Blue Devils Battalion
Winter Haven High School Army JROTC

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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 career,  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.

The key to my SUCCESS was achieved by MATCHING a POSITIVE ATTITUDE, mixed that with a RELENTLESS work ethic while SPRINKLING in some TIME MANAGEMENT.  Next, I MAXIMIZED my OPPORTUNITIES while mixing it with daily FAITH, FOCUS, and PRAYER.  When you do all of those things, you get what I got, which is God's plan for my LIFE...which is the chance to make a difference in someone's life where my goal is to make them better than they were the day before which is what I try do for myself!

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".

Meet a true American hero. The late GREAT Mordecai "Mawk" Roberts Arnold (1924-2018).  My Troy State University  journalism instructor, mentor, USMC Veteran, and loyal friend. It is because of his investment in me, I am who I am. He personified Semper Fi. He was faithful and loyal to God, his family, friends, our country, and of course, the USMC! 
Meet the GREAT Chantal Rotsaert of Belgium, the greatest News Analyst who ever served at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and the Italian Stallion - the magnficient, the GREAT Federico Pognant-Airassa of Italy. The are true ambassadors of goodwill for their countries and friends of "Team Carter". 
Yep, believe or not..that's me as a teenager. The son of Eunice Reed and Rudy Carter, Sr. The pride of Bayshore High School, Bradenton, Florida, and class of 1982.

               Dr. David B. Samadi