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Lettie Bien

Virginia Ambassador

Name:  Lettie J. Bien

Hometown:  Charlottesville

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Business Position: President of Martial Venue, Inc.

Civilian Education: Florida State University- BS; Webster University - MA; University of Miami School of Law- JD

Organizations/Clubs/Philanthropies:  Bar of Florida; Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce; University of Virginia Rotunda Society; Women for Women International, FSU Varsity Club, University of Miami Hurricane Club, Women’s Alliance for a Democratic Iraq, Mount Sinai Medical Center Founder’s & Society Member, Association of US Army, Reserve Officers Association, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Women’s Army Corps (Chapter 13), Civil Affairs Association, 82nd Airborne Division Association, West Point Society of South Florida, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Jewish War Veterans, and American Legion Post 1827.

Civilian Honors:  Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal; FSU College of Social Science & Public Policy 2011-2012 Distinguished Alumna; Miami Dade County “Dade Days” Colonel Lettie Bien Freedom Award; Red Cross Spectrum Ambassador Award, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Volunteer Service to the Military Award; World Trade Center, Miami International Women’s Day Award; American Academy of University Women “SHERO” Award, Miami Today Gold Medal Award, Jewish Museum of Florida “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Award, North Miami Senior High School Sports Hall of Fame induction

Military Retirement Rank and Date, Service and Key Positions:  Retired as Colonel, 01 January 2007. Key positions include Assistant Inspector General, 82nd Airborne Division; Battalion Commander, 431st Civil Affairs Battalion

Name of Spouse and Children:  Spouse: Dr. David E. Schmitt, a medical doctor. Daughter, Maggie, that lives in Madrid, Spain with her husband and my grandson, Samuel.

Army Reserve Ambassador Lettie Joy Bien is President of Martial Venue, Inc., a business consulting firm. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from University of Miami School of Law. A retired reserve Colonel, she served in many positions including Battalion Command and Relocation Director of the US Southern Command in its move from the Republic of Panama to the US.