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Frontiers November 2013 Issue

PART OF A STRONG TEAM BENGIE SECUSKIE Aviation Life Support technician Boeing Test & Evaluation Flight Operations Engineering, Operations & Technology Tukwila, Wash. In 2009, I was in the U.S. Army and stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash. Preparing for separation from the military and for life as a civilian, my goal was to join the Boeing team. The company has a large presence in the area and Boeing would have been a great next step. Having worked primarily on helicopters in the Army, I lacked the experience for contracting jobs supporting the Navy, Air Force and Marines. Alternatively, I was picked up on the Presidential VH-71 Program. Six months after I started, however, the program was terminated and everyone was laid off. That was my first eye-opener for life as a civilian. I was unemployed when a position in Life Support came available in Boeing. I applied through the Boeing website, and shortly after that, the hiring manager called to speak to me about my resume. He liked my attitude and resume, but I still lacked the experience to qualify. For the next two years, as I worked for military contractors around the country, multiple job openings at Boeing came available. I just wasn’t interview material. But that Boeing hiring manager stuck with me, and guided me in the things I needed to know to become experienced enough to be a part of his team. Eventually he hired me as a contractor through a company supporting the Navy pilot training program—my first job in fixed-wing aircraft. This is where I got my experience with parachutes, life rafts, flight helmets, oxygen masks. As a contract hire for Boeing, I realized even more that being with Boeing was what I wanted. Learning more and proving myself a valuable team member, I was hired this year as a full-time Boeing employee. Now I inspect pilots’ flight gear for programs, including the P-8 and Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft. I often think about how someone I never met stayed with me to get me where I am now. I will always be grateful for the time he took—time he didn’t have to take—to bring me aboard such a great company. n PHOTO: BOB FERGUSON/BOEING 46 BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2013


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