TOVA BOD Election
December 15, 2020
Biographies of Nominees
U.S. Air Force
Me and my wife Jackie relocated to Florida from Minnesota in May 2017 and later moved into Trilogy Orlando in March of 2018. We have been married for 29 years and have 2 children. I enjoy Golf and bowling but would like to learn how to play pickleball someday.
I entered the Air Force in 1985 and served 4 years active duty as an Air Traffic Control Specialist. I was stationed at Keesler AFB in Mississippi for my training then I spent the rest of my tour at Grissom AFB in Indiana. After separating from active duty in 1989 I became a member of the Minnesota Air National guard in 1990 as an Air Traffic controller until the unit was closed in 1997.
I currently own and operate a tax preparation business in Minnesota with 4 offices, prior to that I was a business manager for a medical clinic in the Twin Cities area. I also served on the Board of Directors for our area Chamber of Commerce.
I became interested in TOVA because of its commitment to veterans and their causes along with its involvement within Trilogy and the surrounding communities. I want to help TOVA grow and maintain its great relationships not only with our members but within the local communities, together we can achieve both.
Kurt Schmidt U U.S. Air Force
Kurt joined the United States Air Force (AF) in 1982 at the age of 17, as an electronic technician for the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) weapon system. Early in his career he volunteered to work a special duty in the Post Office at Ramstein Air Base (AB) Germany, he did this for two years and was promoted to the Non-Commission Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the finance section where the packages and letters were mailed from. He was responsible for $25,000 in cash and stamps as wells as converting the cash to a check, from the previous day’s sales, and mailing that to the Post Master General, in New York.
After two years at Ramstein AB, Kurt was transferred to Malmstrom AFB, Montana to go back to his job as an Electro-Mechanical Technician (EMT) for the Minuteman ICBM weapon system. As a EMT team member, Kurt went to the individual missile sites to perform maintenance on the sites. He was then promoted to be in charge of the maintenance of the base’s Minuteman trainers. As NCOIC of trainer maintenance, Kurt led a team of technicians to dismantle a trainer at Chanute AFB, due to the base being shut down. He then wrote the requirements to get the trainer re-assembled at Malmstrom AFB. This save countless dollars as teams no longer had to travel to the missile sites to receive training.
After four years as the NCOIC of Trainer Maintenance, Kurt transferred back to the operational shop as a supervisor for numerous airmen and safety supervisor on the missile sites. From there, Kurt was promoted and became the NCOIC of the Electronics Laboratory (ELAB). ELAB was responsible to perform maintenance on electronic components that were replaced in the missile field as wells as, certifying classified electronic components. This position was a very critical position because the equipment were critical pieces of equipment that allowed the missile site to be on “alert,” ready to launch when called upon by the President of the US.
From ELAB at Malmstrom AFB, Kurt was transferred to Peterson AFB, CO to the Major Command Headquarters for the Minuteman weapon system, he was the Superintendent of Maintenance Training. His responsibilities included managing the Air Force Instruction that governed missile maintenance and the checklists the Inspector General used to inspect each missile wing. Additionally, he managed the numbered Air
Force’s training budget, that was used to training each missile wing’s quality assurance inspectors. He was in this position for three years, at which time he retired from active duty after 21 years.
After the AF, Kurt went back to the Air Force as a Government civilian and worked at the Minuteman Missile depot. He was a Program Manager (PM) and work many different programs, such as the development and production of test equipment that tested the Re-Entry System of the Minuteman Missile. He also worked as the PM on the new ICBM weapon system that is in development, as the PM managing one of the companies that was competing for the program during the Technical Maturation and Risk Reduction phase. Kurt’s final position, was a PM managing a services contract for the Secretary of the Air Force, the contract was valued at $110 million.
While Kurt was in Utah, he attended a small church where he was the treasurer. He took in the tithes and offerings and paid the bills.
Kurt has a Bachelor of Science in Management/Human Resources and a Master in Business Administration