Smeal MBA Military and Veterans' Association
The Smeal Military Veterans Association provides MBA Admissions, the MBA Student Body, and veterans at the Smeal College of Business with support for recruiting, professional development, and leadership service throughout the academic year in order to create and sustain a mutually beneficial relationship between the College and its veterans.
- Service:Smeal Military Veterans are known for their record of national service. This enduring commitment is evident in their continued effort.
- Honor:Smeal Military Veterans live up to the highest ethical standards of their respective branch, and those of the Smeal College of Business.
- Leadership:Smeal Military Veterans will be sought for their leadership training and experience, and will be a practical knowledge base for the College on the matter.
Supply Chain Management and Strategic Leadership
John graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, he was commissioned into the US Army Aviation Branch. He attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he was qualified as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot. John has served with 2-2 AVN BN in Camp Stanley, South Korea; the 3d ACR in Colorado Springs, Colorado; the Multinational Forces and Observers in the Sinai, Egypt; and D Co.,12th Aviation Battalion in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In 2010, John transitioned into the Army Acquisition Corps, Functional Area 51. Prior to entering the Smeal School of Business, his last assignment was as the Assistant Product Manager for the Army’s Air Traffic Control Mobile Tower System working in PEO – Aviation at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. John has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a graduate of the US Army Airborne School, the USMC Expeditionary Warfare School, and the US Army Command and General Staff College.
Vice President of Corporate Relations
Supply Chain Management
Soloman enlisted in the United States Army Reserve shortly after turning 17 while he was attending High School. He was assigned to the 436th Transportation Battalion in Staten Island, New York as a Transportation Management Coordinator. He was deployed to Iraq in 2010 with the 961st Transportation Detachment. The detachment filled the role of Movement Control Team at the largest logistics hub in Iraq during this time period. Through the military he has been able to visit North Carolina, Texas, Nevada, California and New Jersey during training. While in reserve status, Soloman completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management at Stony Brook University. Soloman was honorably discharged from the Army in March 2013.
Vice President for Finance
Steven joined the United States Air Force in 2004 and was assigned to the 305th Security Forces Squadron at McGuire AFB, NJ. Throughout Steven’s time in the Air Force, he worked as a military police officer, a combat training instructor, and ran a sniper security team. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Steven conducted security patrols with Detachment 2411 throughout Northern Iraq to support intelligence gathering and to map insurgency operations. After the war, Steven worked as an Operations Intelligence Analyst with the 349th Operations Group at Travis AFB, CA. In 2012, Steven was recruited by Special Operations Consulting, LLC to provide diplomatic security and sniper support as a Designated Defensive Marksman for the Department of State in Baghdad, Iraq. Some notable clients Steven provided security for while in Baghdad were Ambassador Robert Beecroft and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Vice President for Operations
Supply Chain Management
Steve graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy in 2009 where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Research and Computer Analysis and his commission into the US Coast Guard. Steve’s first tour was onboard the USCGC DECISIVE in Pascagoula Mississippi where he served as a Deck Watch Officer and a Boarding Officer in Counter Drug & Migrant missions throughout the Caribbean. In 2011, Steve was transferred to USCG Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia, PA where he served as the Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security Branch Chief where he received the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for his performance of duties. In the summer of 2014, Steve transitioned out of the Coast Guard and is currently a full-time MBA Candidate at the Smeal College of Business with a concentration in Supply Chain Management and Strategic Leadership.