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The 2016 Top 40 Under 40 Military
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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Gia DeHart

Navy, LTJG

First Lieutenant Division Officer, Naval Base Coronado

Coming from a family of ice cream cone makers, nurses and musicians, Navy LTJG Gia DeHart says she “had zero exposure to the military” but was influenced by the events of 9/11. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2012. As a public affairs officer, DeHart once coordinated with entertainment professionals to enhance public awareness of the U.S. Navy in support of TNT’s hit-show “The Last Ship” and FOX’s “Grease Live.” She is a First Lieutenant Division Officer, Naval Base Coronado.

Doug Delpha

Air Force, SSgt

Assistant Distribution Manager at Dealer Tire in Houston

Doug Delpha finished his Master’s degree in June at the International University in Geneva. His thesis was on Artificial Intelligence/Automation and their Effects on International Trade. In winter 2017, he is scheduled to start a graduate certificate program at Harvard University in either Organizational Behavior or Strategic Management. He currently is working as Assistant Distribution Manager at Dealer Tire in Houston, TX. From November 2015 to May 2016, he was an analyst at the Geneva Institute of Geopolitics in Switzerland.

David R. Dixon

Marines, Maj

Published author and Reservist, stationed in New Orleans with Marine Forces Reserve headquarters

Maj David Dixon is a Marine Corps AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter pilot and Reservist. He completed two combat deployments to Iraq, one deployment to Japan and two flying tours aboard Navy ships. His book, “Call in the Air,” won the 2014 Robert A. Gannon award for distinguished poetry from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. A second book, “Goodnight Marines,” was released in hardcover in January 2016. Dixon has two Master’s degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Education and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kaisha S. Gurtner

Air Force, TSgt

Air Force Reservist, currently deployed to Afghanistan

Air Force TSgt Kaisha Gurtner is a Reservist who has been in Afghanistan since April. Before her deployment, she was Guest Services Manager with Embassy Suites in Grapevine, TX, and worked there since March 2012. “She built a strong and dedicated staff, trained them and improved results in areas such as cost containment, service to guests and employee morale,” says General Manager Todd Raburn. Gurtner has also volunteered for the Grapevine Battered Women’s Shelter and YMCA. She was named Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year-Maintenance Group in 2015.

Shaye L. Haver

Army, CPT

First female graduate of Army Ranger School

The rigorous Army Ranger School has not been an option for women soldiers historically. But in 2015, CPT Shaye Haver (along with CPT Kristen Griest) received this elite designation. At the time, Haver was a 1LT and was one of 19 women to start the school and one of 400 total students. At the end, she and Griest completed the full course, plus 94 men. Ranger school includes a five-mile run in 40 minutes, a 12-mile march in three hours and an air assault in Florida swamps.

Ryan Henderson

Army, MAJ

U.S. Regional Sales Director for Houston and Northeastern regions at Peak Completions

Army MAJ Ryan Henderson is U.S. Regional Sales Director at oil-and-gas company Peak Completion Technologies Inc. in Midland, TX. “One of his greatest accomplishments is managing the highest grossing sales team in our company every year he has been in the sales management role,” says company VP Bryan Fitzhugh. Henderson serves in the Army Reserve in Texas. In 2004-2005, he deployed to Iraq with the Louisiana National Guard where his infantry platoon conducted over 330 combat patrols. After deployment, Henderson became a U.S. Army Ranger.

Aaron J. Holler

Coast Guard, LT

Project Manager, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Search and Rescue is the Coast Guard’s primary mission. Former LT Aaron Holler carried out that mission as a Rescue Helicopter Pilot. In four-and-a-half years, Holler saved 12 lives and assisted 102 others during life threatening situations in adverse weather conditions. He also was a Tactical Drug Interdiction Helicopter Pilot who accomplished the first-ever U.S. helicopter “Airborne Use of Force” drug interdiction while partnering with the Royal Netherlands. He separated in June 2015 and is a project manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Steven Jaworski

Navy, LT

USN Naval Aviator

Naval Aviator Steven Jaworski is a Plans and Policy Action Officer in Arlington, VA. He is most proud of becoming a Helicopter Aircraft Commander/Mission Commander, in which he led young pilots and aircrewmen. Jaworski developed an aviation preparation program at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He was a naval ambassador to CEOs of major corporations, participating in Boston College Center for Work and Family roundtables. He will graduate in May 2018 with an MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Matthew S. Juntz

Army, 1LT

Security Specialist, U.S. Department of Justice

Matthew Juntz is a member of a Classified Information Security Officer team at the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a neutral party that assists federal courts in litigation involving classified information. In July, Juntz, also an Army Reservist 1LT, was appointed as an Aide de Camp Officer for a two-star general with the 412th Theater Engineer Command in Vicksburg, MS. In addition, he is a part-time student at Henley-Putnam University in San Jose, CA, working towards a Doctorate in Strategic Studies.

Pete Kelley

Army, CPT

Project Manager, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Former Army CPT Peter Kelley is a project manager at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. He oversees projects having a direct impact on addressing the psychological health issues for service members. “Serving as support and overseeing projects in this space reconnected me to the military community,” Kelley says. A West Point graduate, Kelley commissioned into the Air Defense Artillery branch. He later graduated from Air Defense Artillery Fire Control Officer School and the rigorous Patriot Top Gun course.






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