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

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Tommy Dunaway

Marines, Maj

Snap Fitness North Arlington; Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

Marine Maj Tommy Dunaway received his commission at U.S. Marine Officer Candidate School in Quantico. He was Platoon Commander in Iraq for two deployments and has earned numerous medals and awards. Dunaway also provided guidance to multiple embassies in Asia and has traveled throughout the Pacific region while attached to the Department of State. There he conducted audits and security inspections while simultaneously writing numerous personnel performance evaluations. After active duty, Dunaway continued in the Reserves and he opened a Snap Fitness franchise in the Dallas metro area.


Michael L. Ebel

Air Force, 2d Lt

Senior Associate, Investment Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Air Force 2d Lt Michael L. Ebel “is an outstanding recently-commissioned officer here at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station and has a bright future as part of the California Air National Guard,” says Maj Tony Montes, Commander, 146th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Ebel is an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, leading 30 personnel and assisting in the implementation of airlift, firefighting and humanitarian aid missions. Ebel is also Senior Associate in Investment Management at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Los Angeles. He served as a weapons crew chief and supported Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.


Sarah Economou

Marines, Capt

Program Manager, General Atomics Systems Integration

Former Marine Capt Sarah Economou helped establish a new division in General Atomics Systems Integration in Poway, Calif., where she is Program Manager. “I established our security program and obtained our facility clearance, which enables our company to work on classified contracts,” she says. Economou “served with distinction” as an intelligence officer, says Ret. Col Marianne S. Waldrop. She supported combat operations during 19 months of deployment to Iraq, Kuwait and many other places worldwide. She “demonstrated unparalleled tenacity and dedication,” Waldrop says.


Elizabeth Evans

Army, MAJ(P)

Full-time Battalion Commander, Florida National Guard

MAJ(P) Elizabeth Evans’ proudest achievement is her selection for Battalion Command in the Florida Army National Guard. “This battalion is a subordinate of our 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and I will be the first female to command this unit,” she says. During active duty, Evans led an engineer company in combat in Iraq. While also serving in the Guard, she then worked as a Superintendent for Pulte Homes and later as Tenant Coordinator and Project Manager for Regency Centers. Now she’s with the Guard full-time.


Michael Faherty

Navy, LT

Site Manager, Navy Training Support Center

Since January 2013, Navy LT Michael Faherty has been the Site Manager for the Training Support Center in San Diego. “Considered one of the most demanding management positions for a Navy Lieutenant, Mike is personally responsible for the professional development of over 5,000 Sailors entering the fleet, serving as the foundation for the Navy’s sustained tactical and operational proficiency,” says LT Sid L. Gulledge IV. Outside of the military, Faherty is the project manager for Urban Angels, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization in San Diego.


Robert Folta

Marines, Sgt

Telephone and Computer Maintenance Section Operations Chief

Marine Sgt Robert Folta has 13 years of experience as a professional electronics technician. In his most recent assignment with the Marines, Folta was the Telephone and Computer Maintenance Section Operations Chief in Cherry Point, N.C. Daily, he oversaw 80 personnel and the troubleshooting of system components for telecommunication, networks and server-based systems. Folta has also enjoyed working for the Toys for Tots foundation during the holiday months and “providing happiness for children that can’t always afford the latest and greatest toys,” he says.


F. Garrett Fucci

Marines, 1st Lt

NPI Operations Manager, Cognex Corp.

As Operations Manager of New Product Introduction at Cognex Corp., F. Garrett Fucci managed a team of 23 technicians through the production of his company’s one-millionth product. “As a reward, our company divided $1 million dollars up and gave its 1,500 employees a bonus,” he says. During a deployment to Afghanistan as a 1st Lt in the Marines, Fucci was one of the primary Watch Officers who oversaw the communication systems network, where he directed network troubleshooting for Regional Command.


Justin Gandino-Saadein

Marines, SSgt

CEO, BoldAmp Media

Former Marine SSgt Justin Gandino-Saadein is the CEO of BoldAmp Media, a business management consultant and web design company in Norfolk, Va. His most significant achievement outside of military service was his recent run as an independent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District. He is a recipient of the U.S. Marine Corps Humanitarian Medal, given in recognition of rescue work he performed in 2011. Gandino-Saadein also received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He is pursuing an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.


Geoffrey Gantt

Marines, Sgt

BMW Automotive Parts Inspector

Marine Sgt Geoffrey Gantt was a radio operator at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and “one of the top corporals of our section of the company,” says SSgt Corey Pitts, who was his supervisor.” I always knew I could rely on him to do anything I asked,” Pitts says. During his deployment to Afghanistan, Gantt trained a number of teams on a computer operating system. Now, he currently builds the process on how to inspect certain automotive parts for BMW.


Ryan Gregory

Air Force, SrA

Drilling Engineer, Consol Energy

Former Air Force SrA Ryan Gregory designs and implements procedures to drill wells as a Drilling Engineer for Consol Energy in Canonsburg, Pa. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Fairmont State University in 2013. While in school, Gregory joined a program through the Society of Automotive Engineers that involved designing a one-man Baja vehicle. As president of his team, he encouraged them to give back to the community. They performed an instructional demonstration for underprivileged children and took part in two local Science and Technology Fairs.







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