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The Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2014
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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On the battlefield, they were an illustrious cadre of military leaders that set themselves apart with acts of valor, leadership, perseverance and ingenuity. And now in the worlds of business, politics, non-profit organizations and educational institutions, these service members and veterans continue to excel, bringing a high level of professionalism and can-do attitudes to their new careers.

They are the Top 40 Under 40 Military, an annual selection of 40 Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Sailors who are under the age of 40 and have distinguished themselves above their peers in both their military and civilian environments.

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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Even in their downtime, they’re working to better their communities and volunteering with programs that enrich the lives of children and other veterans.

Some focus their efforts on fellow warriors. On July 30, the Marine Corps Times named MSgt Orlando D. Reyes “Marine of the Year” because of his efforts in suicide prevention. “I hope to impress upon others that stress is a factor in everyone’s life and that we must all learn new ways to build resiliency,” he says.

Others bring their skills to the less fortunate. Army MAJ Ivan M. Alvarado volunteered for four weeks with the Robert R. McCormick foundation in Chicago, Ill., tutoring third-grade summer school students. He also served at a Chicago-area Boys & Girls Club and has volunteered to help the homeless.

Leadership takes a political shape for some. Former Marine SSgt Justin Gandino-Saadein ran as an independent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District.

There are those who contribute to the classroom as well as the business world. LT Sam Cheung has been a leader in a variety of venues, including as a Coast Guard officer, Coast Guard Academy admissions specialist, Department of Mathematics instructor at Albertus Magnus College (in New Haven, Conn.) and NCAA basketball coach.

And don’t forget women service members who are trailblazing for others, both in the military and in their civilian jobs. MAJ(P) Elizabeth Evans’ proudest achievement is her recent selection for Battalion Command in the Florida Army National Guard. She’s the first woman to command the unit. Former Army CPT Kynnie Martin has been working in veteran transition services. She most recently was one of the featured Post 9-11 women veterans in “Women Warriors: A Vision of Valor,” as part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans Oral History Project.

Finally, some of the Top 40 Under 40 Military Class of 2014 continue their service as Guard members while running full-time businesses. Marine Maj Tommy Dunaway’s real-life is like an episode from the hit television series, “Chuck.” While he owns and operates a Snap Fitness franchise in the Dallas metro area, he also is in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia and the Pacific region while attached to the Department of State.

               

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 Advantech, LLC

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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