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Christopher Baggett

Air Force, MSgt

Aircraft Mechanic

Air Force MSgt Christopher Baggett spends his days ensuring that aircraft are maintained properly, “so pilots can out-fly, out-gun and out-perform any other country in the air, and then safely return to their families,” he says. Baggett is an aircraft mechanic on fifth generation aircraft and has served 20 years in the Air Force. In 2007, Baggett was awarded the “412th Maintenance Group CMSgt. Thomas N. Barnes Crew Chief of the Year.”

Marc D. Benson

U.S. Coast Guard, LT

Enforcement Officer

Lt. Marc D. Benson’s Coast Guard career has involved “saving boaters in peril, seizing over two tons of illegal narcotics and securing the coasts and borders of America.” Benson’s demanding leadership roles have included leading 18 sailors as executive officer of a patrol boat in the Persian Gulf. Benson earned the 2012 Pat Tillman Military Scholar Award. Benson will attend Columbia Business School for the next two years.

Bryan Bergjans

Navy, LTJG

Assistant Vice President and Lending Manager, Mortgage Banking Division of Chase Bank

Navy LTJG Bryan Bergjans was on active duty from 1995 to 1998 and then transferred to the Reserves, until 2001, when he exited. He reentered the Reserves in 2007 and received his officer commissioning in 2010. He currently serves in the Naval Reserves as a Supply Corp Officer. Since April 2010, Bergjans has also been assistant vice president and lending manager for the Mortgage Banking Division of Chase Bank.

Mike Boswell

Navy, LT

Nuclear Engineering Officer and current student at Columbia Business School

Lt. Mike Boswell, who worked as a nuclear engineering officer, hopes to work in management consulting after graduating with an MBA from Columbia Business School in May 2013. During his Navy career, Boswell notably developed a plan to turn around an underachieving maintenance group, resulting in a 60-percent reduction in material deficiencies in less than a month. At Columbia, he interned at PowerAdvocate and did an analysis of supply chains of multiple Fortune 500 utility companies.

David Bryant

Army, CPT

Graduate Student, University of London

Army Captain David Bryant’s most significant achievement has been “training our Army’s youngest soldiers” as a Basic Combat Training Company Commander. He will receive a master’s in Public Policy and Management from the University of London in 2014. A West Point graduate, Bryant was Executive Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division HQ. Two years later, he assumed command of a Basic Training Company in Fort Jackson, S.C. “I had the honor of leading the most professional soldiers I’ve ever encountered,” he says.

Thomas Bushur

Air Force, Capt

Protocol Officer

Being compared to “duct tape” was “the most personally gratifying statement” that Air Force Captain Thomas Bushur received from a supervisor, because of his knack for “holding everything together and keeping the mission on track.” Bushur received his master’s degree in Public Administration in May 2012 from Bowie State University. During his military career, he was stationed at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, as a section chief, providing personnel services to more than 4,600 members.

Andrea M. Deese

Navy, PO1

Recently exited from the Navy

While serving with Assault Craft Unit 4 (the home of the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet Hovercraft), Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea M. Deese performed in “spectacular fashion,” says Captain Kenneth C. Levins. Her myriad of duties included working with the command training department as an instructor and collateral duty career counselor, assisting more than 690 sailors in their professional development.

Jared Dela Cruz

Navy, PO2

Service Assitant at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Service Assistant at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, Calif. Born and raised in Tarlac, Philippines, Edwin Jared J. Dela Cruz completed 51 semester hours of a pre-med program at the University of the Philippines before immigrating to the United States. In 2008, he enlisted in the Navy and was deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in 2009. “He is a positive go-getter and risk taker,” says Mario Teron Lamar, a colleague onboard the USS Emory S. Land.

Denis Delacruz

Navy, PO2

Recently exited from the Navy

PO2 Denis Delacruz “stands out among others, because he is a true top performer with exceptional rating knowledge, leadership and his ability for completing projects with superior quality,” says Jesse Lillico, who worked with him a year in the Public Works Department, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Marianas, Guam. He received commendations from a rear admiral for superb leadership and also for exemplary performance and exited in September 2012.

Christina Rivera Dibble

Army, SGT

Program Manager for Military Talent Acquisition at Sears Holdings Corp.

Former U.S. Army Sergeant Christina Dibble “has built a rock solid reputation in veteran advocacy,” says Chris Brathwaite, vice president of communications and public relations for Sears Holding Corp. where Dibble works as program manager of employment. In addition to being a veteran, she is also a military spouse. At Sears, she increased military hiring by 150 percent in fewer than two years. Dibble has worked on the Annual Shareholders Meeting and “has been an exemplary ambassador” for Sears, adds Brathwaite.



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