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Col. Jack Jacobs speaks as part of the guest lecture series at NYFA



Colonel Jack Jacobs, Chair of Veterans Advancement Program
Colonel Jack Jacobs Colonel Jack Jacobs, Chair of the New York Film Academy's Veterans Advancement Program, served in the U.S. military for more than 20 years and is considered a true American hero. Among our nation's most decorated soldiers, Colonel Jacobs was awarded the Medal of Honor — the nation's highest combat honor — as well as two Silver Stars and three Bronze Stars. His many service posts included work as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, an executive officer of an infantry battalion in the 7th Infantry Division, and a commander of the 4th Battalion 10th Infantry in Panama. On two tours of duty in Vietnam, Colonel Jacobs served as an advisor to Vietnamese infantry battalions.

After leaving the military in 1987, Colonel Jacobs embarked on a successful career in the financial industry; he is currently the on-air military strategist for NBC and MSNBC. Jacobs was nominated for Emmys in 2010 and 2011, and received the distinguished Edward R. Murrow Award for his NBC segment "Iraq: The Long Way Out."

Colonel Jacobs holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Rutgers University, and entered the U.S. Army in 1966 as a second lieutenant through the ROTC program. A member of the faculty of the US Military Academy (WestPoint) and the War College, Colonel Jacobs taught international relations and comparative politics for three years.

Colonel Jacobs serves on a number of charitable boards of directors and is vice chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. He holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the US Military Academy. He has authored two books: memoir "If Not Now, When?" with Penguin in 2008, and non-fiction book "Basic" in 2012 with St. Martin's Press.


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Christopher A. Moore, Director, Division of Veterans Services
John Powers Christopher A. Moore retired honorably after serving 30-years of active service in the United States Army on December 31, 2019 as a Command Sergeant Major. He enlisted as an Air Defender in the United States Army on January 15, 1990, in Lawton, OK. Mr. Moore most recently served as the Program Development Coordinator in the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). Mr. Moore coordinated with government agencies as well as regional military support alliances and privately funded support groups to maintain the military value and presence in North Carolina. He was relied upon by the Office of the Governor, Secretary of the DMVA for knowledge, advice, guidance, and leadership to resolve issues and address potential concerns that may affect military installations, veterans, and government objectives. Mr. Moore earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Trident University, Cypress, CA while maintaining Cum Laude honors. His military awards include the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy; Prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Inductee; Honorable Order of Saint Barbara Award.


Michael Kunselman, Manager, Division of Veterans Services
Michael Kunselman Michael Kunselman, originally from Mantua, Ohio, served seven years in the U.S. Navy as an air traffic controller. He was stationed onboard the USS Kitty-Hawk and at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. After being honorably discharged, Michael moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Kunselman has appeared in numerous indie short films, features, TV shows, plays, and commercials. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA.





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