Published in Baltimore Sun on August 2, 2012
BG(MDDF) Joseph Albert Lettre (he went by Al) retired from the Army Reserve as a Colonel on 17 July 1983 and was appointed the Maryland State Guard (later called the Maryland Defense Force)in 1984 and assigned as the G-5. He then served as G-1. In 1988 he was appointed Commander, 1st Brigade, MDDF and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. He was transferred to the MDDF Retired List on 21 April 1998.
He served on Active Duty in WWII from 1943 to 1946 in enlisted status and served overseas for 19 months in the North Pacific. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserve in February 1950 in the Quartermaster Corps. He was recalled to Active Duty for the Korean War from 1950 to 1952.
For the last 12 years of BG Lettre's Ready Reserve duty he served in various field grade augmentee positions at the Quartermaster School and Ft Lee, VA. His last position following promotion to Colonel was as Deputy Commander (MOBDES) of the Quartermaster Brigade. He was appointed Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Corps.
BG Lettre graduated from the University of Maryland in 1948 with a BS in Business and Management and from Johns Hopkins University in 1959 with a MA in teaching social studies. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in business administration from the National College of Arts and Sciences in 1981.
He completed the Associate QM Officer Advanced Course in 1955, the Associate Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course in 1958, and the Army Command and General Staff College in 1963.
His awards and decorations include: The Army Meritorious Service Medal, Maryland Distinguished Service Cross, Maryland Meritorious Service Medal, Maryland Commendation Medal, The Maryland State Service Ribbon.