Admiral Balisle formerly served as Executive Vice President of DRS Technologies and led the company’s Washington Operations in Arlington, VA. Prior to joining the company, Admiral Balisle had a distinguished 36-year career with the U.S. Navy, including assignments as Commander, Abraham Lincoln Battle Group, Director, Theatre Air Warfare, Director, Surface Warfare on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations and Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command.
He is the recipient of numerous military awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with four gold stars, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal with six gold stars.
Lt. Gen. Russell C. Davis served as Chief of the National Guard Bureau from 1998 to 2002. As Chief, he served as the senior uniformed National Guard officer responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, programs and plans affecting more than half a million Army and Air National Guard personnel. Appointed by the President, General Davis served as the principal adviser to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force on all National Guard issues. As NGB chief, he served as the Army and Air Force’s official channel of communication with the governors and adjutants general.
Among General Davis’ many awards and decorations, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal with service star.
General Richard D. Hearney retired from the Marine Corps as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
General Hearney has commanded at the squadron, air group, and air wing level. During Desert Shield and Desert Storm he served as Deputy Commander, I MEF. His staff tours included Deputy Director, J-3, U.S. European Command as well as Deputy Chiefs of Staff for Requirements and Programs, and Aviation at Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
His personal decorations and medals include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with gold star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with Combat, Purple Heart, Air Medal with Combat and bronze numeral, and Navy Commendation Medal with Combat.
Colonel Jack Jacobs began his military service as a Second Lieutenant through the ROTC program. He served as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, executive officer of an infantry battalion in the 7th Infantry Division, and commanded the 4th Battalion 10th Infantry in Panama.
He was in Vietnam twice, both times as an advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions, and he is among the most highly decorated soldiers from that era, having earned three Bronze Stars, two Silver Stars and the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest combat decoration. Jacobs retired as a Colonel in 1987.
Colonel Jacobs is an on-air analyst for NBC News, where he was an Emmy nominee in 2010 and 2011 and a recipient of the 2011 Murrow Award for his work on the Nightly News segment “Iraq: The Long Way Out.”
Mark S. Newman served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DRS Technologies, Inc. from 1994 to 2012. Under Mr. Newman’s leadership, the company became an established market leader on several of the most important 21st century military platforms and held key positions in the markets it served. He grew the company into a highly diversified defense technology provider with over 10,500 employees, with facilities in 27 states.
Mr. Newman has received numerous awards and honors. In 2012, he was presented with the John W. Dixon Award by the Association of the United States Army for outstanding contributions to national defense by a member of the industrial community.
In July, 2010 LTG Valcourt completed a 37 year Army career culminating as the Deputy Commanding General of TRADOC. He has commanded and trained Soldiers at every echelon from battery though Army Service Component Command. Serving as a General Officer since 2001, he was responsible for go to war readiness of the 2d Infantry Division as the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver (2000-2002), Chief of Field Artillery and Commanding General of Ft Sill Oklahoma (2003-2005), and then later for over 28,500 Soldiers as the Commanding General of 8th US Army (2006-2008).
LTG Valcourt has extensive experience as a cutting edge trainer as a brigade commander during the Army’s Advanced Warfighting Experiment, Joint Fires at Ft Sill, Live-Virtual-Constructive training venues on the Korean Peninsula, and finally as the DCG of TRADOC. Currently he maintains his touch with training and influencing Soldiers through his work at WILL and the development of Virtual Experience Immersive Learning Simulations (VEILS). He holds a BS in Engineering from West Point and an MS in Physical Education from Springfield College. In addition he holds an MA in National Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.