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Frontiers November 2013 Issue

MILITARY SERVICE IS A GOOD TEACHER JACKIE SULLIVAN Facilities planner Site Services Shared Services Group North Charleston, S.C. I graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and then spent five years as a civil engineer officer in the U.S. Air Force. During this time I deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. My first time was to Afghanistan during the summer of 2010, where I was a project manager and design engineer for construction projects at Kandahar Airfield and in Kandahar City. When I came back from this deployment, I was thankful for little luxuries such as air conditioning and hot showers, which in Afghanistan are not always a guarantee. My second deployment was to Saudi Arabia in 2012, where I led the engineering section responsible for facility planning, design and construction. I separated from active duty in May to spend more time with family. While I was on a house-hunting trip in Charleston, S.C., a lot of the new housing developments were offering discounts for military and Boeing personnel. Everyone had good things to say about Boeing, so I decided to apply online. I used Boeing’s online skills translator tool to help me with the wording on my resume, mostly to identify how my military experiences relate to the civilian world. I was hired in June as a facilities planner. I am also now a reservist at Charleston Air Force Base. My military service has been instrumental in gaining the training and experience necessary for my Boeing career. I spend a lot of time developing facility plans and building cost estimates to meet specific customer and organizational requirements. There are many similarities—machinery, processes, being able to understand the customer’s perspective—between facilities that support military airfield operations and those that are required to support production of the 787. n PHOTO: ALAN MARTS/BOEING BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2013 47


Frontiers November 2013 Issue
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