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  • Profile picture of Alex Reiter
    Alex Reiter
    Alex Reiter graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2010 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors and commissioned as an Aviation Officer. He attended flight school qualifying as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior pilot. He served as a platoon leader and assistant operations officers while stationed at Fort Campbell, KY and deployed to Afghanistan. Alex is currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Yuli Talyansky
    Yuli joined the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in 2009 and served as medical staff at MCRD San Diego from 2009-2014. After field medical training he deployed to Ghazni Province, Afghanistan in 2010-2011 as part of a Provincial Reconstruction Team where he served as an infantry platoon medic out on patrol, assisted a forward surgical team with mass casualty situations, and ran a walk-in clinic for Afghan nationals. He left the service in 2014 with the intention of going to medical school and enrolled at San Jose State University as a Microbiology major. In 2015 he began working at NASA's Ames Research Center as a student research assistant in the Space Biosciences Division where he worked on mouse behavior and reproductive physiology. After discovering his love of science he switched from pre-med to pure research and is now a PhD student in the biomedical science program at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. His research interests include infectious diseases, specifically novel treatment methods for drug-resistant bacteria and the role of host-pathogen interaction in the development of sepsis.

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    Jared Plotkin
    Originally from Massachusetts, Jared graduated from Tulane University in 2012 and was commissioned in the Marine Corps as a Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence officer. Jared led teams on deployments to Iraq and the Philippines and served as the CI/HUMINT staff officer at the First Marine Division. After leaving the military, Jared will pursue a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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    Freddy Rodriguez
    Freddy graduated high school in 2001 and immediately enlisted in the Army as an active duty Infantry soldier. While on active duty, he completed his undergraduate degree in psychology and currently holds the rank of Sergeant First Class. He has served over 15 years and has completed four yearlong deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 4th Infantry Division, as well as Operation Enduring Freedom with the 1st Infantry Division. He served as an Infantry Drill Sergeant for two years at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He graduated from the U.S. Army Sniper School, as well as the U.S. Army Airborne School. He led soldiers in numerous intense combat operations as an Infantry Fire Team Leader, as well as serving as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant in his latter deployments. He is a Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) alumnus (Harvard 2016), a WSP Ambassador and was recently accepted to the Masters of Social Work program at Columbia University. Freddy aspires to gain acceptance into law school upon retirement with a concentration in constitutional law.

  • Profile picture of Andrea Goldstein
    Andrea Goldstein
    Andrea N. Goldstein served as a Navy Intelligence Officer from 2009-2016, and continues to serve in the Selected Reserves. She deployed three times, serving on HADR missions in Japan, a routine WESTPAC on the USS Peleliu, and in support of contingency operations based in the Gulf States. She is currently enrolled in the MA in Law and Diplomacy Program (MALD) at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she studies Gender Analysis and Human Security. She is proud and humbled to be a 2016 Pat Tillman Scholar.

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    Zach Freed
    Zach served for seven years in the Army. He is currently at the University of Virginia earning a Masters of Science in Technology Management and works as a Strategy Consultant for Deloitte.

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    Chris Fox
    Chris enlisted in the Air Force in 2007 and completed his undergraduate studies while serving on Active Duty. His first assignment was to the 7th Air Support Operations Squadron, where he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan as a TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) member with 1st Armored Division. After completing the Special Operations Selection Course, he was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, where he deployed to Afghanistan with 1st SFG. In 2013, he became a JTAC Instructor (JTAC-I), preparing his Special Tactics Team for combat before his fourth deployment with 3rd SFG. Chris separated from Active Duty as a Staff Sergeant in 2014 and earned an MPA at USC (Los Angeles) with a Research Fellowship at the CREATE Homeland Security Center. Chris also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, a BA in Psychology, and an AAS in Information Systems Technology. He is currently the Legal Services Director for Veterans Education Success, a Policy Intern at Free the Slaves, and a JD Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center. He enjoys hiking and camping in Virginia with his pit bull, Eggy.

  • Profile picture of Tim Avery
    Tim Avery
    Tim is the fourth generation of his family to enlist in the Navy and the first to receive a commission. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2003 with a BS in English Literature. Over the course of 7 years he worked as a consultant with BearingPoint and Booz Allen in support of financial management IT for health services and the Department of the Navy respectively. Between consulting assignments he supported Navy logistics and intelligence and deployed in support of OIF. He is currently pursuing his doctorate of clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and, to that end, will complete his internship at the McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA.

  • Profile picture of Martin Martinez
    Martin Martinez
    Originally from California, Martin graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2005 and commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. His first assignment was to Germany where he served in a variety of leadership and staff positions working missile defense initiatives with regional partners. Upon returning to the states, Martin was assigned to work in the Office, Chief of Air Defense Artillery where he served as the Proponent Officer for the branch. Currently, Martin is working towards a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.

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    Rick Lang
    Rick graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering. Upon graduation, he completed flight training and served as an F/A-18 pilot. Outside of active duty commitments, Rick completed medical school pre-requisites and was accepted to Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson medical school. Rick understands the challenges of being accepted to medical school as a ‘non-traditional’ applicant and looks forward to making that transition easier for those with similar pursuits. He is humbled to be amidst the 2015 class of Tillman scholars.

  • Profile picture of Rachael Berkoff
    Rachael Berkoff
    Rachael graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011 and was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer. Her first assignment was with the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Hunter Army Air Field, Savannah, GA where she served and later deployed to Afghanistan as a Ground Maintenance Platoon Leader and Executive Officer for her Forward Support Company. Rachael finished her career in the Army as a Captain and Brigade Adjutant. She is currently in the Master of Industrial and Labor Relations Program at Cornell University, Class of 2018.

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    Travis Klempan
    Travis Klempan was born and raised in Colorado. He joined the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and served with the Marines of 1st Maintenance Battalion. He was accepted into the US Naval Academy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in English. He served aboard USS Princeton and completed a year-long joint tour at Camp Victory, Iraq, before serving as Officer in Charge of the Mobile At-Sea Sensor in Barking Sands, Hawaii. Travis left the Navy and earned his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches undergraduate writing.

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    Patrick Randall
    A Maine native, Patrick graduated from Tufts University in 2008 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army. After attending the Infantry and Airborne Schools at Ft. Benning, GA, he received orders to Ft. Bragg, NC, where he passed Special Forces Assessment & Selection. Upon earning his Green Beret, he was assigned to 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan. He served on an Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA) for three years, deploying to Afghanistan and throughout the Asia-Pacific. He left the Army in 2014 to attend Simmons College, where he received a Master of Science in Library & Information Science. He now lives outside Boston and works at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

  • Profile picture of Allan Aw
    Allan Aw
    Allan graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2007 and was commissioned a Surface Warfare Officer. While on active duty, he served aboard USS JOHN S. McCAIN (DDG-56) in Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan and USS NICHOLAS (FFG-47) as part of Joint Task Force 151 deployed to East Africa on anti-piracy missions. On his shore tour, he was a staff inspector at Engineering Assessments Atlantic. After leaving the military, Allan returned home to pursue a public policy degree at The University of Texas at Austin. He currently works at General Motors, and will be starting his MBA at University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Class of 2018.  

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    Walter Haydock
    Walter Haydock works for PreVeil, a Boston-based cybersecurity company, where he interfaces with political campaigns, think tanks, and other government-facing clients. He previously served as a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Homeland Security, and was a Ground Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Walter earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and his Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

  • Profile picture of Jason Theis
    Jason Theis
    Jason enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005 right out of high school. He was trained in signals intelligence analysis and worked at various field sites around the world. In 2009, Jason deployed to Iraq where he served as a team leader for a unit responsible for conducting kinetic missions to capture high valued targets in eastern and southern Baghdad. In 2011, he separated from the military and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received a B.Sc. in microbiology. In 2015, he became an M.D. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine class of 2019. Jason's current areas of medical interest include emergency medicine and infectious disease. He is currently conducting a historical clinical analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder and its recognition as a treatable psychiatric illness.

  • Profile picture of Audrey Hsieh
    Audrey Hsieh
    Audrey Hsieh completed a eight-year career in the U.S. Army in 2012 where she served as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRN) and Psychological Operations officer. As a CBRN officer, she deployed with 7th Special Forces Group to Kandahar, Afghanistan to establish a new Forward Operating Laboratory for captured materiel in raids. As a PSYOP officer, she led small teams in Iraq and Yemen. She misses the Airborne community tremendously, but recognizes her knees thank her for retiring that lifestyle. Following ETS, she began graduate studies at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and earned her Master of Arts in Security Studies in 2014. Through graduate school, she earned a competitive Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) to work at the Department of State and has been blessed to fulfill a second career in public service. Through the PMF program, she has worked on detainee resettlement issues at Guantanamo Bay, weaseled out nefarious transactions in US munition commercial sales and seen diplomacy up close while assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados. A New Jersey native, she received her BA in International Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2004

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    Mitch Leestma
    Mitch graduated from Iowa State University with a B. A. in Political Science and commissioned into the Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant in the summer of 2010. After his initial yearlong training period, Mitch was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion in Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon his arrival in California in September 2011, he immediately deployed to join Regimental Combat Team 5 in Afghanistan. Following his return from deployment, Mitch was assigned as a platoon commander of Combat Engineers and again deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. Mitch left active duty after his initial contract in the summer of 2014 but remained in the reserves as a Civil Affairs Marine while being employed as a project engineer at a construction firm. Mitch is currently on active orders in Germany before beginning his graduate education at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and the Carroll School at Boston College in the fall of 2016.

  • Profile picture of Kalohi Clark
    Kalohi Clark
    Kalohi graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1999 with a B.S. in English, received a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in 2010, and is pursuing a M.P.A. at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.  An active duty Naval Flight Officer, he has deployed in the air and on the ground in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (3), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2), and Operation New Dawn (1).  He is a former instructor at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center and a former senior policy analyst and National Security Council liaison in the Executive Office of the President, The White House.

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    Karim Farhat
    Karim received his PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. His research focused on modeling technical risk and economic uncertainty in modern energy systems and industries. A Lebanese native, he originally moved to the U.S. for college education. In 2009, he received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. While at Stanford, he received an MS in Energy Resources Engineering in 2011, and he interned at multiple energy companies, both locally and abroad. Next year, he will be joining The Boston Consulting Group as a Consultant in the Washington, DC office. After meeting many great friends in the U.S. Armed Forces over the years, Karim is eager to help vets transition successfully from service to school or to the private sector.