Moving On
New SFTT board well equipped to raise awareness and support for America’s frontline soldiers
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Jan 19, 2009 - 10:58 AM

Fred Tanne
Eilhys England, Chairperson of SFTT Foundation, is pleased to announce that Mt. Kisco resident Fred Tanne, P.C., a senior corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has been elected President of SFTT Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation based in Greenwich, CT. A senior corporate partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Fred Tanne brings to SFTT the benefit of his extensive experience in supporting and advising major non-profit and charitable organizations. Over three years after the passing of Col. David Hackworth, his legacy foundation continues his life work of safeguarding the troops at the end of spear

Mr. Tanne has been a partner of Kirkland & Ellis LLP since 1991. He is a member of the 15?person Firmwide Management Committee, the New York office Management Committee and is a founder of the New York office. He has concentrated his practice on structuring and negotiating complex business transactions for private equity clients, including domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations, going private transactions, spinoffs, formation of private equity funds, venture and growth capital investments, debt and equity financings, and restructurings and workouts, handling transactions which range in size from several million dollars to over $1 billion.

Mr. Tanne has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America as one of the premier practitioners in the Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law practice area. A resident of Mt. Kisco, NY, he is a graduate of Emory University where he earned a J.D., with Distinction and of Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communications.

Three other officers have also been named to the SFTT Board. Bob Evans is SFTT Board Vice President. Previously on the SFTT Advisory Board, Bob is national market manager for 3M in its Washington, DC office. The son of a career Army Officer, Bob served as a division artillery aviation officer, artillery battery executive officer and troop commander at Fort Hood, Texas. Bob is president of the prestigious National Order of Battlefield Commissions. It counts Audie Murphy and the late SFTT founder David Hackworth among its 1000 by invitation only members.

LTCOL Gary R. Stahlhut, USA Army Reserve, a SFTT Board Director, has been tapped as the Board Secretary. During Lt Col. Stahlhut’s 31 year career, from private to Lieutenant Colonel, he has held various positions and assignments in Infantry, Armor and Military Intelligence. His combat experience includes the 1991 Persian Gulf War with 3 campaign stars, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His last assignment in Iraq was an Intelligence Advisor to an Iraqi Army Counter-Insurgency Brigade. He is presently assigned in the NYC area in support of Operation Noble Eagle (Homeland Defense).

Roger Charles, SFTT Vice Chairman has also assumed the additional post of SFTT Treasurer. Roger Charles is a Peabody award winning investigative journalist who’s been singled out for recognition for his coverage of the Oklahoma City bombings for ABC News and CBS 60 Minutes II – Abuse at Abu Ghraib - to mention just two. At SFTT, he was also the driving force behind the May 2007 NBC Nightly News, Dateline and MSNBC investigative reports by Lisa Myers on inferior body armor. Combined with Roger and Eilhys’ reaching out to US Senators, it resulted in a call for Congressional Hearings and further independent testing. An Annapolis graduate, Roger Charles is a retired USMC Lt. Col. who commanded an infantry platoon in I Corps during the Vietnam War.

SFTT ( is a non-partisan apolitical organization chaired by Eilhys England, a Greenwich resident who co-founded the organization with her late husband Col. David Hackworth, America’s most valor-decorated soldier. SFTT is unique in its mission and uniquely qualified to carry out its mission to give a voice to our troops. Through its webzine Defense Watch ( , its Basic Five Campaign, and newest initiative Families For The Troops (, SFTT provides a platform and voice for the brave men and women defending us on the frontlines, by educating the public and policy makers in Washington D.C. on the need to send our country’s brave warriors off with the best available equipment, training and leadership to make it home alive.

For information on SFTT, visit the foundation’s website at or phone 203--629-0288.

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