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I am originally from Beloit, Ohio, and I graduated in May 2002 with a BA in History and a minor in Spanish. I participated in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program offered through ONU and received a commission in the Army as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation. After six years on active duty including two deployments to Iraq, I was honorably discharged as a Captain.
My first civilian job was as a Team Lead for McLane Advanced Technologies (MAT), a company in Temple, Texas contracted by the Department of Defense to develop software essential to military logistics operations. As a Team Lead, I was in charge of a group of technicians and instructors that provided technical support and training to Army personnel at various bases across the country.
In September 2009, I moved to Kansas for a federal government position at Fort Riley. I worked in the Mission Support Element (MSE), which is a civilian counterpart organization to the Army staff sections of the 1st Infantry Division. As a Logistics Management Specialist, I planned and resourced the weapons, vehicles, and equipment required for the training of brigade combat teams prior to deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In August 2011, I switched to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). I now work as the Administrative Officer at the USDA Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, Kansas. I supervise the location’s administrative staff and am responsible for human resources, finance, purchasing, and property management. My time at ONU gave me a solid background in communication, research, and management skills that set me up for success during my time as a soldier and now as a civilian.