Governor-Elect Bobby Jindal Announces Leads for Veterans Transition Advisory Council

BATON ROUGE - Monday, Governor-Elect Bobby Jindal announced that Brigadier General George P. Cole will serve as the chair for his Veterans Transition Advisory Council and Major Ken Bourgeois of Shreveport will serve as vice chair.

The Veterans Transition Advisory Council will conduct public hearings to collect testimony and make recommendations to Governor-Elect Jindal on veterans' issues. The council leaders will also review candidates for the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs and make recommendations to Jindal on the candidates.

Brigadier General George P. Cole, Jr. retired from the Air Force after commanding the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base for 15 years. Cole flew AC-47 gunships during the Vietnam War, served at Howard Air Force Base in the Canal Zone, and was later selected for a one-year tour at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as part of the Air Staff Training Program. After completing B-52 combat crew training, Cole was assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana as an aircraft commander. Cole also previously served as executive secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense. He has a bachelor's of science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master's degree in military history from the University of Alabama.

Major Ken Bourgeois USMC (Ret.) of Shreveport is a retired major from the Marines Corps who served in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in September l951, during operation in Korea while serving as an infantry platoon sergeant. Bougeois served in Okinawa, Japan and the Republic of Vietnam. Bourgeois currently serves as the commander in the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Northwest Louisiana.