American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
2004 Executive Staff
Major General John P. Herrling
United States Army, Retired
Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission
Major General John P. Herrling, United States Army (Retired), was appointed by the President in October 1995 to serve as Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. He was the fifth officer to be appointed as the Secretary since the position was established in 1923 and served until 2005.
General Herrling was born in Auburn, New York. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton. His military schools include the United States Army War College, the Army Command and General Staff College, and Infantry Officers' Basic and Advanced courses.
General Herrling has more than 35 years of active duty service. His last assignment was at Fort Monroe, Virginia, as the Deputy Commanding General and Chief of Staff, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Prior assignments were as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Dix, New Jersey; Executive Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe; Chief of Staff, VII Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army; Assistant Division Commander, 3d Armored Division, Germany; Commander, 2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. General Herrling also served as an instructor in the Ranger Department, U.S. Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia.
General Herrling's awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), and Purple Heart.
General Herrling is married, and he and his wife, Marlene, have three children: Kathleen, Karen and Mark.
Kenneth S. Pond
Executive Director, American Battle Monuments Commission
(October 18, 1934 - October 3, 2013)
Mr. Kenneth S. Pond, SES-6, was appointed Executive Director of the American Battle Monuments Commission in December 1994.
His experience with ABMC began in 1987 when he retired as Colonel, United States Army, and was immediately recalled to active duty to serve as Director of ABMC's Mediterranean Region. In July 1993, he was appointed Director of Personnel and Administration in ABMC's Washington headquarters. He retired from the Army in November 1994 to accept appointment as Executive Director, the organization's only Senior Executive Service position.
Mr. Pond was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska. He has a graduate degree from Georgia State University, attended the Emory University Graduate School of Business Administration, Advanced Management Program, and completed National War College and the Army Command and General Staff College.
He received his commission in the United States Army through Officer Candidate School in 1958. During early assignments, he served as Platoon Leader/Company Commander, Fort Dix, New Jersey; Company Executive Officer and Staff Officer, Panama; Company Commander, First Battalion, Third Infantry of the Old Guard, Washington, D.C.; and Senior Advisor to a South Vietnamese Infantry battalion. After serving as an instructor in the Ranger Department, Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, he returned to Vietnam as a Battalion Executive Officer in the AMERICAL Division. Following this second combat tour, he served on the staff and faculty of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, and commanded the First Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment. He next served as an Executive Assistant to the Inspector General of the Army in Washington, D.C.
Assignments in the grade of Colonel included Chief, Officer Professional Development Division, United States Total Army Personnel Command; Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander, Southern European Task Force, Italy; and Senior Army Advisor to the North Carolina National Guard.
His awards include the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Service Medal with six Battle Stars, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, Unit Presidential Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge and Ranger Tab. In 1987, the Governor of North Carolina presented him with the North Carolina Distinguished Service Medal.
Mr. Pond is married to the former Miriam Yoder of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ponds have a daughter, Kendall, and a son, Kenneth. Mr. Pond passed away on October 3, 2013.