The 2024 conference will feature 2 keynote speakers:
Christopher “Chris” Nuels is a 25-year veteran of the United States Army and Bronze Star recipient. His 25-year journey of dedicated service in the military saw him rise the through ranks from Private to Major. He was with the legendary 3RD Armored Division as an M1A1 Abrams Armor crewman in Europe that helped guard the Fulda Gap, saw the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, and helped liberate the people of Kuwait. His career in the military also saw him in challenging positions that included Artillery Fire Support Officer, Senior Human Resources Officer, Company Commander, and Strength Manager for the United Forces Afghanistan. His career culminated with an assignment at the United States Military Academy, West Point where he served as an Instructor and Executive Officer in the Department of Military Science, and Protocol Officer. His military awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Services Medal, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq service medals.
Since he transitioned from the military, he has served as an Assistant Vice President for Bank of America, Regional Vice President for the Soldiers Angels Non-Profit Organization, a Senior Program Analyst for the Army Continuing Education System (ACES) at Joint Base Fort Sam Houston, and recently as a Strategic Advisor for Air Force Civil Engineering Center-Installations.
Marshall Bradley "Brad" Webb (born November 27, 1961) is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant general who last served as commander of the Air Education and Training Command. He previously served as Commander, United States Air Force Special Operations Command and, before that, as Commander, NATO Special Operations Forces HQ. Previous to that assignment, he served as the Assistant Commanding General of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and was involved in the 2011 operation to kill Osama bin Laden. Webb was seated next to President Barack Obama in the White House Situation Room during the mission. He later served as Director of Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Assessments, United States Air Force Special Operations Command.
Raised in Austin, Texas, Webb is a command pilot with more than 3,700 flying hours (mostly in helicopters), including 117 combat hours in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia. He commanded the 20th Special Operations Squadron, the 352nd Special Operations Group, the 1st Special Operations Wing and the Twenty-Third Air Force. His staff assignments include duty at the Joint Special Operations Command and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy).
In May 2019, Webb was nominated to be the next commander of the Air Education and Training Command.
Webb retired from the Air Force on June 30, 2022.