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November 6, 2007

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Thompson Campaign Announces Veterans for Fred Thompson Leadership

Mclean, VA - Today on the steps of the State House in Columbia, SC, surrounded by numerous veterans, Senator Fred Thompson was joined by Major General James Livingston and Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya to launch Veterans for Fred Thompson.


Major General James Livingston, a 33 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, will serve as the National Co-Chair of Veterans for Fred Thompson.  On May 2, 1968, while serving as the Commanding Officer, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, he distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy forces and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.  In March 1975, he returned to Vietnam for his third tour and served as the Operations Officer for the Vietnam evacuation operations which included the evacuation of Saigon. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, General Livingston commanded the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, California, and developed the Desert Warfare Training Program. In July 1992 he assumed command of the newly created Marine Reserve Force, and continued through its reorganization in October 1994 under its new title, Marine Forces Reserve.  His other decorations include:  Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart, Third Award.


“I am proud to support Senator Fred Thompson,” said Major General James Livingston. “He will bring to the White House a long record of support for our armed forces and veterans, coupled with a commitment to improving the effectiveness and accountability of the federal government.  This is critical if we are to rebuild the level of trust and confidence that our military personnel and their families have in the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.”


Lieutenant Colonel Joe Repya will serve as National Executive Director for Veterans for Fred Thompson.  Lieutenant Colonel Repya served 28 years in the United States Army from 1969-1998.  He was a combat infantry officer in Vietnam from 1970-1971 as well as a combat helicopter pilot in Desert Storm between 1990-1991.  Immediately following September 11, 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Repya was one of 12,000 retired US Army veterans to volunteer for retiree recall and he was one of 350 who were recalled to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom.  At 58 years old, he returned to active duty in 2004 with the 101st Airborne Division.  Lieutenant Colonel Repya served as Minnesota Co-Chair and National Spokesperson for Veterans for Bush-Cheney 2004.


"If I have learned anything in my military and civilian life, it is that a good indication of someone's future performance is their past performance,” said Lieutenant Colonel Repya.  “There is only one Republican Presidential Candidate that has been constantly true to the principles of strong national defense, pro-life, pro traditional marriages, pro second amendment, smaller government and strong immigration reform. So it is a personal honor to join the team that will elect the 44th President of the United States, Fred Thompson."


“I am so honored to have the support of Major General Livingston and Lieutenant Colonel Repya,” said Senator Fred Thompson.  “These individuals have dedicated their lives to defending America and fighting for freedom throughout the world, and I am pleased to have their support.  I want to thank all of the veterans joining this coalition for their remarkable service to this great nation.  I am committed to ensuring that all of our nation’s veterans receive the very best, because their sacrifice demands no less.”


Veterans For Fred Thompson Coalition includes:


National Steering Committee


General Carl Stiner , Co-Chair

Major General James Livingston , Medal Honor Recipient, Co-Chair

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Repya , Executive Director

Lieutenant General James Terry Scott

Brigadier General John C. "Doc" Bahnsen

Captain John Dowd

Captain James H. Warner




Colonel Clay Ford (State Representative), Co-Chair

Sergeant Garrett Richter (State Representative), Co-Chair

Aviation Ordnance Man, 2nd Class Larry Cretul (State Representative), Co-Chair          




Major William (Bill) Russell Makepeace, IV , Chairman




Tech Sergeant Royd Chambers (State Representative), Chairman


New Hampshire


Commander David J. Kenney , Chairman          

Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Pawlik , Co-Chair


South Carolina


Major General James Livingston , Honorary Chair

Colonel Richard Bagwell , Co-Chair

Major Robbie Clapper , Co-Chair

Corporal Bob Farris , Co-Chair




Major General William B. Raines , Co-Chair

Major General Jackie “Dan” Wood , Co-Chair

Rear Admiral Jerry Breast, Co-Chair

Brigadier General Jeremiah J. Brophy , Co-Chair

Brigadier General Wendell Gilbert , Co-Chair

Captain David Watts , Co-Chair

Colonel Theodore C. Fox , Co-Chair

Colonel Dan Lindsey , Co-Chair

Lieutenant Colonel Dolores Gresham (State Representative), Co-Chair

Major Van Hilleary (United States Congressman), Co-Chair

Captain Sam Bartholomew , Co-Chair

Major Jim Tully , Co-Chair

Sergeant Gerald McCormick (State Representative), Co-Chair

Sergeant Rusty Crowe (State Representative), Co-Chair

Specialist Judd Matheny (State Representative), Co-Chair

Specialist Charles Sargent , Co-Chair




Lieutenant General James Terry Scott , Chair


West Virginia


Brigadier General John C. “Doc” Bahnsen , Chair

Senior Airman Charles Bolen , Co-Chair

First Class Petty Officer Russ Weeks , Co-Chair

Paid for by Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc.