Our veteran ambassadors are veterans, just like you, who have made the transition to the civilian world. This group is for all other graduate school (non MBA and Law School) Ambassadors.
Richard graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a B.S. Business Administration and Human Resources. He received his commission as an aircraft maintenance officer and has had operational maintenance assignments at Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, GA working in the A-10C Thunderbolt II and HH-60G Pave hawk Aircraft Maintenance Units. In 2010 Des deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan with the HH-60G “Pedro Maintenance” Combat Rescue Squadron performing Medical Evacuations for the Southern Helmand Province. Afterwards he served as a recruiting officer in San Antonio, Texas where he ran training, marketing, and Officer recruiting programs for 125 thousand square miles in southern Texas and west Louisiana. He is currently attending George Washington University as graduate student pursuing a M.A. in Human Resources Development.
Jonathan is a first-generation college graduate who comes from a low-income environment in Southern California. After high school, he attended the University of California Los Angeles for his undergraduate degree studying Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. After college, he enlisted in the USAF as a Pararescueman. He completed 5 years of active duty service in the USAF and 1 year in the Reserve. During this time, he completed a single deployment to Afghanistan with further deployments prevented by minor training injuries such as broken bones. After separating from active duty, Jonathan taught high school biology, chemistry, and physics for one year in San Antonio while applying to medical school. He began medical school in 2012 with graduation pending in 2016. Jonathan is now applying for a medical residency in the field of anesthesia with the long-term goal of continuing to serve veterans in the VA system.
Howard is a retired Master Chief Petty Officer (SOCM) who served 22 years conducting military operations in over 30 nations. Tours of duty included time in South American, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He will be attending the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College in Fall 2014.
Nerea graduated with honors from West Point in 2006 with a B.S. in Comparative Politics. She was commissioned as an Aviation officer and attended flight school, receiving her rating as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot. She has served in a variety of leadership and staff positions and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. While stationed in South Korea, she also designed and implemented the Iron Brigade’s Women’s Mentorship Program, a mentorship program designed to encourage positive social and professional relationships among female Soldiers in the Brigade. Most recently, she commanded an Air Assault Blackhawk Company in the 82d Airborne Division and was awarded the MacArthur Leadership Award. Currently, Nerea is a Master’s student at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs focusing her studies in International Relations, Security, and Development. After completing her studies, she will be assigned as an International Relations instructor in West Point’s Social Sciences Department.
Amy, as part of a military family, was raised in Germany, Korea, and the United States. She attended nursing school at Pacific Lutheran University and commissioned in the United States Army as an Army Nurse with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Her first assignment was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. During her first deployment to Iraq, she found inspiration in the Provincial Reconstruction Teams who were building medical capacity in the city of Tikrit, and made a career switch to become a Civil Affairs Officer. On her next deployment, she managed development projects in Afghanistan and worked with the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan (UNAMA) Civil Affairs officer to assist with women’s rights initiatives in Baghlan Province. She is interested in civil-military cooperation in areas of instability and is a current student at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is working towards her Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) with a concentration in National Security and Global Policy. In her free time she enjoys running, outdoor activities, and traveling.