Lieutenant General (Retired) Christmas retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1996 after serving for 34 years. In 1968 in Vietnam, during the Battle for Hue City, then Captain Christmas was awarded the Navy Cross for “extraordinary heroism.” He was severely wounded during the action and received a Purple Heart. LtGen (Ret) Christmas’ story about the action at Hue City was recorded by the Witness to War Foundation, and all of his interview clips can be seen here. His Navy Cross citation can be seen here >
After retiring in 1996, LTG (Ret) Christmas served as the CEO of the Marine Heritage Foundation until 2011. He is a director at Stone Energy Corporation in Louisiana. LtGen (Ret) Christmas is a native of Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts. He also received a Master of Science degree from Shippensburg University.
Mike Hall is a retired Command Sergeant Major and a decorated combat veteran with over 34 years of service to the US Army and Special Operations. His experiences over the last 4 decades cover a wide range of roles, from the National Command Authority to the private on the ground. Hall served over 20 years with the 75th Ranger Regiment; he is the only soldier to have held the senior enlisted position at the Ranger Regiment, the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). He retired from active duty in 2008 after 32 years of service and in 2009 was recalled from retirement, to serve as the CSM and Senior Enlisted Advisor for the International Security Assistance Force/United States Forces Afghanistan North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Afghanistan (ISAF). He is a veteran of Operation Just Cause, Desert Storm-Phase III, Operation Uphold Democracy, operations in the Balkans, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hall has been the senior advisor to seven General Officers in time of war and peace.
After retirement, CSM (Ret) Hall was employed by Lockheed Martin Corporation as a Business Development Manager for Irregular Warfare and Stability Operations. In 2011, he joined the McChrystal Group as a consultant. In 2014, he left the McChrystal Group and was an independent leadership and operational consultant and executive coach for several years for commercial companies and the Department of Defense. In 2017-2018, he held the position as Chief of Staff, North American Sales with the Scotts Miracle Gro Company.
As of 2019, he has refocused his efforts to spend his time on Veterans’ issues.
Lieutenant General (Retired) Keen retired from the US Army in 2013 after serving 38 years. LTG (Ret) Keen commanded in Special Forces, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the Rangers including the 75th Ranger Regiment, Joint Task Force – Haiti, following the Jan. 2010 earthquake, as well as serving on 3 U.S. Embassy Country Teams leading all military forces in Colombia, Haiti, and Pakistan during crisis periods, including arrival in Pakistan shortly after Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces.
As the Commander of Joint Task Force – Haiti, LTG (Ret) Keen led the largest targeted U.S. military-based response to a foreign disaster consisting of 22,000+ personnel, 19 ships, and 57 aircraft with a budget of $500+ million and responsibility for coordinating vision and direction for the U.S. response to the earthquake.
As of August 2013, LTG (Ret) Keen is the Associate Dean of Leadership Development for Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, he manages a school-wide leadership program and is a member of the program’s leadership team. LTG (Ret) Keen is a native of Hyden, Kentucky and was commissioned as a 2LT in the Infantry following graduation as a distinguished military graduate from Eastern Kentucky University in December 1974. Additionally, he is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Master of Arts in Latin American Studies program.
MG (Ret) Scott has served in a wide variety of assignments in Infantry and Armored Divisions in the United States and in Germany. He served as the Commanding General and Division Engineer, South Pacific Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in San Francisco, California, Chief of Legislative Liaison and Commanding General of USASAC. Other assignments included serving as a White House Fellow as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation, Elizabeth Dole; Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary for the Secretary of Defense; Service on the Army Staff as the Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy; and Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
MG (Ret) Scott is a 1972 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a Bachelor of Science. He is an Olmsted Scholar and received a Master of International Relations equivalent from the Universitaet Freiburg, FRG. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. Four of his six children are West Point graduates.
Upon retirement in 2002, MG (Ret) Scott held positions as Vice President, ITT Defense, and President, ITT Defense International until 2011. In May of 2011, General Scott was appointed as President and CEO of The George and Carol Olmsted Foundation.
Mr. Weiss, an early supporter of the Witness to War Foundation, had an extensive career in corporate management and management consulting. Mr. Weiss was responsible for top line revenue as a Vice President of a $700 million division of RJR/Nabisco; previously Mr. Weiss held senior management roles at several other Fortune 500 multinational corporations.
Mr. Weiss helped build Weston Group into a premier business strategy consulting firm with clients such as Sharp Electronics, Time, Inc., Nabisco Foods, Hershey Foods, Colgate-Palmolive, Pillsbury, Kraft Foods, Unilever, AT&T, Brown-Forman, and General Electric. After selling Weston Group to Computer Sciences Corporation, Mr. Weiss was Senior Partner & Executive-in-Charge of the Growth Strategy Practice and Executive-in-Charge of Global Client Relationships. Upon retiring, Mr. Weiss formed and chaired CSC’s Advisory Board.
Mr. Weiss currently leads Charles Weiss, LLC, where he serves on company boards, advises CEO’s, and makes private equity investments. Mr. Weiss also serves on the board of the Eissey Campus Theatre. Mr. Weiss has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University.