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The Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2013
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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They are MBA students, entrepreneurs – and even a stone mason – all with a history of service. The “Top 40 Under 40 Military” – Military Transition News’ list of 40 top performing military personnel and veterans under the age of 40 – blend in with all walks of society. But they universally share stories of heroics, self-sacrifice and altruism from their time spent in the U.S. military.

Each year, CivilianJobs.com recognizes military service members that represent the highest of standards. Review the bios of the Top 40 Under 40 Military at the following links:

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Here are some highlights:

While Army 1st LT Christopher W. Jones was an interrogator and intelligence analyst for a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan, he produced daily intelligence that targeted key insurgents. Today, he is working toward his master’s in Business Administration at Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.

“Commanders made life-and-death decisions from (Jones’) analysis. He influenced very real outcomes of events he did not control,” says MAJ Daniel Galloway, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade.

Former Army SPC Caleb Huff is now a self-employed stonemason. His “past life” is that of a landmine specialist in Afghanistan. “During that time, we accomplished clearing 2.4 million square meters of mine fields including 50,214 rockets and bombs cleared and 5,120 mines cleared. Extraction and detection of mines included use of hand held mine detectors and heavy equipment,” he says.

Former Navy LT Michael Willis was a Surface Warfare Officer who led his boarding team to restore order on a North Korean merchant vessel that had been taken over by Somali pirates. His team safely detained the pirates and provided life-saving medical care to three critically injured North Korean sailors. Today, Willis is an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton.

               

The Top 40 Under 40 Military issue would not be possible without the hard work of an extended team at Military Transition News, not the least of which includes the panel of distinguished judges:

• William W. Basnett, Brigadier General (Retired), USAFR, Past Commander of the 94th Tactical Airlift Wing (TAW), Past President and Membership Director for the Reserve Officers Association (ROA)

• Steve Clarke, Captain (Retired), USN, President of Strategic Performance Group, Inc.

• Kenneth A. Konstanzer, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), USAR, Aviation; Chairman, U.S. Service Academy Selection Board for the Office of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss and Congressman Tom Graves, past Commander, U.S. Military Academy Admissions Field Force, State of Georgia; currently, VP Government Division, Zep Inc.

• David M. Thompson, Colonel, USMC, Joint Military training mission – Liberia; former USMC Battalion Commander in Iraq and Deputy Logistics Director in Afghanistan and Iraq; civilian employment includes Frito Lay, General Mills and AECOM

               

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Heidi Lynn Russell writes about employment and business issues.

 

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