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Clarence Matthews

Army, CPT

Department Supervisor, Pegasus Steel, LLC

Clarence Matthews, a former Army Captain who saw two Iraq tours, enjoys that his current work as a department supervisor with Pegasus Steel, LLC continues to support the military. “It’s nice working in the ‘heartbeat’ of America’s economy and, better yet, I still get to support our efforts overseas and protect soldiers. He organized a bicycling fundraiser in May and raised several thousand dollars for GallantFew, Inc. Matthews was trained in the Army’s anti-suicide program and is listed on GallantFew’s website as an emergency contact.

Robert W. McFarlin, IV

Navy, LCDR

Surface Force Detailer

As Commanding Officer of the USS Typhoon, Lt. Commander Robert W. McFarlin IV conducted a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf. “Just days after President Ahmadinejad threatened to close the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz, my ship was selected to conduct a transit to prove that the U.S. would not flinch from such saber rattling.” He received the 2009 Navy and Marine Corps Society Leadership Award. McFarlin also volunteers as a Big Brother.

Sean McGee

Air Force, SSgt

Field Service Technician, Worthington Compressor Services

As a SSgt, McGee was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for hard work and discipline while deployed to Turkey in 2007. “Not a day goes by that I don’t use a skill someone taught me through their excellent leadership abilities or personal knowledge of aircraft maintenance,” he says. In January 2012, he became a field service technician for Worthington Compressor Services in Alpharetta, GA.

Troy Mueller

Air Force, Lt Col

Department Head for Systems Engineering and Acquisition at MITRE Corp.

Air Force Lt. Col. Troy Mueller leads a 40-person team supporting multiple organizations within the Undersecretary for Management structure of the Department of Homeland Security. His team’s successes range “from development and implementation of information technology governance and oversight frameworks, to guiding a $2.7 billion program through the Federal Department Level oversight and approval processes,” he says.

Brian O’Connor

Marines, Sgt

Account Executive for

As an account executive for, former Marine Sergeant Brian O’Connor is responsible for identifying and launching software startups for the Cloud marketplace. Sergeant O’Connor had two deployments to the Middle East, where he supported aircraft operations. “His attitude was top-notch in difficult situations, and he made life aboard a ship in theater bearable,” says Curtis Larsen, who served on the Tarawa with him.

John Olson

Navy, LT

Independent Financial Advisor, First Command Financial Services

Former Navy Lt. John Olson is a financial advisor for First Command Financial Services in Annapolis, Md. Olson is a 2002 U.S. Naval Academy graduate. He served aboard the USS Connecticut from 2004-2007. After, he was a staff officer who briefed the Chief of Naval Operations and Secretary of Defense.

Sean P. O’Reilly

Army, CPT

General Manager, JP Morgan Chase

Since former CPT Sean P. O’Reilly exited the Army, he’s led military recruiting programs at Leo Burnett, USAA and JP Morgan. He is currently general manager of the JP Morgan and Chase Sapphire credit card portfolios. He was on active duty from 1994 to 1998. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School in 2010 while working full-time at Chase.

Carrie Papproth

Army, 1LT

Public Health Nurse, Federal Occupational Health at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Fort Meade, Md.

Army 1st Lt. Carrie Papproth is an “exemplary model for nursing care, patient advocacy and public health education” in her service with the Federal Occupational Health at the Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Md., says Nellie N. Washington, wellness program manager. Her focus is suicide prevention, PTSD and military sexual trauma. She and another soldier administer PTSD support on a social media site.

Aaron S. Reed

Army, SGT

Lead of Surgical Technology, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn, Wis.

Former Army Sgt. Aaron S. Reed is Lead of Surgical Technology at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, a 40-bed hospital in Elkhorn, Wis. During his combat tour in Afghanistan, Reed supervised the night shift of an operating room and was a key player on the hospital’s security team. He served on three humanitarian aid missions in South and Central America.

Christina I. Rodriguez

Marines, Sgt

Christina Rodriguez has a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics with a double minor in logistics and management. She was NCO of the quarter for the Marine Aircraft Group 31 four times and received a Naval Commendation Medal for being second Marine aircraft wing NCO of the quarter.




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