Eldon P. Regua is a Major General in the United States Army Reserve and serves as Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff (Wartime – Individual Mobilization Augmentee) for the Eighth Army headquartered in Yongsan, Korea. He is responsible for non-combatant evacuation, and the reception, staging, and onward movement and integration of soldiers and equipment into the Korean peninsula in time of hostilities.
In July 2011, he completed an assignment as Commanding General, 75th Mission Command Training Division in Houston, Texas. As of 2010, he was the senior most active, or reserve, non-retired flag or general officer of Filipino American ethnicity. He is also of Mexican American ethnicity.
MG Regua was born and raised the fourth of seven children in San José. His father Felipe was an agricultural laborer who emigrated from the Philippines in 1929. His mother Evangeline, a Mexican American, was born in El Paso, Texas, and met his father in 1951. Regua’s family eventually settled in the Evergreen District of San José in 1968.
In 1973, MG Regua graduated from Silver Creek High School and was admitted to Santa Clara University, where he participated in the Army ROTC program and graduated in 1977 with a B.S. in Accounting. He went on to earn his Master’s in Business Administration from Chapman University, and a second Master’s in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. All four of his brothers would also go on to earn college degrees.
Following college, MG Regua became a newly commissioned officer in the Air Defense Artillery Branch, serving initially in Giessen, Germany, during the Cold War after his Officer Basic Course at Fort Bliss. He would also work with a tactical evaluation team under Allied Air Forces Central Europe, evaluating allied Improved Hawk units.
Following a stint on active duty, MG Regua joined the Army Reserve and was promoted multiple times while serving in units including the 91st Division (Training Support), 63rd Regional Support Command, and the 104th Division (Institutional Training). He was briefly activated in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during the first half of 2003 and oversaw certification of units heading downrange. This activation also fell under Operation Noble Eagle. His deactivation from active duty, in 2003, was connected to the selection as Chief of Staff and later approval of his promotion to Brigadier General by then President George Bush, to the position of Assistant Division Commander (Operations) as well as Commanding General of the 104th Division from 2007-2008. He has visited in both Iraq and Afghanistan on several occasions.
MG Regua serves on the Board of Advisors of RightStep Services and the Campbell Veterans’ Memorial Foundation. He is a senior fellow at New Westminster College in British Columbia, Canada, and recently served on the Secretary of the Army’s Reserve Forces Policy Committee (ARFPC). His decorations include a Distinguished Service Medal with a silver oak leaf cluster, an Army Commendation Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, a Parachutist Badge, and the Department of the Army Staff Identification Badge.
MG Regua has worked in the Silicon Valley for over 20 years in senior supply chain and procurement management positions for several Fortune 1000 companies. He is married to Cirella Teresa Carey and has five adult children and six grandchildren.