Professional of the Year - Government/Veteran Assistance

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Steven W. Winters

Title: Supervisory Veterans Service Representative
Industry: Government
Type of Organization: Veterans Department
Major Product/Service: Providing support to veterans
Expertise: Mr. Winters has over 6 years experience with the VA. He leads and manages a veteran service representative team filing and processing claims, managing benefits, and providing assistance and help for veterans. While in the Air Force, his expertise was space and satellite operations, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, and space surveillance.
Geographic Area of Distribution: National
Affiliations: American Legion; Chamber of Commerce; Metropolitan Nashville Beautification Committee
University/Degree: B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1984; M.A., Space Systems Management, Webster University, 1988; M.A., Global Strategic Studies, Air University/Air War College, 2003
Hobbies/Sports: Playing trumpet in small community band, oil painting, golf, reading
Spouse: Carolyn
Married: 2006
Children: Gregory, Leslie, Jared
Work History: Mr. Winters served with the United States Air Force for 27 years before retiring as a Colonel. He served the United States Bankruptcy Court - Middle Tennessee as an Operations Manager for 2 years, and has spent his last 6 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Supervisory Veterans Service Representative.
Honors & Awards: Retired Colonel, United States Air Force; Recipient, the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal; Outstanding Young Men of America, 1988; Who' Who Among American High School Students, 1979, 1980
Career Accomplishments: Mr. Winters served as: Space Chair to the Air University Director; Vice Wing Commander, Vandenberg Air Force Base (served as Launch Decision Authority for multiple space and missile launches from the Western Space and Missile Range); Chief, Global Space Operations Division, Headquarters Air Force Space Command; Branch Chief, Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment (ITW/AA) Systems, United States Nuclear Command and Control Support Staff (led the ITW/AA review and analysis for the presidentially-directed Nuclear Command and Control End-to-End Review).