Honoring Our Veterans

Spotlight: Noblis Salutes its Employee Veterans

Noblis honors all veterans, reservists, and active duty service members

We’re proud to spotlight two more employees as part of our Noblis Veterans Spotlight Series- Lauren Pesin and Alex Smith.

Lauren is a Noblis NSP employee supporting DHS and DoD. She served in the U.S. Navy for seven years.   

Alex is a Noblis NSP employee who has supported USCYBERCOM, NSA, DHS, and FBI. He served in the U.S. Marines for over 23 years.  

Read the spotlights below to learn more about Lauren and Alex’s honorable service, and stay tuned to read more Noblis Veteran Spotlights throughout the month of November. The leadership skills, sense of duty, and commitment our 200 veteran employees bring to Noblis is invaluable—and we’re proud to spotlight their service.    


Lauren served in the Navy for seven years, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. Her family connection to the Navy, desire to travel and meet new people, and interest in supporting intelligence and national security missions is what inspired her to serve.

“I thought joining the U.S. Navy would honor my family, provide me the opportunities and training I wanted, and help me to serve beyond the military,” said Lauren.   

Lauren recalls that an early morning call to “turn on the news, and get to work ASAP” set the stage for one of her most memorable times of service. It was September 11, 2001, and she was stationed in Hawaii.

“9/11 was a time when janitors, linguists, analysts, airmen, sailors, and soldiers came together seamlessly all in the hopes of helping our country and citizens in need. We were a team,” said Lauren. “I knew I was fortunate to be alive and in a position to make a difference. That is when any lingering doubts I had about joining the military evaporated. I knew I made the right decision to serve.” 

Lauren’s service in the Navy has heavily influenced her career path. She entered the civilian world with diverse experience supporting a joint command, and had training and skills that could open up doors for her in the contracting world.

“I’m thankful for all the U.S. Navy has given me,” said Lauren. “I’m one of the lucky ones who served, survived, and thrived because of my military experiences.”

Today, Lauren is a cyber threat intelligence analyst at Noblis NSP, supporting DHS and DoD. She said that Noblis’ dedication to mission and passion for serving the public influenced her choice to work for the company.

“Working for a company that understands and shares these values is important to me,” says Lauren.


Alex served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 23 years. A family connection and childhood love of superheroes is what drew him to join the military and serve others.  

“My dad served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, and similar to most boys I wanted to be like my dad when I grew up,” said Alex. “I also liked Saturday morning superhero cartoons as a child, and no matter which cartoon I watched, the message seemed the same— the main characters fought for people who would not or could not fight for themselves.”

Alex says that the camaraderie he experienced as a Marine is his greatest memory. A 1985 quote from Former President Ronald Regan comes to his mind when he reflects on his time on active duty, which reads: “some people spend a lifetime wondering if they’ve made a difference in this world.  The Marines don’t have that problem…”

Today, Alex is a cyber threat intelligence analyst at Noblis NSP.

 “Working at Noblis allows me to continue to serve the country,” says Alex. “During my time with the company, I’ve worked alongside USCYBERCOM, NSA, DHS, and FBI.  In my mind, I’m still fighting for people.”

Click here to read our first spotlight, featuring Neil Gensler and Brownie Brown

Click here to read our final spotlight, featuring Sam Gross and Michael Norkus 

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