KEYNOTE: JOHN CULP, Lt Colonel, US Army AND
John Culp is a native of North Carolina and is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. Although he started out as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (EOD - Bomb Tech) as an enlisted man in the 1970’s, he spent the bulk of his Army career in Infantry and Special Forces assignments. The Army sent him back to EOD school in the late 1990’s to prepare him for missions as a UN Arms Inspector in Iraq. Upon retirement from the Army, John joined the CIA and was in their explosives and weapons programs as a staff officer and contractor, training and working with foreign bomb squads, until he retired in 2019. He deployed five times to Afghanistan and five times to Iraq. He proposed to Bomb Techs Without Borders (BTWOB) that they conduct operations in Ukraine and established their presence in country in April 2022. He spent most of 2022 in Ukraine or in other European countries supporting BTWOB.
Donna Culp was born in Michigan, the daughter of a career Air Force NCO. She lived in Michigan, Alaska, Tennessee, and Texas, growing up. She became an Occupational Therapist and later joined the Air Force, leaving after 6 ½ years as a Captain. After retirement from civilian work as an OT, she also joined the CIA where she served as a Logistics Officer in various locations including Jordan and Iraq prior to her retirement from the Agency in 2016. Donna is currently the President of the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and is very active in veterans’ affairs in Western North Carolina. As a volunteer with Bomb Techs Without Borders (BTWOB), she served as a medical and logistics coordinator, and made two, month-long trips to Poland, Hungary, and Ukraine in that role.
John & Donna met in Fayetteville, NC, where he was assigned to Fort Bragg, and she was working at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center after leaving the Air Force. They were married in the JFK Special Warfare Center Chapel in 1994.
Mission To Ukraine: Bomb Techs Without Borders. The quest to help train and improve operations between the EOD and Sapper organizations.
John and Donna Culp both traveled to Ukraine twice in 2022-23 to support the operations of a non-governmental organization (NGO), Bomb Techs Without Borders. John was the first on the ground for and charted the course for BTWOB, intending to improve operations between the various Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and sapper (combat engineer) organizations in Ukraine. Donna primarily assisted in logistics support and medical emergency planning, but her veteran connections led directly to a meeting with one of the principal EOD entities in Ukraine. She was a key player in efficiently getting proper medical care for U.S. Marine veteran who had been severely wounded fighting for Ukraine. Their talk will cover a little on their military and civilian background to do this work and what they found in Ukraine, as well as the importance of continuing support to Ukraine during and after this war. Both are military veterans with previous war zone experience.
KEVIN W. MCCLAIN | Board Accredited Investigator & President, Kevin W. McClain Investigations Ltd.
Kevin W. McClain is a licensed private investigator in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri. He is a Board-Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, a Board Accredited Investigator and President of Kevin W. McClain Investigations Ltd., which is a multistate investigative firm (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kentucky) with 10 investigators that have over 200 years of investigative experience. He is qualified as an expert in Criminal Investigations, and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. He has also been a college instructor in personal security. Mr. McClain began his career in 1993 and gained distinction as one of the regions premier private investigators assisting some of the finest criminal defense and civil attorneys with major felonies, personal injuries, accident investigations, transportation risk management claims, wrongful deaths, workers comp investigations, excessive force shootings, civil rights investigations, police misconduct investigations, white collar defense investigations, corporate investigations, military investigations and high profile media cases. Mr. McClain conducts cyber investigations to assist with companies’ analysis of their website and social media image, expert witness, and jury backgrounds, and gathering critical evidence and locating witnesses from scenes through open-source intelligence investigation techniques.
He has been a featured speaker at the national and international conferences for NLADA, NACDL, NCISS, NALI, NAPD, Intellenet and Federal Defenders. He has spoken for the IICLE, ISBA, IACDL, MACDL, Arizona, California, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas Wisconsin, and Wyoming, Public Defenders. Mr. McClain has presented on over 25 different investigative subject matters and in 25 states as well as internationally.
Mr. McClain is the founder of the READI Response Investigative Network and patented technology READI Response, www.readiresponse.com. An investigative network of over 500 investigators connected through mobile app technology. His parent company READI Innovations is a technology company that combines the experience of an elite, nationwide private detective network with a state-of-the-art mobile APP. The READI Response solution provides a valuable tool in the risk management marketplace designed to protect a customer’s exposure by having patented technology to start the investigation immediately after the crash happens. READI Response helps clients minimize the costs and valuable resources directed at the management of incidents and accidents.
Mr. McClain has recently been featured on the Oxygen Network series “Snapped” and the A&E Series “The Accused”. Mr. McClain has also worked extensively with the Center of Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and is on the faculty at the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College and is a contract investigator for the Missouri Public Defenders, Kentucky Public Defenders, Federal CJA Panel Investigators, The Illinois Innocence Project and the Exoneration Project in Chicago. Mr. McClain can be reached at 877-532-1152, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or www.mcclaininvestigations.com, www.readiresponse.com
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