Monday, November 9, 2009

ROA Names New Executive Director

WASHINGTON -- The Reserve Officers Association of the United States announced the selection its new Executive Director, Maj. Gen. David R. Bockel here today.

General Bockel, a graduate of the Army War College, retired from the Army Reserve in 2003. His 37-year military career included tours in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division and the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. He held several command positions including Commanding General, 90th Regional Support Command, Deputy Commanding General augmentee of the United States Army Reserve Command, Commander, US Army Reserve Readiness Command, and Deputy Commanding General of the 311th Theater Signal Command. He has numerous decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and Meritorious Service Medal, among others.

Prior to this position, General Bockel was ROA’s deputy Executive Director.

General Bockel, a native of Atlanta, holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Alabama and was a distinguished graduate from their ROTC program. In addition to being a life member of ROA, he is a member of the Military Officers Association of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Jewish War Veterans.

The Reserve Officers Association, with 68,000 members, is the professional association for all uniformed services of the United States. Chartered by Congress and in existence since 1922, ROA advises and educates the Congress, the President and the American people on issues of national security, with unique expertise on Reserve issues. ROA advocates for adequate funding of equipment and training requirements, recruiting and retention incentives, and employment rights for all members of the Reserve.

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Anonymous said...

Congratulations to MG Bockel. We will support him in the execution of his duties as we did with LTG McCarthy. Again, Congratulations, Sir.

CPT Chris Cox
Executive Vice President, ROA, Dept. of SC
ROA, VP, Army, Dept. of SC

John K. Ottley, Jr. said...

This is wonderful news. MG Bockel, whom I know personally, brings superior communicative and marketing skills to a job whch needs both. He is acutely conscious of the need to serve the junior officer. Therein lies our future membership and thus perpetuity for ROA.
John Ottley, Jr.
Alpharetta, GA