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MEET OUR VETERANS

MEET OUR VETERANS

We’re proud to have more than 20,000 veterans on our team whose skills and experience are helping us build the future. Because Veterans Make Us Better.

Paul Collier

Paul Collier

Paul Collier
Flightline Operations Manager
U.S. Air Force
North Charleston, South Carolina
Commercial Airplanes

When Paul Collier signed up for the Air Force in 2001, he never could have guessed what would happen just two days later. “It was Sept. 11,” he said. “My dad came into my bedroom, telling me to turn on the TV. He said, ‘Do you realize what you signed up for?’ I did. It didn’t stop me.” Paul said it was a challenging six years, a period that prepared him for his career at Boeing. “There’s no doubt about it. You’re going to be challenged in the military,” he said. “The payoff is, once you’re ready for Boeing, they understand you’ve been tested and tried out. They understand they can give you a challenging job and know that it will be accomplished.”

Rick Nenno II

Rick Nenno

Rick Nenno
Pilot Manual Editor
U.S. Marine Corps
Seal Beach, CA
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

In 2010, Rick Nenno was serving in Afghanistan with the Marines as a forward air controller, embedded with coalition ground forces to call in airstrikes and medical evacuations. “One day we heard a loud explosion,” he said. “Two members of the Afghan National Police had detonated a roadside bomb. I always think of that day when someone at Boeing talks about the importance of teamwork.” Rick immediately called for a medevac helicopter while coordinating with British, Scottish, and French coalition forces, among other nationalities, to prevent subsequent attacks. “Just like at Boeing, everyone was trained to do their job well,” said Rick, “to pull together as a team to accomplish a critical mission.”

Nicole Canada

Nicole Canada

Nicole Canada
Program Manager
U.S. Air Force
Huntington Beach, CA
Boeing Global Services

Nicole Canada estimates that, at one point, she was deploying every 15 to 18 months while she was both serving in the Air Force Reserve and working at Boeing. “My managers made sure I was always taken care of,” she said. “When I went away to war, they’d send boxes of goodies with notes and letters that I still have.” Nicole said that’s just a small example of the support veterans receive at Boeing. “Many of the skills developed in the military don’t easily translate into the civilian world,” she explained. “The fact that Boeing helps vets articulate those skills into specific positions is helping to bring more and more veterans into the company.”

Kathryn Burr

Kathryn Burr

Kathryn Burr
Chief Engineer
Royal Australian Navy
Brisbane, Australia
Boeing Defence Australia

Kathryn Burr was 19 when she became a junior officer in the Royal Australian Navy, and 23 when she took on the responsibility for 150 sailors. “Some of them were twice my age,” she said, “and here they were, depending on me for career advice. It forced me to grow up pretty quickly as a leader.”
That experience set the foundation for her future at Boeing. “Throughout my military career I was asked to do things I’d never done before,” Kathryn said. “I learned you need to be OK with failing sometimes. I encourage that in my teams. I’d rather they try something new, knowing they have my support. If it doesn’t work out, it’s been an experience to learn from and improve on next time.”

Jim Osowski

Jim Osowski

Jim Osowski
Quality Engineer
U.S. Marine Corps & U.S. Army
Huntington Beach, California
Defense, Space & Security

You never know where your past and present might intersect. Jim Osowski ran into it in Kuwait, as he headed into Iraq for his second tour.  “At Boeing I’d been exposed to many of the products the military uses,” he recalled. “One day after 9/11, a co-worker asked if I realized I was working on the aircraft that might take me to war someday as a member of the Army National Guard.” Jim laughed the idea off. But almost 10 years later, there he was, waiting to be flown into Iraq on a Boeing C-17 Globemaster. It turned out to be one of the aircraft they’d been building.  “Knowing that, I felt very safe,” Jim said with a smile.

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