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Mar 09, 2013
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council

BATON ROUGE- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council.

The Louisiana Military Advisory Council was formed to provide a forum for issues concerning the installations and units of the armed forces located in Louisiana and the military and retired military personnel and their families who reside in Louisiana.  They are responsible for formulating goals and objectives to enhance cooperation, coordination, communication, and understanding among the military, United States Department of Defense, the Louisiana Congressional Delegation, the communities in the state interfacing with the military, and state and local government agencies.  

The board is comprised of the following twenty-five members:
  • The Governor of Louisiana, or his designee;
  • The Adjutant General of Louisiana, or his designee;
  • The President of the Louisiana State Senate, or a state senator designated by the President;
  • The Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, or a state representative designated by the Speaker;
  • The Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, or his designee;
  • The Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs, or his designee;
  • The Chair of the Louisiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve;
  • The President of Barksdale Forward, or an advocate for Barksdale Air Force Base;
  • The President of Fort Polk Progress, or an advocate for Fort Polk Progress;
  • The President of Callendar Commitment, or an advocate for the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, and constituent units;
  • The Chair of the New Orleans Mayor’s Military Advisory Council, or an advocate for the Marine Corps Support Facility located in New Orleans, Louisiana, or for the United States Coast Guard Eighth District, or for the United States Army Corps of Engineers; 
  • Five retired flag, general or 0-6 officers, or a command sergeant major representing each of the armed services, national guard, and reserves; and,
  • Nine at-large representatives of national defense and homeland security businesses with operation in Louisiana, elected officials of an installation community, or  president of a regional economic development organization; 
Appointments to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council:

Clarence Beebe, of Hornbeck, is the Mayor of Hornbeck.  Beebe will be appointed to serve as an at-large elected official of an installation community, as required by statute. 

Jack Bergman, of Baton Rouge, is the President of Wings Medical Technologies and is retired from the United States Marine Corps.  Bergman will be appointed to serve as a retired flag, general or 0-6 officer, or a command sergeant major representing each of the armed services, national guard, and reserves, as required by statute. 

Charles Campbell, of Shreveport, is the former 17th Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM).  Campbell will be appointed to serve as a retired flag, general or 0-6 officer, or a command sergeant major representing each of the armed services, national guard, and reserves, as required by statute. 

David LaCerte, of Saint Gabriel, is the Interim Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  LaCerte will be appointed to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs and as chairman, as required by statute. 

Glenn Curtis, of Alexandria, is the Adjunct General of Louisiana.  Curtis will be appointed to serve as the Adjunct General of Louisiana, as required by statute. 

Bill Davis, of New Orleans, is a Colonel and the Commandant of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy located at Federal City. Col. Davis will be appointed to serve as an advocate of the Marine Corps Support Facility located in New Orleans, as required by statute.

Robert Elder, of Shreveport, is a Lt. General and is the former Commander of the 8th Air Force at Barksdale Air Force Base.  Elder will be appointed to serve as a retired flag, general or 0-6 officer, or a command sergeant major representing each of the armed services, national guard, and reserves, as required by statute. 

Jim Hill, of Shreveport, is an attorney with Smitherman Law Firm and is the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for the state of Louisiana. Hill will be appointed to serve as a retired flag, general or 0-6 officer, or a command sergeant major representing each of the armed services, national guard, and reserves, as required by statute. 

Jack Humphries, of New Orleans, is the Field Chair of the Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Humphries will be appointed to serve as the Chair of the Louisiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, as required by statute. 

Brian Jakes, of Hammond, is the CEO of Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center, Inc., and a West Point Military Academy Liaison Officer.  Jakes will be appointed to serve as an at-large representative of national defense and homeland security businesses with operation in Louisiana, elected officials of an installation community, or president of a regional economic development organization, as required by statute.

Steve Jordan, of Lake Charles, is the Founder and President of Jordan Oil Company.  Jordan will be appointed to serve as an at-large representative of national defense and homeland security businesses with operation in Louisiana, elected officials of an installation community, or president of a regional economic development organization, as required by statute.

Bennett Landreneau, of Alexandria, is the former Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard.  Landreneau will be appointed to serve as a retired flag, general or 0-6 officer, or a command sergeant major representing each of the armed services, national guard, and reserves, and vice chairman, as required by statute. 

Nick Lorusso, of New Orleans, is an attorney and a Louisiana State Representative.  Lorusso will be appointed to serve as a designee of the Speaker of the House, as required by statute. 

Stan Mathes, of Belle Chasse, is a Development Director of Plaquemines Parish and is the President of Callendar Commitment.  Mathes will be appointed to serve as the President of Callendar Commitment, as required by statute. 

Stephen Moret, of Baton Rouge, is the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development.  Moret will be appointed to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, as required by statute. 

Travis Greaves, of Baton Rouge, is the Tax and Economic Policy Advisor in the Governor’s Office.  Greaves will be appointed to serve as a designee of the Governor, as required by statute. 

Deborah Randolph, of Alexandria, is the President of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and the Legislative Director of Gold Weems Bruser Sues & Rundell Government Relations, LLC. Randolph will be appointed as an at-large representative of national defense and homeland security businesses with operation in Louisiana, elected officials of an installation community, or president of a regional economic development organization, as required by statute.

Mike Reese, of Leesville, is the President of Fort Polk Progress.  Reese will be appointed to serve as the President of Fort Polk Progress, as required by statute. 

Ben Russo, of Rayne, is the Director of Market Development, Contracts and Regulation at Cleco Power LLC. Russo will be appointed to serve as an at-large representative of national defense and homeland security business with operation in Louisiana, elected officials of an installation community, or president of a regional economic development organization, as required by statute.

John Smith, of Leesville, is a businessman and a Louisiana State Senator.  Smith will be appointed to serve as a designee of the Senate President, as required by statute. 

Ed Stanton, of Slidell, is the Executive Vice President of Response Services for O’Briens, a SEACOR Company.  Stanton will be appointed to serve as an at-large representative of national defense and homeland security businesses with operation in Louisiana, elected officials of an installation community, or president of a regional economic development organization, as required by statute.

Andy Thomson, of Shreveport, is the Sector Lead Executive of AFGSC at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Thomson will be appointed to serve as an at-large representative of national defense and homeland security businesses with operation in Louisiana, elected officials of an installation community, or president of a regional economic development organization, as required by statute.

Don Vinci, of New Orleans, is Entergy’s Vice President of the gas distribution business. He has been with Entergy for 25 years and is retired from the Naval Reserves. Vinci will be appointed to serve as an at-large representative of national defense and homeland security businesses with operation in Louisiana, elected officials of an installation community, or president of a regional economic development organization, as required by statute.

Murray Viser, of Shreveport, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Louisiana Forward.  Viser will be appointed to serve as the President of Barksdale Forward, as required by statute. 

Lorenz “Lo” Walker, of Bossier City, is the Mayor of Bossier City.  Walker will be appointed to serve as an at-large elected official of an installation community, as required by statute. 

 
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