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Phil Nesbitt

Vice President, Business Strategy and Development

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Army

Units within the branch served/serve:
Defense Atomic Support Agency – Secretary McNamara’s Personnel Analysis Program – 15th Military Police Brigade – Headquarters V Corps – HQDA, Office Chief of Public Affairs (CID) – An Army gadfly who flew, assessed, guided, translated, and performed a host of unique assignments.

Term/years of service:
14 Years (1967 – 1981)

Current Artel role/title:
VP of Business Strategy and Development

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
My service in the Army was memorable for being able to work for, and learn from, soldiers such as LtGen. William Desobry, V Corps commander (left in picture) and Gen. Michael Davison, USARUR commander (center); the joy of flying left seat or right seat in the Beaver, Otter, Caribou, Buffalo, Twin Otter, about anything built by de Havilland; and, most memorable and important, meeting the lovely Capt. Parker who was assigned as my logistics support on one program – and who has been by my side for almost 40 years.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
Planning for any eventuality. Planning and being prepared for the known and the unknown, and the ability to change course quickly and efficiently. Dwight Eisenhower is quoted as saying, “…I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Amen.

Linda Knight

Senior Program Director

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Army

Units within the branch served/serve:
US Army Criminal Investigations Command (USACIDC)

Term/years of service:
20 Years

Last rank achieved:
Special Agent

Last Artel role/title:
Senior Program Director (recently retired)

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
During my career with USACIDC, I was stationed all over the world on assignments that included, drug interdiction, white collar crime, and protective services. I also served in Desert Storm and other political hot spots. In the last few years before retiring from service, I received a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and helped pilot USACIDC’s initial efforts into the areas of cyber crime, forensics, and systems security.

Alan Gerber

European Program Manager

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Air Force

Units within the branch served/serve:
571 SMS, 390 SMW , Tucson, AZ

Term/years of service:
4 Years (1970 – 1974)

Last rank achieved:
Captain

Current Artel role/title:
European Program Manager

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
Know your job, and knowledge in few additional areas is helpful.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
Promoting consideration and cooperation among team members who have differing social/political agendas.

Randy Billingsley

Manager, DoD Capture & Client Relations

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Army

Units within the branch served/serve:
United States Army Signal Command (USASC), United States Army Communications Command (USACC) 5th Signal Command, 2nd Signal Brigade, Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM).

Term/years of service:
20 Years

Current Artel role/title
Manager, DoD Capture & Client Relations

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
I would honestly have to say, both sarcastically and seriously, that my favorite part of being in the military must be the eye-opening experience about life in general. When you are given the rare opportunity to do something that impacts not only your life but that of your family, friends, and country, you know that you have found success in life.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
My military career taught me that hard work, building a sense of camaraderie among those involved, and a desire to accomplish any goal can never be surpassed. I have also learned that consistently aiming to be better will take me where I want to be in life, both in the military and outside of it.

Todd Cress

Manager of SATCOM Capture and Client Relations

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Army

Units within the branch served/serve:
Tactical/Strategic Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Support Operations. Attended basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, followed by Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Gordon, Georgia. First duty station was Camp Carroll, Korea for one year, followed by 4 years at Fort Gordon, GA with 252nd Signal Company, 56th Signal Battalion, 93rd Signal Brigade.

Term/years of service:
6 Years (2000 – 2006)

Last rank achieved:
Staff Sergeant (E-6)

Current Artel role/title
Manager of SATCOM Capture and Client Relations

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
As a Liaison Officer, I coordinated over 20 successful 93rd Signal Brigade GMF missions, including Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. I was the LNO for all communications assets on the ground during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita support operations, successfully working in six deployed packages.

Ashis Roy

Terrestrial Capture and Solution Support

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Army – New York National Guard

Units within the branch served/serve:
C. Co 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion

Term/years of service:
6 Years

Last rank achieved:
Specialist/E-4

Current Artel role/title:
Terrestrial Capture and Solution Support

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
Military service is not about me, its about us. We stand together as a team to defend our country.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
As I make the transition from active duty to a career at Artel, I can apply my knowledge of the military and my technical expertise to help meet our customers’ needs. And I’m particularly excited that, in this job, I can continue to support U.S. Government and military missions.

Troy Anderson

Firewall (Perimeter Security) Analyst

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Air Force

Units within the branch served/serve:
84th Test Squadron, 5th Communications Squadron, and 92nd Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron.

Term/years of service:
1996-1999 – 84th Test Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Florida – Electronics Specialist, Enlisted, E-4
1999-2001 – Air Force ROTC at University of Iowa. Bachelors in Computer Science
2001-2005 – 5th Communications Squadron, Minot AFB, ND (Flight Commander, Network Communications Center, 2nd/1st Lieutenant)
2005-2007 – 92nd Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron, Kelly AFB, Tx (C4 Systems Security Engineer, Captain)

Last rank achieved:
Captain

Current Artel role/title:
Firewall (Perimeter Security) Analyst

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
Serving my country has been an amazing experience, and I learned so much from the people I served with. The camaraderie I found there will be something I will never forget. I often think back on those people and experiences with a humble heart, and feel very honored to have been able to serve my country.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
I have been with Artel for 6 years, and have been very happy to have found the same type of camaraderie with my colleagues as I have in the military. In my role at the Regional Cyber Center – Europe (RCC-E), no 2 days are ever the same. Our team relies heavily on each other to find solutions for our customer to keep the mission pushing forward. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.

Jim McDonald

Network Administrator

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Air Force

Units within the branch served/serve:
Units I served with: 6th Mobile Weather Squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; Detachment 19, 15th Weather Squadron, Lajes AB, Azores, Portugal; 54th Weather Reconnaisance Squadron, Anderson AFB, Guam; Detachment 7, 5th Weather Squadron, Langley AFB, VA, Detachment; US Army Combat Weather Support Team, Fort Riley, KS; Air Force Global Weather Center, Offutt AFB, NE.

Term/years of service:
15 Years (1969 – 1984)

Last rank achieved:
TSgt

Current Artel role/title:
Network Administrator

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
I volunteered to serve my country during a time of war. I felt an obligation to serve my country; to give back for my own freedoms. My time in the military taught me that life is what you make of it. Nothing is guaranteed. I lost friends, and I gained many more. These are friendships that will last my entire lifetime. I wish that every person would serve their country as I did, then they might appreciate what they have so much more.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
The military taught me how important teamwork is. There is no “I” in TEAM. As a member of a C-130 flight crew, I relied on five other crew members to do their jobs, in order to ensure that all of us could make it back home safely after each mission. My job here may not be life-or-death, but it is definitely “teamwork” at its best. I cannot do my job without the others around me doing theirs, and vice versa. I am still serving my country, and loving it. That is, perhaps, the best part of working here.

Nina Vargas

Network Administrator

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Navy

Units within the branch served/serve:
Stationed at NSGA Misawa, Japan, USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) in Norfolk, Virginia and NOSC Denver, Colorado

Term/years of service:
11 Years (2001 – 2012)

Last rank achieved:
Cryptologic Technician-Special Warfare (CTR1[SW])

Current Artel role/title:
Network Administrator

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
My biggest lesson from my service is that everything, from school, work, relationships, etc. is what you make of it. If you approach a situation thinking the worst, then your expectations will be met. Thinking positively and keeping an open mind about an experience will allow you to make the most of the situation, learn from it, and enjoy it.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
My current role allows me to work side by side with soldiers and allows me to share my network knowledge as well as important lessons I learned in the Navy. I like to share educational advice with the soldiers that will help them make the most of their time while maximizing their benefits.

Tafari Wilson

Jr. Project Engineer

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Army

Term/years of service:
8 Years

Current Artel role/title:
Jr. Project Engineer

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
Don’t let someone else determine your peak; aim to surpass even your own belief.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
Artel has allowed me to nurture my leadership and project management skills to a level that may have taken years in another company. I have a wonderful team that I can always rely on when the going gets tough, and their professionalism shows that Artel makes sound choices on who they employ.

Bryan Schenfelt

Senior Satellite Technician

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Navy

Units within the branch served/serve:
Various, CONUS and OCONUS

Term/years of service:
10 Years

Last rank achieved:
E-5

Current Artel role/title:
Senior Satellite Technician

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
Imagine looking aft seeing the ship’s path. Your view unobstructed from the highest point aloft, while completing work on an antenna. The radar is secured so as not to fry you. The wind too strong to safely descend. The ship’s path is easy to make out in the water, being a distinctly different color as perturbed by the huge props of the carrier. The path is bent, revealing that the huge ship is turning. You realize the entire battle group must also be altering their course to accommodate this maneuver. You’re in the middle of the Persian Gulf, so not much room to zigzag, this thing won’t turn on a dime, and the Captain needs radar back on for air ops and defense ASAP. The ship is being turned to move with the wind for a safer descent, just for you. The order comes to descend. Now! Now that you are down, imagine looking aft seeing the ship’s path.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
Focus on your job, do it well, and your shipmates will handle the rest.

Nicholas Rice

SSA SCS Project Satellite Technician

Branch of the military served/serve:
U.S. Army – Maryland National Guard

Units within the branch served/serve:
29th Infantry Division

Term/years of service:
9 Years

Current Artel role/title:
SSA SCS Project Satellite Technician

What is the most important or memorable aspect of your military service?
Work smarter not harder.

How have you related your military service experiences to your role at Artel, LLC?
The Military imparted the knowledge and experience I need to excel in the work at Artel, from knowing how the equipment works and maintaining it to how to take problems and find the best solutions.

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