Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fil-Am general who probed Abu Ghraib abuses among 2016 Asian Hall of Famers

Filipino-American Antonio Taguba, a retired Major General in the US Army, is among the honorees to the 2016 Asian Hall of Fame given by the Robert Chinn Foundation.
Aside from Taguba, those who will be inducted on May 14 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle are television journalist Connie Chung, martial artist Bruce Lee, and Olympic Gold Medalist in figure skating Kristi Yamaguchi.
The Asian Hall of Fame is a national recognition event for Asian Pacific Americans, celebrating culture and achievement during Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May. Honoree Bruce Lee will be represented by the Bruce Lee Foundation, which will accept his posthumous award.
Taguba, who served 34 years with the Army, retired in 2007. He led a 2004 team that investigated reports of human rights violations of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The now-famous Taguba Report confirmed the torture and abuse of prisoners and denounced the Bush administration for “committing war crimes.”
Born in Manila, Philippines, he immigrated to the United States in July 1961. Commissioned as an Armor Officer from Idaho State University in 1972, he served in numerous command and staff positions with service assignments in the continental United States, South Korea, Germany, and deployments to Kuwait and Iraq.
During Operations Iraqi Freedom, he served as Deputy Commanding General for Support, Coalition Forces Land Component Command(CFLCC)/Army Central Command/Third U.S. Army forward deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. He was responsible for overseeing logistical and support services to U.S. and Coalition forces totaling over 150,000 troops conducting combat operations. His duty also included the coordination of host nation support from the Government of Kuwait, and security cooperation and training requirements with Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and Qatar.
Upon his return from deployment, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon. In his final assignment on active duty, he served as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command.
His military awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (2 awards), Legion of Merit (4 awards), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (6 awards), Secretary of Defense Identification Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.
Taguba served as Vice President for Army Account, SERCO Inc., a global services company from 2007 to 2008. He is the President of TDLS Consulting LLC, a business consulting services company for corporate and nonprofit organizations. He is also involved in a great deal of charitable work, from assisting Veterans with their benefits and health care needs, raising funds for college scholarships, and as a volunteer at the United Service Organizations (USO). He is the Chairman of Pan Pacific American Leaders and Mentors (PPALM), the Chairman of the Filipino Veterans Education and Recognition Project (FILVETREP), a Member of the Board of Directors for the armed Forces Insurance Company, and a Community Ambassador for AARP.
He is married to Debra Ann Taguba. They have two adult children- Lindsay Taguba Keys and Captain Sean Taguba, and twin granddaughters, Ibby and Lily.  —The FilAm

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