17 Mar Veterans’ Voices: Meet Doug, Assessment Team Manager
Today, we get to know Doug, an Assessment Team Manager at Criterion and veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
What branch did you serve in?
U.S. Air Force (DC and WV ANG)
What was your position?
I had five different career fields I attended formal schools for: F-4D Weapons Control Radar, F-16 Test Bench, Electronic Countermeasures, Computer Systems Operator (my official initiation into IT), and Plans and Implementation (project planning).
What was the time frame you were in the military?
What was the most rewarding aspect of serving in the military?
Serving my country and community as an Air National Guardsman. The entire military experience is something I have always cherished. I am also proud of continuing a legacy of military service after my father and now, my son has also followed in my footsteps. I truly appreciate the education and training I received in technical skills, leadership, and management.
What lessons learned during your service do you apply to your job now in the civilian sector?
Almost every lesson I learned along the way has prepared me with a very broad knowledge base that I apply daily in my role as an assessor/auditor and team lead. Furthermore, I don’t think the value of teamwork can ever be understated. I really believe that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.
Why did you choose to pursue a job in Government Contracting? How do you like it?
I didn’t really pursue it so much as had connections who encouraged me to come work with them. When I first got into contracting, I didn’t really know what it was all about, or have a clue about how it all works. It was a little daunting. After almost 20 years, I think I understand it a bit better and now I feel like I am doing my part to really support and enhance the federal approach to cybersecurity.
What advice would you give to military members who are about to re-enter civilian life?
Never underestimate your value and worth. Before getting into the contracting arena, talk with career advisors or get a good understanding of your marketability. Corporate culture and a sense of belonging and support are also important. Never be afraid to speak with your managers about your expectations. A good company will accommodate your inquiries and appreciate your outlook.
Editor’s Note: Criterion has many veterans and active reservists among its leadership and staff. You will find their profiles in our Life at Criterion category.