AL CORNELLA, Chairman
Rapid City, South Dakota
The Honorable Al Cornella is a businessman from Rapid
City, South Dakota. U.S. Senator Thomas Daschle (D-South Dakota) appointed
him to the Commission.
He served in the U.S. Navy, including service
in Vietnam in 1966-67. He has also served on various local, state and
federal boards and commissions dealing with military issues, environmental
regulation and economic development. Mr. Cornella has been involved with the
base closing process since 1991. In 1995, he served as a commissioner on the
United States Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC).
He presently serves on the Academic Advisory
Board of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the State of South
Dakota Board of Military Affairs, the South Dakota State Chamber of Commerce
board of directors, and is the development chairman of Crazy Horse Memorial
Since 2000, he has served as South Dakota
State Chairman of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an
agency of the Department of Defense.
LEWIS E. CURTIS III, Vice-Chairman
Major General, USAF (Ret.)
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
General Lew Curtis was appointed to the
Commission by U.S. Senator Bill Frist (R-Tennessee). He retired from the Air
Force after 35 years in command and staff positions primarily affecting the
areas of aircraft maintenance, logistics management, and acquisition. In
addition to other positions General Curtis held the position of the Air
Force’s designated acquisition commander for all Air Force jet engines.
While the Commander of the San Antonio Air
Logistics Center, General Curtis managed the acquisition and logistics
functions of approximately 15,000 military and civilian personnel supporting
logistical aircraft and the inventory of jet engines for transport and
His acquisition background included Air Force
programs and selected NASA efforts and he led the development of the
integrated weapon systems program which set the standard for today’s
materiel management processes.
General Curtis has been a consultant with GIG
Concepts, Inc. since 1995. He provides experience and advice to various
Defense contractors in support of their business development, competitive
assessments, and strategic planning. In addition to his business acumen, he
served six years as a member of the Texas Military Planning Commission.
ANTHONY (Tony) A. LESS, Commissioner
Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Tony Less was appointed to the
Commission by U.S. Senator Bill Frist (R-Tennessee). He retired as Vice
Admiral in the U.S. Navy in 1994. After his retirement, Admiral Less became
the President of the Naval Association a non-profit organization and for
seven years was the Vice-President for Government Programs with Command
Aerospace for there Bloomfield, CT and DC offices.
Admiral Tony Less is the Senior Vice
President for Naval Sector Programs at Burdeshaw Associates, Ltd., a
position he has held since 2003. Burdeshaw is an association of retired
senior military officers, government civilians, and corporate executives
whose experience assists clients in matching their technology and
capabilities with U.S. and foreign military and other governmental
As a Naval
officer, Vice Admiral Less, was the Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic
Fleet and held several leadership position such as the Assistant Deputy
Chief of Naval Operations, Plans, Policy and Operations as well as Commander
Joint Task Force Middle East/Commander Middle East Forces and Commander of
Carrier Group One
KEITH MARTIN, Commissioner
Brigadier General, PA ARNG (Ret.)
General Keith Martin as appointed to the
Commission by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-California). He has
enjoyed a 34-year career in military service as a commissioned officer in
the Active Army, Army Reserve and Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He saw
combat duty in Southeast Asia and served in various overseas assignments to
include Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
In February 2003, he was appointed Director
of Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Governor Edward
Rendell. For 30 years prior to that, he was a news reporter and anchor in
Pennsylvania, Florida and New York.
H. G. (Pete) TAYLOR, Commissioner
Lieutenant General, USA (Ret.)
General Pete Taylor was appointed to the
Commission by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-California). He retired
from the U.S. Army in 1993 after more than 33 years of active service, which
included staff and command positions at every level from platoon through
Commander General of III Corps and Ft. Hood, Texas.
General Taylor served the Army in various
levels of responsibility including Commander of the 24th Infantry
Division and Ft. Stewart, Georgia,, and Commander of the National Training
Center in Ft. Irwin, CA.
Upon retiring from the Army, General Taylor
became Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Heights State Bank, Harker Heights,
Texas, where he served until 2002. He has also provided consulting services
in leadership, training and management to defense-oriented corporations.
General Taylor has been active in community
affairs, including scouting, Rotary, United Way and as a member of the
Killeen Independent School Board of Trustees.
He served four years as chairman of the Texas
Strategic Military Planning Commission and is chairman of the Heart of Texas
Defense Alliance, a three-county central Texas defense advocacy group.
He was born in Tennessee and is a graduate of
Middle Tennessee University. He also holds a Master’s degree from Kansas
JAMES A. THOMSON, Commissioner
Santa Monica, California
Dr. James A. Thomson was appointed to the
Commission by U.S. Senator Thomas Daschle (D-South Dakota). Since August
1989, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the RAND
Corporation, a non-profit, non-partisan institution that seeks to improve
public policy through research and analysis. He joined RAND in 1981 and has
served there as director of the research program in national security,
foreign policy, defense policy and arms control.
From 1977 to 1981, Dr. Thomson was a member
of the National Security Council staff, where he was primarily responsible
for defense and arms control matters related to Europe. From 1974 to 1977,
he was an analyst in the office of the Secretary of Defense.
degrees from the New Hampshire and Purdue Universities and has been awarded
honorary doctorate degrees by Purdue and Pepperdine Universities.
PATRICIA J. WALKER, Executive Director
Ms. Patricia Walker is the Executive Director of the Overseas Basing
Commission. She is responsible for policy, guidance and direction of the
Commission staff and provides Commissioners counsel on appropriate actions
for their consideration and deliberation. She concurrently holds the
position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
(Materiel and Facilities).
She co-authored a report entitled Putting Quality at the Top of the
Agenda. She was a contract negotiator for all overseas military fuel
requirements in the Defense Fuel Supply Center and established the first
Foreign Military Sales program in Central America; as an Acquisition
professional she served on the Defense Acquisition Regulatory Council; she
transitioned to the Military installations arena as the Deputy Director to
the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security; Assistant
Director for Analysis and Investment for the Deputy Under Secretary of
Defense for Industrial Affairs and Installations; Co-Chair of the
Privatization and Outsourcing Integrated Policy Team; and participated on
the DoD Quality of Life Task Force. In 1988 and 1991, Ms. Walker served on
the Secretary of Defense senior staff responsible for Base Realignment and
Closure (BRAC) analyses and recommendations.