Senior Vice President
With strategic brand messaging being the backbone of all external communications as well as an insiders understanding of the field of play; very few possess the insight and access as Kirt Rothe. Kirt has transition his distinguished 25-year career in military service and law enforcement to offer SpecOps Communications' clients a true insiders perspective coupled with key external drivers such as branding, media relations and marcomm.
As the Branch Chief of the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), Glynco facility where he ran training operations in multiple disciplines of law enforcement training at the FLETC, Kirt engaged with and led the training for law enforcement agencies on the Federal, State and local levels. This included introductions to new products, navigation of the federal procurement process, techniques, tactics and training innovation, along with the leadership skills required to run programs of this magnitude.
Leadership is not something new to Kirt, and his rise through the ranks within the US Army demonstrates his ability to get the job on both the macro and micro level. He retired from the Army in 2010 as a Major, after being injured in an IED ambush on his extended combat tour in Afghanistan, and the fourth deployment of his career; he previously served missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Prior to joining the Army, Kirt held posts at the DHS, TSA Air Marshal Training Division as well as several other state and local law enforcement agencies.
• DHS/FLETC Directors award for innovation in training.
• Presidential Volunteer Service Award for service with the Wounded Warrior Project.
• Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (6), Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Reserve Component Achievement Medal (6)
• Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2), Reserve Deployment Ribbon (3), Global War on Terrorism Medal, Combat Action Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
He is a member of the International Association of Chief's of Police, National Sheriff's Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, former board member of the FLETC Veterans Council and a Wounded Warrior Project peer mentor.
Kirt holds a Bachelor's Degree from Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI and a Masters Degree from the American Military Institute Fort Knox, KY. Currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration through Grantham University Lenexa, KS.