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Publisher's Letter: Thanks to Those Who Serve

by Bill Basnett, Publisher

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Bill Basnett

Dear Readers,

I would like to start this Publisher’s Letter by thanking each and every one of you for your military service. This is a very special issue of Civilian Job News. We have been hard at work over the last few months to present you with the finalists of our first annual “Top 40 Under 40 Military.”

Here are just a few comments we received about the “Top 40 Under 40 Military” winners:

- “I consider Lieutenant Pollock the epitome of what we strive to develop in regard to selfless competent leaders. He is an absolute team player, who can be depended upon to keep motivation high, and lead by setting the example. He interacts with subordinates and peers alike with an intangible charisma indicative of a natural leader. He is one of those dynamic and inspiring personalities whose mere presence makes the team better. He constantly seeks out new positions and increased responsibilities that require immense skill and cultivate his leadership development.” - Lt. Glenn Richeson, U.S. Navy

- “I have known Master Sergeant Robert Sawyer for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to serve with him and observe him perform his duties that have ranged from managing multiple recruiting offices throughout the greater Atlanta area, and being a Sales Trainer for the state of Georgia for the past four years. In my 28 years of being in the Marine Corps, he is the most intellectual, self-driven, leader and trainer whom I’ve served with. His work ethic is beyond reproach.” - Johnny E. Clark, Master Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

- “CPT Williams currently serves as the Executive Officer for the 186th Quartermaster Company here at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. I handpicked Alexis for this job because of her extraordinary leadership abilities and because I knew that she would have an immediate and positive impact on the soldiers of this unit. As expected, Alexis performed in a superb fashion. Alexis is a talented, intelligent and articulate young officer who truly shows exceptional performance on any task given to her.” - Jennifer A. Reinkober, Department of the Army, Fort Bragg, N.C.

At, we are proud to highlight these men and women who have served our country. If you would like to make yourself eligible for this recognition, or if you know someone who represents the exemplary attributes of a “Top 40 Under 40 Military” professional for 2011, we welcome you to join the nominating process. Simply join theTop 40 Under 40 for Military Officers” or “Top 40 under 40 for NCOs and Enlisted” group on LinkedIn and follow the instructions.

As always, we want to hear from you. Please tell us about the issues and challenges you are facing in your transition or send us your success stories. We can be reached via e-mail at with your questions, comments, concerns, and story ideas. Civilian Job News will successfully meet its mission if you are all involved with us.

- Bill Basnett

Bill Basnett is a graduate of the U.S.M.A. at West Point and former cavalry officer with the U.S. Army. He began his recruiting career with Bradley-Morris, Inc. in 1991 as the first candidate recruiter and regional operations manager. He has over 18 years in the recruiting industry, focusing on the hiring and placement of transitioning military and veterans. In December 2008, he was promoted to the position of vice president of


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