Mr. Oates is originally from San Antonio, Texas and joined Lockheed Martin in June 2011 after completing 32 years in the United States Army. His last senior executive positions in the US Army include; Commanding General (Major General) of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum, NY. and Director, (Lieutenant General) Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, (JIEDDO) in Washington, DC. In both positions he was responsible for setting strategic goals, providing continuous guidance, and resourcing personnel and logistics requirements to accomplish major objectives. Additional major responsibilities include direct interface with senior US and international defense department officials, other US government agencies and political leaders in the US Congress
He most recently served as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Lockheed Martin Corporation from August 2014 until July 2017 when he retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation. He was directly responsible for formulating annual and long-term business strategy and managing the sales and orders team of sophisticated defense articles with over $2B in annual sales to domestic and international military customers. He interfaced directly with the most senior executives in Lockheed Martin along with senior US Defense officials and international General Officers.
From 2011 to 2014 he served as Vice President, Army and Special Operations Programs in Washington, DC. He was directly responsible for representing Lockheed Martin with the most senior officials in the US Army and Special Operations Command to advise on program and technology solutions to warfighting capability gaps. He provided planning direction and advice to the most senior Lockheed officials in support of program initiation and risk.
Mr. Oates received a Masters degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. His military awards include 3 awards of the Distinguished Service Medal and 3 awards of the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service. He has served 4 combat tours of duty in Iraq.
LTC (ret) Pete Kinney grew up in Ashland, Massachusetts, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1970 and is a graduate of the USMA Class of 1975.
He branched Infantry and served in Infantry battalions in West Germany, Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
The Army sent him to graduate school at Harvard University with a utilization tour in the Pentagon working for the Army G-3 LTG H. Norman Schwarzkopf.
He is Airborne and Ranger qualified, earned the Expert Infantry Badge, the Combat Infantry Badge and commanded 1st Battalion 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade in the 101st Airborne Division, the Rakkasans! He was the Regimental-3 for the 187th Air Assault Regimental Combat Team (the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division) during Operation Desert Storm where the brigade flew to within 90 miles of Baghdad, cut Highway 8 and destroyed the Al Faw Republican Guards Division.
After active duty he managed a construction company in New York City and worked on Wall Street for the world’s largest financial services firm. He returned to Army service as a contractor in Iraq for the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) where he managed a civilian workforce of 10,000 translators in support of the Army, State Department and CIA.
After service in Iraq he worked as the university Chief of Staff for the New York Institute of Technology where he built a new medical school with partner university Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He retired from full time work in 2017 and now works part time as a Range Control Officer at Camp Smith, New York.
He has been married for 45 years to Patricia (Trish) Kinney, a Sergeant Major’s daughter he met at the West Point PX; he and his wife have three children and seven grandchildren and live in Fort Montgomery, New York.
Over the course of his 32-year career, Command Sergeant Major Nichols served over 15 years with the 101st Airborne Division. He held leadership positions from Squad Leader to Brigade Command Sergeant Major, as well as Commandant of the Noncommissioned Officer Academy. He served in the 187th, 327th, 502d and the 506th Infantry Regiments. He also has the distinction and honor of being a Distinguished Member of the 327th, 187th and 502nd Infantry Regiments; and the Honorary Sergeant Major of the 506th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice and is an Audie Murphy recipient.
Command Sergeant Major Nichols began his career by serving combat tours in Vietnam with
B Company 2-14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division; and with A Company 1-8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. As First Brigade Command Sergeant Major, he deployed with the 101st Airborne Division to Southwest Asia for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
His other assignments include the 4th and 6th Battalions, 9th Infantry, 171st Infantry Brigade Fort Wainwright, Alaska, as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as First Sergeant,
B Company, 1-15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, Kitzingen, Germany, and Command Sergeant Major, 1-9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea. Command Sergeant Major Nichols culminated his 32-year career as the Command Sergeant Major of the 187th Rakkasans 3d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.
Awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal for valor, with three oak leaf clusters, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, with seven oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and Army Achievement Medal. Command Sergeant Major Nichols has also been awarded the Combat and Expert Infantryman Badges, Air Assault Badge, and Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
Command Sergeant Major Nichols is married to the former Alma Jean Gillispie of Huntington, West Virginia. They have two children, Dr. Kimberly Ellen Nichols French and Dr. Robert Jeremy Nichols. Command Sergeant Major Nichols retired in Clarksville, TN and has stayed active supporting soldiers and their families and maintaining ties to the Fort Campbell Community by being involved in local not for profit boards. He was elected a Commissioner of Montgomery County, TN and selected as a Champion of Fort Campbell 2021. He currently serves as Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Fort Campbell Historical Foundation.
Lori Harper is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is married to Rick Harper with two children, Jessica and Thomas. Lori’s hobbies include tennis, skiing and fishing.
Transylvania University BA – Business Management
Current Organizational Positions:
Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors – Chair Fort Campbell Historical Foundation Board Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs – Ex. Committee Champion of Fort Campbell Association of United State Army – TN/KY Chapter Board KY Council on Postsecondary Education Pennyrile Area Development District Board Transylvania University Trustee Hopkinsville Industrial Foundation
Past Organizational Positions:
Christian County Chamber – Past Chair Association of United State Army – Past Chair Military Affairs – Past Chair Kentucky Crushed Stone Association – Past Chair PAIKY – Past Chair
Barbara Ross-Lee served as Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs (VPHSMA) at NYIT from 2001 until 2017. Additionally, during that time, she served as interim Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and interim Dean of the School of Health Professions. In November 2014, Dr. Ross-Lee was named the Inaugural Dean for NYITCOM at A-State, where she also served as CEO of its Academic Health Centers and President of its Faculty Practice Plan while continuing service as VPHSMA.
Ross-Lee is a nationally recognized expert on health policy issues and serves as an advisor on primary care, medical education, minority health, women’s health, and rural health care issues on the federal and state levels. She is the Founding Director of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Health Policy Fellowship program, which prepares mid-career osteopathic physicians for leadership roles in health policy. She is also Founding Director of the Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) for post-graduate (resident physicians) osteopathic trainees; Founding Director of the Institute for National Health Policy and Research; and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Osteopathic Medical Association, a medical association of minority osteopathic physicians.
Dr. Ross-Lee is the first African American woman to serve as dean of a United States medical school (Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1993 – 2001). She is also the first osteopathic physician to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship. Dr. Ross-Lee served as a commissioned officer, United States Naval Reserves Medical Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. She has lectured widely, and published numerous scholarly articles on a variety of medical and healthcare issues. She has received six honorary degrees and many national awards.
Ross-Lee has served as: Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Council of Presidents; Chair of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Council on Pre-doctoral Education (pre-dating COCA); and Chair of the Board of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC). In 2012, Dr. Ross-Lee was appointed by the Institute of Medicine to join 18 other prominent medical professionals and scholars on its Consensus Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education (GME). She was the only osteopathic physician on this national committee, which was responsible for recommending reforms to the GME system. Dr. Ross-Lee assumes the position of President-elect of the American Osteopathic Foundation in January, 2021 and President in January, 2022.
Ralph Schulz was named president and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce by the Chamber’s board of directors in November 2006, following a 30-year career in nonprofit management, marketing and fundraising. In taking the position, he accepted a leadership role at one of Middle Tennessee’s oldest and largest business federations, an organization dating back to its founding in 1847.
During his tenure, the Chamber has played a key role in helping the region emerge from the 2007 recession to a period of unprecedented growth with a business relocation and expansion strategy known as Partnership 2020. The Nashville Chamber has been consistently recognized as a top local and regional economic development agency for its role in helping to deliver prosperity to Middle Tennessee communities and was awarded the Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development by Site Selection Magazine in 2019. Additionally, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce was the lead organization in the creation of the nationally recognized Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the passage of a public referendum supporting construction of the Music City Center convention facility. Since Schulz has taken on the role of president and CEO, the Chamber has also led the movement to improve public school performance through the creation of the Academies of Nashville, established the Moving Forward initiative to ensure the creation of a regional transportation solution through a cohesive community effort and developed into a respected publisher of data on the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area with the annual publication of the Vital Signs report.
In 2009, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce was named “Chamber of the Year” by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), recognizing the Nashville Chamber’s organizational excellence, service to members, development of leaders and volunteers and its impact on key community priorities. The ACCE award referenced the Nashville Chamber’s role in the creation of Nashville for All of Us, a campaign made up of community leaders aligned to defeat a 2009 charter referendum which would have prohibited Nashville city government from conducting business in a language other than English. The Chamber was also praised for its creation of A Leading Edge, a broad range of programs aimed at helping Chamber members navigate the turbulent waters of the recession.
Before joining the Nashville Chamber, Schulz spent six years as CEO of the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, focusing the team on turning around an aging, science-based nonprofit for children into a leading destination for young people, with growing attendance, revamped exhibits, successful capital campaigns and stronger community support. In 2001, the Science Center was recognized with the Marvin Runyon Leadership Award by the Center for Nonprofit Management for its turnaround efforts.
Schulz’s career in nonprofit management began when he joined the staff of Junior Achievement of Nashville in 1974, eventually spending 20 years with JA, leading chapters in Jackson, Miss.; Dallas, Texas; and New York, N.Y. In 1990, he was named national executive vice president for JA, working from the organization’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. He returned to Nashville in 1996 to take on a similar national role with the National Federation of Independent Business.
He currently serves on numerous civic and nonprofit boards including the Nashville Health Care Council, Tennessee Business Roundtable, NashvilleHealth, Nashville Predators Foundation, Western Governors University advisory board and Fort Campbell Historical Foundation board of trustees. He is a past board member of Music City Music Council, Alignment Nashville, Center for Nonprofit Management Board and Board of Trustees of Father Ryan High School. He has been involved with the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), MTA’s Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and the NashvilleNEXT Steering Committee and Major League Soccer to Nashville advisory committee. He has participated in Leadership Nashville, Leadership Middle Tennessee and Leadership Music. In the fall of 2020, he was appointed as a Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Tennessee- South.
Schulz is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. He resides in Nashville with his wife, Leeanne, their four children and six grandchildren.
William S. Stuard (Sammy) is President/CEO of F&M Bank and also serves as Chairman of the Board. A native of Adams, TN, Stuard has worked in the community banking industry for over forty (40) years. He attended Austin Peay State University, is a graduate of Reppert School of Auctioneering, Tennessee School of Banking at Vanderbilt, and Banking of the South at LSU.
Sammy Stuard has a long tenure of active participation in civic, community, government and professional organizations. He was nationally recognized when the American Banker newspaper named him as a 2007 Community Banker of the Year. He has served as chairman of the Tennessee Bankers Association and is also a past president and board member of the TBA Independent Bankers Division. Recognized for his community leadership, Sammy received a 2009 City of Clarksville Citizen of the Year Award. He has recently been re-elected to a third term as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati representing the state of Tennessee. In addition to serving as a trustee on the Ft. Campbell Historical Foundation, Sammy currently serves as chairman of the ASPIRE Foundation, chairman of the Clarksville Regional Airport Authority and a board member for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) sponsoring committee. Past chair affiliations include: the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board, Clarksville Economic Development Council, Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown District Partnership and Leadership Clarksville . He has been an active supporter of other organizations including Middle Tennessee WorkForce Board, Austin Peay State University President’s Circle of Advisors, and has served as a mentor for the Austin Peay State University Emerging Leaders Program. He is a past chairman of Cogioba District of Boy Scouts of America.
A retired US Army General Officer and senior executive with diverse domestic and international management experiences in organizations of varying size and complexity. Originally from Pulaski Tennessee. A graduate of West Point.
From 2001 – 2003, Forrester Commanded the 159th Aviation Brigade within the 101st Airborne during operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The former Commanding General of the Army’s Combat Readiness Center, the Director of US Army Safety Programs and published author specializing in Leadership. Served as the principal advisor to the Army Chief of Staff for the safety, health and welfare for the Army’s 2 million Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members.
An Army aviator during his thirty-two-year career, serving in conventional and special operations units. Remains active with the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) and the Association of the United States Army. Currently co-chairs the Screaming Eagle Aviation Association (a non-profit organization) dedicated to the Aviation Soldiers and Families (past and present) of the 101st Airborne Division and co-chairs the not-for profit, Operation Restore Oral Health (OROH) an organization focused on bringing relief to Veterans. Additionally, Forrester Chairs the Board of Advisors for the Fort Campbell Historical Foundation working to build the Wings of Liberty Museum.
Moved to The Ledges and Huntsville upon retirement from the US Army in 2009. From 2009 till 2013, Worked in Huntsville as a Government Contractor specializing in aftermarket aviation upgrades, modernization, and integration. Worked for Northrop Grumman from 2013 – 2018 focused on fielding Rotor wing capabilities for the Saudi Arabian National Guard in the Kingdom. An independent consultant and owner of Thunder Consulting since 2019.
Served on the Alabama Governor’s Workforce Development Council from 2009 till 2013, active with Huntsville Rotary Club where Bill (and Nancy) served as mentor to Huntsville High school student thru the Rotary’s STRIVE program, past member for the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Valley West Point Society.
Recognized by the American Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s National Award for Service (2007); is a life member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Association and awarded the AAAA Order of Saint Michael (Gold Award) in 2008; and awarded, by the President of South Korea, the Presidential Award for distinguished service to the Korean peninsula (2005-2006).
Attended high school in Sewanee, Tennessee and is happily married for 42 years, to his high school sweetheart, the former Nancy Nicholson of Winchester. Together they have two married children and four grandchildren.
The Fort Campbell Historical Foundation is a public, non-profit, 501(c)3 educational foundation (Form 990) established in 1992 to support the development of the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In addition, the Foundation is committed to a multi-million dollar fundraising effort to construct the Wings of Liberty Military Museum, America’s only Museum of Patriotism.