Five service members and one veteran are among the 16 men and women who accepted appointments as White House Fellows for 2016-2017. The highly coveted appointments will present them with the opportunity to work at the highest levels of the federal government. The selectees with military connections are:
• Army Maj. Raven Bukowski, an intelligence officer from Akron, Ohio. Bukowski holds an undergraduate degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a masters’ degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
• Coast Guard Lt. Linden Dahlkemper, of Erie, Pa. After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, she served as operations officer on the cutter Aspen and worked closely during recovery operations after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She also holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
• Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lloyd Edwards, of Equinunk, Pa., a SEAL who holds degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
• Army Lt. Col. Timothy Gatlin, of Houston, a West Point graduate who led the Army’s sexual-harassment response and prevention program. He also holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and was selected to serve as a battalion commander when he learned he had been chosen as a White House Fellow.
• Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Morales, of Naranjito, Puerto Rico, who recently served in Kabul, Afghanistan, as commander of the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron. A pilot by training, he holds degrees from Liberty University and the Air Force Institute of Technology.
• Kyle Scherer of Dover, Ohio, who earned a Bronze Star medal while serving on active duty as chief of intelligence operations at Joint Task Force Kabul. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he now is an associate with the law firm of Simpson Thacher and Bartlett.