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The 2015 Top 40 Under 40 Military
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Jessica Clay

Army, 2LT

Liaison Officer for Battalion at Camp Casey, South Korea

Army 2LT Jessica Clay is in charge of maintaining relationships between a battalion and Republic of Korea army units. She is stationed at Camp Casey in South Korea. “Along with that, I implement community outreach programs within the Dongducheon area, including English classes at a high school and a children’s center,” she says. Her past job in Korea was a support platoon leader. She was in charge of the ammunition section and transporting ammunition. As a West Point Cadet, Clay competed on the Triathlon, Swimming and Cross Country teams.

Michael DePoortere

Air Force, SSgt

CBRN Program Manager for the San Joaquin Depot at the Defense Logistics Agency

Since leaving the Air Force, former SSgt Michael DePoortere has worked with the top levels of federal government to ensure “vital services would be available in the event of a disaster.” He is the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Program Manager for the San Joaquin Depot at the Defense Logistics Agency. He also has completed a Masters’ in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Chris Ehlinger

Navy, LT

While serving onboard the USS West Virginia, LT Chris Ehlinger led the largest nuclear division during a relocation to the shipyard for major overhauls of
nearly every system under his purview, says Ernie Reyes, who served with him. “His outstanding management of multiple complex nuclear operations
in the shipyard earned him both promotion to Assistant Engineer and a reputation as a clear leader,” Reyes says. Outside the Navy, Ehlinger has been the founder of four start-up companies in Austin, TX.

David Forman

Navy, LT

Solutions Consultant at Oracle

Before he served in the Navy, David Forman worked for Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak. He coordinated numerous major campaign events, which included high profile guest speakers like President (then Senator) Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton and General Wesley Clark. In the Navy, one of Forman’s top achievements was the development and validation of new software to plan, execute and manipulate Tomahawk Land Attack Missile missions. He was also liaison to the Pakistan Navy during transfer of USS MCINERNEY to the Government of Pakistan.

William Foster

Navy, EM1(SS)

Employee at PSEG Nuclear in New Jersey

As a member of the Electrical Division of the USS SAN JUAN, former Navy EM1(SS)William Foster handled operation and maintenance of “countless complex pieces of equipment,” says Commanding Officer J.D. Craddock. The San Juan is a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine homeported in Groton, CT. Foster has worked for PSEG Nuclear in New Jersey since February. He received a B.S. in Applied Science Technology Nuclear Engineering Energy Technology from Thomas Edison State College October 2013.


Christopher Giuffre

Navy, PO3

Custom Case Designer/Engineer for AERPAK, A Division of Quality Industrial Products

Christopher Giuffre works at AERPAK, A Division of Quality Industrial Products, in Phoenix. “We take a product and retrieve precise measurements, then I input them into a computer drawing. We then decide what type of material will best protect this product, and I then cut it out on one of our laser machines,” he explains. Giuffre, a former Navy PO3, received multiple medals for War on Terrorism and Expeditionary services, along with Squadron achievements. He is working towards a Bachelor’s in Business Management at Arizona State University.

Stephen Grant Jr.

Army, CPT

Branch Manager Trainee with JPMorgan Chase

As an Army Captain, Stephen Grant Jr. had to learn how to shift gears to accommodate difficult missions. His most memorable was during an April 2012 Afghanistan deployment. He and his unit were charged with preparing the Afghan military for managing their nation’s security. Grant later was the executive officer for a heavy weapons company. Grant is also an Army Ranger. After he left the Army in June, he accepted a Branch Manager Trainee position with JPMorgan Chase in the New Orleans area.

Miles G. Grooms

Army, CPT

Field Artillery Officer

Army CPT Miles G. Grooms served as a Battery Commander as a senior 1LT. He also was the Battalion Operations Officer for a 3,500-man multi-national Joint Task Force in Afghanistan. When Miles served as Maj. John Foster’s Executive Officer, he was the “best” in the Battery, Foster says. “He was known for developing efficient systems that set an example for other units to follow,” Foster notes. Fuqua School of Business at Duke University recently accepted Grooms, who will participate in the Executive MBA program in 2016.

Sid Gulledge, IV

Navy, LT

Instructor at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center

As an instructor at the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, Navy LT Sid Gulledge IV provides technical expertise to Commanding Officers and Senior Officers in command of Naval Warships. He obtained the Master Training Specialist Qualification and is one of 36 officers to currently hold the qualification. While serving in the Navy, Gulledge also obtained a Master’s in Engineering from Old Dominion University. He is also Program Manager for Urban Angels, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides food services to the hungry in the San Diego area.

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