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CDR CARL FORKNER, phd, USN(Ret)

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Dr. Forkner is the Commander and a Level II Service Officer at East Valley Chapter 8 for Disabled American Veterans (DAV), assisting his fellow veterans and their families in receiving the benefits & assistance they have earned through their service. He is Chair of the Mesa Veterans Program and a trained Military/Veteran Resource Navigator and Veteran-Ready Healthcare Provider.

Dr. Forkner is President and Chairman of the Board for the East Valley Veterans Foundation, on the Board of Directors of Resurrection Street Ministry, a Champion & Trainer for Dementia Friendly Tempe, Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and an Ambassador for Objective Zero to help prevent military, veteran, and family member suicides. 

After three years teaching at high school and undergraduate collegiate levels, Dr. Forkner served as a commissioned officer in the United Stated Navy from 1983 to 2011. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer and later a Surface Warfare Officer, flying multiple tactical aircraft and operating at sea on 2 submarines, a cruiser, a destroyer, and 12 aircraft carriers. Following his Navy career, Dr. Forkner was Chief Operating Officer and Director of Training at Dynamic Worldwide Training in Tempe, AZ, from 2014-2018 and a Research Psychologist with Vitanya Brain Performance from 2018-2022.

Operational experience during his Navy career included eight overseas deployments. He served in three counter-terrorism operations, including the 1986 Operation El Dorado against Libya, 2001 Operation Enduring Freedom off Afghanistan, and Operation Noble Eagle & Presidential Support while attached to NORAD from 2002-2005. In addition to DAV, he is also a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the American Legion, the Navy League, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

He was recipient of five Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal awards during his career, USO Volunteer Service to Education Award, Coach of the Season Award, Career Connectors Volunteer of the Year Award, and Disabled Veteran of the Year for 2021 and 2022.

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