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LMI Welcomes Its Second Cohort of Hiring Our Heroes Fellows

September 16, 2019

LMI Staff

LMI is honored to host our second cohort of fellows as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program. The fellows participating in this cohort have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience and become fully immersed with LMI culture over their 11-week tenure with the organization. During the fellowship, they will engage with LMI leadership and supply dedicated project support across their respective service lines. At the completion of this highly coveted program, the fellows will present a final capstone project to LMI’s leadership team.

“Make no mistake, LMI is in constant competition for talent. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program provides LMI with unprecedented access to some of the best talent transitioning from the military,” said Rick Ferry, LMI’s Integrated Workforce Management business partner and program sponsor. “These individuals are the innovative, mission-focused leaders of tomorrow that continue serving their nation once they transition to civilian careers at LMI.”

LMI is an employer of choice for veterans. Due to the growing popularity of this program, LMI has increased the number of participants by 66 percent for this second cohort. The five talented fellows joining LMI this month are Steven Peña, Gina Radford-Wilson, Thomas Saltysiak, Sara Stallings, and John Wingeart.

To learn more about our fellows, we sat down with them to discuss their first impressions of LMI.

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Steven Pena

Steven Peña

Retiring Lieutenant Colonel (O5), U.S. Air Force

 

Steven joins LMI’s Digital Services service line from the Pentagon’s joint staff where he researched and implemented technologies to streamline intelligence dissemination to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, secretary of Defense, and other key leaders. He also served as a cyber operations officer and a chief information officer at Dover Air Force Base, where he led an 85-person organization to secure and supply network, telecommunications, and knowledge management services.

Why did you choose LMI as part of your Hiring Our Heroes program?

I chose LMI primarily because of the people with whom I interacted prior to the selection process. The LMI social I attended during the program’s early stages afforded me the opportunity to meet LMI employees, learn about LMI initiatives, and sample the business culture. Everyone I met was friendly, professional, and brought a variety of work experience. 

What are your first impressions of LMI?

LMI has a welcoming atmosphere and the people are genuine. I appreciate the time that people have invested in our onboarding and am honored to be counted among such an impressive group of professionals.

What is your biggest achievement to date—personal or professional?

My family. Hardly my achievement alone, but my wife and I are proud of our two boys and how they have grown, endured, and benefitted from numerous moves in Europe and stateside. They have visited and lived in multiple countries, experienced different cultures, and have friends throughout Europe and the United States. We are grateful to have shared that opportunity with them. 

What advice would you provide to fellow service members as they begin their transition from the military to the civilian workforce? 

Make the time. Set a date to begin pulling back from your day-to-day military duties and focus on your transition—you deserve it. Administrative processing and planning your transition is a full-time job. Sometimes, it is difficult to step away from your military job to focus on yourself, but time passes too fast, and that last day arrives before you know it. You want to be prepared and in control of your transition—do not get caught flat-footed.

What was the best advice you received from a peer or mentor about transitioning into the civilian workforce? 

The best advice I received was to appreciate the skills I bring to the table and know my worth. A mentor and friend taught me that the leadership and management experience and training that my service instilled are highly valued in the private sector. His advice eased my anxiety toward transitioning and boosted my confidence.

Eugenia ("Gina") Radford-Wilson

Retiring Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4), U.S. Army

 

Eugenia joins LMI’s Logistics service line from Headquarters, Department of the Army, G-4, Logistics Directorate, where she served as a strategic logistics staff officer and staff lead for petroleum and water operations. In that role, she furnished technical logistical guidance, and integrated policy and programs for force development, composition, and force structure across the Army liquid logistics community.

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Eugenia Radford-Wilson

Why did you choose LMI as part of your Hiring Our Heroes program?

I selected LMI because of the opportunities for professional growth and development. I spent much of my military career as a functional specialist, which had its benefits; however, LMI will afford me increased opportunities to explore additional areas.

What are your first impressions of LMI?

Everyone I have encountered in my short time here has been extremely helpful. Open doors to offices, overall positive attitudes, and a willingness to share information promote a feeling of openness, regardless of leadership level.

What is your role at LMI, and how does it relate to your duties in the military?

I work on technical data management for the Logistics service line. As a warrant officer, I was responsible for a broad range functions that included the supply product, major end item, and sustainment functions enabling storage and distribution. I developed capabilities and the sustainment requirements to maintain them after they were fielded to end users. 

What is your biggest achievement to datepersonal or professional?

I consider becoming a mother, despite medical challenges, as my proudest achievement. Being told numerous times that my chances of giving birth were declining reduced my hopes of ever achieving this feat. I learned of my pregnancy after completing a military training exercise. After that, my life took a new course. Now that I am transitioning, finding an opportunity that supports work-life balance is paramount  to my decision for post-military service.

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Tom Saltysiak

Tom Saltysiak

Retiring Colonel (O6), U.S. Army

 

Tom joins LMI as a former U.S. Army intelligence and acquisition officer who supported infantry, engineer, artillery, logistics, air defense, C2, airborne, and chemical biological defense organizations. He also taught as a professor of systems engineering and an operations research analyst at the United States Military Academy. 

Why did you choose LMI as part of your Hiring Our Heroes program? 

Right away, through the positive organizational culture in all my initial interactions with LMI employees, I could tell that doing the right thing and taking care of people were top priorities.

What is your role at LMI, and how does it relate to your duties in the military? 

As a deputy director of a research and engineering center, I used leadership and technical skills to help the organization accomplish its mission. I hope those skill sets can complement each other again in my senior military consultant role at LMI.

What is your biggest achievement to date—personal or professional?

My biggest achievement is completing my doctorate degree and teaching the next generation of leaders at the United States Military Academy. 

What advice would you provide to fellow service members as they begin their transition from the military to the civilian workforce? 

You will get out of the transition what you put into it. My peers who approached the transition as the next major mission in life have been much more successful than those who expected it to just happen. There are many organizations and people willing to bend over backwards to help you make a successful transition, but you must take the first steps.

Sara Stallings

Transitioning 1st Lieutenant (O2), U.S. Army

 

Sara joins LMI’s Management Advisory Services service line after serving in the U.S. Army as an officer in the Military Police Corps for four years. Most recently, she held a position as the executive officer for the 289th Military Police Company stationed at Fort Myer, where she managed the company’s programs and personnel in maintenance, supplies, property, and budgeting, supporting a 24/7 law enforcement mission.

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Sara Stallings

Why did you choose LMI as part of your Hiring Our Heroes program? 

When I was researching LMI, three things stood out and, ultimately, led to my decision: LMI’s reputation for high-quality, innovative solutions; dedication to the customer, exemplified through the not-for-profit status; and commitment to the armed services.

What are your first impressions of LMI? 

As I transition to the private sector and a new career, LMI’s dedication and investment in its employees through professional development stands out and means a great deal to me. The outpouring of support and mentorship is truly exceptional.

What is your role at LMI, and how does it relate to your duties in the military? 

I am working in the Management Advisory Services, Program Planning and Investment Management sub-service line. As the executive officer for a military police company, I was continually exploring, revising, and implementing new ideas for running a more efficient and effective program. My background in research, analysis, and problem solving in budgeting and logistics will complement my new career and future projects.

What else should we know about you? 

I am an avid motorcyclist. I enjoy riding on racetracks all over the East Coast and exploring the countryside as much as possible on my motorcycle. I also rescued two amazing greyhounds; if you have any questions about canine adoption, please ask!

John Wingeart

Retiring Lieutenant Colonel (O5), U.S. Army

 

John joins LMI supporting the Defense market. Prior to joining LMI, John worked on the Army staff, G-8, in the Forces Development Division, managing the Army aviation program’s funding and requirements in excess of $7 billion annually. He also served as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army.

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John Wingeart

Why did you choose LMI as part of your Hiring Our Heroes program?

I chose LMI because of my experience working with excellent LMI partners during my tenure in the Pentagon.

What is your role at LMI, and how does it relate to your duties in the military?

I am learning about the Army Market process. I previously worked for the deputy chief of staff, G-8, managing the Army Aviation portfolio, and hope my experience with the Army’s modernization priorities will support LMI.

Which skillset would you like to expand on during your time at LMI?

I would like to develop my understanding of financial foundations from contract structures to how risk is evaluated at the organizational level.

What was the best advice you received from a peer or mentor about transitioning into the civilian workforce?

The best advice I received was to start early and plan the transition to the civilian workforce.

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