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Retired admiral to serve as new Port chairman

Relocating every two years while serving in the Navy taught the Board of Port Commissioners' 2012 chairman how to quickly adapt to new organizations.

Naval aviator knows meaning of sacrifice

Rear Adm. Patrick Moneymaker has commanded the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, served as commander of Naval Space Command and flew fighter missions during the Vietnam War. In 2011, he took on a different role: president of the newly formed mission solutions group at Epsilon Systems.

Alone while flying, Pettitt builds relationships for Northrop Grumman

For much of his career as a naval aviator, Capt. John Pettitt (Ret.) had to rely largely on himself. He flew single-seat jets, like A-4s, A-7s and F-18s, making him not quite a lone wolf, but hyperaware of his own surroundings and responsibilities.

Retired Cmdr. Bedinger translates military life to banking community

Henry J. "Jim" Bedinger likes to serve those who serve. Whether it's through his work at Navy Federal Credit Union, or with about a half-dozen military-oriented nonprofit groups, he tries to make life easier for soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.

Naval aviator doubles his public service through law, military career

Rear Adm. Pat McGrath splits his time between work as a deputy district attorney for San Diego County who heads the family protection unit and as deputy commander of Naval Air Forces.

Navy's servant-style leadership inspired real estate career

John Frager, now the executive managing director of office services for the Americas with commercial real estate firm CB Richard Ellis, knew at an early age that he wanted to join the U.S. Navy and be a pilot, inspired by his father, Jack Frager, who flew an F-9 Cougar.

Ace aviator shares TopGun tactics for business success

William Driscoll, Cdr., USNR (Ret.), believes in the power of teamwork. When he was on active duty as a Navy Radar Intercept Officer (RIO), it was a matter of life and death.

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Wings of Gold: Leadership and Management

Celebrating 100 years of Naval Aviation in America, The Daily Transcript pays tribute in 2011 by celebrating the extraordinary business success stories of San Diego’s naval aviators.


Retired rear admiral honed leadership skills in Navy

Leaders can make or break the careers of those who serve around them. In the case of retired Rear Adm. Jose Betancourt, a former surface warfare officer, one leader almost broke his career and another picked up the pieces.

Good leaders treat others equally and seek opportunities to advance

The punishment for one officer being AWOL should be the same for another officer who is AWOL, but very different from the punishment of an officer who didn’t run his three miles in time.

Jay Doucet advanced through leadership roles as an exchange officer

Working as an exchange officer in the U.S. Navy allowed Dr. Jay Doucet to advance to leadership roles not afforded to him in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Patricia Reily: Everyone is a leader to someone

Patricia Reily, who retired from the Navy in 1995 as a commander, was the human resources director at Moffett field and she was the first woman to run a 40-bed counseling assistance center for drug and alcohol abuse in the Philippines.

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Interview with Booz Allen Hamilton's Greg Wenzel

Greg Wenzel, executive vice president and lead for digital solutions and C4ISR at Booz Allen Hamilton, talks about the modern digital ecosystem and Internet of Things that can create an enterprise effect across the federal government and military orgnizations through secure interoperability for efficiency and effectiveness.

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Top Influentials 2015: Jamie Moraga

Feb. 9, 2015 -- Daily Transcript Reporter Katherine Connor speaks with Jamie Moraga, president and CEO of intelliSolutions inc., about the defense contracting industry and her highlights of 2014 as the president of SDMAC.

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