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Frontiers November 2016 Issue

BRANCH: U.S. Marine Corps LOCATION: Seattle TEAM: Boeing Test & Evaluation U.S. Army ammunition specialist Alexandra Earl was finishing a 24-hour shift at a supply point in Miesau, Germany, when her noncommissioned officer in charge informed her that not only was a first lieutenant of the 172nd Airborne going to be there within the hour to do an inventory of all ammunition, but that she would be the one walking him through. Her noncommissioned officer then left to go home. “I learned on that day that no matter how upset you may be because something was dumped on you, as long as you take a step back and know that there is a much bigger picture to what you are doing, someone will in fact notice,” said Earl, now a product data management specialist for the Chinook Release Group in Philadelphia. She spent the next 10 hours with the lieutenant conducting inventory and talking about their families. Earl’s husband had just been deployed, and the lieutenant’s wife was about to have their first child. A week later, the lieutenant surprised Earl during another 24-hour shift. He had brought a picture of his newborn son and something else—a General B.B. Bell 4 Star coin. The lieutenant explained that his brigade had been given five coins to pass out to the best of their soldiers. Earl was the only one outside the group receiving one for ensuring the soldiers had what they needed. “Even if I didn’t get that thank you, I knew that because of me the soldiers going into Iraq were able to defend themselves and others,” she said. “I knew that my 24-hour-plus day of working is nothing compared to what the soldiers being shot at go through.” Fast-forward to Earl’s first job at Boeing, where within a month of joining PHOTO: FRED TROILO | BOEING Alexandra Earl Product data management specialist the Oklahoma City site’s Organizational Delegated Authority she had to prepare for an audit despite being new to the position. Her experience in Germany helped her overcome her trepidation and complete the job, a lesson she carried with her when she moved east to Pennsylvania. “That situation played in my head every day I went to work to get that audit ready,” Earl said. “I knew that no matter how bad it might seem, the mission had to get done.” • 32 | BOEING FRONTIERS


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