Co-chair LTG Keith Huber USA(RET)
Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber retired in September 2013 after 38 years in the U.S. Army. He joined MTSU in January 2015 as senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives. As senior advisor, Huber examines the University’s policies and practices for the recruitment and student success of veterans and their family members.
Huber’s conventional duty assignments included platoon leader in the 7th Infantry Division and company commander, battalion operations officer, brigade and division operations officer, battalion commander, and director of civil military affairs, all with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He served as assistant division commander of the 10th Mountain Division, deputy commanding general of the 1st Army, and commanding general of the U.S. Army South.
In unconventional assignments, he served as Special Forces operational detachment team leader in Panama with the 7th Special Forces Group Airborne) and Special Forces field advisor during tours in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Huber’s combined joint duty assignments included chief of operations, UN Mission Haiti; commander of Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras; executive officer to the commander and director of operations of the U.S. Southern Command; commanding general, Multinational Brigade (East) in Kosovo; chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board; director of the Inter-American Defense College; and deputy commanding general of the U.S. Joint Forces Command. He also served in Afghanistan as the commanding general of the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, responsible for all U.S. Law of Armed Conflict Detentions from July 2011 to July 2013.
A native of Springfield, Ohio, Huber graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975 with a B.S. degree and was commissioned in the infantry. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, and Army War College. He received a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University in 1984.
Huber has earned the Combat Infantryman, Expert Infantryman, Master Parachutist, Combat Diver, Special Operations Diving Supervisor, Air Assault, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification badges and is Special Forces and Ranger qualified.
He and wife Shelly have a son, Jason, and a daughter, Alexis, and three grandsons, Dylan, Austin, and Reed.
Co-chair Ashford Hughes
Health Sub-Committee Chair
Benefits Sub-Committee Chair
Travis E. Kraft was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office in Nashville, TN, on August 14, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Travis served as the Veterans Service Center Manager (VSCM) at the Nashville Regional Office. In this role, Travis was responsible for 350 full-time employees and for administering approximately $1.1 billion in annual compensation benefits to Veterans and their dependents in the state of Tennessee.
Travis began his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veterans Service Representative (VSR) at the Nashville Regional Office in August 1999. In July 2002, he was selected as a Management Analyst with the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Southern Area Office. In this role, he was responsible for assisting the Southern Area Director in the oversight of 12 Regional Offices in administering compensation, pension, education, vocational rehabilitation, and home loan benefits to a Veteran population in excess of six million. In April 2006, Travis was selected as an Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager (AVSCM) with the Nashville Regional Office.
Travis was born in the District of Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Taylor University in 1998, where he also played college basketball. Travis subsequently earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Tennessee State University in 2005. Additionally, Mr. Kraft is a Leadership VA (LVA 2012) graduate.
Travis and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Nashville and have three children, Travis Jr., Mollie, and Anna.
Transition Sub-Committee Chair
Housing Sub-Committee Chair
Education Sub-Committee Chair
Scarlett Bernier was born in Oxford, England and resides in Brentwood, Tennessee. She earned her Associates Degree from Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN and her Bachelor’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. While stationed in Knoxville she earned her Supervisory Management Certificate from the University of Tennessee and most recently completed her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University in Dothan, Alabama. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University.
Scarlett serves as the Secretary of the General Staff for the Tennessee Army National Guard; she is a Chief Warrant Officer Three in the Adjutant General’s Corps. She deployed twice to Iraq; first in 2003 with the 168th Military Police Battalion, where she earned the Combat Action Badge, and again in 2010 with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment. She specializes in personnel and protocol actions and has been awarded the Noble Patron of Armor and Order of Horatio Gates medals for service. She is exceedingly proud to have recently served on the committee responsible for placing a monument honoring all Tennessee Warrant Officers who have lost their lives in combat in Nashville’s War Memorial Plaza. She is a member of the National Guard Association of the United States, the National Guard Association of Tennessee, the United States Army Warrant Officer Association (Volunteer Chapter), the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association (Volunteer Chapter) and the United States Cavalry and Armor Association
A lifelong student, Scarlett places a premium on continuing education and wants to ensure that all Tennessee veterans understand the full extent of their education benefits. Having attended numerous institutes of higher education in Tennessee (and having used state and federal benefits to fund her studies) she wants to utilize the combined knowledge and experience of the members of the education sub-committee to share best practices for success in earning degrees or technical certifications.
The daughter of an Air Force Vietnam veteran and sister of an Army veteran, Scarlett is honored to carry the family legacy of service forward. The first member of her family to earn a college degree, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to assist others in achieving their educational goals.