The Commission

The authorizing legislation for ABMC (36 U.S.C., Chapter 21) specifies that the president will appoint not more than 11 members to the commission. Former President Barack Obama appointed Commissioners Darrell Dorgan, John Estrada, Evelyn Foote, Rolland Kidder, Richard Klass, Merrill McPeak, Constance Morella and Maura Sullivan in July 2010. Subsequent Obama appointments include Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel in December 2010; Ike Skelton in July 2011; Cindy Campbell in September 2011; Thomas Lamont in March 2014; Larry Ellis in May 2014; and Lisa Hallett and Jerry Hultin in December 2016. Commissioner Foote resigned in August 2012; Commissioner Skelton died in October 2013; Commissioner Sullivan resigned in October 2014; Commissioner Estrada resigned in March 2016, and Commissioner Klass resigned in July 2017.

Board of Commissioners

Merrill A. McPeak – Chairman

Retired Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak was chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1990 to 1994. A career fighter pilot, he flew 269 combat missions in Vietnam, some of them while in command of the Misty squadron of high speed forward air controllers. In 1967-68, he performed as a demonstration pilot in 199 official air shows as a member of the Air Force's elite aerobatic team, the Thunderbirds. Before becoming Air Force chief, he commanded the 20th Fighter Wing, 12th Air Force, and the Pacific Air Forces. Since retirement from active military service, McPeak has made a second career as an investor and director of public and private companies. McPeak holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State College, a Master of Science degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of the National War College. Print Merrill A. McPeak – Chairman | Read Less

Cindy Campbell – Commissioner

Cindy Campbell is Director for International and Philanthropic Innovation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously she served as vice president for operations at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Campbell, a retired lieutenant commander, spent 30 years of active duty service in the U.S. Navy. She was qualified as a surface warfare officer, and assigned to numerous ships during her career including a carrier, a command ship, an oiler and a destroyer. Campbell served overseas with Commander Fleet Mediterranean in Naples, Italy and with Commander Fleet Activities in Yokosuka, Japan. She was stationed in the Pentagon on 9/11. And she also was assigned to the staff of the Secretary of Navy Legislative Affairs on Capitol Hill. Her last assignment was in the East Wing of the White House as the Military Office Director of Administration. She served in both the Bush and Obama administration. Following completion of her Navy career, she was the vice president for communications for the Fisher House Foundation, serving veterans, active duty and their families by providing comfort homes at military and VA medical centers worldwide. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii and a Master’s of Science in Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Print Cindy Campbell – Commissioner | Read Less

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel – Commissioner

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel is an author, producer, preservationist and civic activist. In 1966 she was the first Director of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. After serving as the longest-term member of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (1972-87), she chaired the NYC Landmarks Preservation Foundation from 1987 to 1995, establishing Historic District signs, markers and maps in NYC's then 84 Historic Districts. Since 1995 she has chaired the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, creating a Cultural Medallion program to document important aspects of NYC’s cultural, economic, political and social history. She was appointed by President Reagan to the U.S. Holocaust Museum Board in 1987; her  subcommittee commissioned original art for the museum. President Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in 1992, where she became the first woman elected Vice Chair in the Commission’s 100-year history. In 2008 President Obama appointed her to the American Battle Monuments Commission. She has been a Member of the NYC Cultural Affairs Commission and NYC Art Commission; is Founder/Chair of the NYC Landmarks 50 Alliance; and on the Boards of the Fresh Air Fund, Friends of the High Line, and Trust for the National Mall. She was appointed Chair of the NY State Council on the Arts in April 2016 after serving as Vice Chair since 2013, and is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and PEN, Slovakia. Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel is the author of 23 books and dozens of articles, and has curated 8 international museum exhibitions. Her publication The Landmarks of New York is the basis of an exhibit viewed in 82 countries. She earned a PhD from New York University and received honorary doctorates from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Longwood University in Virginia and the Pratt Institute in NYC. Print Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel – Commissioner | Read Less

Darrell Dorgan – Commissioner

Darrell Dorgan is the owner of Dakom Communications, which is involved in producing historical documentaries for television and real estate ventures. He also served for 14 years as the executive director of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, retiring in 2011. In that capacity, he spearheaded the effort to build the Western Heritage Center that was named the national Cowboy Museum of the Year in 2010. Prior to that service, Dorgan spent 25 years as a television journalist, finishing his career as a producer, anchor, and writer for the Prairie News Journal, an hour-long news program viewed in three states and two Canadian provinces. Dorgan is the recipient of more than 50 state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence and served as the first journalist in residence at the University of Maine in Presque Isle. He received this honor a second time and he has had a scholarship named after him. Dorgan is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, a member of AMVETS, and the Disabled American Veterans.   Print Darrell Dorgan – Commissioner | Read Less

Larry R. Ellis – Commissioner

Retired Army Gen. Larry Ellis has been president and CEO of VetConnexx, LLC since 2013, a company that provides career opportunities for veterans based in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is also president and CEO of ESSE, LLC, a facilities management consulting company.  He was president and CEO of Point Blank Solutions, Inc. from 2005 to 2009. Ellis served in the Army from 1969 to 2004, and achieved the rank of Four Star General in 2001. He served in numerous command and leadership positions in the United States, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, South Korea, and Vietnam. He is a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, the Morgan State University Board of Regents, and the Armed Forces Benefit Association. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, and the NAACP National Service Award. Ellis attended the U.S. Army War College and received a B.S. from Morgan State University and an M.S. from Indiana University. Print Larry R. Ellis – Commissioner | Read Less

Lisa A. Hallett – Commissioner

Lisa A. Hallett is president and chief executive officer of "wear blue: run to remember," an organization that she co-founded in 2010.  Hallett served as a parent educator at the Military Child Education Coalition from 2007 to 2009.  She was an instructor at Vernon Parish Schools and Muscogee County School District from 2005 to 2006.  Hallett received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.Ed.T. from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  Hallett is a Gold Star spouse.  Her husband, Cpt. John Hallett (US Army), was killed on August 25, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, while serving as a company commander in 5th Stryker Brigade.  Hallett lives in DuPont, Wash., with their three children.   Print Lisa A. Hallett – Commissioner | Read Less

Jerry MacArthur Hultin – Commissioner

Jerry MacArthur Hultin is president emeritus of Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU). Hultin previously served as president of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU from 2008 to 2013 and president of Polytechnic University from 2005 to 2008. Since 2015, Hultin has been president, chairman of the board of directors, and co-founder of Global Futures Group, LLC.  He was dean of the Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2000 to 2005, under secretary of the Department of the Navy from 1997 to 2000.  Hultin held various roles in the private sector from 1972 to 1997 and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1969.  He is chair of the Global Advisory Board of the Smart City Expo and World Congress, a Global Fellow of Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, and is a member of the Defense Business Board and the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences.  Hultin received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations in 2010.  Hultin received a B.A. from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Print Jerry MacArthur Hultin – Commissioner | Read Less

Rolland Kidder – Commissioner

Rolland Kidder is a director of Friends of the National World War Memorial, Inc., a Washington-based nonprofit organization. From 1994 to 2001, Kidder served as an ABMC Commissioner and was a member of its World War II Memorial Committee. He is the author of “A Hometown Went to War”, an oral history of 37 veterans describing their experiences during World War II. Kidder is a Vietnam War veteran.   Print Rolland Kidder – Commissioner | Read Less

Thomas R. Lamont – Commissioner

Thomas R. Lamont served as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs at the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2013. He has also served as special counsel to the University of Illinois since 2005, and was executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education from 2004 to 2005. Before entering private practice, he served as executive director of the Office of the Illinois State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor and director of Civil Litigation in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Lamont is a member and former chair of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, and a retired colonel in the Illinois National Guard, where he served as the state staff judge advocate general. Lamont received a B.S. from Illinois State University and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Print Thomas R. Lamont – Commissioner | Read Less

Constance Morella – Commissioner

Ambassador Constance Morella served as a congresswoman for the state of Maryland for 16 years, during which she was a member of the Committees on Science and Government Reform as well as chair of the Subcommittees on Technology and the District of Columbia. She also served as the ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). During that time she was a key participant in negotiations to enlarge the OECD with five new member states. After leaving the OECD in 2007, she began serving as a professor at American University’s School of Government, where she teaches courses in women, politics, and public policy.   Print Constance Morella – Commissioner | Read Less

Previous Commissioners

Barack H. Obama Administration 2009-2017

  • Merrill A. McPeak
  • Cindy Campbell
  • Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel
  • Darrell Dorgan
  • Larry R. Ellis
  • John L. Estrada
  • Lisa A. Hallett
  • Jerry MacArthur Hultin
  • Rolland Kidder
  • Richard L. Klass
  • Thomas R. Lamont
  • Constance Morella
  • Ike Skelton
  • Maura C. Sullivan

George W. Bush Administration 2001-2009

  • P. X. Kelley (Chairman until 2005)
  • Frederick M. Franks (Chairman beginning in 2005) 
  • Julius W. Becton, Jr.  
  • Patrick H. Brady
  • Leslie G. Baker  
  • Chester L. Berryhill, Jr. 
  • Donald T. Bollinger  
  • James B. Culbertson     
  • James B. Francis 
  • Frederick M. Franks
  • Jerry L. Laws
  • Antonio Lopez
  • Zell B. Miller 
  • Thomas E. Morris 
  • Carol A. Mutter  
  • Joseph E. Persico
  • James M. Reynolds, III   
  • Sara A. Sellers  
  • Alan K. Simpson
  • Will Hill Tankersle  
  • Sue Ellen Turner  

William J. Clinton Administration 1993-2001

  • P. X. Kelley (Chairman until 1994)
  • Frederick F. Woerner, Jr. (Chairman beginning in 1994)
  • Francis J. Bagnell 
  • William P. Campbell  
  • Hugh L. Carey   
  • Aubrey O. Cookman
  • Evelyn P. Foote
  • Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon    
  • Jack O. Guy
  • Steve M. Hilton
  • Rolland F. Kidder  
  • Douglas Kinnard
  • Robert C. Laughter  
  • Alfred S. Los Banos
  • Thomas G. Lyons 
  • John C. McDonald
  • Ned R. McWherter
  • Brenda L. Moore  
  • Frank B. Moore  
  • Ronald D. Ray
  • Gail H. Reals
  • Ed L. Romero     
  • Mark V. Rosenker
  • Peter W. Senopoulos 
  • William G. Simpson  
  • David H. Sudderth
  • William M. Wardlaw
  • F. Haydn Williams 

George H.W. Bush Administration 1989-1993

  • Andrew J. Goodpaster (Chairman until 1990)  
  • P. X. Kelley (Chairman beginning in 1990)  
  • Francis J. Bagnell 
  • Kitty D. Bradley
  • William P. Campbell  
  • Aubrey O. Cookman
  • Jack O. Guy
  • Robert C. Laughter
  • Preston H. Long
  • Armistead J. Maupin
  • John C. McDonald   
  • Freda J. Poundstone  
  • Ronald D. Ray
  • Mark V. Rosenker   
  • Peter W. Senopoulos 
  • David H. Sudderth      

Ronald Reagan Administration 1981-1989

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman until 1984)  
  • Andrew J. Goodpaster (Chairman beginning in 1985)  
  • Francis J. Bagnell 
  • Edwin Bliss Wheeler
  • Kitty D. Bradley
  • Joseph W. Canzeri  
  • Aubrey O. Cookman
  • Redford C. Early
  • William E. Hickey
  • Preston H. Long
  • Armistead J. Maupin
  • John C. McDonald
  • Freda J. Poundstone  
  • Lawrence A. Wright     

James Carter Administration 1977-1981

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman)   
  • Gerhard D. Bleicken
  • Leslie H. Fry
  • Fred C. Bramlage 
  • William G. Bray  
  • Alfred P. Chamie  
  • Benjamin 0. Davis, Jr. 
  • William C. Garrison     
  • T. Harry Gatton 
  • James H. Gavin 
  • Anna Mae Hays
  • James L. Holloway III  
  • Harold A. Horn  
  • Oliver E. Meadows  
  • John M. Pope  
  • Charles E. Potter
  • Harvey A. Roffman 
  • Richard J. Vander Platt 
  • Louis H. Wilson 

Gerald R. Ford Administration 1974-1977

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman)  
  • Gerhard D. Bleicken
  • Fred C. Bramlage
  • William G. Bray
  • Alfred P. Chamie
  • Leslie H. Fry   
  • William C. Garrison  
  • Leslie E. Gehres
  • Harold A. Horn  
  • Charles E. Potter     
  • Harvey A. Roffman
  • Richard J. Vander Platt

Richard M. Nixon Administration 1969-1974

  • Mark W. Clark (Chairman)   
  • Gerhard D. Bleicken
  • Fred C. Bramlage 
  • Alfred P. Chamie
  • T. C. Connell
  • Leslie H. Fry
  • William C. Garrison  
  • Leslie E. Gehres
  • Harold A. Horn
  • Edward F. McGinnis
  • Harry J. Middleton, Jr.
  • Charles E. Potter  
  • Harvey A. Roffman 
  • Carl Spaatz
  • Richard J. Vander Platt 
  • Clinton F. Wheeler   

Lyndon B. Johnson Administration 1963-1969

  • Jacob L. Devers (Chairman)  
  • Leslie L. Biffle
  • T. C. Connell
  • Joseph C. Duke 
  • T. Harry Gatton
  • Felton M. Johnston  
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid   
  • Edward F. McGinnis
  • Harry J. Middleton, Jr.   
  • Mrs. Charles G. Peters
  • Charles E. Potter  
  • Sidney Salomon, Jr.
  • Carl Spaatz 
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Austin T. Walden     

John F. Kennedy Administration 1961-1963

  • Jacob L. Devers (Chairman)  
  • Leslie L. Biffle      
  • Joseph C. Duke 
  • T. Harry Gatton
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid
  • Charles E. Potter  
  • Mrs. Charles G. Peters
  • Sidney Salomon, Jr.
  • Carl Spaatz 
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Austin T. Walden  

Dwight D. Eisenhower Administration 1953-1961

  • George C. Marshall (Chairman until 1959)
  • Jacob L. Devers (Chairman beginning in 1960)
  • Leslie L. Biffle
  • Benjamin 0. Davis    
  • Joseph J. Foss  
  • Forest A. Harness  
  • Thomas C. Kinkaid   
  • Edward F. McGinnis
  • John Phillips 
  • Charles E. Potter
  • Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt 
  • Carl Spaatz    
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Mrs. Wendell L. Wilkie

Harry S. Truman Administration 1945-1953

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman until 1948)
  • George C. Marshall (Chairman beginning in 1949)  
  • Joseph C. Baldwin  
  • Leslie L. Biffle
  • Mrs. Henry Fenimore Baker   
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Edward C. Kalbfus     
  • Harold A. Keats    
  • Dr. John Markey
  • Burnet R. Maybank
  • David A. Reed
  • Alexander A. Vandergrift
  • Robert G. Woodside   

Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration 1933-1945

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman)  
  • Leslie L. Biffle   
  • J.P. B. Clayton Hill 
  • Mrs. Henry Fenimore Baker
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Dr. John Markey      
  • David A. Reed
  • Robert G. Woodside

Herbert Hoover Administration 1929-1933

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman)     
  • J.P. B. Clayton Hill 
  • Mrs. Henry Fenimore Baker
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Dr. John Markey
  • David A. Reed   
  • Robert G. Woodside

Calvin Coolidge Administration 1923-1929

  • John J. Pershing (Chairman)     
  • Mrs. Frederick W. Bentley
  • J.P.B. Clayton Hill
  • Finis J. Garrett
  • Dr. John Markey
  • Thomas W. Miller  
  • David A. Reed   
  • Robert G. Woodside  

Learn More About ABMC

Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces.