Upon graduating from Troy State University (now Troy University) Troy, AL, in 1988, I enlisted in the U.S. Army. I attended basic and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, SC (1988-1989); entered active duty initially as an administrative specialist, but later reclassified into the public affairs career field; retired from active duty in September 2011; currently serves as the Senior Army Instructor at Winter Haven High School Army JROTC.
Throughout my 23-year Army
I have served in a variety of public affairs positions and served at the following duty
assignments:: U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, FL
(2008-2011); U.S. Special Operations Command (2005-2008); Fort
Jackson, Public Affairs Office, Columbia, SC (2003-2005); Supreme
Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium (2000-2003); Army
Recruiter, Brooksville, FL (1997-2000); Fort
Jackson, Public Affairs Office, Columbia, SC (1992-1997); 11th
Armored Cavalry Regiment, Bad Kissengen and Fulda, Germany (1989-1992). Awards and Medals include: the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service
Medal (2nd oak leaf cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd oak leaf
cluster), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (2nd oak leaf cluster), the
Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2nd oak leaf
cluster), the National Defense Service Medal (with one service star); the Army
Good Conduct Medal (7th award), the Army Achievement Medal (2nd oak leaf
cluster); the NCO Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 4), the Armed
Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with one campaign
star), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on
Terrorism Medal, the Overseas Service Ribbon (with numeral 2), the Army Service
Ribbon, NATO Medal (with one bronze star),
the South West Asia Service Medal (with one bronze star), the Kuwait Liberation
Medal (Government of Kuwait), the
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (with oak leaf cluster), the Parachutist Badge,
and the Army Recruiter Gold Badge (with 3 stars). My wife Kim and I have been married for more than 27
years and have two daughters: Valeicia, who is serving in the United States Air
Force; and Ebonie, who is a 2014 graduate of the University of Tampa. Valeicia is the mother of my only grandson, seven-year-old Dorian "The Hurricane" Dabbs-Carter.
Left to Right: My wife Kim, and the GREAT Holger Hanneken and his wife Marianne who reside in Germany. We met while I was serving at the Supreme
Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Mons, Belgium and have remained friends. Holger is battling cancer and is a true warrior and loyal friend of "Team Carter". Stay strong,keep the faith, and keep up the fight!
Left to Right: The pride of the Haitian Nation and my two GREAT Haitian Sensations: Andruse Julien-Young (WHHS/JROTC Class of 2015 and graduate of FSU Class of 2018); and Nelsa Julien (WHHS/JROTC Class of 2017, Polk State College Class of 2018 and currently attending the University of South Florida. They are former students are like family to "Team Carter".
Dr. David B. Samadi