VII Corps Desert Storm Veterans Association 29th Memorial Reunion Weekend

Our Speakers

Reunion Dinner Speaker:
Lieutenant General (USA Ret.) Thomas G. Rhame

LTG Thomas Rhame (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Thomas G. Rhame retired from the United States Army on September 30, 1997. Following his retirement, he served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Association of the US Army from 1998 until 2014. His last active duty assignment was as the Director of the Defense Security Assistance Agency with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to that, he was the Chief of the U.S. Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia. During Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990 and 1991, General Rhame was the Commanding General of the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One). Under his command, the Division successfully conducted the initial attack to penetrate Iraqi defensive positions, conducted the rapid passage of lines for the British 1st Armored Division, conducted a night attack against elements of the Iraqi Republican Guard, and played a critical role in the liberation of Kuwait. He also served two tours of combat in Vietnam, his first in 1967 commanding B Company, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, and his second in 1971, serving as a District Senior Advisor with USAMACV.

General Rhame received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), the Distinguished Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Silver Star (with oak leaf cluster),the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star with V device (with two oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), The Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with V device.

General Rhame graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1963. He holds a Masters of Business Administration with a Comptroller specialty from Syracuse University. General Rhame is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, class of 1981. On November 14, 2019, he was selected and honored as an Outstanding Alum of the US Army War College.

General Rhame is married to his high school sweetheart, the former Linda Saunders of Lecompte, Louisiana. They reside in Woodbridge, Virginia. The have two children, Rebecca Isakower and Gregg Rhame, and three grand-children, Taylor, Ashley, and Emily.

Memorial Service Commander’s Remarks:
Colonel (USA Ret.) Gregory Fontenot

LTG Randolph W. House (Ret.)

Colonel Gregory Fontenot served more than 28 years in the Army including commanding the 2nd Battalion 34th Armor in Operation Desert Storm and 1st Brigade 1st Armored Division in Bosnia.  Other important assignments included teaching History at the United States Military Academy, Chief, Command Planning Group US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Director School of Advanced Military Studies and Commander Battle Command Training Program.  After retiring in 1999 Greg Fontenot supported the Army as a threat emulator and as Director of the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies.   Highlights of his civil service career include emulating the threat at national level war games and serving on campaign reviews of Iraq in 2010 and Afghanistan in 2011.  He is the coauthor of On Point the US Army in Iraqi Freedom.  Greg Fontenot retired from civil service in 2013 after nearly 40 years federal service to write.  He published The 1st Infantry Division and the Army Transformed, the Road to Victory in Desert Storm in 2017.  In November 2019 he published his most recent book The Lucky Seventh to St Vith and Back:  The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge.