Happy Birthday Army: The Army Vets of MOA

Happy Birthday, Army! This year the U.S. Army turns 244. We salute all the soldiers who have ever served in the U.S. Army in any capacity; from soldiers in boot camp to veterans and retired service-members. 

We want to highlight the Army veterans that work at Medals of America and have made an impact on our company, camaraderie, and make everyone’s day a little better!

Celebrating the Army Veterans of MOA

Founder & CEO: A father-son duo

Colonel Frank Foster founded Medals of America alongside his wife, Linda, in 1977. Before he became a published author and started creating shadow boxes and mounted military awards for active duty, veteran troops, and their families, he had an illustrious career in the U.S. Army.

After earning his Bachelor’s from The Citadel, Master’s degree from University of Georgia, then graduated from the Army’s Command and General Staff College, and Army War College. Post-college, Foster was a Battery Commander in Germany and then served in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Foster also served as the Adjutant General of the Central Army Group, 4th Infantry Division, Commandant and Chief of Army’s Adjutant General’s Corps from 1896-1990.


Lee Foster, son of Frank Foster, is the current CEO of Medals of America. Like his father before him, Lee graduated from The Citadel and then quickly joined the Army at the ripe age of 17. He entered the Army as a Private and left as a Captain. During his 15 years he completed Ranger school and served with Infantry and Aviation divisions.


E-Commerce Director & Military Awards Specialist: The powerhouse of MOA

Josh, our E-Commerce Director, has held down many jobs within MOA since he started in 2006. Before his director position, Josh worked in the warehouse, moved his way up to a manager position, then was a Military Awards Specialist before coming over to our digital marketing team.

Josh was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2004. While in the Army Josh was stationed in Fort Riley, Kansas with the 15th Personnel Services Battalion, attached to the 1st Cavalry Division. When deployed to Iraq, he served with the 1st Armored Division as a Unit Supply Specialist. He held the rank of E-4 Specialist.


Rusty, a Military Awards Specialist beloved by all, started at Medals of America in 2009. Before his service at MOA, Rusty served over a decade with the Army. His Army career spanned over a decade

Rusty completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C. in 1979. After basic, he began Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, and then completed the Armor Basic Officer Course at Fort Knox. In 1980 to 1983 Rusty was a Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Company Executive Officer attached to the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, in Tacoma, Washington. After, Rusty was deployed to Erlangen, Germany for three years when he served as a Battalion Adjutant, Tank Company Commander with the 1st Armored Division.

Rusty then became an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Washington & Jefferson College in 1987 to 1991. He then became Executive Officer for Post Commander; NATO’s Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy from 1991 to 1994. Afterwards, Rusty was a Training Detachment Commander in the South Carolina Army National Guard with the 1st Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade from 1994 to 1998.

Thank you for your service!

All the Army veterans at MOA have positively impacted our company with their hard work and determination and skills carried over from their service. We thank our Army vets, and every Army vet for their service.