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Frontiers November 2013 Issue

PASSION FOR AVIATION DAMIN KIRK Work statement manager Commercial Aviation Services Flight Services Commercial Airplanes Renton, Wash. I joined Boeing in September 2012 after a six-year stint in the U.S. Air Force. My journey started with a strong passion for aviation, in particular airplanes. I’m the son of a retired B-52 pilot and have had a fascination with airplanes since I was a kid. Responding to a strong call of duty, I joined the Air Force. There, while working airfield operations around products such as the C-17, the F-15 and the 747, I saw the power of Boeing up close, and that was when my intrigue with the company started. I did a lot of research on Boeing. I was attracted to the culture at Boeing, the integrity, the respect, the trust and the strong commitment to excellence. When I made the decision to transition out of the Air Force, I wanted to be with a company that truly lived the values it wrote on paper. What helped me tremendously in my transition was that I got my master’s degree in aeronautical science. I attended a career expo on campus and was able to connect with a few people who worked at Boeing, including recruitment. My military career taught me structure, patience and what commitment truly means. As a work statement manager in Commercial Aviation Services, I use these values—the need to be patient and gather all the resources needed for a project to be successful—every day and see others doing the same. I didn’t “end up” at Boeing. This was a destination for me, and I’m truly honored and humbled to have been given the opportunity to be part of the great Boeing team. n PHOTO: BOB FERGUSON/BOEING BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2013 49


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