Jean Sauvageot


Jean Sauvageot

Colonel Jean Andre Sauvageot was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class OCS 2-5, 14 April 1959. His first duty assignment began July 1959, as Company Officer, Company D, 18th Battalion, 5th Training Regiment, U.S. Army Training Command, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Training Officer Instructor, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 5th Training Regiment, United States Army Training Command, Fort Jackson, SC; Courts & Boards Officer, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 5th Training Regiment, United States Army Training Command, Fort Jackson, SC; Company Commander, Company B, 5th Battalion, 5th Training Regiment, United States Army Training Command, Fort Jackson, SC; Rifle Company Exec Officer, Company A, 1st Battle Group, 11th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Benning, GA; Platoon Leader, Company A, 1st Battle Group, 11th Infantry, 2d Division, Fort Benning, GA; Executive Officer, Company A, 1st Battle Group, 11th Infantry, 2d Division, Fort Benning, GA; Company Commander, Company A, 1st Battle Group, 38th Infantry, 2d Infantry Division, Fort Benning, GA; Executive Officer, Combat Support Company, 1st Battle Group, 38th Infantry, 2d Infantry Division, APO 1034 New York, New York (assigned to Germany for 6 month Rotaplan i.e. a 6 month deployment from Fort Benning as a Battle Group exchanging locations with the 26 Infantry Blue Spaders which rotated to Fort Benning, Georgia for a period of 6 months), New York, NY; Subsector (District Advisor), Military Assistant Comannd, Tan Hiep Village, Ben Tranh District, Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam; Assitant Subsector Advisor, Tan Hiep Village, Ben Tranh District, Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam; Rural Hamlet Survey Officer, Military Assistant Command Vietnam, initially worked in various districts, villages in Long An Province and later in Dinh Tuong Province, Long An Province and Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam; Operations Officer, Military Assistant Command, Representative on the United States Cadre Advisory Team, Vung Tau, South Vietnam; Field Representative, Special Activities Division, Revolutionary Development Support Directorate, Headquarters, Military Assistance Command with duty stations as the National Training Center located near Vung Tau, Vung Tau, South Vietnam; Field Representative, Military Assistance Command and advisor to the Senior Advisor to the National Training Center, Vung Tau, South Vietnam; Plans Officer, Military Assistance Command Vietnam and Civil Operations and Rural Development Support (CORDS) and Liasion Officer to the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) duty station in the Prime Minister's office, Saigon, Vietnam; Special Assistant to Director, CORDS, Liaison Officer to Office of the Prime Minister, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam, Saigon, Vietnam; Author-Instructor, Dept. Of Stratey, Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS; Chief Delegation Interpreter, for Chief, U.S. Delegation to the Four Party Joint Military Commission which met for 60 days (28 January - 28 March 1973) after the Paris Agreement was signed in order to implement the Paris Agreement to end the war, Saigon, Vietnam; Military College Faculty Member, Command & General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS; Associate Director, Department of Health, Education & Welfare (HEW) Refugee Assistance Task Force & Chief Indochina Mutual Assistance Division, Washington, D.C.; Staff Officer, Security Assistance Division, Offfice of Deput Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army- Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Political-Military Advisor, Bureau of East Asian & Pacific Affairs- State Department, Washington, D.C. | His military awards include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (2Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal with V Device, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Service Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Overseas Service Bar (15), National Order Medal Vietnam, Knight or Fifth Class, Republic of Vietnam Revolutionary Development Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm. General Orders No. 114, 29 January 1965, Headquarters United States Military, Assistance Command, Vietnam MACV reads as follows:  AWARD OF AIR MEDAL - TC 320. The following AWARD is announced. Sauvageot, Jean A. 091378 CAPT INF USA Awarded: Air Medal with “V” Device Date action: 22 November 1964 Theater Republic of Vietnam.  Reason: “For heroism while participating in aerial flight: Captain Sauvageot distinguished himself by heroic action on 22 November 1964, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date, Captain Sauvageot was serving as assistant advisor to Ben Tranh Sub-Sector, Republic of Vietnam. Flying as an aerial observer and directing air cover, Captain Sauvageot reconnoitered the area of operation for regular and paramilitary Republic of Vietnam forces enroute to an isolated outpost. Although wounded as the aircraft drew ground fire, Captain Sauvageot continued his mission of reporting locations of the Viet Cong forces until ordered back to base for medical attention. As a result of his calm and heroic action, friendly forces were able to reach the isolated outpost without suffering casualties. Captain Sauvageot’s professionalism and exemplary devotion to duty while under fire reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army.”  -- Signed by Richard G. Stillwell, Major General, USA, Chief of Staff; **Purple Heart awarded: “For wounds received in action in the Republic of Vietnam, on 22 November 1964” (same incident as the Air Medal with “V” Device). | POST RETIREMENT CIVILIAN OCCUPATIONS (March 1984 to Present): 1984-1988- Manager, International Programs, Northop Corporation.  Helped achieve marketing objectives in Asia/Pacific. Based in Washington, D.C. office with travel to region. Worked with Northrop customers in the region and U.S. Government in Washington. Territory included Japan, ROK, China, Taiwan, Australia/New Zealand and all Asian countries. While in this position, studied Japanese Business practices in Japan as a guest of the Japanese Government and authored Chapter 11, “Vietnam, Defense expenditure and Threat Perception: Defending Communist Indochina” published in “Defense Spending in Southeast Asia” by the “Institute of Southeast Asian Studies” In Singapore, Copyright, 1987. (1 March 1984 to 13 May 1988), Arlington, Virginia; May 1988 to October 1988 - Bicycle messenger, Messenger Express; Entailed a 35 kilometer ride from home (Reston, VA) before picking up the first dispatch at the Messenger Express office on 15th Street, N.W. in D.C. Radio dispatched (Got a few breaks from the messenger routine by maintaining an on-call Consulting Contract with Northrop and occasional job interviews for either political or business jobs). Washington, D.C.; 1988-1989, Assistant, Regional Political-Military Affairs, East Asia & Pacific, Department of Defense; ;Political Appointment arranged by Secretary of Defense to work for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Richard Armitage; Assisted with transition from Reagan to Bush Administration on matters relating to Defense/security issues; Many tough issues (e.g., co-production of fighter aircraft with Japan, “burden sharing” with Japan) in a time when new Administration had difficulty confirming a new Secretary of Defense; (October 1988 to September 1989)  Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; 1989- 1991 Special Assistant to the US Ambassador (in Thailand) for Indochina Affairs. Political  appointment requested by Ambassador Daniel O’Donohue in Bangkok, and supported  by President Reagans’ Special Emissary  for MIA/POW Affairs, General John W. Vessey. Jr. U.S. Army retired. Did political/economic analysis of Vietnam for the State Department. Frequent travel to Hanoi during period, consulting  and interpreting for Congressional and Executive  Branch delegations  visiting Hanoi. (1 October 1989 to 30 September 1991); 1991-1992  Regional Advisor for Comprehensive Plan of Acton(CAP)for the State Department , based in Bangkok, as a contract employee having separated from the foreign service after termination of two year political appointment. Mission was to encourage voluntary repatriation of “boat people”(asylum seekers) back to Vietnam .  Traveled continuously to the refugee camps in Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to meet directly with  thousands of Vietnamese asylum seekers and explain both US and Vietnamese policies(1) The US and other signatories to the “Comprehensive Plan of Action” would no longer accept Vietnamese “boat people” for resettlement who were determined to not meet the criteria for political refugees as defined by the 1951 UN Convention on refugees; (2) Vietnam’s humanitarian policy and efforts to assist returnees to reintegrate into their homeland. Received strong support from Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Labor, Social Welfare & War Invalids and Ministry of Interior. (1 October 1991 to 30 November 1992); 1992- 2003- National Executive/Chief Representative, General Electric (GE) International, Inc., Vietnam. | In 1993, (initially as GE’s sole employee in Vietnam) established GE Representative Office in Hanoi and a branch in Ho Chi Minh City as GE’s representative, spoke to Congressional delegations and members of the Executive Branch concerning the convergence of legitimate U.S. Government and U.S. business interests in lifting the Trade Embargo against Vietnam. After President Clinton lifted the Trade Embargo (3 February 1994 played a key role in opening markets for GE products, especially in competitive bidding for infrastructure projects. Played key role in capturing market for GE Aircraft engines for the Vietnam Airlines, aircraft leasing to the same airline and winning bids to provide GE power equipment (gas turbines, stream turbines, generators) for Pha Lai 2 thermal power plant, Phu My 2.2 combined cycle plant and Ham Thuan Hydro plant. From 1997 to 2002, authored and provided GE’s Testimony to the House Ways & Means Sub-committee on Trade supporting the President’s decision to waive the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, thereby making Vietnam eligible to borrow money from the U.S. Eximbank. Total time with GE: 1 December 1992 to 30 April 2003. | February 2004-2 May 2006 - Senior Advisor to Oracle Vietnam.  Provided Oracle with “marketing support” to assist the company in winning bidding competitions to provide the IT solutions and software for projects in Vietnam. The customers may be either Vietnamese Governmental agencies, state owned or private enterprises. | At the time of his induction, he was serving as Director, U.S. & Vietnam Market, AIAK MALAYSIA SDN BHD. Company headquarters is in Kuala Lumpur, but his mission requires dividing time between Hanoi, Vietnam and Washington, D.C. Independent Contractor -- Assist American or foreign companies to do business in Vietnam or assist Vietnamese companies in doing business in the United States or other Countries. Senior Advisor to Fontheim International, LLC.  Responsible to assist such Fontheim clients as may request assistance to do business in Vietnam or to introduce prospective clients interested in obtaining assistance with a Vietnam market. Washington, D.C. -- Senior Advisor to U.S. Vietnam Trade Council. Member- U.S.- ASEAN Business Council. Member- American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (Hanoi Chapter). Member “Contributing Friend” of the “United States- Indonesia Society) (USINDO). Washington, D.C. Is a graduate of Ohio University, (1952-1956) BA degree, Dean’s List, over 3.0 average, Major in Philosophy—minor in English. Athens, Ohio.

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Graduated From
Fort Benning, Georgia
Key Assignment
Training Officer Instructor, Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 5th Training Regiment, United States Army Training Command, Fort Jackson, SC
Highest Award
Legion of Merit
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Year Inducted
Branch Of Service

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