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The Volpe Center Honors Staff Who Served in the U.S. Military

November 9, 2017

On November 11, 1918, World War I ended. The fighting stopped on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and the seeds of what is now Veterans Day were planted. Like so many historic military moments, it became an important American tradition.

As the nation observes Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11, we honor the many veterans who have transitioned from military service into a civil service career at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center.

Nearly 10 percent of the Volpe Center’s federal workforce has served in the U.S. military. These individuals have held a wide variety of positions, from serving as a Green Beret with the U.S. Special Forces to working for two decades in the U.S. Air Force as a dental technician.

Volpe Center staff bring technical expertise in computer security, aviation, and contracting; while serving, they developed invaluable leadership and management skills, perseverance, and a global perspective.  

Meet some of the veterans who work at the Volpe Center and join us in honoring their contributions, then and now.


Brian Balzarini
Procurement Analyst, Office of Acquisitions | U.S. Army 
Brian Balzarini

Kevin Clark
Chief, Aviation Facilities and Business Services | U.S. Navy
Kevin Clark

David Coombs
Security Specialist, Office of Facilities Management | U.S. Air Force
Dave Coombs

Kelly Curran
Management and Program Analyst, Aviation Safety Management Systems | U.S. Navy
Kelly Curran

Paul Fernandes
Information Technology Specialist, Safety Information Systems | U.S. Army
Paul Fernandes

Eric Frykenberg
Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer | U.S. Navy
Eric Frykenberg

Michael Guyton
Lead Mail Handler | U.S. Army
Michael Guytono

Mike Griffin
Contracting Officer, Office of Acquisitions | U.S. Army
Mike Griffin

Peter Herzig
Environmental Protection Specialist, Energy Analysis and Sustainability Division | U.S. Marine Corps
Peter Herzig

Robert Hoaglund
Program Analyst, Infrastructure Engineering and Deployment | U.S. Army Special Forces
Robert Hoaglund

Wayne Ludwig
Lead Security Specialist, Office of Safety, Security, and Administration Support | U.S. Army
Wayne Ludwig

Seamus McGovern
Electronics Engineer, Aviation Systems Engineering | U.S. Navy
Seamus McGovern

Ian Meisner
Human Resources Specialist, Employee Relations and Labor Relations | U.S. Army
Ian Meisner

Gary Morissette
Contracting Specialist, Office of Acquisitions | U.S. Navy
Gary Morissette

Carmen Rickenback
Executive Assistant to the Volpe Center Director | U.S. Air Force
Carmen Rickenback

David Sawin
Program Manager, Infrastructure Engineering and Deployment | U.S. Army Reserves
David Sawin

Alison Thompson
Transportation Industry Analyst, Systems Safety and Engineering Division | U.S. Army
Alison Thompston

Steve Weinacht
Common Operating Environment Manager, Information Technology Division | U.S. Air Force
Steve Weinacht

Walter Zak
Operations Research Analyst, Safety Measurement and Analysis | U.S. Coast Guard
Walter Zak

Ruth Zhang
Communications Specialist, Office of Communication and Knowledge Management | U.S. Army Reserves
Ruth Zhang

Updated: Thursday, November 9, 2017
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