The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announces Maj. Gen. (ret.) David R. Bockel has been named the new executive director of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee (GMACC). Bockel, a 37-year veteran of the U.S. Army, will assume his new role in October.
“Our state is fortunate to have a strong network of military facilities - home to many Georgia residents - that significantly contribute to our state’s economy by providing thousands of jobs and by broadening the tax base,” said Bockel. “We must continue to work to get both public and private sector support for these military bases to keep them here in Georgia, while at the same time seek business opportunities for these communities to attract businesses and grow our state’s defense industry among others. It is truly an honor to serve Georgia in this new capacity and I look forward to the work we have ahead to keep our state both business-friendly and military-friendly.”
“Georgia’s military installations serve as pillars of our national security but also as vital components of our state’s economy, and as the state’s leading advocate for business we are ready to have GMACC become the leading voice for our military communities and their significant contributions to Georgia’s economic future,” said Georgia Chamber President and CEO Chris Clark. “To accomplish that goal, we need a leader with both extensive military knowledge and a savvy mind for business and economic development. Gen. Bockel is exactly the right person for the job and I have full confidence in his ability to excel in his new role and help our military communities grow and prosper.”
Bockel retired from the Army Reserve in 2003 after a 37-year military career, including a tour in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division and the 199th Infantry Brigade. His command positions held include: Commanding General, 90th Regional Support Command; deputy commanding general (IMA) of Army Reserve Command; commander, U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Command; and deputy commanding general of the 311th Theater Signal Command.
Bockel’s civilian career included owning a successful advertising company in Atlanta, as well as being active in numerous business, civic, and military organizations in the city. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Reserve Officers Association in Washington, D.C. Bockel holds a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the University of Alabama, as well as being a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Bockel is married with two children, both of whom are Georgia residents.