Very early in the process of creating the Honor Bell it was imperative to have the support of the National Cemetery Administration and Fort Logan National Cemetery. We met Major General (ret) Steve Best in 2015 and he has been an enthusiastic champion of our mission ever since.
Best was appointed Executive Director of NCA-Continental District in Denver, Colorado in 2013, after completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. While at DHS he served in senior leadership positions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration. Mr. Best retired from the U.S. Army in July 2011 as a Major General with 35 years of combined active duty and Army Reserve service. Recalled to active duty in 2002, he led the Army's only Battle Command Training Division where he was responsible for predeployment training and operational validation of over 1,500 units slated to deploy to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other theaters of operation. Mr. Best also provided critical command and control resources and support during rescue and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Best has also had a highly successful corporate training career of over 15 years, directing leadership, management, and sales training in the banking, specialty chemical and industrial equipment rental industries. Mr. Best earned a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1976, and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago in 1985. He also graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1999.
General Best has just retired as Director of the National Cemetery Administration's Continental District. We extend our sincere gratitude for Steve’s friendship and the many efforts he has undertaken on our behalf since we began planning to offer Bell Honors at Fort Logan. He has not only endorsed the Honor Bell’s mission, but has been present for several milestones in our history. We wish him happiness for this next chapter, but we know this is not goodbye.