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The 2011 Top 40 Under 40 Military

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Mike Almeyda

CPT, U.S. Army

Compliance Auditor, SERC Reliability Corp.

CPT Mike Almeyda has “an extreme passion” for health. Aside from his civilian career as a compliance auditor, he’s an independent coach with Team Beachbody in Charlotte, NC. Almeyda was a freshman at West Point on 9/11. As a former Army Ranger, he’s most proud of bringing soldiers home twice without casualties. “I would do it (again) without blinking an eye,” he says.

Jason R. Betzing

CPO, U.S. Coast Guard

Chief Machinery Technician

Three years from Coast Guard retirement, Betzing is a chief machinery technician. He’s working on his Master’s in Business Administration/Marketing at Columbia Southern University. He’s also an artist, with gallery representation in North Carolina and has created a mural for the Youth Center at Selfridge ANGB near Detroit. His family regularly volunteers with organizations including the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Toys for Tots and others.

Tony Bryan

SSG, U.S. Army

Assoc. Dir. of Development, The Mission Continues

For the past two years, Tony Bryan has been raising millions of dollars for The Mission Continues, a nonprofit assisting returning veterans. Bryan “is deeply committed to changing the way this country welcomes home its post-9/11 veterans,” says Spencer Kympton, Chief Development and Partnerships Officer. Bryan manages a stewardship program on track to raise $9 million in 2011 and more than $20 million in 2012. During his nine year Army career, the Dept. of the Army selected him as the youngest Drill Sergeant in an organization of 100 soldiers.

Jeramy S. Bush

CPO, U.S. Navy

Drilling Fluid Specialist, M-I Swaco

Jeramy S. Bush is a drilling fluid specialist with M-I Swaco. He served in the Navy from 1999 to 2011. Prior to leaving the service, he was Division Officer at the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss. He managed 27 Navy and Marine Corps instructors in the administration, training and career development of 360 joint service and international students annually. “Being able to lead, teach and help sailors was the most amazing thing about my career,” he says.

Bronston Clough

CPT, U.S. Army

Unit Manager, Carrier Corp.

Bronston Clough segued from his career as an Army Ranger to the corporate world. He’s unit manager for a 360 person coil shop. Author of “Get Tabbed: How to Graduate Ranger School,” Clough is recognized as the best unit manager in the plant where he works by his operations manager, Richard Reeves. “He ranks in the top one percent of all salaried people I have worked with in over 35 years.”

Yesenia De La Rosa

SGT, U.S. Army

Electronic Technician, SAIC Corp.

Yesenia De La Rosa works for Science Applications International Corporation in Afghanistan as an Electronic Technician and is also expected to complete her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2012 from the University of Texas at Arlington. De La Rosa says service to her country allowed her to set an example. “I decided to join the military to get out of the poverty and lifestyle that my family and I were living, hoping to show them a different way of life.”

Jason S. Dickie

CPT, U.S. Army

Dir., Human Resources, Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office

In 2003, at age 30, Jason S. Dickie became one of the youngest assistant deputy superintendents in the history of the Norfolk County, Mass. Sheriff’s Office. During an extensive six month training tour, Dickie visited several correctional institutions where he revamped the security process. In 2007, he was promoted director of human resources, overseeing more than 300 employees and several hundred retirees.

Peter Foradori, Jr.

Capt, U.S. Marine Corps

Integrated Activity Planner, Shell Exploration and Production Co.

While deciding to leave the Marine Corps, Peter Foradori, Jr.’s greatest concern was finding a job that made a difference. “Thankfully, I found a home on the exploration and production side of our domestic natural gas industry,” he says. He also donated time to the Chesapeake Bass Tournament charity, organizing and operating a fishing tournament and auction in southwest Texas. The group donates funds to the Show of Support charity, which provides “dream hunts” to wounded warriors.

Joseph E. Guzman

LTC, U.S. Army

Deputy Dir. of Space Forces

LTC Joseph E. Guzman coordinates space operations and support for U.S. and Coalition Forces in the U.S. Central Command. He’s deputy director of Space Forces at Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar. A 1994 West Point electrical engineering graduate, Guzman has worked on a wide variety of operations in Space Force Enhancement and Space Control. “He is a master of Army Space operations and is one of the very best known and sought after leaders in our business,” says his former commander, LTC J. Dave Price.

Paul Hardy

Capt, U.S. Air Force

Area Manager, Amazon

Capt. Paul Hardy, now an area manager with Amazon, deployed twice to the U.S. Central Command. He served as group executive officer and senior advisor/team leader in Baghdad. Hardy was named Company Grade Officer of the Year and the Lance P. Sijan Leadership winner for 2010, ranking him one of 213 junior managers in his organization and in the top 1 percent of 950 junior managers in his region.

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