US Army John Riggs worked his way through the ranks in the U.S. Army to Lieutenant General culminating as Director of the Objective Force Task Force where he was entrusted with creating a high-tech Army for the 21st Century; Transformation of the U.S. Army. He served on active duty with the U. S. Army for over 39 years prior to becoming an Aviation & Strategic Defense Consultant.
Riggs had six overseas tours — Vietnam, Belgium, and two each in Korea and Germany, and has commanded at every level — platoon, company, battalion, brigade, division — culminating in his immediate past assignment as commanding general of the 1st U.S. Army. Staff tours included military assistant to the deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, and as assistant deputy chief of staff for operations and plans on the Army staff. He served consecutively as Commanding General, 1st U.S. Army, Fort Gillem, GA and Commanding General, 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, CO. Riggs commanded at all levels of Aviation and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery and 25 awards of the Air Medal during the Vietnam War.
He served in various positions on the Army Staff in the Pentagon culminating as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. He also served as the Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Aviation School and Ft. Rucker, Ala, and Assistant Division Commander for the 3rd Infantry Division in Bamberg Germany. Riggs has decades of experience with Congress, OSD, the Joint Staff and Services working programs, from concept development through requirements, budgeting, acquisition, and life cycle sustainment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in personnel management and administration, and was a National Security Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
James H. Fallon, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois (1975) in Neuroanatomy and Physiology and Masters in psychology and psychophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He holds a Honorary Doctorate from St Michael’s College, a Sloan Fellowship, Senior Fulbright Fellowship (Africa) and NIH Research Career Award. He was Chair of the UCI Faculty and Academic Senate and Chair of the UCI College of Medicine Faculty. He is sits on numerous corporate boards and national think tanks for science, biotechnology, the arts, and the US military. He is a Subject Matter Expert in the field of “cognition and war” to the Pentagon’s Joint Command.
His research program is focuses on four areas, including adult stem cells, chemical neuroanatomy and circuitry, higher brain functions, and brain imaging. Human Brain Imaging: Extensive collaborations with clinical and basic researchers on imaging genetics studies of depression, schizophrenia, tobacco use, language disorders, personality, intelligence, male-female differences in cognition, consciousness and anesthesia, human cortical development, sleep, emotional memory, imaging genetic studies of psychiatric disorders, modeling of neural circuits, and law, culture, psychopathy, murder, dictatorships, and the brain. Fallon’s lab was the first to find how to mobilize massive numbers of adult stem cells to reverse the deficits in models of chronic stroke and Parkinson’s disease, which was recently heralded as one of the top seven breakthrough findings of the decade. His lab is also creating new neural interfaces for advanced prosthetic limbs and neural chips. Fallon and his colleagues are interested in the neural circuitry and genetics of creativity, artistic talent, extraordinary abilities, psychopathology, criminal behavior, and levels of consciousness. Most recently in the past two years, he has appeared in over thirty national and international TV and radio specials on dictatorships, psychopathic behavior, murder and violence.
Mr. Rogers is Vice President of Sales and Practice Development at CNS Vital Signs. Prior to CNS Vital Signs, Rogers has had an extensive 30 + year career in Consumer Products and Marketing Services industries including 19 years with North American executive level responsibilities at S.C. Johnson and Son and as a marketing services consultant with clients such as Coca Cola, Procter & Gamble, Lowes, Bank of America and Sara Lee. Rogers completed his undergraduate studies with a B.S. Business Administration degree from Oklahoma State and had complete graduate studies at University of Texas, Kellogg School of Business and course completion at the Center for Creative Leadership
Brett Wilson is a Senior Business Operations Executive who has spent the past 15+ years pioneering major business growth strategies and improving business units for the training industry. His expertise spans many corporate areas, with a firm grasp of essential P&L and client management in support of commercial and government accounts. He is a seasoned training professional with more than 24 years experience in the training, learning and human performance improvement industry.
In his role as Principal Consultant for BCS Analytics, Mr. Wilson has provided critical learning strategy advice and services to several prominent organizations including Cummins, Inc, Raytheon, Bechtel Engineering, Shell Oil, Cognizant, Stanford University, and the National Defense University. He is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Business Development for U.S. Corporate Education and also serves as an Advisor to USCE’s Board of Directors. Mr. Wilson has held executive management positions with RWD Technologies as the Director of Learning Solutions; General Physics Corporation, where he served as Director of Multimedia Technologies; at iLearning and Capstar (subsidiary companies of Sylvan and The Educational Testing Service) as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Services; at Carney Interactive where he served as Vice President of Operations; and at Knowledge Management Solutions Inc., as Vice President of Operations. In these positions, Brett provided leadership and consulting to literally hundreds of commercial and government clients. He has played a key role in some of the largest training initiatives ever fielded and is recognized as an industry thought leader in the area of training technology. Mr. Wilson is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from the University of Illinois, Carbondale.
With nearly two decades of software engineering and Information Technology (IT) consulting experience, Dawn Ainger leads Genova Technologies as its President and CEO. Under Ms. Ainger’s guidance, Genova Technologies has become a leading provider of custom software development and staff augmentation for Federal government agencies, healthcare entities and Fortune 500 companies. After she took the helm as owner of the company in 2001, her efforts led to a dramatic expansion of the company’s success in both the defense and healthcare sectors.
Ms. Ainger holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, and graduated with Highest Distinction. It is with this foundation of excellence that she has built a reputation in the IT industry as a strong leader; directing Genova to employ award-winning requirements gathering and analysis to ensure a deep understanding of clients’ needs and business goals. A trusted IT expert, Ainger has given numerous presentations for IEEE, PMI, and has appeared at numerous industry conferences. Ms. Ainger has been the recipient of numerous industry awards [link to History /Awards page]. She also serves on the Board of Directors of National Defense Industry Association (NDIA), IowAccess Advisory Council, Iowa Information Technology Council, Technology Association of Iowa Board, eHealth Advisory Council, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Women in Defense (WID) and The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). Most recently, Ms. Ainger has been named to the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board by Governor Branstad.
Bill Coy has over 25 years of military experience in command and staff positions (1966-1992) engaged in U.S. Military and Disaster Relief Operations. Coy commanded various infantry paratrooper and Special Operations units in combat-training and readiness scenarios on several continents.
He served as Military Coordinator for Bilateral Counter-Terrorism Training in many Western Europe countries, Africa and Latin America; a Certified Military Strategist & Advisor to US Cabinet Members, including Secretaries of Defense & State; SECArmy, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff US Army and also Directors of DIA & CIA; Staff Advisor to several US Ambassadors during Treaty Negotiations and for large Military Sales Agreements; Certified International Military Trainer in a variety of combat skills and readiness training; and strategic energy & defense planning.
As an international energy executive (in 1992-2000), Coy developed and/or constructed numerous power-generating plants across the globe, totaling nearly 600 MW. As a Construction Quality Control Manager, he has supervised quality control to fulfill various high-security government building contracts in the U.S. National Capital Area. Bill Coy academic credentials include: Education AA, Biology, Canal Zone College; BS, Civil Engineering, US Military Academy; BS, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Northrop Institute of Technology; MA, Economics, University of Texas (Austin); 30 Graduate hours for MS , Latin American History & Development, George C. Marshall Institute for International Studies; and Post-Graduate Studies, National Security Affairs, National Defense University. Coy is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Mr. Fitzgerald is Vice President of Commercial Operations at CNS Vital Signs. Prior to CNS Vital Signs Mr. Fitzgerald had a 28-year career with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals holding several key executive positions in commercial, public policy, and R&D. Craig has a rich and diverse educational, business and science background and has presented at Medical Schools and Genetics Symposia globally. He is the co-author several articles on the managerial implications of genetic and internet developments for health care professionals and organizations. His most recent publications are “Customized Medicine for the Masses,” in Pharmaceutical Executive , and “Converging Genetics and Information Technologies and the Emerging Health Care System”, Int’l J. of Healthcare Technology and Management .
Dr. Bill Harrison is a former athlete who became an optometrist and is considered the leading pioneer in Sports Vision Performance Training. Over the last few years has been a management consultant with American Medical Optics, a division of Abbott Pharmaceutical, Pfizer’s Opthalmic Division, Marion Laboratories (now Merrill Dow, Inc.),Capstar Learning Systems, Inc., Transamerica Life Companies, PacifiCare’s Secure Horizons, American Eye Management, LLC., Vision Membrane, Inc. Nordan Laser Eye Centers and numerous individuals. He has also consulted with the Department of Defense’sSmall Unit Excellence initiative, Vital Signs, Inc. and Neosync, Inc.
He is a member ofAmerican Optometric Association (AOA), American Optometric Student Association (AOSA), California Optometric Association (COA), Optometric Extension Program, College of Vision Development, MAVE (Motor, Auditory, Vision, Education) Institute, Orange County Optometric Society (OCOS), Better Vision Institute, Vision Conservation Institute, AOA Contact Lens Section and the National Eye Research Foundation. Honors and awards include the American Baseball Coaches Association Meritorious ServiceAward in 1990, American Optometric Association Sports Vision Section “Optometrist of the Year” 1994, the International Academy of Sports Vision “Sports Vision Optometrist of the Year” 1990, the European Academy of Sports Vision “Sports Vision Optometrist of the Year” 1995 and induction to his high schools’ Sports Hall of Fame. He has been a Professional Advisor to the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, United States Air Force Academy Human Performance Laboratory, Duke UniversityMichael W. Krzyzewski Center Human Performance Laboratory and the Peak Performance Project Santa Barbara, California Inthe early 1970’s, Harrison studied the sensory-motor attributes of premier major league baseball players and developed a protocol for selecting young athletes with great potential for developing into baseball players.
In 1977, he developed the protocol of vision testing and enhancement training programs for the Sports Medicine Committee of the U. S. Olympic Training Centers. Dr. Harrison’s innovative training methods on sports performance enhancement have been utilized by numerous professional and amateur teams. Dr. Harrison has consulted and trained coaches and elite players for thirty-five years on the visual mechanics of athletic performance, including how the visual side of sports impacts the mental and the physical aspects of each game. Current clients includes MBL baseball’s Jason Giambi, Shawn Green, Sean Casey; NFL football’s Jason Bell, Tony Parrish and Ricky Manning; NHL hockey’s Paul Kariya; PGA golf’s Ben Garner and Cleveland Golf; AVP volleyball’s Matt Fuerbringer; BMX racing’s Kim Hayashi and Lisa Sher; professional tennis’s Alexa Glatch and Abby Spears. Previous clients include Hall of Famers in multiple sports: Baseball—George Brett, Rod Carew, Tony Gwynn and expected future inductees Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine; Baseball—John Brodie, Len Dawson; Golf—Jim Colbert, Billy Casper, Nick Faldo, Carol Mann; Hockey—Grant Fuhr and the 1980 U.S. Gold Medal winning hockey team.
Professional MilitaryEconomic Advisory / Homeless Veteran Advocate James Wadell “Jess” Johnson is a retired (1999) U.S. Army Master Sergeant with 25 years of military service including Combat Med., Airborne and Special Forces. He served with the 501st and the 101st Airborne in Phu Bai, Vietnam and was assigned to the JFK Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg, NC, as a “Weapons Specialist. Johnson is combat decorated with: a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Accommodation Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and a Special Forces Tab. Since leaving military service, Johnson has established a highly successful international consulting business with clients in government, military and business sectors on virtually every continent. In addition, Johnson is a Military Adviser to and special guest on FOX News and a guest commentator on Charlie Jones “Overnight” KRLD CBS Radio 1080 AM.
Lindsey has over 20 years of experience in the U.S. Army’s Light Infantry and Special Operation Units. Lindsey commanded small units throughout his military career from Squad Leader to Company Command and has served on staffs from the Battalion through the Division level. His combat experience and military career spans Operations in Panama in 1989 through the current conflict in Afghanistan. Lindsey brought his military and leadership experience to Colgen LP consulting projects and most recently to the Cognitive Performance Group (CPG) where he is a Senior Military Analyst with a special focus on development of high performing small unit leaders in the military services
Donald L. Reay has served Executive Director of the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition since February 6, 2007. Reay has almost 40 years in law enforcement as a Border Patrol Agent, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, and Special Agent with the U. S. Customs Service, retiring as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge. Reay also served as Training Director for Sheriff Leo Samaniego while serving six counties in West Texas and as a consultant to U. S. Customs and the National Drug Intelligence Center.
Erin Robbins is an Assistant Vice President at Berkeley Point Capital, LLC. Mrs. Robbins has over 10 years experience in commercial real estate finance with an emphasis on asset management of multifamily, hotel and office properties secured by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs. As an Asset Management Officer, she oversees the risk management of 85+ performing and non-performing multifamily loans with a portfolio value exceeding $1 billion. Mrs. Robbins’ holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration – Finance from Radford University where she completed her undergraduate work in three years and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Growing up an Army Brat, Mrs. Robbins has a passion for supporting the United States Armed Forces.
Military Career: James Wadell “Jess” Johnson is a US Army retired multi-decorated Master Sargent with 25 years service. Including: Combat Med., Airborn and Special Forces. Served with the 501st and the 101st Airborn in PhuBai, Vietnam. Was assigned to the JFK Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg, NC as a “Weapons Specialist. He is combat decorated with: a Bronz Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Accommodation Medal, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and a Special Forces Tab. In 1999 Jess retired from active duty with rank of “Master Sargent” - The highest rank attainable for an enlisted soldier in the US Army.
Private Sector: Leveraging his vast international network of command military and geo-political leaders, Jess launched a private consultancy specializing in Military and Economic advisory. Jess’ client base extends from Asia, to The Middle East up to Europe, and down to multiple African and Sub-Saharan nations. Ret. MSGT Johnson is a regular special guest as a Military Adviser to: FOX News and can be heard on Charlie Jones “Overnight” KRLD CBS Radio 0180 AM where he offers unique and experienced commentary on past and current US and other military occupations from around the Globe
VET to VET: Veteran Advocacy In Christmas of1994 Jess and Wife, Peggy Johnson visited and distributed hamburgers and coffee thermoses to patients at the Dallas VA Hospital. Their generosity was warmly received but, the Johnsons soon discovered that the need at the VA far exceeded their current ability to provide gifts for all the hundreds of VA patients.
They returned the next day with thermoses for the others. It was then decided to create what is now “VET to VET” a registered non-profit organization. From it’s inception in Dallas, Vet to Vet has now expanded their operation to include the Bonham, Waco, and Temple VA hospitals.
Vet to Vet now provides 4,000 gifts to 1,600 patients each Christmas, as well as hosting monthly bingo games and barbecues throughout the year.
Vet to Vet hosts fundraisers to support Texas VA hospitals and would like to open a chapter in all 162 VA hospitals across the country. Additionally, the organization is building homes on land near VA hospitals that will accommodate veterans and their families free of charge during their rehabilitation.
Jess is a Graduate with a Bachelor’s of Arts from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. ￼￼￼￼￼
Demographics of homeless veterans "The Forgotten Americans-Homelessness: Programs and the People They Serve" – released Dec. 8, 1999, by the U.S. Interagency Council on the Homeless (USICH) – is the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (NSHAPC), which was completed in 1996 and updated three years later. You can download the NSHAPC reports at www.huduser.org.
Veteran-specific highlights from the USICH report include:
23% of the homeless population are veterans
33% of the male homeless population are veterans
47% served Vietnam-era
17% served post-Vietnam
15% served pre-Vietnam
67% served three or more years
33% were stationed in war zone
25% have used VA homeless services
85% completed high school/GED, compared to
56% of non-veterans
89% received an honorable discharge
79% reside in central cities
16% reside in suburban areas
5% reside in rural areas
76% experience alcohol, drug or mental health problems
46% are white males, compared to
34% of non-veterans
46% are age 45 or older, compared to 20% non-veterans
Service needs cited include:
45% need help finding a job
37% need help finding housing
How many homeless veterans are there?
Accurate numbers community-by-community are not available. Some communities do annual counts; others do an estimate based on a variety of factors. Contact the closest VA medical center's homeless coordinator, the office of your mayor, or another presiding official to get local information. A regional breakdown of numbers of homeless veterans, using data from VA's 2009 CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) report – which contains the most widely cited estimate of the number of homeless veterans – can be
In the past 25 years, Dr. Jin primarily has been engaged in teaching and research at the University of California, Irvine. Discoveries in Dr. Jin’s research into the neuro-physical process in normal and abnormal cognition has opened new avenues for treatment of mental disorders using various types of sensory stimulations and neural imaging recording. This groundbreaking research and development of new types of treatments, including, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), have resulted in successful treatment of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, major depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and autism. The results have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at academic conferences. In addition to his academic work and research at UCI, Dr. Jin cofounded two companies, NeoSync, Inc and Brain Treatment Center (BTC). Neosync manufactures portable TMS instruments. BTC is a psychiatric clinic using EEG and TMS to assist clinical diagnosis and treatment for autistic spectral disorder (ASD) and other mental disorders.
Jack H. Pryor is a combat infantry officer with 40 years of experience in the US military, education and senior management positions in industry and international business. Prior to founding ALFI, he was the co-founder and principal of Colgen LP, a defense and security consulting firm, the president of a major international energy firm’s Latin American subsidiary, and a senior executive in several US commercial firms. He has provided consulting to senior government officials in four Latin American nations and, while still on active duty in the US Army, he served as the Director of Counter-Narcotics for US Southern Command.
During his distinguished military career, Mr. Pryor established himself as one of the US Army’s preeminent trainers and educators. He participated in the establishment of the US Combat Training Centers for heavy maneuver, light infantry and SOF units. He was one of the principal authors of the Battalion Training Management System (BTMS), and he developed and wrote the Light Infantry Training Strategy. Following Battalion Command, he served as the Operations Officer and as the Senior OC for Light Forces at the National Training Center. Following the invasion of Panama, Mr. Pryor was invited to advise the President of Panama and his executive leadership on that nation’s national reconstruction strategy and its implementation. He effectively bridged communications between the Government of Panama and the US diplomatic and military missions. Mr. Pryor has devoted a significant part of his military career to educational reform within the US Army. During his tenure as President of the US Army Management Engineering College (1991-1994), he served on the US Presidential Blue Ribbon Panel for Educational Reform.
While at the College, Mr. Pryor had many notable accomplishments that included being named to the first National Re-Invention Lab under the Clinton Re-Invent Government program. Under his leadership, the College became the first fee-for-service organization in the federal government, and the first to establish a Federal Sector Marketing Office. He developed relationships throughout the US and Europe, and opened regional campus facilities to lower costs for 50,000 students. During his tenure, the College became the number one distance learning institution in the United States. Mr. Pryor successfully privatized the College and created a self-sustaining business model that freed the College from federal support. He pioneered new organizational structures that had never been seen in higher education. The College was the Executive Agency for the Federal Sector Total Quality Management (TQM) and trained President Clinton and his Cabinet in TQM and Sixth Sigma. Mr. Pryor pioneered 360-degree performance assessment in the federal sector and this assessment program was implemented successfully at the College in 1992. While at the College, Mr. Pryor and his staff pioneered 52 revolutionary government best business practices that have since have all been adopted by some part of the Federal government.
Mr. Pryor’s experience in education has spanned several decades. He is a graduate of the Navy War College and holds three Master’s degrees, including National Defense & Strategic Studies, Educational Administration and Secondary Education. He has attended Senior Executive Management Seminars at Harvard, Cornell, Stanford, Tufts, Stanford and Duke Universities. Jack’s post-graduate studies are in Organizational Design and Behavior. In the civilian sector, Mr. Pryor has taught in the Psychology Department at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and served as UNLV’s baseball coach. Mr. Pryor is one of the pioneers in sports science (Sensory Integration and Cognition) and has been working in this area for over 30 years. He has utilized the sports world of elite athletes and teams as his laboratory for analyzing, testing and determining the guidelines of high performing athletes and teams. Mr. Pryor’s partial list of awards and decorations include: Silver Star, Purple Heart (with 3 oak leaf clusters), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (with/v 2 oak leaf clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (with 4 oak leaf clusters), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with/v 4 oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, and UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame.