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The 2011 Top 40 Under 40 Military

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Luke S. Saladyga

LT, U.S. Navy

Data Center Facilities Manager, Google

Google has sent Luke Saladyga overseas to start up a data center in Hamina, Finland as an associate data center facilities manager. “When completed, the Hamina data center will be one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world, utilizing seawater from the Gulf of Finland to cool the computing equipment,” he says. He received the Navy Commendation Medal for developing technical requirements for the next generation of undersea technology for SEALs.

Eduardo Santana

PO1, U.S. Navy

Human Resources Manager, Jamison Professional Services

Along with serving his country, the Navy provided Eduardo Santana the opportunity to travel and pursue his education. After a career that involved “Destinations I would have never dreamed of,” Santana is now human resources manager at Jamison Professional Services. “I am responsible for supporting approximately 200 federal contract employees assigned to clients nationwide with all of their HR needs,” he says. Santana was named Sailor of the Year in 2003 and exited the service in 2004.

Greg E. Saxon

LTJG, U.S. Navy

President of Veteran Technical Services

Greg Saxon’s achievements since retiring from the Navy have been primarily focused on startup companies and successful exits. His proudest has been starting his own Service Disabled, Veteran Owned, Small Business (SDVOSB): Veteran Technical Services. Saxon was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal for the very first successfully developed and deployed technical solution to Baghdad, Iraq in 2004. It led to a significant improvement in the ability to find insurgents and save lives.


Adam Stein

LT, U.S. Navy

Surface Warfare Junior Officer Detailer

As a surface warfare junior officer detailer, Adam Stein is able to mentor and have career management of more than 1,500 officers. Stein has worked with 10 countries in Southeast Asia to increase U.S. military access and develop both social events and complex joint training events. Throughout Southeast Asia, Stein voluntarily planned and executed community service events. “These events generally benefited children or underprivileged residents of these countries and further improved the perception of the United States military,” he says.

Sara “Sumat” Taylor

LCDR, U.S. Navy

Senior Manager, Hawker Beechcraft Co.

In 2004, Navy Commander Tom Baker first met Sara “Sumat” Taylor when she was a junior officer flying F-14B Tomcats at Fighter Squadron Thirty-Two: The Swordsmen. “It was immediately apparent that she was an above average naval officer and radar intercept officer,” Baker says. Today, Taylor is senior manager for Hawker Beechcraft Company. She enjoys volunteer work with the Veterans Affairs, Toys for Tots and Race for the Cure. “She is a rocket ship of success for all transitioning military personnel to emulate,” Baker says.

Daniela Tomatti

SGT, U.S. Army

Senior Financial Analyst, Plastipak Packaging, Inc.

Shortly before attaining her high school diploma, the country came under attack on 9/11, Daniela Tomatti says. She felt she could make a greater impact as a soldier. She was the project lead in the logistical planning and transfer of her unit’s combat equipment in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Tomatti was also named Soldier of the Month for the 299th Forward Support Battalion. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and International Business from Florida International University. Today, Tomatti is a senior financial analyst for Plastipak Packaging internationally.

Brian O. Valhuerdi

Sgt, U.S. Marine Corps

Project Manager, Flowserve Corp.

While at a military hiring conference, “The Marine mentality kicked in,” Brian O. Valhuerdi says. He didn’t take no for an answer after hearing of a position he wanted, and now, “I sit in the desk,” he says. He’s project manager for Flowserve Corp. During his Marine Corps service, Valhuerdi is most proud of time he spent on recruiting duty. “The rigorous daily grind on the streets recruiting for the Marine Corps is a big feat,” he says.

Andrea C. Walker

LCDR, U.S. Navy

Assistant Officer In Charge

As a youngster, Andrea Walker traveled overseas with her father. “Those trips introduced me to foreign lands and helped me better appreciate the freedoms that were given to U.S. citizens,” she says. Her most significant achievements in the U.S. Navy have been becoming an aerospace maintenance duty officer and coordinating the Base Realignment And Closure move of Airborne Early Warning Squadron 77 (VAW 77) from Atlanta, Ga., to New Orleans, La. Today, she is assistant officer in charge at the Air Logistics Training Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Richard P. Walsh

PO2, U.S. Navy

Site Implementation Team Leading Chief

Richard P. Walsh is both a dedicated service member and an inventor. His solutions could potentially produce great savings for the DoD. Walsh, a Navy PO2, wants to finish his degree and apply for an officer program. “In the years to come, I plan to prompt change in the entire maintenance concept for the DoD,” he says.

Robert S. Whynot

SCPO, U.S. Navy

Command Master Chief

“As a senior chief petty officer, I gauge my successes primarily by the development of the sailors I lead,” says Robert S. Whynot, adding he’s had great mentors during his nearly 20 years of service. Whynot served onboard USS BENFOLD in 2005 and helped Indonesian Tsunami victims. Soon after, Whynot was selected as the naval surface forces Pacific Sailor of the Year, representing a field of more than 40,000 Sailors. He also received the Navy-Marine Corps Association Leadership award. Command Master Chief Joseph Grgetich says Whynot is “an unparalleled leader committed to excellence.”


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