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

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Nolan Martin

Army, 1LT

S5, 2nd Battalion/75th Ranger Regiment

Army 1LT Nolan Martin graduated from West Point in 2011 and has completed Airborne, Air Assault, Stryker Leader and Ranger School. In 2012, he deployed to South Afghanistan with his platoon, earning his Combat Infantryman Badge and a Bronze Star. Recently, he earned an assignment in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. While at West Point, Martin was part of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.


C. Rene’ Albert-Matthews

Air Force, SSgt

PM Business Leader, Procter & Gamble

During her six-year Air Force service, former SSgt C. Rene’ Albert-Matthews completed her CCAF degree in Aerospace Ground Equipment. This enabled her to be hired at Procter & Gamble as a PM Business Leader. She coordinates the planning and scheduling for Procter & Gamble’s UD2 Business. “I am also very technical with the equipment, and I train others,” she says. Albert-Matthews received her bachelor’s degree in Technical Business Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2012.


Matthew J. McCullough

Navy, LT

Member of Reserve at Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron THIRTY

While Aide-de-Camp to Commander, Carrier Strike Group TWO, Navy LT Matthew J. McCullough directly supported the admiral. He also orchestrated a multi-national, Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812. McCullough was the Pilot Training Officer at the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Community. “Of Matt’s many outstanding qualities, it is his humility that most impressed me,” says Rear Admiral Greg Nosal. He will be joining the Reserve Unit at Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron THIRTY in Jacksonville.


Conor C. McNamara

Army, CPT

Current Army Captain

Army CPT Conor McNamara is “a model junior officer, having excelled in the infantry since graduating from West Point,” says CPT Jeremy S. Medaris, who served as McNamara’s Company Commander in Alaska and Afghanistan. Upon arriving at his first duty station in Fort Wainwright, Ark., “he immediately made an impact as a Rifle Platoon Leader in a Stryker Brigade Combat Team gearing up for deployment,” Medaris says. “He developed and executed detailed training plans for the entire 171-man company.”


Melanie M. Monts de Oca

Navy, LT

Health Services Administrator, Navy Medicine Professional Development Center, Bethesda

From January 2012 to September 2013, Navy LT Melanie M. Monts de Oca was Health Services Administrator at the Navy Medicine Professional Development Center in Bethesda, Md. She assisted in the execution and monitoring of programs, systems and resources for the Navy’s medical scholarship programs. Previously, Monts de Oca was the Wounded Warrior Case Manager and Recovery Care Coordinator for Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor.


Clark W. Morrison

Navy, PO2

Work Center Supervisor, Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic

During deployments with HS-11, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron 11, Navy PO2 Clark W. Morrison “put forth remarkable efforts,” says his colleague, Chris Bublis. He is currently the Work Center Supervisor at Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic in Patuxent River, Md. “My shop performs Intermediate Level maintenance on F/A-18 A-G Avionics/Avionics Subsystems using CASS Workstations,” he explains. Morrison has received three Navy and Marine Corps achievement medals.


Michael J. Noce

Navy, LT

Fire Control Officer, USS Bunker Hill

As the Fire Control Officer on the USS Bunker Hill, Navy LT Michael J. Noce leads a division of 23 sailors in operation, maintenance and repair of the AEGIS Combat Weapons System. “He is a rising star in the Navy Surface Warfare community and deserves recognition,” writes Commander Jason Patterson, who is Noce’s executive officer. Noce is a Distinguished Graduate from Tulane University ROTC.


Lisa Parrott

Marines, Capt

Founder of VETS Consulting

This year, former Marine Capt Lisa Parrott started a consulting company – VETS Consulting – to work with companies interested in hiring veterans. She developed a blog called Career DI to pass on the knowledge she learned as a military recruiter when she worked for Amazon from 2010 to 2012. She has served on the boards of Hire America’s Heroes and the Marine Executive Association in Camp Pendleton, and was a mentor with Boots to Shoes.


Matthew J. Quick

Army, MSG

Currently attending the US Army Sergeant Major Academy at Fort Bliss

Army MSG Matthew J. Quick started as a third-generation Marine and transferred to the Army “in hopes of doing something great for others.” SGM Patrick J. Hickok first worked with Quick for the retention program of the largest Army Component Command. “Many of the practices and methods (Quick) instituted are still in use today,” Hickok says. He is attending the U.S. Army Sergeant Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, with a July 2014 promotion to SGM.


Derek Rey

Marines, Capt

MBA student at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

During his Marine Corps service, Capt Derek Rey has handled everything from providing security to the towns of Hit and Kubaysah in Iraq,

to conducting external security operations on the Cuban border at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. He also trained more than 400 specialized Marines for embassies and diplomatic missions, says his former commander, Maj John South. In that role, Rey was Executive Officer for Bravo Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team.








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