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Major General Richard A. Mentemeyer
Retired July 1, 2006
Maj. Gen. Richard A. Mentemeyer is Deputy Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla. He is second-in-command of one of nine unified commands under the Department of Defense. USOUTHCOM is responsible for all U.S. military activities, including Theater Security Cooperation, on the land mass of Latin America south of Mexico; the waters adjacent to Central and South America; the Caribbean Sea, with its 13 island nations and European and U.S. territories; the Gulf of Mexico; and a portion of the Atlantic Ocean.
The general completed undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., in 1975. His command assignments include the 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Little Rock AFB, Ark., and the 19th Operations Group at Robins AFB, Ga. He also commanded the 722nd Air Refueling Wing at March AFB, Calif., the 12th Flying Training Wing at Randolph AFB, Texas, and the 305th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire AFB, N.J. The general's staff tours include Headquarters Military Airlift Command operations, U.S. Central Command's Strategic Plans and Policy Division, and Pentagon tours as Chief of the Mobility Forces Division and Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations at Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
During Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, General Mentemeyer was the initial Director of Mobility Forces from September to December 2001. As such, he was responsible for providing all of the theater airlift and refueling capability. During Operation Provide Relief, the Somalia Humanitarian mission in 1992, the general was the Joint Task Force Director of Operations, in charge of the airlift of relief supplies. He also served as Ambassador Oakley’s military adviser when the U.S. mission moved into Mogadishu, Somalia. General Mentemeyer is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours.
1974 Bachelor's degree in chemistry, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1979 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1982 Master's degree in business, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
1985 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1988 National Security Management Course, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1991 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. July 1974 - July 1975, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. August 1975 - March 1981, C-130 evaluator, instructor pilot, aircraft commander and co-pilot, 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
3. March 1981 - April 1982, airlift operations officer, later, operations airlift manager, 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing, Scott AFB, Ill.
4. April 1982 - August 1984, Special Airlift Director, later, Special Operations Airlift Director, Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
5. August 1984 - October 1985, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
6. October 1985 - February 1986, C-130E aircraft commander, 37th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany
7. March 1986 - May 1987, Assistant Chief, U.S. Air Force Selection Board Secretariat, Air Force Military Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas
8. May 1987 - July 1988, assistant operations officer, later, operations officer, 1400th Military Airlift Squadron, Randolph AFB, Texas
9. July 1988 - July 1990, Commander, 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
10. August 1990 - July 1991, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. July 1991 - February 1993, political/military affairs officer, U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
12. February 1993 - August 1993, Chief, Policy Division, Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
13. August 1993 - June 1994, Commander, 19th Operations Group, Robins AFB, Ga.
14. June 1994 - February 1995, Chief, Mobility Forces Division and Mobility Team Chief, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15. February 1995 - January 1996, Commander, 722nd Air Refueling Wing, March AFB, Calif.
16. January 1996 - June 1997, executive officer to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Transportation Command, and to the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
17. June 1997 - June 1999, Commander, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas
18. June 1999 - February 2002, Commander, 305th Air Mobility Wing, McGuire AFB, N.J.
19. March 2002 - July 2003, Director of Operations and Training, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
20. July 2003 - July 2004, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff, Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
21. July 2004 - present, Deputy Commander, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla.
Rating: Command pilot
Flight Hours: More than 4,000
Aircraft flown: T-1, KC-10, KC-135R, C-130E, C-21A and T/CT-39
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Order of Military Merit “Jose Maria Cordova” (Colombia)
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 5, 1974
First Lieutenant June 5, 1976
Captain June 5, 1978
Major Aug. 1, 1984
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 1987
Colonel Nov. 1, 1992
Brigadier General April 1, 1998
Major General Jan. 1, 2002
Dr. Terry Harrison
Earl P. Strong
Executive Education Professor of Business and Professor of Supply Chain and Information Systems
Dr Harrison is Professor of Management Science in the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University and a Director of INSIGHT. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Harrison spent six years in industry as an operations research analyst. He also has experience consulting to federal and state governments. His research interests are in the areas of management of natural resources, large-scale production/distribution systems, especially relating to supply chain design, and decision making in the context of multiple, conflicting objectives. He serves as Deputy Editor of Electronic Publications at Interfaces and as Associate Editor for Operations Research.
Ph.D., Management Science, The University of Tennessee, 1983
M.S., Management Science, The University of Tennessee, 1981
B.S., Forest Science/Forest Products, Penn State University, 1977
Lieutenant Colonel James L. Evenson - Commanding Officer, Supply Company
United States Marine Corps Reserve and Director of Information Technology at Siemens Healthcare
James provides the strategic vision and leadership for the Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics executive team in the areas of Data Governance and Master Data Management. Prior to becoming the head of Data Governance, he was the Global Test Manager for the roll-out of a multi-year enterprise software implementation that integrated several acquired medical device companies into Siemens.
In addition to his civilian executive experience, James served concurrently as a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve lieutenant colonel. A former supply-chain unit commander, with more than twenty-seven years of domestic and deployed military logistics experience, James advised several start-up companies in the government supplier and consumer sectors on operations and supply-chain matters. He is an award-winning author on logistics topics and a recognized expert in the field of intermodal transportation and reverse logistics. The Marine Corps mobilized James specifically for overseeing logistics operations in Iraq in 2007 and again in Afghanistan in 2009. He retired in 2010 just prior to the convening of the selection board for colonel.
Previously, James was CEO and President of Optimal Solution Technologies, a mathematical optimization consulting firm that provided consulting services to a number of Fortune 500 companies. He also held other positions of increasing responsibility with Dade Behring, Inc. and KPMG, LLP in the areas of information technology, operations, and logistics. James started his career at IBM as an engineer and software developer in the Numerically Intensive Computing Center where he contributed to the commercialization of mathematical optimization software products.
James holds a Master of Science in Communication Systems from Northwestern University, a Master of Military Arts and Science from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
James is a member of the Board of Advisors of Integrity Tool and Fastener, Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors of Vista Dome Corporation. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.