NOVEMBER 2015 37 VETERAN Boeing was the perfect fit for me.” After he enlisted in the Army in 1954, Oncay was sent to drafting school at Fort Belvoir, Va., and he subsequently spent most of his time in the military in operations. Among his posts was Korea, in 1955–56. Oncay, with Site Services in Philadelphia, is finishing his 52nd year at Boeing. “My destiny has been operations,” he said, “and I found my future with Boeing, doing what’s needed, when it’s needed. So many opportunities, so many great people, so much to do. Jump in, the water’s fine!” When she enlisted in the Army in 1975, Knoch saw it as an opportunity to possibly travel. And she did. “It opened my eyes to other cultures, not just abroad but here in the United States. I learned to appreciate diversity.” Today, she’s an engineering technical specialist on the 747, 767 and 777 programs in Everett, Wash. A highlight of her military service, Knoch said, was a two-week basic mountaineering course in Alaska. “It was the adventure I had been looking for—climbing, building rope bridges, crossing glaciers. It was hard work, but I proved to myself I was capable of accomplishing anything.” The relentless training Einsetler received in the Air Force has served him well at Boeing, he said. “Implementing quality training is now one of my job responsibilities at Boeing,” said Einsetler, a test engineer with Boeing Test & Evaluation in Huntington Beach, Calif. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1989 through 2001, mostly as an electronic warfare officer on B-52 bombers. Einsetler and his crew flew missions over Iraq during Operation Desert Fox in December 1998. TEAM “In the B-52, I remember looking up often at an open area above my equipment panel,” Einsetler recalled. “There was a small black Boeing decal on a section of the aircraft structure. That decal always reassured me that I was in a sound aircraft from a great company. The importance of Boeing product quality has stuck with me ever since.” On the following pages are six more Boeing veterans who share their stories of military service to mark the U.S. Veterans Day holiday in November— known as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day in other countries. JAMES.A.WALLACE4@BOEING.COM To learn how Boeing supports veterans in the community and in their careers, visit boeing.com/veterans.
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