Newsmaker: Carlos Carmona
Noteworthy: Carmona led the fundraising effort that supported the Steel City Salutes the Troops event Saturday in Point State Park. More than 5,000 attended the military open house.
Family: Wife, Beth; daughter, Hope, 10; son, Dakota, 5
Position: Carmona is president of the Fort Pitt Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, an all-volunteer nonprofit that advocates for the military on Capitol Hill and raises money for military families. He makes his living as a supply chain leader for a private company.
Education: Carmona has a bachelor’s degree in physiology from Iowa State University.
Background: Carmona served as an Army officer from 2002 through 2009 in both the active and reserve forces, making several deployments in supporting roles to Afghanistan and Iraq. When some of his former Army bosses learned he was working in Pittsburgh, they asked him to get involved with the local chapter of the association. He has since become the chapter president and is leading an effort to expand its work in Western Pennsylvania. The association became involved in the Steel City event both to support the Pennsylvania National Guard’s program and to donate unused funds to local guard units’ family readiness groups.
Quote: “All money will go to military families, the family readiness groups. The goal would be to donate money to them or, if they have an event, they can reach out to us for help.”