The 2011 Commission members are:
Mr. Max Cleland
- Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission Secretary Cleland is also a decorated
combat veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a U.S. Army captain. He was
awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. President Obama appointed him as
the Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission in 2009, where he presently
manages 24 overseas cemeteries where fallen American service members are memorialized
from World War I and World War II.
Lt. Gen. Russell Davis
- U.S. Air Force, retired. Davis served as the commanding general of the District
of Columbia National Guard as well as the chief of the National Guard Bureau from
1998 to 2002. He received a Juris Doctorate from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
and served on active duty from 1958 to 1965.
Mr. Chet Edwards
- Representative from Central Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991
to 2010. While in Congress, he was a champion for issues impacting service members,
veterans and their families. His dedication to improve services and the welfare
of our nation’s veterans is notable by his 2009 legislation which provides full
college scholarships for all military children who have lost a parent in service
to our nation since September 11, 2001.
Colonel Debra Lopez Fix
- U.S. Army, retired. A 1981 graduate
of the United States Military Academy, she was the first Hispanic woman to graduate
from West Point. A Human Resources Officer, her 30 year career included two tours
with the 101st Airborne Division where she was the Division G1. She commanded two
battalions in her career, one in Alaska and the other at Fort Benning and the Infantry
School. A 9/11 survivor of the Pentagon attack, she received a Purple Heart and
her duties took her to Iraq, Kuwait and Germany to set Army-wide personnel policies
in support of the war. A former Inspector General officer at Headquarters, Department
of the Army, she is married to retired Col. Bob Fix, an Infantry combat veteran.
They have two sons and a daughter in law, all active duty paratroopers currently
in combat with the 173D Airborne Infantry Brigade in Afghanistan.
Capt. Thomas Kelley
- U.S. Navy, retired. Kelley is a Medal of Honor recipient for gallantry in Vietnam
in June 1969. Upon retirement from 30 years of active service, he worked as a Department
of Defense civilian employee and then was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts
Department of Veterans’ Services. He was selected by the governor to serve as the
Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services and retired from
public service in January 2011.
Mr. James V. Kimsey
- U.S. Army, retired. Kimsey is a
dedicated and recognized entrepreneur who is also a graduate of the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point and served two tours in Vietnam. After honorable military
service, he went on to found America Online and the Kimsey Foundation. Kimsey is
a former Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons and currently
serves as a member of the board of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and as a Senior
Fellow to the Department of Defense Business Board.
Lt. Gen. James Peake
- U.S. Army, retired. Peake served as the Army Surgeon General for four years and
as the sixth U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs from December 2007 to January 2009.
He is a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as well as a veteran
of the Vietnam conflict, receiving a Bronze Star “V” device and Purple Heart. He
is a graduate of Cornell Medical School and is the Executive Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer for Project Hope.