The NC Department of Military and Veterans Affairs recently welcomed two new Assistant Secretaries. Jim Prosser, the new Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, was previously the Director, Veterans Services Division, Community Support Services Department, Mecklenburg County and was responsible for the largest Veterans Service Office in the state. He served in the United States Air Force for 27 years and retired as a First Sergeant. Most of his career involved helping others as a Mental Health Technician, Radiology Technician, and in Medical Support roles.

Joe Kelly, the new Assistant Secretary of Military Affairs, was previously the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City. He served in the Coast Guard for 27 years and retired as a Captain. Most of his career focused on aviation and small boat operations. He spent 5 years on the Atlantic Area Staff in Portsmouth, VA, serving as the senior aviator providing oversight to aviation operations and support throughout the eastern United States. He joins the team after a year working in the business consulting industry.

Ilario Pantano has left his position with the Department and is now serving as Senior Director Community Service for USA Serves, Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Syracuse University. He continues to reside in NC and will be working with the four sites of NC Serves.