Eldon Philip Regua[5] (born 1955) is a retired major general in the United States Army Reserve, who last served as Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff (Wartime) (Individual Mobilization Augmentee) for 8th United States Army headquartered in Yongsan, Korea,[6][7] having just completed an assignment as Commanding General, 75th Division (Battle Command Training Division) in Houston, Texas in July 2011.[2][8] As of 2010, he was the senior most active, or reserve, non-retired flag or general officer of Filipino American ethnicity.[9] He is also half Mexican American ethnicity.[1]

Eldon P. Regua
MG Regua in September 2008
Born1955 (age 68–69)
San Jose, California[1]
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
*United States Army Reserve
Years of service1977-2013
RankMajor General
Commands held75th Division (Battle Command Training Division)[2]
Battles/warsOperation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan[3]
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Service Medal[4][verification needed]
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal[2]

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Born and raised in San Jose, he grew up with his parents and four brothers and two sisters. His father Felipe (Philip), dropped out of school in the fifth grade, and became a Filipino agricultural laborer who emigrated from the Philippines in 1929. His mother Evangeline, a Mexican American, was born in El Paso, Texas met his father, in 1951.[1] His family eventually settled in the Evergreen District of San Jose in 1968.

As a young boy he and his family and worked the fields picking prunes, walnuts, green beans and apricots also working in an apricot dry yard. In 1973 he graduated from Silver Creek High School. After high school he was admitted to Santa Clara University where he participated in the Army ROTC program and graduate in 1977 earning a B.S. in Commerce in accounting.[1][10] Eventually he would go on and earn Master of business administration degree from Chapman University, and a Master of strategic studies degree from the United States Army War College. All four of his brothers would also go on to earn college degrees.

Following SCU, he became a newly commissioned officer in the Air Defense Artillery Branch, serving initially in Giessen, Germany during the Cold War after his Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss. He would also work with a tactical evaluation team under Allied Air Forces Central Europe evaluating allied Improved Hawk units.[1][2]

Following this stint on active duty, he joined the Army Reserve, being promoted several times, serving in multiple units to include 91st Division (Training Support), 63rd Regional Support Command, and the 104th Division (Institutional Training).[3] He was briefly activated in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during the first half of 2003, and oversaw certification of units heading downrange;[1] this activation also fell under Operation Noble Eagle. His deactivation from active duty, in 2003, was connected to the selection as Chief of Staff and later approval of his promotion to brigadier general by then President George Bush, to the position of Assistant Division Commander (Operations) as well as Commanding General of the 104th Division from 2007 to 2008.[1][2] He has visited in both Iraq and Afghanistan on several occasions.[3]

He serves as vice president of US Army Programs for NextStep Technology,[11][6] Regua recently served on the Secretary of the Army's Reserve Forces Policy Committee.[3] Regua retired from the Army in 2013.[12]

On December 2, 2020, President Donald Trump nominated Regua to be the next Representative of the United States to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.[13] On January 3, 2021, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate.[14]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Hecht, Michelle (March 24, 2006). "The right man for the job". Evergreen Times. Times Media, Inc. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Maj. Gen. Eldon P. Regua". 75th Battle Command Training Division. United States Army Reserve. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d "Maj. Gen. Regua" [Welcome to the 75th BCTD] (PDF). The Bulgebuster (Winter 2008/2009): 36. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  4. ^ Order 160-08 HRC Ft Knox
  5. ^ "PN878 — Army". U.S. Congress. 30 March 2000. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Management Team". NextStep Technology. NextStep Technology, Inc. 2011. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  7. ^ "After Action Report -- Saturday -- 16 June 2012" (PDF). Santa Clara County Unified Chapter #63. Reserve Officers Association. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "General Officer Announcements". Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs). U.S. Department of Defense. July 21, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  9. ^ "Major General Eldon Regua. Highest-ranking Fil-Am Army". Asian Journal. 25 April 2010. Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Class Notes, Undergraduate". Santa Clara Magazine. SCU. Fall 2006. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  11. ^ "Eldon Regua". LinkedIn Corporation. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  12. ^ PVT Jewel Park (29 March 2013). "Eighth Army deputy commander retires from Army". army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  13. ^ "PN2396 — Eldon P. Regua — Department of State". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  14. ^ "PN2396 - Nomination of Eldon P. Regua for Department of State, 116th Congress (2019-2020)". www.congress.gov. 2021-01-03. Retrieved 2021-01-05.

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