Military personnel

Men and Women of Boeing

We’re proud to employ thousands of reservists and veterans who made the transition to the private sector and who continue to help us build something better.

Felipe Colon

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Felipe Colon
Technical design engineer
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Location: Seattle
Team: Boeing Test & Evaluation

Felipe Colon’s current job as a technical design engineer at Boeing’s Integrated Airplane Systems Lab in Seattle involves tracking drawings and parts, and verifying bills of materials.

In the military, he said: “I got to really understand that what we were doing over there was a matter of life and death. Almost like Boeing: If we’re missing a part or something on a plane, we’re carrying lives. If I hadn’t learned that, I wouldn’t really appreciate what I actually do here, what I build—the importance for me and for the company.”

Alexandra Earl

Alexandra Earl

Alexandra Earl
Product data management specialist
Branch: U.S. Army
Location: Philadelphia
Team: Defense, Space & Security

U.S. Army ammunition specialist Alexandra Earl said that her military service taught her that “as long as you take a step back and know that there is a much bigger picture to what you are doing, someone will in fact notice.”

“Even if I didn’t get that thank you, I knew that because of me the soldiers going into Iraq were able to defend themselves and others,” she said.

Fast-forward to Earl’s first job at Boeing, where within a month of joining the Oklahoma City team, she had to prepare for an audit despite being new to the position. Her experience in the U.S. Army helped her overcome her trepidation and complete the job.

Casey Fox

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Casey Fox
Manager, Recovery and Modification Services
Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
Location: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Team: Defense, Space & Security

While in the Corps, Casey Fox serviced departing and returning jets on an aircraft carrier at night. “Some wore red, white, yellow, brown, green, but each one of those shirts represented a different job or skill set associated to safely ensuring the aircraft not only launched but also was recovered when it came back to the carrier,” Fox said.

His experience working with diversely skilled teams has come in handy in his current role as a C-17 Recovery and Modification Services manager in Huntington Beach, Calif.

That appreciation and reliance on diverse skill sets has followed Fox throughout his career, from the military through nine management positions he’s had since starting as an avionics technical writer at Boeing heritage company McDonnell Douglas.

Michael Gay

Michael Gay

Frequency Management analyst
Branch: U.S. Air Force
Location: St. Louis
Team: Shared Services Group

During his military service, Michael Gay recognized his own strength for performing under stress, an ability he continues to draw on at Boeing when coordinating with business partners who rely on him to respond quickly and accurately to challenges.

“We all wonder how we would react in a real emergency, and now I know for myself,” Gay said. “I went straight to work as my training had taught me.”

Shandra Jackson

Shandra Jackson

Shandra Jackson
787 industrial engineer
Branch: U.S. Navy
Location: Everett, Wash.
Team: Commercial Airplanes

Shandra Jackson is an industrial engineer who helps with Lean processes, scheduling jobs and assessing the way mechanics work on myriad parts of the 787. She said her military experience as an aviation electrician not only helps her relate to the mechanical engineers whom she supports, but it also informs her approach to getting them what they need.

“I let them know that I have hands-on mechanical experience, and having that bridge to relate helps build trust,” she said. “I definitely don’t say, ‘This is what you should do.’ I say, ‘Here’s an idea. What do you think of it?’ It helps us see where the other is coming from and gets us on a path to a solution together.”

John Winskill

John Winskill

John Winskill
Senior manager of Advanced Programmes, director of the Boeing Portal
Branch: British Army
Location: United Kingdom
Team: Boeing Defence UK

In 2003, British Army infantry major John Winskill was seriously injured after his armored vehicle was blown up in Basra, Iraq. He was extracted by a Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinook, treated and flown home to the UK on a U.S. C-17 Globemaster III transport. After 18 months of physical and emotional recovery, he was medically discharged and joined Boeing Defence UK about seven months later.

“I vowed that the only organization I was going to work for was the company that effectively saved my life, and these were the people who built the Chinook and the C-17,” Winskill said. “My wife, Lisa, has a husband and my four kids have their dad because of these people. Every day, we make a difference to people like me who rely on the company to get them home when it all goes wrong.”

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