The 2011 Top 40 Under 40 Military
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CW4, U.S. Army
Field Service Engineer, Siemens Energy Inc.
Pedro Munoz is currently working for Siemens Energy Inc. as a field service engineer. Munoz, a retired CW4, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served with the 3rd Infantry Division and the 13th Sustainment Command. He also serves as an officer in his local Warrant Officer Association and helps out his local community by visiting retirement homes.
Thomas Destre Pagsisihan
SSgt, U.S. Marine Corps
Production Manager, Mollertech, LLC
Thomas Destre Pagsisihan is the production manager at Michigan based Mollertech, LLC. He was an avionics technician in the Marines before separating in October 2000. “I enjoyed taking that Marine that was lost and helping he or she to become the best Marine that they could be,” he says. Dan Belcher of Neuco Distributors in Conyers, Ga., says Pagsisihan is “One of the finest leaders I’ve ever met. I discovered him to be truly innovative in his ability to understand and solve very complex issues.”
PO2, U.S. Navy
Work Center Supervisor
Patrick Parker’s most significant achievements during his military service include successfully completing three deployments to the Persian Gulf, consistently earning early promote evaluations and being named Sailor of the Year at his first command. He joined the Navy from a small town in Southern Maine, “Very anxious to get away from home and experience something new.” When Hurricane Katrina hit, he helped families in need by providing food, water and shelter.
PO1, U.S. Navy
Maintenance Electrician, Constellation Energy
James C. Piatt had about 10 years of progressive experience in naval nuclear power, when he took a step away between 2004 and 2009, working for companies that included Trane, CARQUEST and Bergstrom Inc. But in 2009, he returned to his nuclear roots as a maintenance electrician with Constellation Energy. Piatt is finishing his Master’s in Performance Improvement from Grantham University, after earning his MBA at the same school.
CPT, U.S. Army
IT professional, General Dynamics Information Technology
“My biggest achievement since leaving Active Duty was to restructure my entire life,” says Matthew Raymond. Today he is an IT professional working on his MBA. He spent seven years in the Army, and he’s most proud that each soldier from his first deployment returned home safely. “I saw peers who decided to stay in because they were afraid to try a new career path while the economy was not performing well; however, I stepped out boldly to find a new way,” says the Bronze Star recipient.
Raymond M. Rhodes
Cpl, U.S. Marine Corps
Computer Support Specialist, City of Sanibel
Raymond Rhodes is a computer support specialist for The City of Sanibel, Fla. Police Department. “At the end of the day, I feel a true sense of accomplishment,” he says. Graduating with honors from Florida Gulf Coast University while working full-time and taking care of his 2-year-old son, Rhodes says he’s proud of his Marine Corps service. He cited a memorable accomplishment when he was part of a team of technicians and mechanics that maintained a steady 95 percent flight readiness for helicopters, and when he represented the Marines in the “Toys for Tots” program collecting more than 72,000 toys.
CPT, U.S. Army
Executive Dir., Give an Hour
Give an Hour provides free mental health services to veterans, families and service members, and Eric Rogers is the executive director. “We have a national provider network of over 5,500 licensed therapists and continue to grow,” he says. A company commander in Iraq 2005-2006, he returned in 2010, as the assistant to Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, 20 years after she was a POW. The son of an immigrant, Rogers helped bring together nonprofit and faith based organizations in Pittsburgh serving Burmese refugees.
CPT, U.S. Army
Project Dir., Grameen America
A Guatemalan internship for his MBA helped former Army Ranger Socrates Rosenfeld crystallize a big dream to launch a corporation that will stave off human suffering. In 2011, Rosenfeld worked with Grameen Bank in the Mayan Highlands before taking a job as project director with Grameen America in Boston. Rosenfeld has a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Management Studies from West Point.
Maj, U.S. Air Force
Corporate Manager, Sikorsky Aerospace
Cathy Royster is a corporate manager for Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance Service Programs, responsible for cradle-to-grave Army, Air Force and foreign government helicopter maintenance programs valued at more than $60 million. She enlisted in 1999 as an aerospace medicine technician, later pursuing a master’s degree and receiving a commission in the U.S. Air Force. Royster left active duty in 2006 to become the Conn. deputy state public affairs officer.
LCDR, U.S. Navy
Legislative Fellow to Sen. John McCain
“During my 24 years of working for Sen. John McCain, Joe Ruzicka has been the premier Defense Fellow in the history of our office,” says Joe Donoghue, Legislative Director. A major contributor to strategic level DoD programs as well as the United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty, Ruzicka has worked directly with the Senate Armed Services Committee Staff, advising Sen. McCain on critical elements of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Ruzicka also has been F 14 Tomcat Demonstration Team Coordinator, organizing and planning 21 air show locations across the United States and Canada.
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