Sigholtz-Capital Chapter Leadership Team
Chapter President – Joe Flesch
In late March 2014, Chapter President, Joe Flesch, was selected to replace the late Chapter Vice President, Mike Belenky. The leadership team accepted his appointment. In June 2014, then Chapter President Mike Montie resigned, for personal reasons, and Joe assumed the Presidency.
Joe served with the Brigade in Vietnam June 1966 – June 1967 and was a charter member of the 4th Battalion, 503d Airborne Infantry. He served as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Company Commander in Dog Company 4/503d. He retired from active duty in 1986 as a Lieutenant Colonel, following assignments as an instructor in the Ranger Department, a combat tour in Vietnam with the 1st CAV DIV, ROTC Instructor at Washington University in St. Louis, a tour with the 25th INF DIV in Hawaii, HQ Forces Command IG Team, G-3 Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Land Forces, and Director, MTOE Branch of Documents Division at HQ Forces Command.
Joe has a BA from Gettysburg College and a MA from St. Louis University. He also graduated from the Royal New Zealand Army Grade II Staff and Tactics Course and the Armed Forces Staff College. He currently works part-time as a government contractor.
Chapter Vice President-Vacant
Chapter Treasurer – Jeane Flesch
Associate Chapter Member, Jeane Flesch, is Chapter President’s, Joe Flesch’s, wife. She was appointed Chapter Treasurer by the Leadership team, following former Treasurer, Mark Ludlow’s resignation.
Jeane began her career as a Registered Nurse. She received a BA in Management from National-Louis University and a Certification in Health Care Management from Georgetown University. She and Joe were married September 25, 1965 and have two children and four grandchildren. Jeane’s career took many twists and turns; first and foremost being an Army wife and mother. She worked as a Human Resources Director for HCR-ManorCare and served the needs of multiple divisions covering ten states. Upon retirement in 2006, she began her own successful consulting company. In 2012, she closed the company and devoted her time to family, home, and church. Jeane sees the Treasurer position as a privilege and an opportunity to support Sky Soldiers for all that our soldiers have done.
Chapter Secretary – Mack Brooks
Mack was commissioned in the Infantry, in 1969. He served two tours in Vietnam: 173d Airborne Brigade and, with MACV, as an advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Division. Mack served with A Company, 4/503 and Aide-de-Camp, while with the Herd. Following Vietnam, Mack transferred to the Adjutant General Corps. His assignments included West Point, as an Admissions Officer; Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe; the National War College; and Army POW-MIA Affairs. After retirement, Mack worked for George Washington University and later for the Defense Security Services (DSS).
Membership Chair – Bob Read
Bob Read was born in Fort Lewis, Washington, and raised in an Army family, with two younger brothers. In 1965, Bob was commissioned from Oregon State University’s ROTC program as a Regular Army Infantry officer. He served from July 1965 until July 1993, when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Bob deployed with the 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry in June 1966, when the 4/503 became part of the 173d Airborne Brigade. He extended in Vietnam and served nine months with the 5th Special Forces Group. Bob’s second tour in Vietnam was from June 1970 to May 1971, when he served as an advisor with the Vietnamese Rangers and on the IV Corps advisory staff. Bob’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal w/V and 3 OLC, Defense Meritorious Service Medals w/OLC, Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/V and 1 OLC, CIB, and the Senior Parachute Badge.
Following retirement from active duty, Bob worked as a pharmaceutical sales specialist for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for 16 years. He is now employed part-time at the Troegs Brewing Company, Hershey, PA, as a tour guide. Bob received a BS and an MA degree from Oregon State University. Bob lives with his wife, Judie (married 1968) in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania. Bob and Judie have two children, LTC Mark Read (US Army) and Melinda Read, and four grandchildren.
173d Airborne Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) Recruiter -Vacant
Mack Brooks – Newsletter Editor of The Herd Word
See Chapter Secretary position for biography
Webmaster – Gene Cartier
Gene Cartier served two tours with the Brigade. The first was as an NCO and Forward Observer with the 4.2 Mortar Platoon of the 1/503d from 1963 to 1965. Gene deployed with the 1/503 from Okinawa to Vietnam in May 1965. After completing Officer Candidate School in 1966, Gene had a second tour with the Brigade as an Artillery Forward Observer with B/1/503d and as the XO of C Battery 3/319th Artillery. After Vietnam Gene stayed in the Army and completed a 22 year career. During that time he served in the 82d Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps, US Army Europe and in the Army Special Operations Command. His last Army assignment was as the Chief Information Officer for the Army Inspector General in the Pentagon. After leaving the Army he joined private industry as a systems engineer. He retired from industry in 2013 as the Senior Vice President of Network and Systems Engineering for SRA International, a major systems integration firm.
Wounded Warrior Support Leader – Vacant
Historical Projects Leader – Ed Anthony
Ed Anthony enlisted in the Army in 1959. His first assignment was as an artilleryman on Okinawa. He served two tours as an intelligence advisor to ARVN infantry units in MAAG Vietnam (1963) and MACV (1965) and attained the rank of SSG (P) in Feb 65. Ed was commissioned an MI Second Lieutenant out of Infantry OCS in 1966. He served with the Brigade from April 1967 to April 1968 as a POW Interrogator and Forward TOC S-2 officer. Ed served tours in USARJ; USAREUR; CENTAG; CINCLANT; AFCENT; NSA; and DIA. He graduated from the Air War College; Armed Forces Staff College; and the Infantry, Armor, and MI Advanced Courses. Ed retired from 31 years of active service as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990 and immediately joined the civilian staff of the Department of the Army, Chief of Staff, for Intelligence in the Pentagon. After serving 19 years on the staff, he retired in April 2009 as a GG-15, Chief, Army Foreign Disclosure
Veterans Administration (VA) Advisor – Mike Bargmann
Michael Bargmann served with C Company, 4/503 in RVN, 1970. He retired in 1972 as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. He had a 30-year career with the Disabled American Veterans, retiring in 2006. He subsequently served on the DOD/VA Senior Oversight Committee, where he revamped the agencies disability system. He has served for the VA’s Central Headquarters, Office of Policy and Planning, and as the Veteran Service Organization Liaison for the Under Secretary for Benefits. Michael currently serves in the Veteran Heath Administration’s Office of Interagency Affairs. His expertise includes veteran law and management and policy analysis.
Deceased Veteran Families Leader – Vacant
Gold Star Research Team Leader – Vacant
Gold Star Families Leader – Vacant
If you are interested in contacting Sigholtz-Capital Chapter 1 or any of our members: contact any of the above officers, and we will refer your inquiry to the appropriate person.