New Directors Elected to the MVAT Foundation Board
The Board of Directors was strengthened by the addition of four new members since the beginning of the year. They are: Maj. Gen. Stephen “Steve” T. Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), Lt. Col. Pete Seitz, USA (Ret.), and Mr. Robert F. Jerome. They were joined by Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Jack Jacobs, USA (Ret.), formerly of the Board of Advisors.
Additionally, Lt. Gen. Nicholas Kehoe, USAF (Ret.) has stepped down from the Board of Advisors. Over the past five years, the MVAT Foundation was incredibly fortunate to have Gen. Kehoe’s involvement. His impact was particularly felt in the growth of the Heroes Linked program. We will greatly miss Gen. Kehoe’s wise counsel and camaraderie.
Col. Jack H. Jacobs, USA (Ret.) is a military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He retired from the United States Army in 1987 after a 21-year military career. Jacobs, who entered military service through Rutgers Univ. ROTC, earned the Medal of Honor for exceptional heroism on the battlefields of
Vietnam. He also holds three Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars. Later, Jacobs served on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the National War College in Washington, D.C. After retirement, he founded and was chief operating officer of Auto Finance Group, Inc. As a managing director of Bankers Trust Co., he led Global Investment Management to $2.2 billion in assets and later cofounded a similar business for Lehman Brothers.
Maj. Gen. Steve Sargeant retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2012. Today, he is CEO of Marvin Test Systems. Most recently, he served as the interim Chairman of the Board for the USO West Region and Chairman of the board for the Greater Los Angeles (Bob Hope) USO. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster. He was a Command Pilot with more than 3,100 flight hours.
Lt. Col. Peter Seitz, USA (ret.) is a retired food industry executive. He served in U.S. Marine Corps from 1971 to 1976 and the California National Guard from 1979 to 2001. His military decorations include Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (2), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Naval Aviator Wings and Army Master Aviator awards. He is concluding his second and final term as the President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. In addition to his involvement with AUSA, Pete has been actively involved with soldier and veteran support in Orange County.
For more than 45 years, Robert F. Jerome worked in the securities industry. He enjoyed a long period of service to the nonprofit Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. In the year 2000, he began what is now a 20-year history of hosting public and private events with Medal of Honor recipients to remind audiences across the country that Freedom is not Free.