successful outcomes. Ability to engage corporate, small business and local groups to increase awareness and support for our military members and their families.

  8. Major General Darrell L. Moore - Marine Corps Reserve

    Major General Darrell L. Moore

    Major General Darrell L. Moore assumed his duties as the Director, Reserve Affairs, Quantico, VA on April 10, 2010.

    Major General Moore was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Pryor, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1976 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration...

  9. Dr. John Nagl

    Dr. John Nagl

    Dr. John Nagl is a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is also a member of the Defense Policy Board, a Visiting Professor in the War Studies Department at Kings College of London, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.

  10. Mr. Sergio A. Pecori, P.E.

    Mr. Sergio A. Pecori, P.E.

    Mr. Sergio "Satch" Pecori, P.E., is president and CEO of Hanson Professional Services Inc., an award-winning, employee-owned, national consulting firm providing engineering, architecture, planning and allied services. He is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia...

  11. Rear Admiral Russell S. Penniman - Navy Reserve

    Rear Admiral Russell S. Penniman

    Rear Admiral Penniman graduated from the United States Naval Academy with the class of 1979 and was designated a naval aviator in September 1981. Following an instructor pilot tour in the A-4 Skyhawk, Penniman reported to Fighter Squadron (VF) 124 for training in the F-14A Tomcat. He was subsequently assigned to VF-211...

  12. Lt Gen (Ret) James E. Sherrard, III - Air Force Reserve

    Lt Gen (Ret) James E. Sherrard, III - Air Force Reserve

    Lt. Gen. James E. Sherrard III served as Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air ForceBase, GA. As Chief of Air Force Reserve, he served as principal adviser on Reserve matters to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff, United States Air Force. As Commander of Air Force Reserve Command...

  13. Maj Gen James N. Stewart - Military Executive


    Major General James N. Stewart is the Military Executive, Reserve Forces Policy Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC. The Reserve Forces Policy Board serves as an independent adviser to the Secretary of Defense, providing advice and recommendations to the Secretary on strategies, policies, and practices designed to improve and enhance the capabilities, efficiency and effectiveness...

  14. Hon. Gary Eugene (Gene) Taylor

    Gary Eugene (Gene) Taylor

    Gene Taylor, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, served in the U.S. Congress from 1989 until 2011. Taylor enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve in 1971 and served until 1985. As the skipper of a search and rescue boat, he received the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation for fire fighting and a Letter of Commendation for saving the life of a crew member.

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  16. Ms. Maria J. Vorel

    Ms. Maria J. Vorel

    Ms. Maria J. Vorel is a retired career public servant in emergency management. Ms. Vorel coordinated disaster operations for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this capacity she was responsible for developing and maintaining the capacity and effectiveness of the insurance and mitigation disaster workforce.

  17. Maj Gen (Ret) Leo V. Williams, III

    Leo V. Williams, III

    Major General Leo V. Williams, III retired from the Marine Corps Reserve on 1 January, 2004 following 33 ½ years of service. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia.

  18. Major General Marcia M. Anderson - ARMY RESERVE


    Major General Anderson is currently on active duty as the Deputy Chief, Army Reserve and is temporarily assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Manpower and Reserve Affairs as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Army - Training Readiness and Mobilization.

  19. Rear Admiral Upper Half John S. Welch - COAST GUARD RESERVE

    Rear Admiral Upper Half John S. Welch

    Rear Admiral John S. Welch was promoted to Rear Admiral Upper Half and assumed his duties as Senior Reserve Officer, Coast Guard Atlantic Area in June 2012. He is currently responsible for the training and mobilization of over 4,400 reservist from as far West as Colorado to as far East as Afghanistan. His 30 year career has included a variety of operational and staff assignments. Prior to this...