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FROM THE NBA TO TIKRIT

Name: SPC Tim James


Demographic: AA Male/ Age 31
Platform: Leadership/Opportunities and Options
Mission: Army
Story (How Army Transformed Them):
Tim James traded jets and escalades for ACUs and a M4.
James hasn't shared his past with fellow soldiers. Quiet, remember? Humble, too.
He wanted to be just another teammate. So none of James' fellow soldiers knew he
used to play pro basketball, though they all said he should have after he scorched
those younger soldiers in a pickup game one day during training. He didn't tell them
after that, either.

``I wanted this experience to be raw,'' James says now. ``Start a new life. I wanted to
understand new minds and new ways of thinking. I've been in basketball since I was
8. I didn't want to have a basketball conversation every day.''
"I think of myself as a patriot," James said. "I wanted to give back to a country that
gave so much to me."
Education/Experience: University of Miami, Former 1st round Draft Pick, Played in
the NBA 1999-2002, Played overseas from 2002-2007, Enlisted 2008 and recently
deployed with Task Force ODIN (Observe, Detect, Identify, and Neutralize) in Tikrit,
Iraq.
Related Info:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2009/08/29/1208917/tim-james-journey-from-nba-
to.html
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/08/30/james.army.ap/index.html?rss=true
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

Name: Dr (MAJ) Vince/ Vance Moss


Demographic: AA Male/ Age 36
Platform: Leadership/Education/Opportunities and Options
Mission: Army Reserve/AMEDD
Story (How Army Transformed Them):
Had multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Took rare
humanitarian mission to treat civilians in Afghanistan
Education/Experience: Penn State (Undergraduate) & Temple
Medical School-Direct Commission in Army Reserve. Both
Surgeons (Transplant& Cardiothoracic)
Related Info:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/20/eveningnews/ma
in1638379.shtml
http://abcnews.go.com/WN/PersonOfWeek/story?id=4263270
HUMAN TARGET

Name: Mark Valley


Demographic: White Male/ Age 46
Platform: Opportunities and Options
Mission: Army/Officership
Story (How Army Transformed Them):
Leveraged his West Point and Gulf War Experience into a
successful TV and film career. Actually began acting while he was
serving overseas in the 1st Gulf War.
Education/Experience: West Point (1987)
Related Info:
http://shows.ctv.ca/HumanTarget/Bios/Mark-Valley.aspx
http://fringewiki.fox.com/page/Mark+Valley
ROWPU
Name: Army’s Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit Team
Platform: Opportunities and Options
Mission: Army and Army Reserve
Story (How Army Transformed Them):
The 1st Armored Division’s 123rd Forward Support Battalion’s Reverse
Osmosis Water Purification Unit Team 1 has a small footprint. While that
makes the unit popular with those pressed for space, ROWPU Team 1’s
product makes it essential.

In little more than an hour after connecting to a raw water source, the
ROWPU unit can turn out clean water at the rate of 600 gallons per hour.

Related Info:
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2005/10/mil-051028-
arnews02.htm
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/rowpu.htm