OL Armando “Mandy” Jr., Lopez, USA (Ret)

COL Armando “Mandy” Jr., Lopez, USA (Ret)

Vice President, Tex-Shield, Inc.

Mandy joined the senior management team of Tex-Shield, Inc. in October of 2005 as Vice President and was selected to the Board of Directors in 2012.  Tex-Shield is the exclusive U.S. licensee of the unique SARATOGA® chemical warfare protective technology, the most trusted name in chemical protective textiles and garments in the world.  Mandy is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

Additionally, he is Chairman Emeritus of the NDIA’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Division; President of the Lieutenant General Thomas W. Spoehr Chapter of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Regimental Association; Chairman Emeritus of the Washington D.C. based Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Industry Group; and is a previous member of the NDIA Executive Board of Directors for Homeland Security and Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict Divisions. He was also on the Board of Trustees of the Howard Road Academy, Washington D.C. Charter school during 2003 and 2004.

Born in Cuba, Mandy grew up in Miami, Florida, and received his military commission through the ROTC program at Stetson University in Deland, Florida on May 1979.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stetson.  He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Army Command and the General Staff College.  Mandy achieved a Master of Administration degree in Procurement Management from Webster University, St Louis, Missouri, in 1992 and earned a Master of Science degree in National Strategic Studies from the National War College, National Defense University, Washington DC, in 2002.  He is fluent in Spanish.

Mandy retired at the rank of Full Colonel after a rewarding military career spanning over 26 years of active duty in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps.  He actively supported Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm as member of the Army Operation Center Crises Action Team (CAT) in Pentagon operations.  His last assignment on active duty was the Director of the CBRN Defense Directorate of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency with the mission to protect the Pentagon from a CBRN warfare attack in support of the Global War on Terrorism.  During the same period, he held additional positions as member of the Federal Planning Committee of the Department of Homeland Security and Chairman of the CBRNE Defense Standardization Working Group of the same committee.  Mandy has commanded at all levels and has extensive experience as a military policy and strategic planner in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for Policy, The Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Headquarters, Department of the Army.  He also has extensive experience in conventional and chemical munitions, surety, safety and security operations.  He deployed twice and was part of the leadership group at the first U.S. Chemical Warfare Agent Demilitarization Plant at Johnston Island, Pacific.

His awards and commendations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.  He was awarded the Army, Joint Staff, and OSD badges. He is a Distinguished Member of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and has been awarded the Order of the Dragon and Ancient Order of the Dragon. He also has been honored with the coveted NDIA Gold Coin Award.

Mandy is married to the former Martha Isabel Veiga, a retired special education educator.  They have two daughters, a son-in-law and two beautiful granddaughters – Liana Elizabeth and Audra Elizabeth. Marie and her husband Matt Wallach, both hold an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and graduate degrees from Columbia University and Hunter University, respectively. Martha, the youngest daughter, earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Notre Dame of Maryland University.