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Colonel Kyle D. Campbell serves as Commander of Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Colonel Campbell is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Previous command assignments include Heidelberg Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC) in Heidelberg, Germany; 421st Medical Evacuation Battalion in Wiesbaden, Germany; 498th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) at Fort Benning, Georgia; and, Medical Company for the MEDDAC, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Other assignments include Chief of Staff, Southern Regional Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Deputy Commander for Administration, MEDDAC, Fort Benning, Georgia; Deputy Chief of Staff, Europe Regional Medical Command, Heidelberg, Germany; Deputy Commander for Administration, Rodriquez Army Health Clinic, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; S-3 for the 52nd Medical Evacuation Battalion, Yongsan, Republic of Korea; Operations Officer, 377th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Camp Humphries, Republic of Korea; and Flight Platoon Leader, 3/498th Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Stewart, Georgia. Prior to Flight School and branch transfer to the Medical Service Corps, Colonel Campbell served as an Army Nurse with duty at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. and Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.
Colonel Campbell is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, Command and General Staff College and Senior Service College. He has earned Master’s Degrees in Administration from Central Michigan University, in Health Administration from Baylor University, and in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
During his Baylor administrative residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, Colonel Campbell served as the Executive Officer and Co-Author of the Combat Trauma Surgical Training Project at Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, Texas. The success of this project led to the creation of the Army Trauma Training Center.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6 OLC), Air Medal with device number 2, Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 OLC) and a variety of service and campaign medals including the Meritorious Unit Commendation. He also earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, Senior Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge. Foreign awards include the German Schutzenschnur and German Armed Forces Military Proficiency Badge “Leistungsabzeichen”, both in Gold.
Other honors include the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator, Order of Military Medical Merit, Order of Saint Michael Bronze Award, Federal Excellence in Healthcare Leadership Award, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Governor’s and Regent’s Awards for Distinguished Service, ACHE Exemplary Service Award, and full membership in Upsilon Phi Delta National Honor Society in Health Administration.
Colonel Campbell recently completed his term on the Board of Governors for the 44,000 member American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Previously, he served as Regent-at-Large of District Six and as President of the Network of Overseas Healthcare Executives. He remains active and serves on two ACHE committees. His other professional memberships include the Association of the United States Army, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Army Aviation Association of America, Military Officers Association of America and he is a Life Member of the DUSTOFF Association.
Colonel Campbell has authored numerous professional articles in military and civilian journals including The U.S. Army Medical Department Journal, Army Logistician, and The Journal of Surgical Research.
Colonel Campbell and his wife, Lori, are blessed with two teenage children; their daughter Kali and son Colin.
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Col. Kent Dalton is the Commander of the 369th Recruiting Group, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. His area of responsibility includes eight Health Professions regional flights, eight enlisted accessions squadrons including 20 Military Entrance Processing Stations, 427 geographically separated recruiting offices, a $13 million annual budget, and over 900 active duty and civilian personnel dispersed throughout 17 states covering more than 1.2 million square miles including the Caribbean.
Col. Dalton entered the Air Force through the Air Force ROTC program at Ohio State University in 1988. A graduate of Undergraduate Missile Training and the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System Site II Crew Commander/Crew Chief Training Course, he has held numerous missile crew, spacelift, missile warning, surveillance, instructor, evaluator, and key wing and headquarters-level staff positions. He commanded the 338th Recruiting Squadron at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio where the squadron garnered recognition as the number one of seven recruiting squadrons in the 367th Recruiting Group and number two of 27 recruiting squadrons in Air Force Recruiting Service, fiscal year 2008. Prior to his arrival at Randolph AFB, he was the Deputy Chief, Space Force Development and Training Division, Directorate of Cyber and Space Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters United States Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
Col. Dalton assumed his present position in June 2011.
1988 Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio
1993 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2000 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2002 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, in residence, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Air War College, by correspondence
2007 Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, in residence, Naval Station Newport, Newport, R.I.
1. March 1989 – July 1989, Student, Minuteman II Initial Qualification Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
2. August 1989 – July 1995, Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander, Evaluator Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander, Missile Combat Crew Commander, Instructor Missile Combat Crew Commander, Chief, Materials Section, Emergency War Order Instructor, 12th Strategic Missile Squadron, 341st Strategic Missile Wing, 341st Operational Support Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
3. July 1995 – May 1999, Range Control Officer, Range Operations Commander, Line Instructor, Flight Commander, 30th Range Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
4. June 1999 – June 2000, Missile Warning Crew Commander and Chief, Standardization and Evaluation Section, 13th Missile Warning Squadron, Clear AS, Alaska.
5. June 2000 – July 2001, Space and Missile Assignments Officer, and Chief, Space and Missile Assignments Section, Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph AFB, Texas.
6. August 2001 – June 2002, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. June 2002 – June 2006, Command Lead, Future Technology Programs, Directorate of Requirements; Action Officer and Deputy Director, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
8. July 2006 – June 2007, Student, Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, Newport R.I.
9. July 2007 – July 2009, Commander, 338th Recruiting Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
10. August 2009 – June 2010, Deputy Chief, Space Force Development and Training Division, Directorate of Cyber and Space Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters USAF, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
11. July 2010 – June 2011, Chief, Plans and Resources Division, Headquarters, Air Force Recruiting Service, Randolph AFB, Texas.
12. June 2011-current, Commander of the 369th Recruiting Group, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
Space Professional Level III, Command Space Badge
Senior Missile Operations Badge
Experience: nuclear operations, spacelift, missile warning, space surveillance
ICBM: Minuteman II, Minuteman III
Booster: Delta II, Titan II, Titan IV, Pegasus, Taurus
Warning: Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, Site II
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal with Service Star
30th Operations Group Company Grade Officer of the Year, 1996
30th Space Wing Spacelift Operations Team of the Year, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Air Force Association’s Best Space Operations Crew of the Year Award, 1996, 1998
Los Angeles Distinguished Public Service Award for Exceptional Accomplishments in Space Operations, 1999
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 28, 1988
First Lieutenant Nov. 28, 1990
Captain Nov. 28, 1992
Major May 1, 2000
Lieutenant Colonel Apr. 1, 2005
Colonel Jul. 1, 2010
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Brigadier General Kirk F. Vollmecke assumed command of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on March 28, 2012. The MICC, a subordinate command to the U.S. Army Contracting Command, provides contracting support for the warfighter through more than 1,300 soldiers and Army civilians at 40 installation contracting offices located throughout the nation. Known for premiere and timely contracting support, practices and oversight, the MICC provides Army commands, installations and activities with responsive contracting solutions and oversight.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1984 through ROTC as a distinguished military graduate of the Centre College of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Management. Brigadier General Vollmecke graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1992 where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Management with a concentration in Acquisition and Contracting Management. He is a 1999 graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College where he was awarded the first Hite Acquisition Award for Excellence. In 2004, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Brigadier General Vollmecke is Acquisition Level III certified in Contracting and Program Management. He is a Certified Professional Contract Manager and a member of the National Contract Management Association.
Brigadier General Vollmecke’s acquisition assignments include director for contracting and the deputy to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology; Capabilities and Acquisition Division chief for the J-8/Joint Staff; commander, Defense Contract Management Agency Iraq/Afghanistan; Senior Headquarters Department of the Army systems analyst for the Future Combat Systems (Brigade Combat Team) Program and Assistant Secretary of the Army AL&T; commander of the DCMA Boeing Philadelphia Plant; program analyst for the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army for Programs, Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate; assistant product manager M2/M3 for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Systems Project Office; a contingency contracting officer assigned to the U.S. Army Forces Central Command-Saudi Arabia; and a weapon system procuring contracting officer assigned to the Army Materiel Command’s Communications-Electronics Command. Prior to joining the Army Acquisition Corps in 1991, he served in a variety of infantry command and staff positions.
Brigadier General Vollmecke’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal with four oak clusters. He is also authorized to wear the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Airborne Badge and Ranger Tab.
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Colonel Marc F. Stratton is the Commandant, Inter-American Air Forces Academy, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He is responsible for providing technical and military education training, primarily in Spanish, for more than 900 students annually to military forces and governmental agencies of 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries. IAAFA consists of 101 personnel in the 318 TRS, 837 TRS and Student Support Operations.
IAAFA’s curriculum includes more than 36 courses in aircraft and helicopter maintenance, intelligence, air base defense, information systems, logistics, International SOS and NCO PME, flight operations and Search and Rescue. The sole USAF security assistance institution of its kind, IAAFA’s facilities are also located at Kelly USA and Camp Bullis.
Colonel Stratton received his commission as a ROTC Distinguished Graduate. He served as Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group where he was responsible for organizing, training, equipping, and employing approximately 900 active duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and civilian Special Tactics special operations forces worldwide.
He has served as a Tactical Team Leader, Operations Officer, Director of Operations, and Special Tactics Squadron and Group Commander. He also served on the Air Staff. He has led Special Tactics and Combat Control forces conducting humanitarian assistance and combat operations during Operations SEA ANGEL, FIERY VIGIL, JOINT ENDEAVOR, as well as multiple tours of duty in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Prior to his current assignment, Col Stratton was the Chief, Security Cooperation Officer and U.S. Defense Representative to the Ambassador, United States Embassy, Santiago, Chile. He was responsible for developing and implementing U.S. Cooperative Security Assistance and military to military contact programs and policy in Chile. Col Stratton is a combat diver and a Master static line and military freefall parachutist.
1984 Bachelor of Science, Northern Arizona University, Arizona
1984 Squadron Officer School, correspondence
1988 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
1995 Masters Degree in International Relations, Troy State University
1997 Air Command and Staff College, correspondence
2000 Joint Command and General Staff Course, Madrid, Spain
2002 Air War College, correspondence
2006 National War College, Washington DC
1. Jul 11 – Present, Commandant, Inter-American Air Forces Academy
2. Jul 08 – Jul 11, Chief, Security Cooperation Office, Santiago, Chile
3. Aug 06 – Jul 08, Commander, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Florida
4. Jul 05 – Jun 06, Student, National War College, Ft McNair, Washington D.C.
5. Jul 03 – Jul 05, Commander, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina
6. Jul 02 – Jul 03, Commander, 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina
7. May 00 – Jul 02, Assistant Division Chief, Special Operations Division, HQ AF Pentagon, Washington D.C.
8. Jun 99 – May
00, Student, Escuela Superior de las Fuerzas Armadas Españolas, Madrid, Spain
9. Jun 98 – Jun 99, Director of Operations, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Florida
10. May 96 – Jun 98, Commander, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
11. Jul 95 – May 96, Director of Operations, 23d Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
12. Feb 94 – Jul 95, Flight Commander, 6th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
13. Jul 93 – Feb 94, Student, Defense Language Institute, Presidio, Monterey, California
14. Mar 93 – Jul 93, Flight Chief, HQ AFSOC/XPF, Hurlburt Field, Florida
15. Nov 91- Feb 93, Assistant Director of Operations, 23d Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
16. Jan 90 – Nov 91, Commander, Det 2, 1723d Special Tactics Squadron, Clark Air Base, Philippines
17. Dec 87 – Jan 90, Director of Operations, Det 2, 1723d Combat Control Squadron, Clark Air Base, Philippines
18. Jun 85 – Dec 87, Combat Control Officer, 1721st Combat Control Squadron, Pope AFB, North Carolina
19. Nov 84 – Jun 85, Student, Combat Control pipeline, Various
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit Medal
Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Iraq Campaign Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Korean Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Bronze Cross Medal from the Republic of the Philippines
Rating: Master Military Freefall and Static Line Jumpmaster
Parachute Jumps: >250
Parachute Wings from: Thailand, Republic of Korea, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant 17 Aug 1984
First Lieutenant 17 Aug 1986
Captain 17 Aug 1988
Major 1 Jun 1996
Lieutenant Colonel 1 Feb 2001
Colonel 1 Mar 2006
(Current as of July 2011)
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Kara Hill is a member of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, where she serves as the Veterans and Military Family Subcommittee Chair of the Military Affairs Committee.
Ms. Hill is a Principal of Hill Bros. Construction, a San Antonio-based general contracting business with expertise in both commercial and residential construction. The original Hill brothers founded the company after returning from service in World War II, with later generations serving in the Army Corps of Engineers during the Kosovo era.
Prior to her role at Hill Bros., Kara served as the Military Liaison for Bexar County, where she oversaw the County’s involvement in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions and served as the County Judge’s liaison to all military missions in San Antonio. She currently serves as the Chamber’s Liaison to Col. John Lamoreaux, 502nd MSG Commander and was the Honorary Commander for the 37th Mission Support Group at Lackland Air Force Base from 2007- 2008.
Hill Bros. honors this family legacy of involvement with the military by being engaged in local military affairs and actively recruiting former service members for all open positions.
Ms. Hill holds an MBA from St. Mary’s University, where she graduated with honors, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Trinity University. She is also a graduate of Leadership San Antonio, Class XXXVI.
Jarod A. Myers has an energetic passion for continuing to serve his fellow military comrade. Whether he is volunteering in his local community on veterans service projects, or cooking for the burn survivors at the prestigious San Antonio Medical Center (SAMC), it’s clear that Jarod’s purpose is rooted deep in his desire to care for those who bear 100 percent of the burden of defending our nation.
Jarod’s passion was honed during a two-year fellowship program, serving as District 31 Veteran Service Liaison through the office of Honorable U.S. Congressman John R. Carter. In this capacity, Jarod represented the Texas military veteran constituency and addressed issues impacting the larger military community. He has been called upon by the Texas State Legislature as a subject matter expert regarding veteran affairs initiatives as related to identifying programs providing much-needed services to the greater military community.
Jarod’s passion to serve his fellow service members was nurtured through experiences during a short but complete three years as a combat infantryman with the U.S. Army. Serving multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Jarod’s last 15-month deployment would be cut short due to a direct engagement with enemy combatants.
On 4 April 2004, outside of Kirkuk, Iraq, Myers’ team was engaged in heavy fighting, during which an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was driven and then detonated by a suicide bomber to within 30 feet of the platoon’s location. The resulting explosion killed Jarod’s best friend and severely wounded Jarod as well as several of his team members.
After several months of extensive rehabilitation, Jarod returned to Schofield Barracks, HI, where he received an Honorable Medical Discharge, due to wounds received as a result of engagement with the enemy. His actions on that fateful day were recognized by being bestowed 2 Army Commendation Medals for Valor and the Purple Heart.
As Jarod puts it, “Today, I leverage my passion and commitment to military service by providing resources for the veteran community as they transition out of the military and to further commit to the memory of those who will not return.”
Jarod is currently pursuing a B.S. Business – Applied Management Degree through Grand Canyon University.
Melissa Beach is Director of Nonprofit Strategic Initiatives for the San Antonio Area Foundation. In this role, she administers the programs for veterans’ service organizations and for out-of-school-time chief executives.
In her previous role as grantmaker in Northern Virginia, she was responsible for coordinating an initiative designed to serve the military community in and around the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. She has conducted regional and national research related to challenges facing the military community, awareness and cultural gaps between the military and civilian communities, and how funders can most effectively help organizations address the needs of this population and accelerate and enhance services for transitioning military personnel, wounded warriors, veterans, and their families.
Ms. Beach has substantial experience in the nonprofit management and community foundation fields. Over the past twenty years, she has managed and administered foundations, program initiatives, and grants and scholarship activities in Arizona, Mississippi, Japan, Northern Virginia, and now Texas. She also has significant capacity-building experience with an established record of helping organizations meet their goals and maximize benefits for the people they serve. With a background in strategic planning, visioning, and mission development, she has worked with numerous nonprofit boards and organizations and has been convener and facilitator of collaborations between public and private foundations, private donors, corporations, and state policymakers (including helping to establish volunteer service centers in two states).
Ms. Beach graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an undergraduate degree in Spanish Literature from Pomona College. She was selected as one of fifty Truman Scholars in 1989 and is a Fellow of the Truman Scholar Institute and Internship program in Washington, D.C. She subsequently earned her Masters of Policy and Public Administration at Mississippi State University, and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Duke University. A military spouse with two teenage children and a Marine Corps husband who is currently stationed at Randolph Air Force Base, Ms. Beach has remained actively involved as a volunteer with the military community and family readiness programs for over nineteen years.