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

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Gregg Besozzi

Army, CPT

Trainee in the Accelerated Operations Management Program with Transocean

Former Army CPT Gregg Besozzi “is an influential leader who understands the big picture and knows how to achieve results,” says LTC Heather A. Kness. As Commander of Fort Bragg’s 601st Area Support Medical Company, Besozzi was responsible for transitioning responsibilities for health clinics to Iraqis. Today, he is a trainee in the Accelerated Operations Management program with offshore drilling contractor Transocean (Houston). Besozzi received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy.


Derick B. Brough

Army, MSG

3rd Infantry Division, Provost Marshal Office Operations Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge; Pending retirement

Army MSG Derick B. Brough’s achievements as the Provost Marshal Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge “have been remarkably impressive,” says his supervisor, CPT Latisha Brooks. In Afghanistan, he developed and implemented security plans for the visits of celebrities such as Kellie Pickler and Robert Irvine to Kandahar Airfield. Brough has volunteered for Special Olympics at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He has also formed a team for the Relay for Life, raising nearly $4,500.


Kieran Carroll

Navy, LT

Staff member for the Navy Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed

Navy LT Kieran Carroll works for the Navy Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, managing the non-medical care needs of Navy and Coast Guard patients. That “could require anything from advising on important monetary benefits to listening to a wounded, ill and injured service member’s frustrations with their current circumstance,” says LCDR Dante Terronez. He was hand-selected to be attached to a Special Operations Task Unit and performed crucial intelligence collection missions.


David S. Chang

Army, MAJ

Chairman and CEO of Chang Holding Company

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle says Army MAJ David S. Chang “always does what is best for the organization rather than what is best for him and his career.” After leaving active duty, Chang has become an award-winning entrepreneur as Chairman and CEO of Chang Holding Company. He is a West Point graduate, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Computer Science and holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Hawaii.


Eugene T. Chu

Army, CPT

Full-time MBA student at Texas Christian University

Army CPT Eugene T. Chu’s communication skills “extended across cultures,” says his colleague, Operations Officer Jeff Kalil. Chu is currently a full-time Master’s in Business Administration student at Texas Christian University. As Range Safety Officer in 2013, Chu prepared more than 150 Air Force personnel deploying to Afghanistan. In Iraq, he was the key officer to re-start a stalled Iraqi Army promotions process. And in Korea in 2005, he led a riot control detachment. He is a current member of Mensa, the international high IQ society.


Jeffrey W. Clapper

Air Force, MSgt

Senior Communications Manager for the North Texas Food Bank

The Mayor of Tokyo and the U.S. Department of State honored Air Force MSgt Jeffrey W. Clapper for his role as director of the 2010 Kanto Plain Special Olympics held in Japan. Today, he is Senior Communications Manager for the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas. He completed his associate’s degree in 2003, a specialized Department of Defense Motion Media Studies Program at Syracuse University in 2006, a Bachelor of Science in 2009 and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership in February 2013.


Drew Concannon

Army, CPT

Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and current law school student at

American University

Army CPT Drew Concannon is an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, providing management and analytical consulting support. “His exceptional support to (federal) organizations has earned him numerous kudos from clients,” says Lisa Gross, senior associate. Concannon was awarded the Bronze Star for combat service in Iraq. His proudest moment in the military

was serving as an Intelligence Officer producing several analytical intelligence products focused on counter-insurgency.


Kevin Conroy

Air Force, Capt

Sales and trading on the Futures and OTC Derivatives desk at Citigroup Global Markets

As a veteran, Air Force Capt Kevin Conroy has “conquered many obstacles to achieve success.” He works full-time in sales and trading on the Futures and OTC Derivatives desk at Citigroup Global Markets (Citi). Conroy is also in

the Air Force Reserves, separating from active duty in 2010. He has attended dozens of veteran-support events aimed at helping these individuals as they transition to civilian life and is the junior bank lead of the 2013 Veterans on Wall Street Fundraising Concert and Gala, whose goal is to raise more than $1 million for veterans needing aid. Conroy has a Master’s in Finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business.


Richard Crazythunder

Navy, PO2

Communication and Signals manager for Norfolk Southern Railroad

Richard Crazythunder is a Communication and Signals manager for Norfolk Southern Railroad. He exited the Navy as a PO2. During his military career, he was named Junior Sailor of the Year for 2007 Fleet Readiness Center South East. “He produced ready-for-issue gear and was always willing to teach others how to fix the equipment. Richard Crazythunder is great at training others – always the go-to guy,” says Alyssa Clark-Whitechurch, who was his supervisor from 2005 to 2007. Crazythunder graduated with honors from Pensacola State College.


Michael Dakduk

Marines, SSgt

Executive Director of Student Veterans of America

Former Marine SSgt Michael Dakduk is executive director of Student Veterans

of America. He is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran. After his first Iraq deployment, Dakduk served with the Marine Special Operations Command, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion out of Camp Pendleton. In Iraq, he was inducted into an Army Calvary Unit’s Order of the Spur. Dakduk has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.







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