Manteca resident and retired Army Major General Eldon P. Regua has been selected by President Trump to serve as the United States’ representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
In diplomatic lingo formalized by the 1961 Congress of Vienna, that means Regua will serve as the head of the mission as the president’s personal representative.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising of 10 countries in Southeast Asia, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration among its members and other countries in Asia.
ASEAN maintains a global network of alliances and dialogue partners and is considered by many as a global powerhouse, the central union for cooperation in Asia-Pacific, and a prominent and influential organization.
Regua served in the United States Army and the Army Reserve for 36 years before his retirement in 2013. Regua last served as Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff (Wartime) for the United States Eighth Army headquartered in Seoul, Korea. Prior to that, he was the Commanding General of the 75th Training Division of the United States Army Reserve in Houston, Texas. He also served as the Chief of Staff, Assistant Division Commander and then Commanding General of the 104th Training Division in Vancouver, Washington.
Regua currently serves as vice president of Next Step Technology headquartered in Springfield, Virginia.
Regua was born and raised in San Jose. Growing up he worked picking prunes, walnuts, green beans and apricots. The 1973 graduate of Silver Creek High School completed a Bachelors’ of Science in Commerce at Santa Clara University where he was part of the Army ROTC. He earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Chapman University and a Master in Strategic Studies Degree from the United States Army War College.
The 65-year-old Regua is an avid runner who has competed in marathons.
Regua is also a Christian speaker versed in leadership, success, and team building.