I graduated from high school with a horrible SAT score due to binge drinking the night before my exams, and I decided to join the U.S. Air Force in hopes of finding a path to adulthood. My family is full of veterans so it seemed like a safe bet.
I spent six years as a member of the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) career-field, which identifies itself as the “black sheep” of the Air Force. Living on Army bases as an Airman provided fuel for inter-service rivalry, copious beer drinking, and trash talking.
I deployed to Afghanistan in 2002, Iraq in 2003 and again in 2004. At the end of my enlistment I made the very difficult choice to separate from the service.
Starting over was tough, but manageable. I stumbled into the skilled trades from a comment my wife made. When I was struggling to figure out my next move she said, “Why don’t you become an electrician? My friend in nursing school’s husband is an electrician and they both drive nice cars.”
Unfortunately that’s the truth. No, there wasn’t any ambition to learn about electricity.
I first started in a trade school before learning about an electrical apprenticeship to which I promptly applied and was accepted.
I didn’t know anything about the trades or construction. Hell I didn’t know anything about how electricity worked. Luckily, I was eager to learn and had great instructors / mentors to help along the way.
Five years later I graduated apprentice of the year and now as a master electrician, my next move is to become an electrical contractor.
Thanks for all that you do to help build this great nation and for supporting a veteran owned small business!