Mr. Neese’s military and civilian education include a Bachelor’s of Science in Commerce from Southeastern University and the National Resources Course at the Industrial College of the Armed forces. His career spanned over 31 years of service to our nation in the military and as a civil service employee.
Mr. Neese’s military career began in 1943 as an Enlisted Soldier and received his commission in June 1944. He served in several pacific campaigns, earning three Southwest Pacific Battle Stars for New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon; as well as earning the Philippine Liberation Medal with two battle stars. He left active duty in 1946 at the rank of captain and continued to serve in the Reserves, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Neese’s Civil Service career began immediately following his discharge. Mr. Neese held several positions in the General Supply Division in the Office of the Quartermaster General from 1946 through 1961. These positions include Chief of the Supply Control Section, Petroleum Branch; Assistant Chief of the Foreign Aid Branch; and the Assistant Chief of the General Supplies Division.
In 1961, Mr. Neese transferred to the Defense Supply Agency to assist in the planning for the organization and staffing of the Supply Operations Directorate. He then served as the Technical Director of the Supply Operations Directorate from 1962 to 1963. In 1963, Mr. Neese was named the Deputy Executive Director of the Supply Operations Directorate, where he served until his retirement in 1974.
Mr. Neese’s awards include the Secretary of the Army Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and the DSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award.