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.