General (Ret.) Harris Kline served numerous tours throughout the world in support of the Air Force and was the first JAG Reservist to serve as Head of the Legal Office at both our embassy in Canberra, Australia and Payar Lebar AB, Singapore.
While on active duty, Gen. Kline helped close Clark AB under pressure from a live volcano and personally practiced before Filipino judges, securing the release of 63 U.S. servicemen on international hold – for which he won the ABA’s Distinguished Service Award. He was also instrumental in planning the first International Latin American Conference in Panama, attended by dignitaries from over 15 nations.
Among his many accomplishments as a Reservist, Gen. Kline created, established and supervised the first program geared to support of families of deployed reservists; which was adopted by the Army and Navy as well. Called overseas to support Operation Joint Endeavor, he saved the U.S. government over $1 million by resolving a contract dispute with German hotels over the bed down of contingency forces and was a key in establishing humanitarian efforts for Bosnian chiuldren.
Gen. Kline spearheaded the legal effort to repatriate 1,900 evacuees from Lebanon in the wake of hostilities and provided legal support to the massive tsunami relief efforts in Thailand. In Alaska, he flawlessly led the commander thru real world NORAD crisis response to Russian bombers in US airspace.
In Turkey, he secured the release of an airman stubbornly held in Turkish prison – earning high praises from the Secretary of Defense. During his last two years in the Air Force, he was selected by the United Nations to lead a team into the Congo to teach the Rule of Law to their national armed forces and did so in their native French. Gen. Kline also works as a translator for United Airlines and is based out of Newark Airport. He is married to the former Trudy Schonfeld, Head of Finance for a major Wall Street firm.
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