Major General Granger is currently the President and CEO of The 5Ps, LLC, a health care, education, and leadership consulting organization, Centennial, CO 80015 since August 6, 2009. Prior to his retirement from the US Army on July 1, 2009, MG Granger served as the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, DC, from December 2005 to May 2009. In this role, he was the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on DoD health plan policy and performance.
In his role leading MG Granger required strong, value based relationships with major insurers to be affiliates. This required clear guidelines to asses and determine “best value”. A rigorous process was implemented to ensure clear requirements and criteria to manage these relationships to measurable, accountable outcomes.
He oversaw the acquisition, operation and integration of DoD’s managed care program within the Military Health System. MG Granger led a staff of 1,800 in planning, budgeting and executing a $22.5 Billion Defense Health Program and in ensuring the effective and efficient provision of high-quality, accessible healthcare for 9.2 million Uniformed Service members, their families, retirees and others located worldwide.
Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, MG Granger led the largest U.S. and multi-national battlefield health system in our recent history while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department, with previous assignments as Commander, 44th Medical Command, XVIII Airborne Corps Command Surgeon and Director of Health Services, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Commander, Europe Regional Medical Command, Director of TRICARE Europe, and the Command Surgeon, US Army Europe and 7th Army, Heidelberg, Germany, Acting Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection, Commander, Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany and Commander, Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY, and attended Army War College, Carlisle Barrack, PA.
MG Granger has received numerous awards, decorations and honors, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Board of Hematology and Oncology, certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, Certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Certified in Medical Quality by the American Board of Medical Quality.
His professional affiliations include the former Board of Directors of the American College of Physician Executives, Life member and fellow, the National Medical Association, the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives (Life Member), Fellow American College of Healthcare Executives, American Medical Association, member the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Fellow American College of Physicians, Board of Director of Bon Secour Catholic Health System, Board of Advisors, Ascentia Technology Solutions, Board of Advisors, Standard Technology Inc, Board of Advisors, Defense Logistic Health, Board of Directors, Recondo Technology, former Board of Director of Colorado Center for African American Health, and National Honorary Chairperson for Hero Health Hire a group of health organizations dedicated to hiring Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and their spouses.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University in 1976. A Distinguished Military Graduate, MG Granger was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduation from the University Of Arkansas School Of Medicine in 1980, he was awarded the Henry Kaiser Medical Fellowship for Medical Excellence and Leadership. MG Granger completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado. MG Granger was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Meharry Medical College in 2009.
Major General George W. Weightman (Ret.) General Weightman received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1973 and was commissioned as a Lieutenant of Infantry and stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he served in the 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1982, and completed his Family Practice residency training at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was then assigned to Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point, New York, where he served as Chief, Department of Primary Care and Community Medicine. In 1989 he became the 82nd Airborne Division Surgeon and served with the All Americans during Operations Just Cause and Desert Shield/Storm.
General Weightman has held command posts at 44th Medical Brigade, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command before retiring in 2009 after 36 years of military service.
Medical entrepreneur Peter Killcommons is a CEO dedicated to helping others. An active philanthropist, Peter Killcommons has traveled around the world and participated in a number of charitable enterprises. He donates a significant amount of time and resources to various causes, improving communities one project at a time.
Killcommons also sailed with the Comfort, a DOD hospital ship, on a trip to Peru, to which he donated time and equipment as they performed medical, surgical, and dental work at no charge for local villagers. In support of the United States military, Peter Killcommons traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait many times to oversee the delivery of Medweb’s medical imaging infrastructure and services to US warfighters He is the only CEO of a medicalimaging and equipment company to personally enter war zones to determine definitively whether or not his company was meeting the needs of soldiers.
As a businessman, Peter Killcommons founded Medweb, garnering recognition from the San Francisco Chronicle for spearheading the integration of medical imaging with the internet. CEO of Medweb since 1992, Peter Killcommons runs the medical imaging, teleradiology, and telemedicine company’s various divisions, including its organized philanthropy program.
Dr Killcommons serves on the board of directors of the American Telemedicine Association as well the International Virtual Electronic Hospital Foundation. He is dedicated to improving the health options for military veterans and is proud to also be part of the JANUS project, providing access to medical imaging from multiple facilities in a single user interface in support of returning veterans. His current projects include the release of an E-visit infrastructure to allow convenient internet access to health providers from your smart phone , laptop, or tablet as well as a handheld telemedicine kit to provide advanced diagnostics in austere environments.
Mr. Jay R. Jones serves as vice president for business development, strategic partnership and planning, capture management and marketing for the Health and Civilian Solutions Division at General Dynamics Information Technology. His teams support the company’s homeland security, health and civilian customer facing sectors.
Mr. Jones holds 18 years of sales, business development and marketing experience in complex consulting and services, and more than 20 years of executive level management experience. Prior to joining General Dynamics, Mr. Jones served as director at Deloitte Consulting, LLP. In this role, he was responsible for the strategic identification and business development within the U.S. Government market space, specifically within federal energy and Veteran Affairs. Mr. Jones served as vice president of U.S. Government Solution Sales at Siemens Enterprise Communications. He delivered thought leadership, executive customer engagement and relationship development in the global defense community and was responsible for generating $30 million in product and services revenue. From 2000-2009, Mr. Jones served as senior vice president of Global Public Services Sales for BearingPoint Inc. (formerly KPMG Consulting) and was responsible for the company-wide strategic planning and capture in the federal, healthcare, state and local, higher education and international emerging markets. His sales team was nationally recognized as the top revenue generator within the organization. Mr. Jones served active duty in the U.S. Army from 1975-1995 and retired as a colonel within the Army ODISC4. His leadership positions include: Platoon Leader, 197th Infantry Brigade; Deputy Commander, Military Traffic Management Command in Okinawa, Japan; Associate Professor of Military Science at the University of Rhode Island; Deputy Commander of Information Systems, Armed Forces Courier Services; and Commander of European Mediterranean Southeast Asia Operations, Defense Courier Service.
Mr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in business and applied computing from Western Kentucky University. He has completed advanced graduate studies in systems management from the University of Southern California Overseas Extension Program and information systems from the Boston University Overseas Extension Program. He is a board member for the Wilmington Domestic Violence Shelter and Washington Federal Circle. He has received high military decorations including Legion of Merit and Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), and is a proud member of The Military Order of the Carabao and American Legion.
Long before Thomas Brown was voted AOL’s “Best Cruise Line Comedian,” the Tampa, Florida native honed his craft as a child by sneaking into his father’s album and 8-track collection and listening to Richard Pryor until he knew every joke word for word.
Thomas’s father served in World War II and as a child, Thomas noticed things about him were different than other dads in the neighborhood. It wasn’t until he was older and heard his father’s wartime stories that he realized he likely suffered from PTSD.
“I wonder how different it would have been if he could have received help,” Thomas says.
That is why Thomas founded Laughs for the Troops in 2011.
“Every week, I meet these bright young men and women who have come back from the war,” he says. “They thank me and say ‘You have no idea how much laughing helps.’ I wanted to create a way to use my gift of comedy to help other sons and daughters by providing their military parents with the help that my father needed and never received.”
Thomas approached Hank Cintron and Jim Kelley in 2011 with his idea to create Laughs for the Troops. Both were eager to become involved.
No other charity focuses on traumatic brain injury, so Thomas’s goal is to help as many families who are affected by TBI as possible.
Thomas has spent more than two decades making people laugh, and Laughs for the Troops enables him to doing so for a good cause. Laughs for the Troops raises money and awareness through large comedy events.
Thomas has a CD titled “Stupid Things That People Do,” and a cookbook: “From the Stage to the Stove, World’s Funniest Cookbook.” He has headlined national tours alongside star comedians such as Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall.
He also is an accomplished automotive metal fabricator and custom painter who has restored cars for Major League Baseball stars Dwight Gooden and Gary Sheffield, as well as for Tom DuPont, publisher of the DuPont Registry.
Thomas is married to Vanessa has a daughter, Niyah, and a son, Trae.
Becoming an Army Officer can take you places and teach you things you’ve only dreamed of, to solve problems, lead people, and have the opportunity to affect the lives of thousands of people from a multitude of backgrounds and cultures. LTC (Retired) Jim Kelley was born in Gulf Shores, Alabama and was commissioned a Medical Service Corps 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army after graduating from The University of Texas, Austin in 1989. He retired from the Army in February, 2010 after 22 years of service which culminated with him serving as the Director, Medical Plans & Operations at United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Miami.
Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course in San Antonio, Texas, 2nd Lieutenant Kelley reported for duty with the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division. Within just a few months, the Division was mobilized and deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. 2nd Lieutenant Kelley served as the medical platoon leader during this period and earned a bronze star for his efforts in coordinating health service support for the 700 man unit.
Upon returning from the Persian Gulf War, 1st Lieutenant Kelley graduated from the Officer Advanced Course at Fort Sam Houston, was subsequently promoted to Captain and then selected to be a Company Commander in the 1st Cavalry Division. He spent the next four years at Fort Hood, Texas where he served as a Battalion S3 (Operations Officer) and as a Battalion Executive Officer in support of a 600 man unit.
In 1997, Captain Kelley was accepted as a graduate student at Baylor University where he earned an MHA. His next two assignments, the Military Academy at West Point, and the hospital at Fort Carson, Colorado gave him an opportunity to learn the trade of hospital administration. He was promoted to Major while at Fort Carson and selected to attend the Command & General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
After graduating from CGSC, Major Kelley held a variety of operational assignments including two tours to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism. His final assignment in the Army following his last tour in Iraq was as the Director, Medical Operations & Plans, USSOUTHCOM, Miami. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel shortly after arriving in Miami and during this tour was instrumental in training and equipping military medical forces from several countries throughout the Southern Hemisphere in the counter-narcoterrorism effort.
Like most retired military officers, Mr. Kelley continues to study and attend seminars to keep up with the latest developments in his field of Military Health Service. He retains his status as Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives and stays involved with the medical operations network within Army Medical Department.
All of this hard work led to Mr. Kelley being hired as the Senior Director, Federal, managing the Federal accounts at VCE. Vblock Systems from VCE represent the next evolution of IT—one that unleashes simplicity by delivering the extraordinary efficiency and business agility of virtualization and cloud computing. Seamlessly integrating best-in-class compute, network, and storage technologies from industry leaders Cisco, EMC, and VMware, Vblock Systems provide dynamic pools of resources that can be intelligently provisioned and managed to address changing demands and fleeting business opportunities. In this role, Mr. Kelley is responsible for the oversight of 50+ Federal accounts and works with a group of professionals that are collectively changing the IT landscape and developing industry best practices around converged infrastructure.
Mr. Kelley is a results-oriented professional with a unique blend of expertise in managing all aspects of a large multifunctional organization. He has over 25 years of proven experience in selecting, managing and training staff; multi-site leadership; developing and managing budgets; establishing and monitoring productivity goals; and leading cross-functional teams on key projects. He honed his leadership skills by managing large organizations and has extensive experience in negotiating agreements with foreign governments.
Mr. Kelley has been happily married to his wife, Britt, for 22 years and they are the proud parents of two sons, Maxwell who is 13 and Cole who is 10.
Senior VP MSGI DoD and Government Health Technology Sector,
SME for Defense Health Information Management Systems
Philip Thompson is Sr VP for MSGI’s Government Health Technology Sector and SME Task Manager / Product Manager for Defense Health Information Management Systems and Supports Program for the U.S. Department of Defense Health Affairs, Force Health Protection & Readiness.
Mr. Philip Thompson retired from active duty in 2004 with over 23 years of active service in medical and IT fields has provided innovative services to the Military and DoD for over 28 years.
Mr. Thompson has honed his expertise in information technology and mobile computing technologies. He has served as the training director for Defense Health Information Management Systems, working with Department of Defense for the past 7 years. His day-to-day responsibilities include managing technologies for deployments, providing support to U.S. service members and their families, and working in collaboration with the Joint Staff and the military health systems. Additionally, Mr. Thompson integrates medical lessons learned from previous deployments into current policy and develops policies on current and emerging information technology. Currently he serves as SME for DoD on technologies and DoD medical programs, mobile computing and telemedicine. He plans to continue providing exceptional products and services and continue to grow professionally.
Jack of all trades is the top of mind answer as to what Mike does. Taking the impossible or turning around a sinking ship is the task most often to be at Mike’s feet. Whether solving a complex IT problem to rebranding or positioning Mike has over 25 years’ experience helping companies evolve or change to improve performance and enter new endeavors. That 25 years of working with some of the most recognized names in business behind the scenes to improve positioning or find new solutions to improve performance has helped those he has worked with find success or be brought from the brink.
Being someone always up for a challenge Mike joined LFTT to help grow corporate and individual support for the LFTT cause. As LFTT grows and the desire to bring more awareness to PTSD along with helping the Veterans it impacts drives Mike to keep adding new partners to the Laugh’s family. Mike would love to talk to you if you see your company or yourself wanting to get involved and make a difference.
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