Honorary Committee

Honorary Committee members support our mission and goals by endorsing and participating in various Legacies of War activities.

Douglas A. Hartwick, Ambassador (retired)

Douglas Hartwick served as U.S. Ambassador to Laos from 2001 to 2004. He entered the Foreign Service in 1977 and, among other posts, served as Director of the Tsunami Reconstruction Task Force, Senior Advisor to the Director General of the Foreign Service, and Director of the Office of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore Affairs. Hartwick received a B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary and Master’s Degrees in economics from Washington State University, in applied economics from Stanford University, and in national security strategy from the National War College.

Charles B. Salmon, Jr., Ambassador (retired)

Ambassador Charlie Salmon served as U.S. Ambassador to Laos from 1989 to 1993. He is currently an advisor to the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies on U.S. foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific and India. He served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command beginning in August 1993 until he retired from the Department of State in 1996. Salmon’s early years in the Department of State included work as a political officer in Manila and as the Director of the Office of Human Rights. Salmon, who received a B.A. in history from Fordham University and an M.A. in history from Columbia University, is a graduate of the National War College, and spent two years as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Philip C. Wilcox, Jr., Ambassador (retired)

Ambassador Philip Wilcox served as Press Attache in Vientiane, Laos early in his Foreign Service career. He is currently President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, which is working for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Wilcox entered the Foreign Service in 1966 and, among other posts, served as Politics and Economic/Commercial Officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, Chief of the Economic/Commercial Section in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Chief of Mission and U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem. Following his retirement from the Foreign Service, Wilcox was appointed to a State Department Accountability Review Board chaired by Admiral William Crowe (Ret.) responsible for examining the 1998 terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Wilcox is a graduate of Williams College, the National War College, and Stanford Law School.