Mr. Anthony W. Gortemiller, Kärcher North America, USA

US Marketing Director

Currently, the U.S. Marketing Director for Business Development for Karcher North America in support of Karcher Futuretech. Tony has a career that has specialized in Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA). Enlisted in the military in 1983, commissioned and retired from the Army in 2017 after 33 ½ service (24 active duty). After retirement from the military, Tony served in several Department of the Army civilian positions that included selection as the Deputy Branch Chief, Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, Capabilities Development & Integration Directorate (CDID), Army Futures Command (AFC) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

During his military career, he served as the Homeland Defense/Civil Support Total Force Integrator for five years at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He led the CBRN School’s effort to enhance the mass casualty decontamination (MCD) process, refining Tactics, Training and Procedures (TTPs), and implementing changes to the Combined Army Training Strategy (CATS). Tony received accolades from the USACBRNS Commandant, as well as Army North and Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) leadership for overseeing the operational assessment during the Sudden Response (SR) 16-1 exercise that demonstrated an increased throughput with less manpower. This MCD process was implemented Army wide.

Tony also served as Joint Planning Group and Plans Chief for Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), Fort Monroe, VA. He was responsible for writing CONPLAN (DSCA)3501, the Department of Defense’s domestic CBRN response and all-hazards DSCA operations in support of the lead federal agency in order to save lives, mitigate human suffering, and prevent further injury.

Tony is a published author – “Joint Task Force Civil Support and Military Domestic CBRN response: A Joint Mission, Joint Force and Joint Training,” in the 2018 Countering WMD Journal and received numerous awards and recognition to include Ancient Order of the Dragon recipient for his over 20 years of service in the Chemical Corps.

LTC (RET) Gortemiller is a 1987 graduate of Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, AR and graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management in 2007. He was recently inducted into the Arkansas Tech University, ROTC Hall Honor for distinguished military service in 2020.

He and his wife, Paula have four children, Tessie, Brandon, Ian and Chase. He and his wife reside in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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