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Henry Moran - U.S. Army Veteran and Technical Recruiter

Sergeant First Class Moran says the Army was his family for 17 years, and now he feels the same way at Empower AI.

Ted Jennings - U.S. Army Veteran and Program Manager

During a 30-year career in the U.S. Army, Empower AI's Ted Jennings has just about done it all.

Michael Quevedo - Army Staff Sergeant and Facility Security Officer

Michael Quevedo is a protector- it's in his blood. He draws on these skills in his role as a Facility Security and Insider Threat Officer.

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Henry Moran - U.S. Army Veteran and Technical Recruiter

Empower AI’s Henry Moran remembers the day like it was yesterday. He was a senior in high school when his mom asked him to go pick up some lunch at a new restaurant one Saturday afternoon. While looking for the restaurant, he got a little lost in the New Jersey neighborhood and stopped into a nearby Army recruiter’s office for directions.


But the direction he received that day from the recruiter was a lot more than he bargained for.


“I signed up on the spot,” said Moran, who ironically, wound up serving 17 years in the Army, finishing his service as a recruiter.


At the time, Moran, who is now a senior recruiter for Empower AI, already had plans to attend St. John’s University later that fall. But the brief conversation with the Army recruiter that early summer afternoon made him think differently about his future.


“It was a casual conversation, but I trusted him,” Moran said of the recruiter. “We just talked, and he listened. And eventually when I became a recruiter, that’s exactly what I did, and I still do today. Talk and listen.”


But Moran noted that he almost didn’t make it to boot camp at all later that summer. While working on a summer job for the city, he contracted a horrible case of poison ivy on his legs, which required significant medical care, and he even had to walk with a cane.


“I told my recruiter what happened, and he was like, ‘Sorry that happened, but you better figure it out,’” Moran said. “I definitely wasn’t 100 percent when I went to boot camp, but I made it through.”


Indeed, Moran made it through boot camp in the scorching heat of Fort Jackson, S.C., and went on to serve his next 10 years in Hawaii, first at Schofield Barracks Army Base in Oahu, and then at nearby Wheeler Army Airfield. His job that first decade was in Human Resources, but he also deployed three times to Iraq during that period, one year for each tour.


During his time in Iraq, he was thankful he didn’t have to go “outside the wire” very often, but while stationed near Sadam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit in 2006, he’ll never forget the heavy bombings that came the day after Hussein was executed.


“It was intense,” he said. “We got bombed and bombed that day, and the ground shook constantly.”


Recruiting the Next Generation

During his last tour in Iraq, he got a letter from the Army that said he was going back to the states to be trained as an Army recruiter in Alabama, which at first, wasn’t something he wanted to do. He had already worked out his next assignment to return to Hawaii.

“It was obviously a big change, but it worked out great,” he said, adding that he stayed in Dothan, Ala., for four years, where as a recruiter, he was a welcomed member of the community.


“I enjoyed it so much – I really enjoyed those kids,” he said. “I could go to any high school or college in the area, and I could always tell who needed help. Families trusted me with their kids.”


Moran ended his Army career in Sterling, Va., where he had risen to the rank of E7 (Sergeant, First Class) and oversaw the office, which included all the Loudoun County high schools and colleges. He left the Army in 2017 and joined Empower AI a few months later. He still has that sense of mission and tackles it the same way each day.


“The Army was my family for 17 years, and now at Empower AI, I feel the same way,” he said. He added that he stays in contact with almost every recruit he helped enlist.


Today, Moran has more time to focus more on family, which is the most important thing to him. He has two daughters, one of whom is only 8 years old, but despite her young age, she’s already a top 5 golfer in the state of Ohio, where he lives today.


“She’s amazing, and everyone is in awe of her ability,” Moran said proudly, adding that he was caddying for her when she got her first eagle. “She was so stoked. It was a par 4 and she drove the green. She talked about it for weeks.”


Moran also finds time for his own hobby – bowling. He made the Army team twice during his time of service, and today, he boasts an average of 208.


On Veterans Day, he doesn’t have plans to get a free meal or get any special deals as a Veteran. But he definitely will reach out to his lifelong friends from his time of service and share some memories.


“We all deserve more than a free meal, but I don’t do any of that,” he said. “I know in my heart what I did, and how I did it. I will always have those experiences.”

Manny Alifonso - U.S. Navy Veteran and Advisory Staff Specialist

What inspired you to get involved in the military?

When I was in high school, I thought I wanted to do auto body work, but I didn’t want to go to school and stay in Fayetteville, N.C. I decided to join the military. My dad - who was drafted into the Army and retired - told me to go to either Air Force or Navy at the time, as they had the best education.

The Air Force recruiter never showed up for the meeting with me and my parents, but the Navy recruiter did print out every job in the Navy and explained some of the programs. The job I wanted I wasn’t eligible for because I missed it by 2 points on my ASVAB test. So, when it came time to pick my job, I was offered a lot of supply type jobs, but he kept pushing the CTO job. I read the job description and had no idea what it was. So, I asked the recruiter what tasks this job would perform. He said – with a straight face – that “I could tell you, but I’ll have to kill you.” I replied: “I will take it.”


In your role at Empower AI, how do you use the skills you learned as a military leader?

The military taught me the value of structure, honor, and integrity. These were valuable lessons, and I uphold these values every day at Empower AI. I manage installation teams onsite while reporting to stakeholders on the status of the project. In the Navy, I was tasked with taking the Intel message board around the ship to all the officers up to O6, which in the Navy is a Captain; in all other services it’s a full bird Colonel. Which makes me very comfortable briefing higher-ups in any corporate structure.


During your career, what are some specific challenges or obstacles you have faced along the way, and how did you overcome them?

Every installation has its own set of challenges. Everything from personality conflicts, supply chain, difficult stakeholders, etc. One thing I learned in the military is to adapt, overcome, or adjust and keep moving forward. I have a drive not to fail, and that allows me to push forward through the challenges and complete the mission or project.


Based on your training in the military, what are some of the key achievements or milestones in your career that you are proud of?

Just like the military, I am proud of my growth in my career. I don’t have any key achievement that stands out as they are all part of the pieces that make up who I am.


From your experience in the military, why is responsible AI important to the future of the military and the nation?

AI is the future. AI helps gather information faster, where older, traditional methods could take hours. AI can reduce that time to minutes, even seconds. This is valuable when accessing intel, potential targeting, or even stuff as simple as logistics.


What motivates you to continue pushing boundaries and striving for excellence in your work?

What motivates me is pride in my work. I take tremendous pride in the work I do. Not just with physical installations but deliverables as well. How a Word document or Excel report looks. All those things might seem small but all play in the bigger picture of professionalism. My work ethic and pride are what was seen before I became an Empower AI employee and was the reason they wanted me to join the team. Our projects and deliverables are our marketing in a different way. People see our work and either say they don’t want us to do work for them or they see our work and are very impressed with our skill and professionalism. Which leads to more work in the future.


In your view, why is it important that we celebrate Military Appreciation Week?

It is important to recognize people who have served our country, as they sacrificed time and some life for us to continue to protect our freedoms.

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