Working in Office of: Senator Lisa Murkowski
Lou graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2008 and commissioned as a Marine Corps officer. He served as an artillery officer, completing deployments to Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines as a Forward Observer, and with the Joint Information Support Task Force (Special Operations) as the Current Operations Officer. Lou then worked as the Operations Officer for the Headquarters Marine Corps Casualty Affairs Section. He completed Expeditionary Warfare School in 2016 and transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserves.
During his active-duty career, Lou worked on infrastructure, economic development, and governance projects in Helmand Province Afghanistan with interagency, non-profit, and foreign partners. His second deployment to Doha, Qatar supported multiple liaisons throughout the region embedded with U.S. Country Teams focusing on theater and regional level messaging in coordination with the Department of State. While at Headquarters Marine Corps, Lou was the primary point person for developing and communicating the Marine Corps’ policy on casualty affairs in line with DoD policy and public statutes and overseeing the case management of support to surviving family members.
Lou began working in the commercial security business as the operations supervisor for Siemens Smart Infrastructure for the Washington, DC market while completing his graduate degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, graduating in 2019.
In his reserve career, Lou has served as an artillery battery commander, civil affairs officer, and most recently as a staff trainer with the Marine Air Ground Task Force Staff Training Program. His primary interest is the intersection between national security, economics, and foreign policy in an ever-changing world. He is looking forward to continuing his service to the nation by supporting the policy development and constituent services of our elected leaders.
Working in Office of: Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland
Matthew Philip Wee is originally from San Mateo, California. In 2000, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and attended Recruit Training in Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California, in July 2001. Upon graduation in October 2001, he attended follow-on training schools, including Marine Combat Training in Camp Pendleton, California, and Personnel Clerk’s course in Camp Johnson, North Carolina in November 2001. After graduation in January 2002, he transferred to Camp Pendleton, California, for service with Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division as a Personnel Clerk. While with the 1st Marine Division, he served as Camp Guard, deployed to Iraq in 2004, and supported over 1,000 Marines with training, pay, and personnel issues.
In May 2005, Matthew transferred to Headquarters Service Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. During his time in San Diego, he supported over 1,000 Marines in travel and entitlements as a Personnel Specialist. Additionally, he performed over 200 Color Guard and Funeral events as part of the Depot Ceremonial Platoon. In May 2009, Matthew graduated from the Basic Security Guard school in Marine Corps Security Force Training Company, Chesapeake, Virginia, and transferred to the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company Central Command, Marine Corps Security Force Regiment Manama, Bahrain in June 2009. While in Bahrain, he conducted, organized, and deployed Marines for training and worldwide operations to include the Bahrain Uprising in 2011.
In March 2012, he transferred to Marine Forces Europe, Stuttgart, Germany as an Assistant Personnel Program Coordinator. He supervised the travel section, processing pay and entitlements in support of the Georgian Deployment Program. Additionally, he received training in preparation for his next duty assignment. In May 2013, he transferred to the Office of Security Cooperation, United States Africa Command, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as a Security Cooperation Administrative Specialist. He supported the Africa Command mission at this unit, where he managed foreign military sales cases, training programs, security-assistance programs, and security cooperation administration.
In May 2015, Matthew transferred to Marine Attack Squadron 542, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina as an Administrative Supervisor. While with this unit, he supervised and coordinated all clerical and administrative support, including the Defense Travel System, Government Travel Charge Card, Mail Room, and administrative processes. Matthew also traveled to Japan and Norway. In June 2018, Matthew transferred to the International Affairs Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps, Pentagon, Washington, D. C. to serve as a Foreign Area Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in In-Training. He studied regional politics, history, culture, emerging security challenges, and sources of regional instability in the African region.
In May 2019, he transferred to Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group, Fort Story, Virginia as a Foreign Affairs Administrative Analyst. He provided professional language, regional expertise, and cultural capabilities within the Africa Command region. In May 2021, he started hiring our Heroes Skill Bridge program with My Sales Platoon, learning about the administrative business aspects. Additionally, he accepted an internship with the Hampton Roads Veteran Employment Center supporting services for transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses. Matthew recently transitioned from Active-Duty service to the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve after 20 years in the United States Marine Corps.
In July 2021, Matthew received the opportunity to begin the HillVets House Fellowship August 2021. Matthew possesses knowledge in Veteran Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Security Cooperation, and Security Assistance. An advocate for service members, their families, and veterans through multiple volunteer events. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of the People in 2021.
Working in Office of: Senator Sherrod Brown
Will Sheehan hails from Bayonne, NJ – better known by the New Jersey native as the “Peninsula of Opportunity”. Will was a teenager living across the river from Manhattan when the Twin Towers fell. In one day, our entire country changed – and with it, so did the course of Will’s personal and professional life. As the country rebuilt in the years following 9/11, Will graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, and served for nine years as a SEAL Team Intelligence Officer. During his service, Will gained experience serving in the highest levels of government – reporting directly to the President of the United States while deployed with Joint Special Operations Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After resigning his commission, Will worked closely with several nonprofits drafting policy and conducting extensive outreach. Most recently, Will served as the Legislative Director for the New Jersey Veterans Network – the state’s largest Veterans nonprofit. Additionally, Will serves as a Member Advocate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), working closely on legislative efforts to provide compensation for toxic exposure, increase healthcare for women veterans, and expand GI Bill Benefits.
We owe our veterans and their families a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. As a HillVets Fellow, Will looks forward to putting pen to paper on legislation that helps those who have given so much for our country.
Will currently resides in his hometown of Bayonne with his 10-year-old Australian Shepherd, “Mickey. Will believes in the power of Public Service, Marquess of Queensberry Rules, and Uncle Sam.