American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
2001 - 2004 Commissioners
General P. X. Kelley, USMC (Ret) – Chairman
General Kelley is a partner with J.F. Lehman & Company and serves as a director for a number of corporations. From 1983 until his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1987, he served as the 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his 37-year military career he commanded Marine Corps organizations at every echelon, including an infantry battalion and infantry regiment during two separate combat tours in Vietnam. He holds a bachelor's degree from Villanova University, and honorary doctoral degrees from a number of universities. He previously served as chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission from 1990 to 1994.
Lieutenant General Julius W. Becton, Jr., USA (Ret)
General Becton's military career spanned 40 years and included service in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War. Following military retirement in 1983, he served as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, president of Prairie View A&M University, and superintendent and CEO of D.C. Public Schools and the Emergency Transitional Education Board of Trustees. General Becton holds a bachelor's degree from Prairie View, a master's degree from the University of Maryland, and several honorary doctoral degrees. He has served on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards.
Major General Patrick H. Brady, USA (Ret)
General Brady's 34-year military career included two combat tours in Vietnam, where he developed tactical and foul weather helicopter flying techniques never before executed in combat. He flew over 2,000 combat missions, evacuated more than 5,000 wounded, and earned the Medal of Honor for extracting 51 severely injured patients from areas where other aircraft had failed or were shot down. He held a variety of command and staff positions, including chief of public affairs for the Army and secretary to the United Nations Military Armistice Commission in Korea. He holds a bachelor's degree from Seattle University and a MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
James B. Francis, Jr.
Since June 1996, Mr. Francis has served as president of Francis Enterprises, Inc., an investment and governmental and public affairs consulting firm. Prior to this, he was the only non-family partner of the Bright & Company investment firm, where he managed or supervised all oil and gas marketing, and negotiated the purchase and sale of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. He has had a number of Board of Director affiliations. He currently sits on the board of Silverleaf Resorts, Inc., and is a commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Mr. Francis served an active duty tour in the U.S. Air Force after receiving a bachelor's degree from Tulane University.
General Frederick M. Franks, Jr., USA (Ret)
A 1959 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, General Franks completed a 35-year military career in 1994. At the time of his retirement, he was the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Prior to that assignment, he commanded American and British forces of VII Corps during Operation Desert Storm in the main ground attack that liberated Kuwait in 1991. General Franks collaborated with author Tom Clancy on a book, Into the Storm, a Study in Command, has written for magazine publication on battle command, and speaks publicly on leadership. He holds two master's degrees from Columbia University.
Colonel Antonio Lopez, USAF (Ret)
Colonel Lopez retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1982 after 27 years of service that included a combat tour in Vietnam as a forward air controller. Following retirement, he managed Latin American business development for the Vollrath Company. He was appointed special assistant to the president and director of the White House Military Office during the Bush-Quayle Administration, and served as associate director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. After government service, he was secretary for development and public relations, The Catholic Diocese of Memphis. He earned a bachelor' degree from the University of Colorado and a master's degree from the University of Southern California.
Joseph E. Persico
After a career in the foreign service and 11 years as chief speechwriter for Governor and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Mr. Persico became a historian and biographer. He co-authored with Colin Powell the general's autobiography My American Journey. His other books include, The Imperial Rockefeller, Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial (adapted as a television miniseries), My Enemy My Brother: Men and Days of Gettysburg, Piercing the Reich, and Roosevelt's Secret War. He has appeared frequently on History Channel documentaries. He served as a naval officer during the Korean War and holds a bachelor's degree and an honorary doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany.
Chief Master Sergeant Sara A. Sellers, USAF (Ret)
A 30-year Air Force veteran, Chief Sellers retired from active service in 1981. Military assignments took her to Germany, Korea, Okinawa, the Aleutian Islands, Spain, England, the Pentagon and numerous stateside bases. Following retirement, she was appointed by Secretary of Defense Cheney to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS). Chief Sellers serves as a Tennessee Republican State Executive Committee Woman, is the vice chair of the Tennessee Commission on National Community Service, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Johnson City/East Tennessee State University America's Promise.
Senator Alan K. Simpson
Senator Simpson retired from the U.S. Senate in 1996 after representing the people of Wyoming for 18 years. While in the Senate, he served as assistant majority leader, assistant minority leader, and chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee. Senator Simpson served as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government from 1998 to 2000. He is currently a partner in a law practice with two sons in Cody, Wyo., and is a director on several corporate and philanthropic boards. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming, and earned a law degree from that university's law school.
Major General Will Hill Tankersley, AUS (Ret)
General Tankersley was deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs from 1974-77 and chairman of the DoD Reserve Forces Policy Board from 1985-90. He was a combat infantryman in six campaigns of the Korean War. He attended the Citadel before entering the U.S. Military Academy, graduating from West Point in 1950. He has a master's degree from the College of Business at Auburn University and served as chairman of its Advisory Council and as chairman of the university's Research Advisory Council.
Brigadier General Sue Ellen Turner, USAF (Ret)
General Turner was the director of nursing services in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C., at the time of her retirement in 1995 after a 30-year military career. Prior to joining the Surgeon General's staff, she was chief of the Division of Nursing at the Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the command nurse at U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein AB, Germany. Previous assignments took her to Japan, Thailand, and numerous stateside bases. She holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Incarnate Word College, and a master's degree in nursing administration and adult health from the University of Alabama.