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

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Christopher Molaro

Army, CPT

Chairman and CEO of Things We Read

Army CPT Christopher Molaro is Founder, Chairman and CEO of a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity called Things We Read (www.thingsweread.org). TWR solicits the top five book recommendations from famous and influential people. Through donations, it distributes those books for free to Soldiers, veterans and communities in need. In its first year, TWR raised more than $120,000 and donated thousands of books to West Point and Army ROTC. During his service, Molaro performed 300 combat patrols in southern Iraq, received a Bronze Star and a diploma and commission from the U.S. Military Academy.

 

Gabrielle Z. Noce

Air Force, Capt

Acquisitions Program Manager, Air Force

Since her first assignment as a Space Acquisition Officer, Air Force Capt Gabrielle Z. Noce has gone on to serve “brilliantly,” says (Ret.) Lt Col Richard E. Lamb. “She has led major space acquisition projects for both the Space and Missile Systems Center and the National Reconnaissance Organization,” Lamb says. Noce is currently Acquisitions Program Manager for the Air Force in the greater Los Angeles area. She leads a 102-member launch acquisition team in direct support of $4 billion in classified National Reconnaissance Office space programs.

 

John J. Reichert IV

Navy, LT

Student at Columbia University and Naval Officer in the Reserves

While serving as a Naval Officer in the Reserves, LT John J. Reichert IV is attending Columbia University for an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology. During his service, he was the Naval Liaison to the First Marine Expeditionary Force. He worked on training schedules between Navy and Marine Corps units, improving the utilization rate of ships from 74 percent to 92 percent. He was then located in Afghanistan, overseeing the movement of 100,000 pounds of mail daily. In his last assignment, Reichert oversaw three annual major military exercises in Korea.

 

Matthew Renner

Air Force, Capt

M.B.A. student, Harvard Business School

During his Air Force service, Capt Matthew Renner developed the next-generation joint service combat search and rescue radio, fixed airfield weather detection systems across three continents to enable sustained air operations and was an executive officer for a 300-member military organization. He also graduated at the top five percent of his class during officer training. Today, Renner is an M.B.A. student at Harvard Business School. He ran the 2011 Boston Marathon and is also a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

 

Orlando D. Reyes

Marines, MSgt

Operations Chief for Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations-East

Marine MSgt Orlando D. Reyes is Operations Chief for the Headquarters and Support Battalion at the Marine Corps Installations-East, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He reached his 20-year mark of service on September 12 and will retire in March 2016. He’s on track to graduate summa cum laude from Ashford University. In July, the Marine Corps Times named Reyes “Marine of the Year” because of his efforts in suicide prevention.

 

C. Nate Swope

Marines, Sgt

Contributor to Leatherneck Magazine

Marine Sgt C. Nate Swope pursued academic degrees despite combat-intensive deployments. In 2007, Swope deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, where he led more than 100 combat patrols. Thirteen months later, he earned an A.A. in General Studies. In 2010, Swope deployed to Afghanistan, where his team conducted deep reconnaissance. Yet, Swope still managed to attend online courses and graduated with a B.S. in Management. In 2011, he pursued an M.B.A. at Northeastern University while in Afghanistan.

 

Alex C. Teixeira

Marines, Capt

Project Manager, Schindler Elevator

Capt Alex C. Teixeira was a successful engineer working for an oil refinery when he joined the Marines. He is an alumnus of Purdue University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Teixeira spent nearly 18 months as HQ Platoon Commander and Fire Direction Officer for Kilo Battery 3/12. He led 43 Marines and Sailors from 10 different specialties in garrison and in the field. He is currently a Project Manager for multi-million-dollar elevator installation projects for Schindler Elevator.

 

Michael Trottier

Air Force, Capt

Information Security/Hacking testing professional

Former Air Force Capt Michael Trottier made the jump from Astronautical Engineer to an Information Security/Hacking/Penetration testing professional and difference maker. Trottier helped launch several key national satellites into orbit on the Delta IV rocket. After his rocket career, he led seven Telemetry projects “to ensure safety of our citizens while rockets blasted through our night sky,” he says. He also ran a $250 million System Engineering and Integration effort for the Air Force Satellite Control Network, Launch and Test Range Systems and Space Training Acquisition Office.

 

Phillip VanderWeit

Marines, Capt

Operations Manager, The Home Depot

Marine Capt Phillip VanderWeit deployed to Afghanistan as a Combat Engineer/Route Clearance Platoon Commander with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. He is a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for heroic achievement. He also received the Combat Action Ribbon during Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, he is a Distribution Center and Supply Chain Operations Manager at The Home Depot in Winchester, Va. He received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University and is working toward a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Penn State University.

 

Norman Victoria

Navy, PO2

Student, Columbia University

Following separation from the Navy, Norman Victoria took on a non-profit fellowship from The Mission Continues, which provides transitioning veterans leadership training programs and an opportunity to give back to the community. He volunteered with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, where he did jobs coaching newly arrived refugees and asylum grantees to the U.S. In the Navy, Victoria did three consecutive deployments from 2010-2013 as a military leader onboard the carriers USS Lincoln and USS Stennis. He is currently a student at Columbia University.

 

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