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Retired Marine Corps General Arnold Punaro Joins National Advisory Board

October 15, 2020 (Arlington, VA) - announced today that Retired Marine Corps Major General and accomplished executive Arnold Punaro has joined our National Advisory Board. Major General Punaro has been named one of the 100 most influential individuals in U.S. defense and is Chief Executive Officer of The Punaro Group, a Washington, D.C.-based national security consultancy.

As a member of the National Advisory Board, General Punaro will play a vital role in developing and executing the mission. CEO Chris Swonger welcomed General Punaro to the National Advisory Board and commented:

“General Punaro’s distinguished career in our nation’s military and deep passion for public service will bring tremendous insight and expertise to the National Advisory Board.

General Punaro’s record speaks for itself. He is the very definition of getting the job done. As substance abuse tragically impacts far too many of our nation’s servicemen and women, we know General Punaro’s experience will aid all of’s efforts to combat substance abuse, eliminate impaired driving, eliminate underage drinking, and foster a lifetime of alcohol responsibility for all Americans.”

General Punaro commented:

“I am delighted to join and look forward to contributing to its innovative and effective efforts to promote responsible drinking, especially in our military. This is a constant priority of our DOD leaders at all levels, and I know that together we can further advance this admirable mission.”

General Punaro was born and raised in Georgia. After volunteering for the Marine Corps, General Punaro served in multiple combat tours and leadership roles. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. Amongst other honors, he has twice been awarded the Secretary of Defense’s “Medal for Exceptional Public Service,” and the Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award.”

In addition to his Marine Corps Service, General Punaro has held multiple business and government leadership roles, including as the Staff Director for the Senate Armed Services Committee for Sen. Sam Nunn then Chairman, and as Executive Vice President of SAIC. General Punaro currently serves as Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association.

Meet all of our National Advisory Board Members.


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