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

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James Ramsay

Navy, PO2

Systems Engineer, Caterpillar Inc.

James Ramsay is a systems engineer at the Caterpillar CoGen facility in Mossville, IL. “A great work ethic and determination to succeed has enabled him to take the lead and address several electrical and control issues that factory or OEM technicians could not correct,” says Plant Superintendent Ron Markle. Ramsay is pursuing an electrical engineering degree at Bradley University. He has three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. In the Navy, Ramsay was supervisor of a main engine room and a gas turbine electrical shop.

Anthony D. Ripley

Marines, Capt

Currently Active Duty

Marine Capt Anthony Ripley “is the most innovative and inventive leader I have worked with in years,” says Col James Caley. Ripley, who is still on active duty, developed an award-winning, power-and-water harvesting system for dismounted warfighters on multi-day missions in austere environments. In addition, Ripley drove the development of technologies that reduced the logistics burden on warfighters. “His work in leading energy harvesting and water scavenging technology identification will enable Marines of the future to carry less while going farther and longer,” Caley says.

Jacob Robinson

Marines, Sgt

Advanced Aviation Electronics Technician

Marine Sgt Jacob Robinson is a work center supervisor of 25 fellow service members at an advanced test equipment work center, specializing in electronic warfare. Since December 2012, he has been an Advanced Aviation Electronics Technician in the Marines, calibrating and troubleshooting Avionic and similar electronic systems. Robinson has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Technologies and a Bachelor’s in Electronic Systems Technology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Riley Robinson

Navy, LT

Assistant Professor of Naval Science, Maine Maritime Academy, NROTC Unit

As an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at the Maine Maritime Academy NROTC, Riley Robinson prepares and trains future officers. His efforts “have directly contributed to the creation of a command climate that fosters respect and creativity,” says Robinson’s Commanding officer, Tim Cooper. He devoted “countless” hours preparing midshipmen for Naval Nuclear Propulsion technical interviews. He is also a Volunteer Cross Country Ski Instructor for 25 children with Blue Hill Peninsula Nordic Ski Club. Robinson has a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Rochester.

Tyrone Rowe

Army, SSG

Operations Manager, Shaw Air Force Base

Army SSG Tyrone Rowe’s Army career has focused on logistics, and he is currently an Automated Logistics Specialist and Operational Manager. He coordinates the work of various departments involved in production, warehousing and distribution of goods at Shaw Air Force Base. “He never complains and always gives 120 percent, which is the reason he is always placed in jobs that are very demanding,” says SFC Shaun McMillan. Rowe is working towards a Doctor in Philosophy at Northcentral University. He has an MBA from Phoenix University.

Lindsey Gillick Spahr

Coast Guard, LT

Health Safety & Environment Program Leader, Procter & Gamble

Lindsey Spahr has become a widely respected leader at Procter & Gamble, developing manufacturing capability to bring household brand names such as Febreze and Cascade to market, says Dave Nicholson, Operations Leader. Since April, Spahr has been a Site Health Safety & Environment Program Leader in St. Louis, MO. Previously, she was Cascade Operational Department Manager, responsible for three businesses, 60+ technicians, four managers and four production lines. Spahr served in the Coast Guard from 1999 to 2004 and has an MBA from Capella University.

Nathan Terrazone

Air Force, Maj

Advanced Space Systems Program Manager, Los Angeles Air Force Base

As an Advanced Space Systems Program Manager at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Maj Nathan Terrazone handles cutting edge technology. A recent project involved launching four satellites into geosynchronous orbit for the future of American space habitation. His team won the Space and Missile Systems Center annual award. Terrazone also won the Program Manager of the Year award while working for the Missile Defense Agency. Terrazone has an MBA from the University of Florida. He has competed with and captained the USAF Rugby team.

Andrew Torres

Air Force, TSgt

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/55 Ops Group and Language Analyst

In 2010, Air Force TSgt Andrew Torres (then SrA) became the lead operator in his deployed squadron. “We were a brand new unit in OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom), so the pressure to succeed was magnified,” he recalls. He established an in-theater training and certification program. After he returned home, Torres revamped it to ensure it stayed relevant to overseas operations. Today, Torres is Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/55 Ops Group and Language Analyst. He has an Associate Degree in Intermediate Chinese-Mandarin from the Defense Language Institute.

Karthik Venkatraj

Army National Guard, Colorado, CPT

Law school student, University of Colorado (Boulder)

Recently, Army National Guard CPT Karthik Venkatraj deployed to Jordan, followed by a combat tour in Iraq. In Jordan, he trained senior Jordanian officers. Then in Iraq, Venkatraj worked with a multi-national coalition and engaged with Iraqi Army Aviation generals. After returning home, he and his fiancé became involved in American Military Family, a non-profit focused on stopping veteran suicide through combat veteran counselors. Venkatraj is the primary staff officer for one of two brigades in the Colorado Army National Guard and a law school student.

Laymond “Lay” Wilburn

Air Force, Capt

Law student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University

Air Force Capt Laymond Wilburn is a third-year law student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University. He separated from the Air Force in 2014, but he is scheduled to meet the October 2016 board for Air Force JAG. After starting law school, Wilburn interned with two Federal judges, the Department of State, the United States Attorney’s office and several other agencies. In 2014, Wilburn served as the Deputy CJ6 at the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Camp Vance, Afghanistan.






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