We’re grateful to all of our service members every day, but especially on Veterans Day. Today, all E Technologies Group Brands stand together to honor all our veterans by sharing their stories. Some have opted to remain anonymous. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts just the same. Happy Veterans Day!
US Coast Guard
Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class,
Four years of service
Naval Station San Diego. USS SAN DIEGO LPD22
Four years of service
Location of training and service – Fort Knox, KY; Fort Gordon, GA,
Ray specialized in telecommunications and defense tracking.
US Navy, Lieutenant O-3
Six years of service, 1998-2004
Location of training and service – Washington DC – Naval Reactors Headquarters
Seth was an engineer in Materials and Valve sections at the Naval Reactors Headquarters.
Marine Corps 2004-2008
Infantryman, Rank of Sgt. (E-5) by end of active service in 2008.
Trained at Parris Island.
Stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC
Two deployments: Al Anbar Province, Iraq – 9 months; Mediterranean Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) – 9 months
Nate utilized the GI bill to go back to school to get his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of New Hampshire.
Navy Rank E-4, I was a Machinist Mate (ELT) on Nuclear Submarines
Four years of service
Location of training and service – A School and C School were in Charleston, SC. Naval Nuclear Power Training Command for A School and Naval Power Training Unit for C School, Stationed at Groton, Connecticut and Kittery, Maine. Served on the USS Louisville (Dry Docked for refit) and the USS Annapolis.
Josh earned Sub Warfare Qualification and was pinned at Double 0 longitude and latitude, also earning Golden Shellback status (maritime personnel who have crossed the point where the Equator crosses the 180th meridian, Double 0).
Navy Rank E3/Seaman
Three years of service, 6/73 – 6/76
Location of training and service: Boot Camp: Great Lakes, IL; US Navy Ceremonial Guard, Anacostia Naval Air Station, Washington, DC.
- Ceremonial Funeral Duties, Arlington Cemetery and areas surrounding the DC area.
- Congressional and White house Ceremonies
- Washington Military District Command Ceremonies
- Diplomatic exchange of credentials:
- Airport reception
- Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- State Department
- White House meetings
- White House dinners with various heads of state throughout the world.
- War College Conference Security
- US Navy Drill Team
- State Performances
- Queen of Denmark
- State Performances
Sergeant, Marine Corps – Avionics
Six years of service
Location of training and service – bootcamp – Parris Island, SC. Variety of schools after, Most of enlistment in Quantico, VA – stationed there.
Fred was in the HMX1 unit – Marine Helicopter Squadron One. This squadron is responsible for the transportation of the president and vice president of the United States, heads of state, Department of Defense officials, and other VIPs as directed by the Marine Corps and White House Military Office. This included basic transportation to and from airport, back and forth to camp David, and monitoring any presidential motorcade.
“Anywhere in the world he goes, we’re there. We work with White House communications and Air Force One, Secret Service, all coordinating all the time to make sure the president is safely travelling,” Fred says.
Fred had “Yankee White” clearance, a necessary qualification for anyone working with the president and vice president.
“I was responsible for everything on the aircraft that had a wire attached to it. When we had to make fixes and perform maintenance work, I was one of the lucky guys that would fly around in the potentially unsafe aircraft to make sure it didn’t crash before the president would get on board,” Fred says.
Fred is also an active supporter Veterans 3 Gun, a nonprofit that promotes community and enjoyment of life for all military veterans using competitive shooting sports as a platform to build camaraderie, assist veterans with resources, honor fallen military service members and raise public awareness about the high suicide rate within the military veteran community.
Sergeant, Marine Corps,
Four years of service, 1979-1983
Location of training and service: Parris Island, SC
Chris enlisted for the Technical Skills Bonus program in the Marine Corps right out of high school. “They got to pick for you, but I was told I would end up with a job in either Air Traffic Control (the PATCO strike was in 1981, which left a lot of openings in the field after that), Public Affairs, Advanced Electronics (I ended up getting my degree in Electrical Engineering), or (my recruiter said that no one got those jobs) some intelligence field,” he says.
“After completion of recruit training at Parris Island, S.C., I attended the Radiotelephone Training course at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. My permanent duty station following school was the 2nd Radio Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C. (a signals intelligence/electronic warfare unit), with temporary assignments to the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalions in Maryland, and also Rota, Spain. During part of my time in Rota, I was assigned to the USS Texas in the Mediterranean Sea.
Fun fact–during the same period I was assigned to Rota, my future wife, Mary, was attending the Semester At Sea program, and we both visited the pyramids and the Cairo Museum within about a month of one another. King Tut had recently returned to the Cairo Museum after an extensive world tour.”
Army Staff Sergeant
Eight years of service
Deployed to Panama, Desert Storm, & Somalia.
Fun fact: Thomas got to meet Bob Hope when he came to Desert Storm to do a show for the troops.
Two years of service
“I entered the U.S. Army Reserve at the age of 22 as a PFC E3 Engineering Draftsman. I was able to enter as a PFC because of my civilian experience. I was assigned to an Engineering Company in Rutland, VT. My basic training was performed at Fort Dix, NJ and My Advanced Training was performed at Fort Belvoir, VA. During my training at Fort Dix I was assigned a Squad Leader position. During my training at Fort Belvoir I tutored other Soldiers. I was deployed to Honduras Central America for active duty service. I first joined the Military to receive money for college. Of course, when I finished Basic Training all I wanted to do was jump out of planes. Basic Training was one of the best things I have ever done,” Phil says.
Four years of service
Fort Leonard Wood Missouri: 21 Bravo combat engineer OSUT training 1/35th engineering battalion
Fort Stewart Georgia: 3rd Infantry Division first assignment
Fort Sill Oklahoma: Reclass to 94 Kilo Apache Attack Helicopter Avionics training 1/30th
Redstone Arsenal Alabama: AIT for avionics
“Each U.S. Army installation only has one truck … I was distinguished honor grad in my Basic Training class in the Army and my older brother Travis was awarded distinguished honor grad in the Air Force at the same time. This was the first time that this has happened, and we were both awarded medals from the respective base commander,” Brian says. “Also, I spent 3 years in Iraq and abroad for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn while working as a contractor and never actually deployed to theater while enlisted. Go figure?”
US Air Force
Four Years of Service
“At the time, we were fighting the Vietnam War, and the draft was very active. I had a very low number and knew I was going to hit the lottery big. Rather than submitting to the draft, I decided to explore enlistment. My decision was to enlist into a delayed enlistment and went active on July 5th , ironically the day after Independence Day. This was a major game changer for me as I was pursuing a medical career and planned to focus on genetic research. But my country was calling, and she left me no choice.,” Pat says.
“Initially I was flown to Lackland Air Force Base In San Antonio, TX for basic training. The evening I arrived, I was met by our drill sergeant, who marched us to the mess hall. He was from Alabama and insisted on pronouncing my name “NOCK ER REANA.” We finally got to sleep at like 2am that first day and I was in the top bunk. At 5am we were awakened by that same sergeant banging a garbage pail while hollering the word “GitUPPPPPPP” in a low demonic voice. Technically I awoke falling from the top bunk to the floor. I remember thinking to myself, as I fell landing on all fours – what the HELL did I get myself into?”
“I attended AUTOVON school at Shepard AFB. The school was the longest school any of the branches offered. I did well and had my choice of my assignments, which were all overseas. I decided on Mt. Vergine, which is east of Naples and Vesuvius in Italy, about 60 and 40 miles. I worked at a remote site, on top of a mountain 1 mile above sea level. Being in southern Italy had its advantages. The people were fantastic, the food – UNBELIEVABLE and the view – FORGETABOUTIT,” he says.
“The story of Mt Vergine was a monk was meditating almost at the top when the Blessed Virgin appeared to him. They build a Monastery in 1119, which is still active to this day. During WW2, they hid the Shroud of Turin there. The Nazis build a series of tunnels and bunkers in the mountain which I spent many hours exploring (it is not open to the public). The photo shows an image of the site during a wintery day. Yes, although this was southern Italy, the snow accumulated to several feet at times. The building to the left is the dorm. I had a photo where a snow drift covered that building and an Italian worker had parked a front end loaded on top of it when taking a break.”
“While stationed at Mt. Vergine, I provided support and designed changes for the first Electronic Digital Switching Telephone system – the AUTOVON System. The AUTOVON system was used by the government and employed a series of privileges for certain individuals,” Pat says.
“When making a call, you would select P for Privileged, I for Immediate, F for Flash and FO for Flash Override. So if the president was going to call you (using FO), and you were on the horn with someone (anything lower), his call would preempt your call and connect you to the president. As a result of my access, I had the highest level of security clearance of data and voice communications. Once I actually listened to a telephone call between Henry Kissinger speaking to a General at the Pentagon (not eavesdropping, that was part of my job). Disappointed I was losing my medical skills, I also was able to qualify as the site medic for the 70 soldiers and their families for about two years.
I acclimated into southern Italy lifestyle and lived in a villa at the base of the mountain. The only object between me and this massive mountain was a grape vineyard. I learned to speak a very poor Italian, which I later improved to proper Italian when I was living and working in business in Northern Italy years later. I learned to scuba dive, I got into mountain climbing, and I played drums and sang lead in one of the most popular Italian bands. My first son was born, I visited all kinds of sites, read stacks of books, raced in the Italian circuit up to the 1800 class car and made many Italian friends. When you walk into an Italian home in southern Italy, it’s like walking into a restaurant – you don’t leave until you’ve eaten.
My next assignment was CONUS (or continental US) in Macon GA – where I lived out the remaining five months of my active duty in what is the 5th Combat Communications Group or 5th MOB – as they like to call it. On a moment’s notice, the Mob could be deployed to anywhere there was a disaster or emergency. They would set up a tent city, runways and I managed and supported the data/voice communications systems.
The USAF pitched a compelling proposal for me to stay; however, I had already accepted a position for a scientific development company, my first son was just one-year-old, my family had barely seen the little guy and I decided I had bigger fish to fry.
For me, the Vietnam War was an inconvenience. The experiences I gained were incredible. An experienced that enabled me to venture out and travel. I’ve done business all around the world since. I exported, worked, lived and did business in most all of the European countries, Turkey, and India.”