MAJ John R. Abella, US Army
Vice President of Mentorship, PPALM
MAJ John Abella is a native of Anaheim, California and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps in 2004 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps, Niagara University, New York. His initial assignment was as a Platoon Leader in the 602nd Aviation Support Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea in 2005.
Later assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, MAJ Abella served as the Support Operations Transportation Officer, Battalion S4, and Distribution Company Commander (Alpha Company) for the 122nd Aviation Support Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. MAJ Abella Deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan in 2006 and 2008.
Upon graduation of the Captains Career Course at Fort Lee, Virginia, MAJ Abella was selected for the Eisenhower Leader Development Program at West Point, NY. His next assignments were as a Company Tactical Officer (Company I2) and Brigade S4, United States Corps of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy. Following Command and General Staff College, MAJ Abella completed key developmental time as the 3ID Division Transportation Officer/USFOR-A J-4 Mobility Chief forward deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedoms Sentinel and the 3ID Sustainment Brigade Operations Officer (BDE S3) at Fort Stewart, GA. MAJ Abella most recently served as the Executive Officer to the 29th Chief of Transportation, Fort Lee, VA.
MAJ Abella is a graduate of the Transportation Officer Basic Course, Petroleum Officer Course, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Airborne, resident Command and General Staff College and the Eisenhower Leader Development Program. MAJ Abella holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Niagara University, New York and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, New York. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medals (4), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievements Medals (2).
MAJ Abella is married to his wife Dana from Buffalo, New York and has one son, Nathan (5), and
two daughters, Lexi (3) and Brynn (3 mo). MAJ Abella is an avid tennis player and enjoys the