The 2012 Top 40 Under 40 Military
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Senior Legislative Advisor, Army Congressional Budget Liaison, Pentagon
West Point graduate Major Stephen Rubright had already fulfilled his duty service obligation and was a sales and marketing manager for Merck Co. when the Iraq War broke out. So he volunteered for the Army Reserves and requested duty in Iraq. Today, he’s senior legislative advisor within the Army’s Budget Liaison office. He regularly briefs senior Army leaders, including the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army.
Nicholas A. Schaaf
Student, DePaul University, Chicago
Petty Officer, 2nd Class Nicholas A. Schaaf served from 2004 to 2012. Schaaf deployed to the Middle East in 2006. He was part of the Forward Deployed Naval Force from July 2007 to September 2009. He also volunteered to produce and install 43 murals on Navy ethos and history at a Navy Apprenticeship School at the Naval Station Great Lakes.
Director of Strategy and Research for The Mission Continues
Former Army Captain Aaron Scheinberg “has followed an impressive arc, from undergraduate service at West Point, to combat military service in Iraq, to international service,” says Spencer Kympton, COO of The Mission Continues. Scheinberg is director of strategy and research at The Mission Continues. During his 2005 deployment to Iraq’s “Triangle of Death,” Scheinberg used Arabic skills to build relationships and was civil affairs director for the Haswah and Iskandariah region.
Small Arms Service Center Supervisor, AC First
U.S. Marine Corps, Matthew Sibley’s shop oversees the small arms repair efforts covering half of Afghanistan for allied personnel. He also served as an armorer for SEAL Team 3 during OIF, helped train the Saudi Arabian Royal Marines in anti-terrorism tactics, and graduated No.1 of 795 in marksmanship at Arizona’s Correctional Officer Training.
MBA at Georgetown University
Army Captain Van Standifer became a paratrooper after working in government and public consulting. Standifer was the senior HR officer for a 600-soldier combat unit at U.S. Army Garrison Schweinfurt (Germany), says Lt. Col. Everett S. P. Spain. He led numerous unit improvement projects, coordinated dozens of special ceremonies and executed a one-year Afghanistan deployment, Spain observed.
Air Force, SSgt
Munitions Controller, Hurlburt Field Air Force Base
For the past three years, Air Force Staff Sergeant Janson Taylor has been munitions controller at Special Operations Headquarters at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base. He’s “displayed exceptional leadership” by controlling several munitions operations and overseeing the build-up and delivery of munitions worth $44 million, says Captain Jessica L. Terrell. “I have seen him train and mentor airmen that he supervises to members of a team with integrity,” Terrell says.
Kevin J. Terrazas
Lawyer, Yetter Coleman LLP in Houston
Since joining the Houston law firm of Yetter Coleman LLP, former Captain Kevin Terrazas has handled matters ranging from civil rights, to intellectual property, to commercial litigation. He notably litigated a case against the City of Austin for discrimination against officers in its fire department and protected the voting rights of a citizen from Boerne, Texas. Terrazas was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne as the Division Artillery’s assistant operations, personnel and supply officer.
Maintenance Production Supervisor, Naval Aviation Maintenance Programs
Marine Staff Sergeant Charles Trim is the maintenance productions supervisor for the Aviation Division at New River Air station in Jacksonville, N.C. “With his experience in both the aircraft electrical maintenance and the administrative know-how of quality assurance, he was able to successfully prepare a division of over 220 Marines for a multitude of required inspections in April and again in August of 2012,” says Captain Marc C. Riddle, Avionic Officer.
J.M. Woody van Horn
Accredited Certified Sommelier
Former Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class J.M. Woody van Horn served in the Navy from 2003 to 2007, where he worked in a high-stress environment, specializing in tactical information coordination, anti-submarine warfare and Tomahawk missile strikes. Today, he’s an accredited certified sommelier by the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Certified Wine Professional™ by the Culinary Institute of America and a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) by the Society of Wine Educators
John R. Young, Jr.
Government contractor with Fluor Government Group
As an African-American, Army 2nd Lt. John R. Young Jr. “wanted to continue a time-honored tradition of serving that started with individuals like Col. Charles Young, the Tuskegee Airmen, and the Buffalo Soldiers.” Young was deployed to Iraq in September 2003 to May 2004 for nine months. He is currently pursuing his master’s in Supply Chain Management at Florida Institute of Technology, and works as a government contractor with Fluor Government Group working as a Logistics Supervisor and serving in Afghanistan.
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