James “Wes” Tribble passed away on June 13th. He was in every sense a citizen. Graduated from the University of Texas, Wes joined the Marines and served in Vietnam with the rank of Major. Following that, Wes joined USAID, serving in Vientiane, Nairobi and Cairo. A highlight with USAID was his direction of the Commodity Import Program in Egypt – a world-class effort with a world-class team and leadership. His family was always with him – Wes always present at his kids’ sports. He also served on school boards – an all round good citizen.
Wes retired in 1981 but kept his hand in on foreign assistance. Wes founded the American Manufacturers Export Group (AMEG), a successful international consulting and technical services company. It has had contracts with WHO, IITA, Population Council, USAID/Egypt, US Treasury and US Army. Wes was a member of AFSA, the National Eagle Scout Association, the American Legion, the Marine Corps League and Masons.
Missed, but hardly forgotten.