Tennessee Veterans Business Association announced today that Command Sgt. Major (Ret.) Tom Satterly, whose life, along with his teammates’ lives, was portrayed in the Oscar Winning 2001 Film Black Hawk Down, will serve as Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Keynote Dinner and Reception on Monday, Jan. 29th at Crowne Plaza in Knoxville.
A highly-decorated combat veteran, Tom served in the Army 25 years – 20 in the U.S. Military’s most elite Tier One unit, Delta Force, and has been involved in and led some of our nation’s most important campaigns.
As a member of Delta Force, Tom has been deployed countless times, and led hundreds of missions. Beyond Tom’s proven experience of leadership and critical decision making in high-risk environments, Tom also has fought and is winning his own “silent war” off the battlefield, at one time coming close to taking his own life and becoming a statistic. His innate strengths of courage, perseverance, and “can do” attitude has saved his life countless times.
Tom will be accompanied by his wife, Jen, who will be a Special Guest Speaker that evening. Jen will speak on behalf of veteran spouses, discussing the challenges facing the veteran’s spouse and family after a lifetime of supporting the choice to serve, the struggle to reintegrate with the family, the community and life in general. There is no greater pain than watching a loved on suffer and experiencing the degeneration of the marriage and the family that happens simultaneously. Jen Satterly was a filmmaker and photographer for 15 years, spending the last three years as Director of Film and Photography fully embedded in Special Operation training missions. After she and Tom married, she began searching for answers to help them both find a way to constructively deal with the chronic pain, severe depression, anger issues and a long list of medical challenges.
Jen is now a Certified Health Coach, committed to helping veterans and their families. She is the co-Founder and Executive Director of All Secure Foundation, serving retired/ETS veterans by raising awareness and funds to assist those who cannot afford treatment for their specific challenges.