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

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Ivan M. Alvarado

Army, MAJ

Signal Officer, Fort Bliss, Texas

Army MAJ Ivan M. Alvarado deployed to Iraq twice, and he is most proud of returning his Soldiers “to all their families alive and well” in 2007 and 2010. He was selected as the Brigade Communications Officer (S6) and the Signal Company Commander while deployed in 2009-2010. Currently, he is a Signal Officer at Fort Bliss, Texas. Alvarado also served with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in Chicago, the Boys & Girls Club of America and has volunteered to help the homeless.


Mario Barrett

Army, CPT

Founder, Sockwork: Socks With A Purpose

Former Army CPT Mario Barrett started “Sockwork: Socks With A Purpose,” a subscription service that donates 10 percent of revenue to a different veteran non-profit each month. Barrett has an M.B.A. from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He was one of the first of West Point’s 2007 graduates to deploy to a war zone – Afghanistan – with an Engineer Platoon in February 2008. Barrett also was accepted to the Special Forces Assessment and Selection and was an Aide-de-Camp to a Commanding General in New Jersey.


Baren Berg

Marines, Sgt

V.A. Presidential Management Fellow

Marine Sgt Baren Berg is currently participating in the Veterans Administration Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, where he has published reports within the National Surgery Office and created both a VHA Community integration project focusing on veteran business development and a Veterans Employment Talks group. He is a Certified Peer Support Specialist at the V.A. and holds a master’s in Leadership from Duquesne University. Berg served two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan on active and reserve duty, and also in the Wounded Warrior Regiment from 2003-2013.


Shannon Bibbee

Army, CPT

District Director, Grainger; current CPT in U.S. Army Reserve

Army Reserve CPT Shannon Bibbee has worked for Grainger in Philadelphia since 2006 and is currently a District Director. Bibbee is also an Internal Review Evaluator with the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Knox, Ky. He is a veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. He was the Company Commander of four separate Army units from 2005 to 2013, including command during combat duty in Iraq. In 2011, Bibbee was awarded the 2011 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.


Nathan Bilbrey

Navy, PO1

Certified Train Conductor for Union Pacific Railroad

Former Navy PO1 Nathan Bilbrey was the kind of Sailor who was willing to do anything for the team, says colleague Jay Clark. When Bilbrey exited the Navy in December 2013, he was a Supervisor for a Damage Control Division. He oversaw 18 junior personnel in the operation, repair, corrective and preventive maintenance on installed firefighting systems and equipment; damage control equipment; and chemical, biological and radiological defense equipment. Today, Bilbrey is a Certified Train Conductor for Union Pacific Railroad.


Andrew Bonifant

Coast Guard, PO1

Owner of American Veteran Process (AVP) LLC

Coast Guard PO1 Andrew Bonifant was an Avionics Electrical Technician and was on a team that evacuated survivors of the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Bonifant “is a force multiplier in every sense of the word,” says Commander J.L. Hollingsworth. His ability “to solve complex technical problems and execute operational missions is truly exceptional,” Hollingsworth says. Bonifant is currently working on his M.B.A. at Keller Graduate School of Management. He also owns his own business, American Veteran Process (AVP) LLC, which donates to veteran causes and charities.


Eric Boone

Navy, LT

CEO/Executive Director of Hartford Parking Authority

Former Navy LT Eric Boone was a Surface Warfare Officer, where service for him “became as much mentorship as surface operations,” he says. Currently he is CEO/Executive Director of Hartford Parking Authority in Connecticut. Five years after his separation, Boone became a technical group manager with Westinghouse Electric Co. In his job, he was a project manager for the reactor engineering analysis of a large uprating within a nuclear power plant. During his service, Boone handled more than 100 “Visit Board Search and Seizure” missions with no major incidents.


Travis Sim Bramble

Air Force, SSgt

Senior Avionics Engineer, NAVAIR Command

Former Air Force SSgt Travis Sim Bramble works as a military contractor for NAVAIR Command on Patuxent River, Md., in foreign military sales as the Senior Avionics Engineer. He has an M.B.A. in International Business. During his service, Bramble earned the Air Force Combat Action medal in Afghanistan in support of aviation operations. “I would say he’s definitely in the top five percent of the difference makers in their squadron at the Air Force base,” says Earl Heppe, Retired Air Force Avionics Flight Chief.


Sam Cheung

Coast Guard, LT

Operations Research Analyst at Coast Guard R&D Center

LT Sam Cheung has been a military leader in a variety of venues, including Coast Guard officer, Coast Guard Academy admissions specialist, Department of Mathematics instructor at Albertus Magnus College and NCAA basketball coach. Cheung received his M.S. in Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at the University of Rhode Island in May 2009. He is currently an Operations Research Analyst with the Coast Guard Research & Development Center in New London, Conn. His job entails project management, research and decision/data analyses. He is also a recipient of the USCG Commendation Medal.


Adam DeMarco

Army, CPT

Field Service Manager, EMC, Arlington, Va.

Army CPT Adam DeMarco worked within communities of host national and foreign militaries and served as a key engagement coordinator in Kirkuk, Iraq. DeMarco was responsible for the cultivation and maintenance of critical U.S. and Iraqi partnerships. He also led a refugee interview team and gained situational awareness of the humanitarian aid crisis due to the Syrian Civil War. Today, he is a Field Service Manager at EMC in Arlington, Va., where he oversees approximately 800 global accounts within the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.







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