Ernest T. Reeves, Captain, United States Army Retired:
Nicknamed “ETR,” is a retired United States Army Communications Officer (Signal Corps, U.S. Army Pentagon) entrepreneur, and business owner.
Originally from Greenville North Carolina, he is a graduate of J.H. Rose, Sr. High School and the twelfth child of the late Alfred (a Professional Lawn Care Owner) and Lena Reeves (a Stay At Home Mom). As a little boy he became interested in politics partly as a result of his father’s outstanding longtime lawn care business relationship with Dr. John P. East (Professor, Politician) who became U.S. Senator John P. East (R-NC). As U.S. Senator, Dr. East (R-NC) continued his outstanding longtime business relationship with his father and in 1982 he was advised by Senator East’s Special Assistant (by phone) and later in person by Senator East (R-NC) about cadet training opportunities at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, Fort Monmouth New Jersey and West Point Military Academy, New York.
He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Personnel & Administration School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; U.S. Army NCO Academy, Augsburg, Germany; Highline Community College (AA in Liberal Arts), Des Moines, Washington; Saint Augustine's College (US Army Active Duty 2 Year Green-to-Gold ROTC Scholarship Winner; BA in Communications; Graduated Top 10%, Magna Cum Laude;1st ROTC Region, Fort Bragg, NC; US Army Gold Bar College Recruiter) Raleigh, North Carolina; U.S. Army Signal Corps Officer Basic, Advanced, Automation, Communications Security (COMSEC), and Director of Information Management (DOIM) Courses (Received Memorandum of Commendation and Certificate of Achievement for exceptional academic achievement during the Signal Officer Basic Course; Average percentage grade was 94.29; Selected as a member of the Top 20% of the Signal Officer Basic Course), Fort Gordon, GA; U.S. Army Safety Center & School (OSHA Safety Officer Course), Wahiawa, Hawaii; U. S. Army Combined Arms & Services Staff School (CAS3), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; U.S. Army Recruiting School (Commander’s Recruiting Course), Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Director of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (DISC4) Information Systems Security Managers (ISSM) Course, Fort Lee, Virginia; Department of the Army (Financial Voyages) Inter-Enterprise Risk Management & Control Techniques Course, The Pentagon, Washington, DC, and the United Airlines Talented Management Program (TMP), Headquarters, United Airlines, Chicago, Illinois.
While on active duty, he served key assignments in South Korea; Japan [Executive Officer, Commander, and Secretary for the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) Tokyo, Japan]; West Germany; The Middle East (Combat Zone); Seattle, Washington (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; nominative); Pontiac, Michigan (Commander, Pontiac Recruiting Company; nominative); Washington, D.C. (Headquarters U.S. Army, Department of Defense, Pentagon, nominative); and was selected (hand-picked) as Escort Officer on several occasions for U.S. Ambassador Paul Bremer (Republican), U.S. Administrator for Iraq, President Bush's Coalition Provisional Authority Leader to Iraq (White House Special Duty), 2003.
He was also selected above many high ranking contemporaries to serve as the military assistant to the staff of U.S. Ambassador Darrell Trent (Republican), Minister of Transportation to Iraq. In addition, he played a key role (military actor) for the 2002 United Way Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Film "What Makes America Great." The worldwide released film concentrated on fundraising and special donations for the federal government and is available online at Daily Motion (Rafferty Weiss Media).
After his retirement from active duty (U.S. Army Pentagon) and a brief sabbatical, he accepted a United Airlines management position (Talented Management Program) with Headquarters, United Airlines, Chicago, Illinois as a Supervisor of Airport Operations (RAMP) United Airlines, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois. He also served as Supervisor of Airport Operations (RAMP), United Airlines at Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado, and San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California (management training rotations only).
In 2006, he moved back to Greenville, North Carolina to spend more time with his relatives, go back to college, and start his own business. In 2012, he started Jesusa Coffee, LLC and Jesusa Entertainment, LLC. However, both were put on hold after a proposed location business agreement could not be reached and his uncle became ill. From March 2012 through March 2014 he served as power of attorney and attorney in fact for his uncle who died in March 2014.
In May 2014 he ran for the U.S. Senate to represent North Carolina. He sought the Democratic nomination in the primary, but was defeated by incumbent U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. He received 43,257 votes throughout the state of North Carolina.
In November 2015 he ran for Mayor of Greenville, North Carolina, but was defeated by Incumbent Mayor Allen Thomas.
In March of 2016 he ran for the U.S. Senate to represent North Carolina, but was defeated by U.S. Senate Candidate Deborah Ross. He received more than 91,000 votes across the state of North Carolina.
In June of 2016, he ran and won the NC-03 U.S. Congressional Primary with over 50% of the Democratic vote in his bid for the U.S. Congress 2016. But, lost on November 8, 2016 in the General Election to U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. receiving more than 104,000 votes across the NC-03 U.S. Congressional District.
In April 2017, he was one of two finalists to replace David Hammond on the Pitt County Board of Commissioners (North Carolina) during a special executive committee meeting, but lost to Ann Huggins in a Board of Commissioners weighted voting process.
In November 2017, he ran for Mayor of Greenville, North Carolina, but was defeated by City Council Member PJ Connelly.
In May 2018, he ran for the newly created North Carolina House District 8 Seat, Pitt County, North Carolina, but was defeated by Greenville City Council Member Kandie Smith.
In April 2019, he ran in the special Democratic primary for the U.S. House (North Carolina District 3), but was defeated by Democratic Candidate Allen Thomas.
Captain Reeves, U.S. Army Retired, is a disabled and combat zone veteran who currently serves as an entrepreneur, mentor, advisor, counselor, and advocate for the elderly and people in need on a case-by-case basis.