The Rotary Club of
Spring-Ford Area
Chartered 1926
Veterans' Day celebration, Friendship Fire Hall
Wednesday, 11/9 from 12-1:30
Pam Kubczak - Veterans Island
Pam Kubczak will be our first speaker....she is a volunteer involved in "Veteran's Island", which is a female veteran-initiated organization.  This area is located at 75 W. King Street in Pottstown, and recognized as an Official Site by the Boro of Pottstown.  This is a site where the public honors our local veterans.  They hold veterans events and fund raising for the island.  You can buy a brick for $100 to commemorate your veteran that served in WWII through the Korean War.
Veterans' Day Speaker - Major General Doug O'Dell
Major General Douglass O'Dell will be coming to speak to us at the Veterans' Day celebration on Wednesday.  He sent me his "resume", and I felt it was worthwhile to send to you to get to know him.....
Major General Douglas O’Dell, USMC (Ret) was appointed Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding by President George W. Bush on April 18th, 2008. In this role, he also served as a member of the Homeland Security Council. His office had oversight of levee reconstruction, restoration and reform of public education and healthcare, reconstruction of public infrastructure, public and private housing solutions, and economic development, across the area affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He left office on January 20, 2009.
 O’Dell retired from the Marine Corps in January, 2008, after more than 40 years of total service. The vast majority of his service experience focused on training and exercise planning, both as a staff officer and while in command. In particular, from 1993 until his retirement, he was continually involved in the planning and execution of consequence management exercises and operations including anthrax mitigation on Capitol Hill in 2001 and as Commander, US Marine Forces, JTF Katrina/Rita during Gulf Coast relief operations.
Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, he was directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to activate the 4th Maine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism). The mission of the Brigade was the detection, deterrence, and response to threats against US Naval and Diplomatic facilities abroad and immediate response to chemical/biological incidents in the continental United States. As the Brigade Commander, he established policies and procedures to synchronize command and control of all elements in the execution of a worldwide mission, including emergency response and transition to consequence management in the continental United States.
This also required the consolidation of three existing Marine Corps organizations and the creation of a new anti-terror battalion, but central to the Brigade’s capabilities was the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force  (CBIRF), a specially trained and equipped national asset deployable within three hours of notification from Indian Head, Maryland. CBIRF was employed during anthrax mitigation operations on Capitol Hill in November, 2001, and continues to support federal, state, and local agencies in planning and training to respond to major natural and human-initiated events.
After 4th MEB (AT) until his retirement, he served as Commanding General, 4th Marine Division, during which time he deployed nine battalions and numerous supporting units to combat in Iraq.
Private Sector Accomplishments
Simultaneous with his reserve military service, prior to 9/11, Major General O’Dell pursued a successful 28 year career in investment management, culminating with his retirement as a partner of AIM Investments in Houston, Texas on September 10, 2001.  While at AIM he was directly responsible for adding nearly $4 Billion in private investment capital to the firm’s accounts. Currently, he consults on the development of commercial real estate focused on urban revitalization, government relations, as well foreign investment in the United States.   Additionally, he is a Director of CrossMark Capital, a boutique merchant banking firm located in Radnor, Pennsylvania
Following his service in the Bush Administration, O’Dell was for six years, ending in late 2015, the Sole Voting Trustee for three Afghan companies providing critical services to US Forces in Afghanistan. This included transportation-logistics, construction of critical facilities, and most noteworthy, bottled water and bagged ice from the company’s plant at Bagram. In the course of this effort, he retired $11M in debt and distributed to the stakeholders more than $36M.
He and his wife Judith have five sons and eleven wonderful grandchildren
Military Accomplishments
While Commanding General, Fourth Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism) he coordinated the employment of CBIRF in the National Capitol Region in support of anthrax mitigation operations.
In December 2001, while CG,4th MEB(AT), in coordination with US Department of State, he deployed a specially trained and equipped task force within 48 hours of notification to facilitate the reoccupation of the USEMB, Kabul. These operations continued for the next 36 months.
Throughout his time as CG, 4th MEB (AT), he regularly deployed forces on short notice worldwide for deterrence in support of diplomatic missions and humanitarian relief operations, including operations in Haiti, Djibouti, and throughout the Persian Gulf.
From September 2004 until May, 2007, while Commanding General, 4th Marine Division, he organized, trained, equipped, and deployed nine battalions, a division advisory group, and numerous supporting elements to combat operations in Iraq.
In 2005, while designated Commander Marine Forces JTF Katrina/Rita, he coalesced and deployed with 2,700 Marines and Sailors, the necessary mobility enablers, and sustainment, to the US Gulf Coast. Commencing operations within 24 hours of the passage of Katrina, their efforts focused largely on the inundated areas of St Bernard Parish, St Tammany Parish, Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, as well as southwestern portions of Mississippi. Ensuing operations over the next three weeks included the rescue and evacuation of more than 2,000 civilians by air, surface, and amphibious means, the movement of more than 1 million pounds of cargo, including 2,000 cases of rations and 3,000 cases of water. After transitioning to consequence management operations, in support of state and local authorities, recovered 23 human remains, and arranged for the protection and relocation of more than 300 domestic animals. Additionally, 30 public buildings and churches were restored to basic functions.
On 24 September, with the impending landfall of Hurricane Rita, he embarked 1,000 of his Marines on available amphibious shipping, and sailed in trace of the path of the storm, thereby allowing the Force to commence relief operations in Cameron Parrish, Louisiana within 6 hours of the storm’s passage, concluding on 5 October 2005.
The Hill School, Pottstown, PA (Former Trustee)
BA. History/Latin American Studies, Rutgers University, 1971
NATO Defense College, Rome, 1993
Senior Reserve Officers Course, Army War College, Carlisle, 1998
Senior Executive Course, JFK School of Government, Harvard, 2003
Capstone, National Defense University, 2003
Distinguished Service Medal, USMC, 2007       Distinguished Service Medal, DHS, 2008
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Louisiana Medal of Merit for Katrina / Rita operations
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