VETERANS AFFAIRS AT BARUCH - PROFILES
Yuan Fan Ao
Yuan Fan Ao is an undergraduate Finance major at Baruch College. After completing his Nursing Assistant certification in 1999, Yuan enlisted in the United States Army. He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and completed Intelligence Analyst training in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Yuan was then assigned to the 36th Engineer Group and deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
From 2003 to early 2005, Yuan served in the Bravo Company, 325th Military Intelligence Battalion in Iraq. Yuan then deployed to South Korea and served in the G3 Operations Fire and Effects Coordination Cell. From 2006 to 2009, Yuan was stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas and served in the 1-28th Infantry Battalion “Black Lions” S-2 Section and 4th Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division “Big Red One.” Yuan was deployed back to Iraq from 2007 to 2008 with the 1-28th Infantry Battalion as part of a surge in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009, Yuan completed an Army middle management course. He received four army commendation medals and two army good conduct medals.
While at Baruch College, Yuan has been an involved student, serving as Secretary of Baruch Veterans Association and member of the Wall Street Club. He has also participated in the Undergraduate Student Government’s Veteran’s Day Panel, campus Blood Drives, Commencement ceremony, and Relay for Life event. He was a fellow in the Four Block program, which is helps veterans network and intern with Fortune 500 companies. Lastly, Yuan is a mentee at American Corporate Partners, an organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition to the civilian workforce.
Andy Cheng, student at Baruch College, joined the United States Army on his 17th birthday in 2001. He attended basic training at the United States Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. After training, Andy joined the Third Brigade, Second Infantry Division, which was also known as the Stryker Brigade Combat Team. From 2003 to 2004, Andy was deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, he served with the Apache Company, First Battalion, Twenty-Third Infantry Regiment, also known as the Tomahawks.
Andy was a Mortar Team Leader and received the Army Commendation Medal with the "Valor Device" for combat operations, two Army Achievement medals, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Andy was honorably discharged in 2004. Currently, Andy is pursuing a degree in Corporate Communications at Baruch College. From 2010-2011, Andy represented Baruch College as the only Baruch College Fellow in the City University of New York Ernesto Malave Leadership Academy.
Vinzon Chua is an undergraduate student pursuing a major in Finance and Investments at Baruch College. On April 2003, he reported to the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina where he received recruit training. Upon completion of Basic Training, he attended the Parachute Riggers course in Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. He was then assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) at Cherry Point, North Carolina where he spent his entire active duty enlistment. On June 2006, he deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which was responsible for the evacuation of American citizens in Beirut, Lebanon in response to the increasing hostilities between Hezbollah militants and Israeli Army. After the evacuation, Vinzon along with several Marines went to Pakistan as the troubleshoot crew for the AV-8B aircrafts that took part in Operation Mountain Fury in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On October 2007, he went on another deployment to Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he became a team leader of a security detail for the Anti-terrorism/Force Protection Program. He received a meritorious mast for his outstanding leadership as team leader. Vinzon received his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps on April 2009. After his enlistment with the Marine Corps, Vinzon continued his college education and received his Associates Degree in Business Administration at CUNY LaGuardia Community College. As a result of his hard work and professionalism, he was the first student from LaGuardia to be accepted as an intern for the Bureau of Finance in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. On May 2011, Vinzon re-enlisted as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves and is currently assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49 in Newburgh, New York.
John Seto is currently Baruch College’s primary Veterans Certifying Official. In August 2001, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve and received training at the Marine Corps Communication Electronics School (MCCES) in California. John was then assigned to serve in the Sixth Communications Battalion of the Fourth Marine Logistics Group. After training, he enrolled in SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island. Within three days of the start of the Spring semester 2003, John received orders to deploy to Kuwait City to support Operation Enduring Freedom. He was based at Camp Commando during the invasion and duration of the war. Upon his return, John completed his undergraduate degree at SUNY Stony Brook in History and was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2007. He has worked at Baruch College in both the Admissions Office and Registrar’s Office. Currently, John is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Baruch College. John’s office is located in the Library Building, Room 850.
Joshua Stevens is currently a graduate student in the Baruch College Weissman School of Arts and Sciences Corporate Communication Department. Before attending Baruch, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. Prior to his academic career, he served in the United States Air Force for six years in two different careers. He was first trained in military intelligence as a Communications Signals Processor, serving in this capacity for three years at Misawa Air Base, Japan. After this tour, he cross-trained and became a Public Affairs Specialist, serving at both Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, and Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
He was honorably discharged from the Air Force as a staff sergeant. Among his achievements during his service were both a Joint Service Achievement Medal and an Air Force Achievement Medal, as well as various awards for military journalism. He is most proud, though, of winning the John L. Levitow Leadership Excellence Award, which is the highest award given in the Air Force for enlisted professional military education. He finds his military experience invaluable and strives to utilize the principles the Air Force gave him in his current career at Apple.
Umair Zaman is currently an undergraduate senior at Baruch College pursuing a degree in Finance. Umair enlisted in the United States Marines after his high school graduation in 2001. Upon completion of initial Basic Training, he attended the Field Radio Operator course in 29 Palms, California. Umair was then stationed at Camp Futenma in Okinawa, Japan as a Radio Operator.
After his tour in Japan, Umair was stationed in Camp Lejuene, North Carolina. In 2004, Umair deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Marine Regiment, RCT-2. In 2006, he went back to Japan to Camp Foster in Okinawa to serve as a Platoon Sergeant for Combat Logistics Battalion 4. The following year, he deployed to Iraq for his second and final combat tour. Upon completion of his tour in 2008, he was stationed in the 6th Communications Battalion in Amityville, New York as a Training Supervisor for Reservists. He completed his enlistment in 2009. In addition to studying at Baruch College, Umair is a Financial Planner with First Investors Corp.