The 2014 Top 40 Under 40 Military
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Operations Manager with Walmart
Last year, former Army CPT Patrick Hall joined Walmart as an Operations Manager for their Distribution Center in LaGrange , Ga. “Patrick led his team to being one of the top performing teams in the entire organization,” General Manager Stacey Hodoh says. During his Army career, Hall commanded a 96-Soldier company, leading Soldiers in two deployments to Afghanistan, flying more than 700 combat hours in a UH-60 Blackhawk and executing more than 80 air assault operations in a combat zone.
Director of Engineering, The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common
Navy PO1 Rachel Hamaker served from April 2000 to December 2004 as a Nuclear Machinist Mate. Today, she is Director of Engineering for The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. She started with Marriott as a Chief Engineer in a small hotel. Now, she has opened three significant luxury hotels across the globe, worked in numerous hotels across the country, and currently oversees the Engineering Department of one of the top 10 Ritz-Carlton hotels in the company.
Warren Jackson, Jr.
Utilities Equipment Repair
Army SPC Warren Jackson, Jr. handles maintenance for gasoline systems, air conditioner electrical systems, air conditioner vapor systems, refrigeration unit electrical systems and portable heater fuel/electrical systems. He has received four Army commendation medals and is proud that he was part of a motor pool that saved the U.S. Army Europe command $50,000 in maintenance costs. Jackson has completed the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course through Villanova University, and has been an assistant basketball coach and volunteer in the Texas school systems.
Founder of TriGuy Multisport Coaching
Alan Kipping-Ruane is a triathlon coach and exercise physiologist. He’s the founder of TriGuy Multisport Coaching, which offers triathlon coaching services, triathlon training plans and Ironman training camps. During his military service, Kipping-Ruane was the training supervisor of a helicopter combat squadron. He holds a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in Kinesiology, is a Certified USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach, and a Certified Youth and Junior Triathlon Coach.
Production Supervisor for Monogram Comfort Foods
As the first military hire for Monogram Comfort Foods, former Navy PO2 John Lim is a Production Supervisor. Because of his military training, he is also part of the effort to hire veterans and is a graduate student at Old Dominion University. Lim’s ship in the Navy, the USS Donald Cook, went through a major inspection in October 2013. His contributions as plant supervisor helped the ship win the Engineering Excellence and the Battle Efficiency Awards.
Bart M. Lomont
Air Force, Capt
Co-Founder & CEO of Silvr, Inc.
Former Air Force Capt Bart M. Lomont is the co-founder and CEO of Silvr Inc., a mobile payments platform. Lomont has raised more than $500,000 in seed funding for the project. Lomont was the first Air Force member to deploy with an Indiana Army National Guard unit on an Agribusiness Development Team to a hostile part of the world, Salerno, Afghanistan. He also was personal aide to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence during his 2012 gubernatorial campaign.
Robert K. Lytle
Air Force, Capt
OIC – Movement Control Center; CJSOTF-Afghanistan
In 2010-2011, Air Force Capt Robert K. Lytle helped oversee the transition from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn. “I became an Aerial Port Commander and the 332 AEW’s Installation Deployment Officer simultaneously,” he says. He is now in Afghanistan, leading the Office of Primary Responsibility for the redeployment of all Special Operation Forces and their cargo out of Afghanistan. He’s expected to graduate in June 2015 with a Master of Art and Science in Military Operations and Leadership from the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Online Master’s Program.
Senior Recruiter for Veterans and Diversity, Xcel Energy
Former Army CPT Kynnie Martin initially worked for a nonprofit whose mission was to transition and employ veterans into green energy jobs. From there, Martin was recruited to spearhead Xcel Energy’s veteran hiring strategy in 2013. She has a master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and is pursuing a second master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado-Denver. 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.
Arthur J. Middlebrooks
Executive Officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
A West Point graduate, CPT Arthur J. Middlebrooks received his commission as an Armor Officer assigned to 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment. Selected as Troop Executive Officer, he created critical programs for his squadron’s deployment to Afghanistan, where he earned the Bronze Star. Now a Captain, he is an Executive Officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Fort Lewis, Wash. He also has a master’s certificate in Lean Enterprise Solutions from Villanova University.
Instructor of American Politics in the Social Sciences Department, West Point
CPT David Miller “is a scholar of the Army profession and is extremely adept in understanding the effects of foreign policy decisions,” says COL Monty Willoughby. Miller is currently completing his master’s in Public Policy at Harvard University and will become an instructor of American Politics in the Social Sciences Department at West Point. Miller says his greatest achievement was serving in a unit that brought all of its Soldiers back from Iraq alive. He also served in the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
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