Curtis served as an enlisted Marine and as an Army officer with over 25 years of service. He was deployed four times and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He graduated from Army ROTC at Northeastern University and received a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College. Curtis’ first deployment was as a Military Police Combat Officer during Operation Desert Storm, serving in Iraq. Months after the terrorist attack on 9/11 he was deployed a second time, serving as the J-1 for Joint Task Force GTMO at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, which house Afghanistan Detainees. From 2005 to 2006 Curtis was in charge of 11,000 Iraqi Police Officers in Salah ad Din Province, Iraq. He served under the 3rdBrigade Combat Team (Rakkasun), 101stAirborne Division. From 2009 to 2010 Curtis was the BLD Commander responsible for transferring 30,000 detainees to the government of Iraq. He served under Joint Task Force 134. Curtis served as a civilian police officer in the Metropolitan Boston area, holding numerous positions during his career. Before retiring, he was a Police Supervisor during the Boston Marathon Bombing and shutting down the city of Boston in 2013.
Ken enlisted in the military in June 1972 serving in both the Army and the PA National Guard until 1985. During those years, he qualified in 3 military occupation specialties. His last assignment was training NCO of a National Guard Company. Ken left active duty as a SRNCO (E-7.) After leaving the Army, he became involved with the Disabled American Veterans, becoming a chapter commander and district commander holding various state positions. Ken received a governor’s appointment to the advisory board at a VA nursing home. These positions allowed him to work with and help veterans.
Samantha grew up in the military as the daughter of an enlisted Sergeant in the US Army. She was able to travel extensively, living on bases around the world like Fort Bliss, Fort Campbell, Yongsan, Fort Richardson, Kitzingen and Fort Dix. A civilian, she brings business strategy, marketing and advertising experience to the Veterans Council. She is the CEO of Media BD Inc. where her focus is on business development and strategy for advertising agencies throughout the southeast. She has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of experience driving sales growth in the media and commercial real estate industries. Prior to Media BD Inc., Samantha was the Director of Market Strategy for a national, commercial architectural firm located in New York, NY, and Washington, DC. She worked for many years in broadcast radio as Vice President & Market Manager and National Director of Sales and also television, where she developed regional and local business for dozens of highly rated networks like ESPN, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. Her passion to help clients understand media led her to open her own agency that she operated for almost a decade. Her extensive experience has given her the insight to build powerful marketing strategies.
Samantha stays active in the community with her family and gives back as a Director for the Veterans Council. She is also a member of Impact 100, the Brackett Family Foundation, and a Director for St. Francis Manor.
Colonel Carlos Halcomb, retired from the United States Air Force in 2014 after 30 years of active duty service, both Officer and Enlisted. He is a native of Merritt Island and attended both Florida Institute of Technology and University of Central Florida. He has a Masters Degree in Military Operational Art and Military History from the Air Force’s Air University. Colonel Halcomb’s Officer career was spent as an Air Force Air Commando flying special operations helicopters and commanding special operations forces worldwide. Following retirement, Colonel Halcomb flew for NASA at Kennedy Space Center and was also the Airport Administrative Manager for Vero Beach Regional Airport. He is currently the CEO/President of Mach Performance, LLC, a consultancy for high performance industry which provides leadership training and mentoring to all levels of an organization. Colonel Halcomb is a combat veteran of Operation DESERT STORM, BOSNIA/CROATIA, Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, and other combat operations other than war.
Colonel Halcomb is married to Dr. Doris Ferres-Halcomb, and they have two daughters and four grandchildren that have all settled in Vero Beach.
Lt. Col (ret.) Karen L. Nuccitelli
1977 to Europe as a member of a logistics team surveying potential depot sites for prepositioning of equipment in preparation to fight the Russians.
1984 to Honduras as a Company Commander with Joint Task Force BRAVO operating out of Soto Cano Joint Base, Honduras.
1990 -1991 to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait & Iraq as S4 of a major support brigade to the 3rdArmored Division during operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War.
Was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 4 Army Achievement Medals, 4 Army Commendation Medals and various overseas and campaign ribbons. Upon retirement from service was employed by primarily by Honeywell in various leadership positions mostly dealing internationally with military and non-military aircraft propulsion engines and power production equipment. Very active with the IRC Veterans Council and the Military Officers Association of America. Was awarded The Leadership award for 2017 by the Florida MOAA Chapters Council. Team Leader of Vets in the classroom programs for IRC-VC. A manager (volunteer) at Victory Center Military Store (at IR Mall) and is a Director at Large for the Veterans Council of IRC.