Castellum, Inc. announces that retired United States Army Lt. Gen. Bernard (Bernie) Champoux has joined the company’s advisory board. Castellum’s advisory board includes experienced business leaders and senior cybersecurity/information technology (IT) executives with business, government, and technical expertise to help drive business growth.
“Castellum continues to be focused on growth with an integral part of growth coming from having access to an advisory board that makes meaningful contributions,” said Mark Fuller, president and CEO of Castellum. “Bernie brings exceptional leadership experience in the military and a multinational company in the defense industry. This experience will foster our continued and sustained growth.
Bernie Champoux joined Hanwha Defense in May 2017, where he trained and led their business set-up in the United States and Americas for four years before moving into government relations in May 2021. Prior to Hanwha, he consulted for Lockheed Martin, L3Harris, CENTRA Technology, Analytical Services (ANSER) and the Defense Science Board. He is the founding director of the Korea Defense Veterans Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, and vice president of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.
Bernie served nearly 39 years in the U.S. Army, Platoon Commander in the Army Field in Light, Mechanized, and Motorized Infantry, with multiple tours in the U.S. Army Rangers and numerous operational deployments, including more than three years in combat. He led the 25th Infantry Division as the last division headquarters in Iraq during Operation New Dawn.
Bernie was the Executive Officer to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Southern Command and Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as both Deputy and Chief of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Army.
Following in the footsteps of his father who served as a company commander in the Korean War, Bernie served nearly four years in the Republic of Korea. He completed his tour of duty as Commander of the Eighth Army while simultaneously serving as Chief of Staff of United Nations Command, ROK-US Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea. He was awarded the Gukseon Medal, the National Order of Merit from the Government of the Republic of Korea, and the Distinguished Service Medal from the Ministry of Defense for contributing to the ROK-US alliance.
Bernie received his BA from Saint Anselm College and is a graduate of the US Army War College and the Army Strategic Leader Development Program.