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

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Nicolette Danenberger

Navy, PO1

Operations Excellence Specialist, Georgia-Pacific

This September, Nicolette Danenberger took on a new job at Georgia-Pacific LLC in Charleston, S.C., as an Operations Excellence Specialist. Previously, she was a Knowledge Manager for Carrier Team One at AMSEC LLC. Danenberger has a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College in Nuclear Engineering Technologies and a Master of Science from The George Washington University in Engineering Management.


Benjamin T. Faw

Army, CPT

Student at Harvard Business School in Boston (Class of 2014)

CPT Benjamin T. Faw is most proud that during his Army service, he led efforts to bring clean water to the village of Heychell, Iraq. CPT Faw liaised between Iraqi leaders and Army superiors to secure funding. After months of supervision, the plant received an upgraded chlorination system to provide 10,000 local Iraqis with clean water. He exited the Army in November 2011 and is currently enrolled in Harvard Business School with a 2014 graduation date.


Spencer Garrison

Army, CPT

Public Affairs Officer,555th Engineer Brigade

CPT Spencer Garrison “has served skillfully and professionally in various positions of high responsibility, during his assignments at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., as well as combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Lt. Col. Jenny Willis, his former supervisor. He has a 2009 Bachelor of Science degree from West Point. After his Army career, he would like to pursue a career in educational leadership. Garrison has also participated in the 2008 Philadelphia and the 2009 Boston marathons.


James R. Hagle

Marines, SgtMaj

Current Sergeant Major in the Marine Corps

Under Marine SgtMaj James Hagle’s leadership, retention and reenlistment rates have been up and meritorious promotions have doubled, says LtCol Wade Wiegel. Hagel was a Platoon Sergeant in combat in Afghanistan where he earned a Bronze Star. He was the First Sergeant of Marine Security Company for the Presidential Retreat at Camp David and was promoted as a Sergeant Major in 2011.


Adam L. Hamilton

Navy, LT

Supply Officer

LT Adam Hamilton has been selected for the Navy’s prestigious 810 Civilian Institutions program. He will be sent to the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas-Austin as a full-time graduate student. He is a recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Award for deploying to Afghanistan in support of a Joint Task Force. He also has earned three naval officer warfare qualifications: Surface Warfare Supply Corps Officer, Naval Aviation Supply Officer and the Naval Expeditionary Supply Corps Officer.


Caleb Huff

Army, SPC

Self-employed stonemason

Former Army SPC Caleb Huff was in Afghanistan clearing landmines in 2010-2011. “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.” After he exited the Army, Huff raised $4,000 for the Homebase Program. Founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation, the Homebase Program helps veterans with PTSD and TBI. Today, he is working as a stonemason subcontractor.


Christopher W. Jones

Army, 1LT

BA student at Olin School of Business at Washington University

As an Army sergeant, and later as a lieutenant, Chris W. Jones’ work in the intelligence field “was marked with many published achievements,” says MAJ Daniel Galloway, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade. “He influenced very real outcomes of events he did not control,” Galloway says of Jones. He is also a volunteer with homeless veterans at The Salvation Army in St. Louis.


Matt Larson

Air Force, Capt

Modification Project Technical Specialist on Air Force One for Boeing

Former Air Force Capt Matt Larson starts a new job in October as Modification Project Technical Specialist on Air Force One for Boeing in Oklahoma City. He served in Afghanistan as the Maintenance Officer-in-Charge of an HH-60 Combat Search and Rescue Unit. “Even though flying operations increased by 33 percent, we were able to actually increase aircraft availability by 7 percent,” he says. His unit was credited with 32 combat rescues.


Jim Lawson

Army, MAJ

Chief of Intelligence at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning

Recently, Army MAJ Jim Lawson became Chief of Intelligence at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga. “I cannot think of a more respected and talented officer who will conduct these duties,” says LTC Justin T. Mufalli, Directorate of Training Chief at the Center. Lawson has been deployed twice to Iraq, then to Korea and Afghanistan since 2001.


Paul David Lucas, Jr.

Army, SGT

Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

At Booz Allen Hamilton, Paul David Lucas, Jr. is responsible for all U.S. Forces Command training support packages that pertain to the tactical collection of biometrics. He is also directly responsible for the training of more than 25,000 soldiers at the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga. Lucas is one of only 400 in the United States with Certified Biometrics Professional credentials from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.








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