Leadership

December 18th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Bob MillerBob Miller (Chairman) has been making BBQ sauce for more than 35 years and doing BBQs at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other facilities for more than five years. His sauce is now in demand nationwide, and is used to help fund the cookouts and related activities. Bob has been involved with troop support activities for more than 10 years, including frequent Friday night visits to Walter Reed prior to starting the barbecues. He is currently employed in the construction industry as a Senior Technician I/Certified Welding Inspector for Schnabel Engineering, LLC. In addition, he is a member of and has served as Special Events Coordinator for Gathering of Eagles, and is a volunteer with the Warrior Legacy Foundation and Soldiers’ Angels.

Susan Katz Keating (Secretary) is an investigative journalist specializing in national security. A former Washington Times reporter, she is the author of Prisoners of Hope: Exploiting the POW/MIA Myth in America (Random House), and three books for young readers. A correspondent for People and Time magazines, she has worked many high profile stories, including the events surrounding the attack on the U.S. mission at Benghazi. Her work has appeared in Readers Digest, The New York Times, Air&Space, American Legion, VFW, Soldier of Fortune, and other publications. She has been cited in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, and other journals. She is a founding trustee for the National Museum of Americans in Wartime. She briefly was in the U.S. Women’s Army Corps, where she earned her Expert rating on the M-16 rifle. She was editor of the Dixon Tribune newspaper in California. She was a director of the Travis AFB Museum, and served as restoration crew chief on a B-52. She belongs to the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.  She attended the University of California at Davis. She lives in Virginia.

Neal A. Puckett (At-Large) is a nationally renowned military criminal defense attorney practicing from Alexandria, Virginia. Known as a formidable court-martial lawyer, he has represented military service members in Afghanistan, England, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Spain and throughout the United States.
Mr. Puckett was commissioned in 1977 through the Platoon Leaders Class program after earning a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, with a double major in Psychology and Speech Communication from Indiana University, where he was also a Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law (1984); an LL.M. degree in Criminal Law from the University of San Diego School of Law (1989); and an M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College (1993).  His career in the United States Marine Corps includes service in the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the 4th Marine Amphibious Brigade in Norfolk, VA and the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment where he served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer and as a platoon commander. After completion of a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, he assumed command of the 4th Counterintelligence Team. In 1981 he was selected for the Funded Law Education Program for three years to earn a law degree at Indiana University, where he was promoted to Captain in March 1982.  Completing the Naval Justice School in 1984, Captain Puckett served as a military defense counsel, chief prosecutor and Deputy 1stMarDiv Staff Judge Advocate at Camp Pendleton, California.  In 1988, he was selected for the Special Education Program to earn a post graduate law degree (LL.M.) in Criminal Law, and later served as President of the Okinawa Bench and Bar Association. In 1992, he was selected to attend the College of Naval Command and Staff at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. Major Puckett returned to the bench as a military trial judge at 29 Palms, CA, in July 1993. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in February 1995 and retired from the Marine Corps on April 1, 1997. He was twice awarded both the Meritorious Service and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals. Immediately upon his retirement from the Marine Corps, he served a year as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Pensacola, Florida. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law, and taught numerous trial advocacy courses, as well as college and graduate courses in political science, government, sociology, criminal justice and the legal process. He is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Eastern District of Virginia and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  Mr. Puckett is the immediate past chair of the Board of Governors of the Military Law Section, Virginia State Bar. Mr. Puckett is married to a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and has two grown children and five grandchildren.

Michael Russo (At-Large) brings more than 50 years of business experience to the Board. He has extensive experience in sales and marketing, and has served both as a Vice President of Marketing and as President and Chief Operating Officer of a direct mail catalog house for computer supplies. He currently serves on the Boards of the Chester (NJ) Lions Club and the Chester Lions Charitable Foundation, is a past Director of the Delaware Valley Eye Institute, and is a Past Chairman of the Chester Township Board of Adjustment. An Air Force veteran, he has visited all 50 states and 18 foreign countries, and was a member of the Forbes Balloon ground crew for three years.

 

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