Major General (Ret) Edward Reeder retired from the United States Army on January 1, 2016, after nearly 35 years of service. He spent the last 30 years in uniform as a Special Forces Officer commanding at every level in the US Army Special Forces.
Reeder commanded the US Army Special Forces Command responsible for manning, equipping, training, and deploying the prestigious US Army Green Berets operating in 56 different countries each day. He also commanded the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, which is responsible for the entry-level training of the US Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations, and other select pieces of the greater US Special Operations community.
Reeder’s combat tours include National Civil Defense Advisor in the Republic of El Salvador in 1988. He commanded Special Forces Operational Detachment – Alpha 786, supporting Operation JUST CAUSE in 1989, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, under Task Force Black in the Republic of Panama. He led Special Operations Task Force 32 in 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan in 2002, and again in 2003. Reeder commanded the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, in 7th Special Forces Group, supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan in 2006, and again in 2007. He also established and commanded the first Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010. From 2014 to 2015, he commanded the Special Operations Joint Task Force/NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation RESOLUTE SUPPORT.
Reeder’s personal awards include various US military and foreign decorations and badges, such as the Baryal Medal (1st Degree) from the President of Afghanistan and The Donovan Award from the Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency. He is married to Adrian Hopkins of Overland Park, KS. They have four children, Edward III, Jennifer, Andrew, and Morgan, and two grandchildren.
Lieutenant General (Ret) Michael D. Barbero served in the United States Army for 38 years as an Infantry Officer, executing the foreign policy objectives of the United States in a variety of tactical, operational, and international assignments. LTG Barbero commanded at every grade, from lieutenant colonel to lieutenant general, serving four years in combat in Iraq with over three separate tours of duty. After retiring from active military service, LTG Barbero has been very active in international infrastructure and security projects with a focus in the Middle East and holds advisory and board positions within international firms.
Preston H. Spahr III
Preston Spahr is Chairman of the Board at D. L. Martin Company, a diverse manufacturer of machined components for heavy industry, and fabricated components for elevator systems. Spahr joined the D. L. Martin board of directors in May, 2013, and has held the title of Chairman of the Board since January, 2015.
In his position at D. L. Martin, he is responsible for the company vision, values, key financial decisions and leadership assignments. The scope of his responsibility includes evaluation of the performance of two subsidiary operations as well as the performance of the corporate headquarters in Mercersburg, PA.
Prior to his position at D. L. Martin, Spahr was a Senior Manager at Honda of America Mfg. in Marysville, OH. As a strategic leader, Spahr was responsible for corporate partnership with Cisco, IBM and SAP. Prior to his assignment in the strategic planning area, he held a leadership role in the Information Technology Division, as an applications manager responsible for supply chain systems.
Following graduation from Texas Christian University, Spahr served as a U. S. Naval Aviator for 12 years, deploying overseas on three occasions, including Operation Desert Storm aboard the U.S.S Nimitz and Operation Assured Response aboard the U.S.S. Guam. With 2200 flight hours as a helicopter pilot, he is credited with 45 rescue events and 20 lives saved. Afterward, he began his business career in the purchasing field at Honda in 1997, and spent his first 12 years as a buyer / planner, leading teams through the expansion of Honda in North America.
Concurrent with his leadership assignments at Honda, Spahr represented Honda as an alternate on the Board of Directors of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) from 2010 to 2012. AIAG is an industry organization that facilitates collaboration between automotive OEM’s and suppliers, and develops standards, systems, and programs that streamline business processes and interactions within the value chain.