The 2012 Top 40 Under 40 Military
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Carlos L. Dinkins
Category Manager for PepsiCo in Nashville, Tenn.
Captain Carlos L. Dinkins recently graduated with an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. In August, he became category manager for PepsiCo in Nashville, Tenn. Dinkins, a former Army Captain, led a UAV Platoon that was recognized as one of the best in the U.S. Army. “I wholeheartedly believe that there is no greater honor than leading soldiers in combat and knowing that I brought all my soldiers back from Iraq safely with numerous accolades,” Dinkins says.
Michael D. Dovilla
State Representative of Ohio
Lt. Commander Michael D. Dovilla is one of 99 legislators in Ohio’s House of Representatives. In 2007, then Lt. Commander Dovilla served as a key leader in the Directorate of Intelligence for Combined Joint Task Force, Troy. He provided detailed analysis of more than 25,000 improvised explosive device events in Iraq. For that, Dovilla received the Joint Meritorious Service Medal. He also received the Army Achievement Medal.
Christopher S. Ellis
Special Forces Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Ellis takes his missions in stride, noting, “I’m just proud to serve with a bunch of guys who share a common interest and attitude towards freeing the oppressed.” He joined the Army in 2002. His colleague, Nick Tran, deployed with him to Afghanistan in 2005, says “Chris’ contributions during that deployment saved lives, not just for the men in our unit, but made it safer for our coalition partners and the people of Afghanistan.”
External Affairs Group for USAA
As a new West Point graduate, Army Lt. David Evetts went to Iraq as a fire support officer assigned to 1-18IN within the 1st Infantry Division. In 2011, Evetts entered USAA’s Junior Military Officer Career Development Program. He is now working with a newly formed External Affairs Group to develop an integrated strategy for reaching members, prospects and stakeholders for USAA.
Supply and Logistics Officer for the USS Kentucky
Navy LTJG Richard Kerr’s team is known across the squadrons and Pacific Submarine force for getting the job done and blazing trails through the world of submarine logistics. Kerr is the supply and logistics officer on the USS Kentucky. In February 2013, he’ll become Comptroller and Logistics War Planner for Naval Forces, Korea.
Patrick T. King
Inspection Team Leader on the TYCOM Material Inspection Team for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific
Lt. Patrick T. King earned his Navy Nuclear Engineer qualification and served as a nuclear division officer on an aircraft carrier. He is currently inspection team leader on the TYCOM Material Inspection Team for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific. “We inspect Navy warships in the Pacific Fleet for material condition and combat readiness,” he says.
Kyle D. Kobold
Strategic Weapons Officer, USS Henry M. Jackson
The Navy selected Lt. Kyle D. Kobold to become a NASA astronaut candidate, and the interview process with NASA is still ongoing. Currently, Kobold is strategic weapons officer on the USS Henry M. Jackson submarine. He “mentored a struggling division into a cohesive team,” says Captain Scott C. Swehla. After that, Kobold conducted Naval Special Warfare operations, including SEAL support, for Naval Special Warfare Group Three in Coronado, Calif.
Brian Randy Kossler
Selected to be Company Commander at Fort Riley, Kansas
Captain Brian Randy Kossler “performed magnificently, preparing his unit for combat and remained steadfast during a 12-month deployment to battle in Iraq,” says retired Col. Mark J. McKearn. Kossler successfully led a mechanized Cavalry platoon into combat with no casualties in Mosul. He’s been awarded the Bronze Star for his combat service. He will become a company commander in January 2013 at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Robert K. Lytle
Air Force, Capt
Operations Officer, 32nd Aerial Port Squadron (32 APS) at the 911th Airlift Wing/ARS in Coraopolis, Pa.
During his 2011 deployment, Air Force Captain Robert Lytle led one of the Air Force’s largest and busiest aerial ports in Iraq, says Lt. Col. James M. Klein. Today, Lytle is the Operations Officer and Flight Commander for Passenger Service section and Air Terminal Operations Center at the 911th Airlift Wing/ARS in Coraopolis, Pa. He plans to stay in the Reserves for eight more years. He also is a warehouse professional for a privately-owned company.
Howard Martell, Jr.
Network Security and Information Assurance
During his 20-plus-year Naval service career, Petty Officer, 1st Class Howard Martell, Jr. traveled to 48 countries and helped hundreds of sailors with financial counseling as a Command Financial Specialist. His greatest achievement while in the military was receiving five Navy Marine Corps Achievement medals. Today, Martell is an information technology professional, specializing in network security and information assistance.
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