Sunday, April 15, 2012

Grads Seeking Assistance

The following two grads are requesting assistance with their job search efforts. Please take a look and reach out to them directly if you can offer advice, referrals, or other assistance.

1. BLAKE SELLERS (USAFA '05) writes as follows:

I was hoping to reach out to the community for a new position. I'm currently with New York Life, but would prefer a job where I get to use my brain more. I have a Series 6, 63, Life, Health, and Long Term Care license; though my ideal job wouldn't utilize those. My BS is in Operations Research, so business consulting/optimization is where my head's at. I'd specifically love to work for Accenture, if anyone may know anyone who works there. Other companies might be Deloitte, IBM, or Hitachi; with a very high preference of staying in Denver. Though I am open to relocating and/or travel.

Please let me know if there's any more information that may be useful. Much obliged for the help.

Blake Sellers

2. JOHN D. WHALEN (USNA '85) writes as follows:

I am currently employed but relocating to Colorado due to family needs. I am writing to you in the hope you may be able to pass along my resume to fellow alumni or other contacts you may have in the Denver-C-Springs area. I have reviewed your Biznet website but also thought you may be able to provide an additional perspective on my search as unfortunately my network is mostly East Coast. I am seeking new challenges with a company in need of someone with exceptional planning, leadership, and management abilities. Taking command of an operation or project, then guiding it to new performance levels, is my greatest strength. While my background has been focused on the Defense Industry, I am open to other industries and opportunities.

I know that my proven leadership skills and strong commitment to high ethical and professional standards would allow me to make a significant contribution to a new team. In the meantime, please know that I appreciate your time andconsideration and look forward to joining the USNA Colorado Chapter.

Respectfully yours,

John D. Whalen
USNA ‘85

Here is John's resume:

John David Whalen
410 County Rd 2236, Greenville, TX 75402
Phone: 813.716.1886 (Cell)

Broad operational, technical, and management experience gained over five years as a Program Manager for a large defense contractor, L-3 Communications, and a successful twenty-year naval career.
- Demonstrated leadership, program management, decision-making, and teamwork throughout career.
- Highly detailed, proven ability to solve problems and find solutions to improve process efficiencies.
- Demonstrated ability to quickly adapt to highly stressful and flexible working conditions.
- Polished communicator when briefing senior leadership or large audiences.
- Earned Value Management certified by L-3.
- Extensive experience gained in both joint and naval operations and planning, including under
wartime conditions.

CLEARANCE: Top Secret/SCI determined eligibility of SCI-DCID 6/4 on 2011 08 31 Army CCF. Currently holding additional Special Access clearances.

2010-Pres: Program Manager/Senior Principal Systems Engineer, L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Greenville, TX.
Capture/Program Manager for a proprietary aircraft ISR modification program that unseated the incumbent company. Program involves the modification of two aircraft that support worldwide reconnaissance operations. Providing direct management, across multiple functional areas, over the design, manufacturing, installation, integration, test, and sustainment, as well as future business development with the customer, while at an offsite location.

2006-2010: Program Manager, L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Greenville, TX.
Program manager of L-3’s requirement development, design, subcontractor management, systems integration, test, and manufacturing effort that successfully delivered the first development aircraft for a major naval aircraft ISR upgrade. Customer recognized for outstanding leadership skills and in building strong customer relationships.

2005-2006: Independent consultant, funded by the Counter-NarcoTerrorism Technology Program Office (CNTPO) for U.S. Central Command, Tampa, FL.
Supported U.S. Central Command planning two large, overseas (Germany and Tajikistan), multi-national/agency conferences attended by senior U.S. and foreign government officials (President, Cabinet Minister and General Officer level) on counter-narcotic proliferation in Central Asia. Developed agenda, keynote speakers, working group deliverables, and logistics with host nation leadership.

2000-2005: Senior Environmental Officer and Current Operations Branch Chief, U.S. Central Command, U. S. Navy, Tampa, FL
Led Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom environmental planning, coordination, and execution efforts for U.S. Central Command’s joint/interagency wartime theater plan for environmental support to and its impact on U.S. and Coalition combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Supported such diverse efforts as the Command's intelligence collection activities, airborne operations, WMD response planning, humanitarian operations, and developed communication requirements for the Command’s wartime information operations plan. Member of the Command’s Joint Intelligence and Operations Center (JIOC) team providing command and control information, as well as daily briefings to the Commander, U.S. Central Command, and his senior staff during wartime operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Focal point for the Command’s force readiness reporting issues requiring routine liaison with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff. Led the Command’s operations briefing program, to include presentations of wartime operations briefings to visiting dignitaries.

1998-2000: Officer-in-Charge, Naval Atlantic Meteorological and Oceanographic Detachment, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.
Commanded environmental support unit for Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Naval Air Systems Command. Orchestrated the unit’s largest expansion in over 15 years to meet growing airfield and naval air operational test and evaluation requirements. Dual-positioned as an Air Test and Evaluation Squadron ONE (VX-1) Department Head/P-3 Naval Flight Officer. Directly supported system integration testing of new anti-submarine warfare equipment and tactics, to include worldwide test deployments.

1995-1998: Student, Naval Post-Graduate School.

1993-1995: Fleet Operations Officer, Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanographic Center, Monterey, CA.
Fleet Operations Officer for the US Navy’s central production site for worldwide, computer-generated environmental data to the Department of Defense as well as Federal, state, and international agencies. Developed new communication methods of delivering environmental data to the Ballistic Missile Submarine Force.

1990-1993: Reconnaissance Officer, Headquarters Naval Forces Europe, London, UK.
In charge of coordination of all naval air and sea reconnaissance efforts for the European and African theaters of operations to support Fleet and National intelligence requirements including Operations Sharp Edge, Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Led Command’s current operations briefing program by scheduling and providing daily operations briefs to the Commander, Naval Forces Europe, his staff, and visiting dignitaries.

1987-1990: Naval Flight Officer and Communications Officer, Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1) Agana, Guam.
Navigator, Electronic Warfare Officer, and Mission Commander of the EP-3E aircraft (crew of 28) flying signal intelligence missions in support of Fleet and National requirements throughout the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

1985-1987: Student, Naval Aviation Training Command, Pensacola, FL.
Naval Flight Officer training to include schools in air navigation and electronic warfare.

1998: Master of Science in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography,
Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA
1985: Bachelor of Science in Applied Science - Management
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

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