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Frontiers November 2016 Issue

BRANCH: U.S. Army LOCATION: Philadelphia TEAM: Defense, Space & Security For U.S. Marine Corps member Felipe Colon, the dinner was in the details. When Colon had to sign for the bulk meals provided to Marines during a monthlong exercise, he received a manifest but no food. The supplier assured him the order was on its way, but that wasn’t good enough for the then–lance corporal from the 3rd Air/ Naval Gunfire Company. A trip to the warehouse confirmed Colon’s suspicions: The meals were still undelivered, and the order didn’t match the count he had provided. Had he not checked, the Marines he supported would have left with only half the food they needed for the mission. He said that it had happened before—troops would raise money and collect food wherever they could get it to make up for the shortage—but under his watch, it wasn’t going to happen again. “In boot camp we were taught to question and investigate anything out of the ordinary or suspicious,” he said. “Everything has to be accounted for, and then you are taught to inspect it. You carry that through life.” And that’s just what Colon has done over his 17-year career at Boeing. His current job as a technical design engineer at Boeing’s Integrated Airplane Systems Lab in Seattle involves tracking drawings and parts, Felipe Colon Technical design engineer and verifying bills of materials. “I got to really understand that what we were doing over there was a matter of life and death,” Colon said. “Almost like Boeing: If we’re missing a part or something on a plane, we’re carrying lives. If I hadn’t learned that, I wouldn’t really appreciate what I actually do here, what I build—the importance for me and for the company.” • PHOTO: BOB FERGUSON | BOEING NOVEMBER 2016 | 33


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