Thank You Veterans
By Katie Thompson on November 11, 2016 in Company News
We have a lot to be thankful for. Many of these blessings are because of the sacrifice of thousands of service men and women who put their country's needs before their own. Though we could never thank them enough for all that they've done, we honor their devotion to our nation.
Here at Spinutech we have 2 veterans who we are proud to have on the team. We'd like to thank Jeremy and Tyler for their time served and for carrying that same dedication into the work they do today. Check out their stories and join us in saying a huge THANK YOU to all veterans!
Branch of Military:
U.S. Army Dates Served:
2002 - 2006Stationed:
Fort Sill, OKUnit:
III Corps Artillery, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery Deployments:
Ulchi-Focus Lens: Korea - 2003
HQ Multi-National Corps, Iraq: Baghdad 2003 - 2005
Experience: I did a lot of traveling during my enlistment and spent time in several countries. I lived in everything from a cot in a dirt floor tent to a palace with enormous crystal chandeliers and gold trimmed toilets. I will never forget the places I've been and the people I've met along the way from all walks of life. Even though I may not remember all the names, there are faces and relationships that will be with me forever. I think my definition of what hard work, loyalty, trust, and teamwork means is unique to those who have served. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the time I spent serving my country. (I have to give my wife Jackie a lot of credit too. We didn't live under the same roof for a majority of that 4 years, and when we did it was only a few weeks at a time and I was gone again. I was very lucky to have such a strong and supportive women by my side.)
Oh, and Black Hawk helicopter rides are AWESOME.
Branch of military: National Guard
Dates served: 2006-2014
Deployed to Afghanistan: 2010-2011
Flood duty: 2008 Iowa flood
Hurricane relief: 2008 for hurricane Gustav in Louisiana (fun fact got a medal with a pelican on it)
Experience: My biggest takeaway from my entire time in the military was how many different people I got to see, meet and interact with. From the earliest moments in my career at basic training where I forged great bonds and friendships with people I would never again see after graduation, to being deployed and being on convoys through Kabul where I would pass by a million people, all going about their lives. I never stopped seeing new faces. Getting exposure to so many different personalities and cultures really facilitated my world view and the connectedness I feel to people living their lives on the other side of the planet. Despite my travels always involving a very specific purpose that was not my own and having to endure some very difficult situations, I am glad I went out of my way and took the time to reflect and observe often overlooked things and am grateful I had the opportunity to do so.