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

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Adam Klich

Marines, LCpl

Innovation Advisor with RTI International, NC

Adam Klich is a “serious, devoted student with a breadth of interests ranging from engineering and science to entrepreneurship to the impact of technology on society and the environment,” says Lois Peters, associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Klich graduated from RPI in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He received a Master’s in Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship in 2016. Today, he is an Innovation Advisor with RTI International.

Kyle Kremser

Navy, PO1

System Supervisor, DTE Energy

During his last three years in the Navy, PO1 Kyle Kremser handled courses for over 125 first accession Sailors and also mentored 15 staff. He was a Master Training Specialist at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT. Kremser’s Naval career offered him extensive experience in the operation, maintenance and repair of nuclear submarine communications, electronic support measures and information technology systems. He exited in July and started a new job in August as a System Supervisor at DTE Energy in Detroit, MI.

James M. Landreth

Navy, LT

Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear Power Training Unit of Charleston, SC

Active duty Navy LT James Landreth has been a nuclear engineer since January 2013 at the Navy’s Nuclear Power Training Unit of Charleston, SC. He has a Master’s in Nuclear Engineering from the University of South Carolina and also an S.C. Professional Engineer license. He served on the USS Alaska as Officer of the Deck at sea and Ship’s Duty Officer in port. As senior qualified Strategic Weapons Duty Officer onboard, he provided “invaluable” leadership during sensitive operations, says CAPT Robert Wirth, under whom Landreth served.

Joshua J. Larson

Navy, LT

Director of Manufacturing with Twin City Fan Companies, Brookings, SD and Navy Reservist

Navy Reservist LT Joshua Larson works full-time as Director of Manufacturing with Twin City Fan Companies in Brookings, SD. He oversees nine manufacturing sites in North America. Larson exited active duty in 2011 but is still in the Reserves and is the Commanding Officer of a unit in Kansas City. In 2010, he graduated from the Army’s Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course. In 2012, Larson and his friends launched a new church. Larson was Treasurer and CFO. He has an MBA from Liberty University.

Michael Lewis

Air Force, 1st Lt

Account Executive, VMWare in Austin, TX

As an Account Executive at VMWare in Austin, TX, former Air Force 1st Lt Michael Lewis is managing a four-state territory while consulting with companies on their virtualization, cloud and security strategies. In the Air Force, Lewis was a Range Control Officer at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. He led nine to 15 airmen on day of launch operations during nine different launches including the Space Shuttle and the Curiosity Mars Rover.

Greg Lozeau

Navy, LCDR
Senior Project Manager, Apple Inc.

As a mobilized Reserve officer, Navy LCDR Gregory Lozeau was called to active duty to the Joint Special Operations Command. Lozeau served as an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Battle Captain in Djibouti, Africa, from March 2015 to January 2016. As Deputy Director for Operations at a forward deployed Joint Air Operations Center, Lozeau executed 20 daily combat mission flights and conducted air strikes in support of special operation forces on the ground. In the civilian world, Lozeau is a Senior Project Manager at Apple Inc.

Alexander McCoy

Marines, Sgt

Political Science Student, Columbia University, and Co-Founder of High Ground Veterans Advocacy

Marine Sgt Alexander McCoy was an embassy guard in Saudi Arabia, Honduras and Germany. As a Squad Leader at the embassy in Berlin, McCoy protected President Obama during his public address in the central square. After exiting in 2013, McCoy pursued political science studies at Columbia University. He co-founded High Ground Veterans Advocacy, which trains veterans to influence their political representatives. McCoy is also the Marine co-chair of the Council of Former Enlisted.

Zach Mierva

Army, CPT

Test Officer, Operational Test Command

Since April, Army CPT Zach Mierva has been a Test Officer at Operational Test Command in Copperas Cove, TX. He develops scenarios for soldiers to test equipment under simulated combat conditions. Mierva was also recipient of the 2014 Draper Armor Leadership Award for Best Armor Company in the 1st Cavalry Division. He will start graduate school at Columbia in June 2017, followed by an assignment at West Point as a Tactical Officer.

Miles Nelson

Marines, Sgt

Student Veterans of America Liaison for Department of Texas VFW

Miles Nelson, a Marine veteran, ensures “student veterans in the state of Texas are as successful as they can possibly be." He is the Student Veterans of America Liaison for Department of Texas VFW. He also is Assistant Veteran Service Officer for Hays County Veterans Services in Texas, helping the military community navigate benefits. Nelson served from 2001 to 2009 as an Infantry Assaultman.

Stefan Ramos

Marines, Cpl

Quality Insurance Inspector

Active duty Marine Cpl Stefan Ramos is a quality assurance inspector in Beaufort, SC. He ensures the quality of components that are installed into aircraft. As a day shift and production supervisor, he also instructs colleagues on proper maintenance procedures. “My other leadership positions include representing my work center through Lean Six Sigma, attending production control meetings, implementing correct repair capability on components and equipment, as well as ensuring proper tool management,” he says. Ramos also volunteers with his church.






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