"The PA means career to me. It is an agency with so many different, interesting disciplines that one can work in over the length of their career."
|Branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Military Position(s)||Company Commander|
Artillery Battery Executive Officer
Forward Observer & Joint Fires Observer
|Active / Inactive Duty||5 years: Active Duty|
2013 – Present: Reserves
|PA Position||2015 Leadership Fellow|
My first billet was as a Forward Observer and Joint Fires Observer with an Infantry Company deployed to Afghanistan. During this time, I was responsible for artillery, mortars, and close air support for my company, as well as coordinating the medical evacuations with incoming aircraft for wounded Marines.
My second billet was as an Artillery Battery Executive Officer that deployed as part of a Battalion Landing Team on a Marine Expeditionary Unit. During this time, I was the position commander during live fire exercises, as well as a lead coordinator for the battery during operations in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Currently, I am serving as the Company Commander for a truck company in the Marine Corps Reserves, as well as the Air Base Ground Defense Officer for a helicopter squadron.
I love the fact that the PA is a crucial part of key infrastructure in the area that I live. Working at the PA enables me to have a real impact on the economic development and the lives of people in the place that I call my home. This enables me to continue serving a greater good, which is personally important to me.
The most important skill developed in the military is, in my opinion, leadership. Even at the small-unit level in the military, you are gaining invaluable experience and skills in regards to leading others. Additionally, my missions prepared me to deal with some ambiguity that challenged me to creatively figure out a solution and allocate resources whether physical or human, which has helped greatly.
The PA means career to me. It is an agency with so many different, interesting disciplines that one can work in over the length of their career.
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