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Stefanie Davis enlisted in the U.S. Navy straight out of high school in 1993, follow- ing in the footsteps of her grandfather, a STEFANIE World War II veteran, and her father, who served in Vietnam. Despite being valedicto- rian of her high school graduating class, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after graduation. Getting out of her small town in Illinois seemed a good first step, she said. Davis ended up in Patrol Squadron 45 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where she worked in maintenance control for the squadron’s P-3 anti-submarine aircraft. She DAVIS got her wish of seeing the world during deployments to Iceland, Germany and Puerto Rico. “The experiences were just fan- tastic. Working in maintenance control is what made me love airplanes,” she said. Davis, who served most of the 1990s on active and re- serve duty, went to college to get a degree in aviation management, joined Boeing and eventually earned her master’s degree in business administration. She now works for Boeing Defense, Space & Security in Contracts and Pricing for C-17 and F-15 aircraft. “The similarities with the military are there,” Davis said. “You work with a lot of different depart- ments, trying to pull them all together and deliver a proposal.” BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2012 41


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