At NJVC, appreciation of our veterans is much more than a day on the calendar.

Support for our military and intelligence community is the defining strand of our corporate DNA. We are privileged to count among our ranks hundreds of those who served our country. We are proud to serve the missions of military and intelligence personnel around the globe, as we have done continuously since 2000.

But we are more than a company supporting veterans, we are a company shaped by, and led by, veterans.

On Veterans Day, we asked several of our veterans to tell us how their time in the service prepared them for success outside it. These are their lessons.

Serve others with humility. 

Mike Owens, General Manager, NJVC
Veteran, United States Army

My time serving our country in the armed forces is the underpinning of everything good I do and who I am. As with any veteran I think we all agree that while serving others in uniform, the ethos we lived, and the timeless values we were immersed in daily formed us as young men and women. It was and remains a great honor to serve a cause greater than self and its timeless principles – our great nation! It taught me to serve others better and hopefully with a little humility. I salute all who serve or served, they are America’s finest!

 

 

The structured life of the Navy personally helped me to mature.

Erin Jeffries, Senior Network AdministratorErin JeffriesVeteran, United States Navy

As with all military branches, the U.S. Navy has shaped my life and has provided me with the opportunity to grow. The structured life of the Navy personally helped me to mature and made my transition from school life to the working environment much more successful. The military teaches young adults how to be independent and responsible. I am a better employee because of the U.S. Navy and I am thankful for the opportunities it has given me in my civilian career. 

 

 

You have the power to influence outcomes. Use it to achieve team objectives. 

Torie Williams, Enterprise Management & Monitoring Practice Lead
Veteran, United States Army

Signing up for the military was the first important decision I made in life as a 17 year old from Newport News, Virginia. One year later, I began a journey of growth which was fueled by my exposure to different people from different cultures and experiences. This is the single most beneficial thing for me as an adult and as a professional. I learned the strength of differences and teamwork. I learned that one is too small a number to do anything great.

The most important lesson I learned, though, came from my first supervisor at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He taught me about the "Circle of Influence." He shaped my mind to understand the power of influence and how influence should be used to help people. I still share this Circle of Influence discussion with my children and the teams I have the opportunity to be a part of in my professional career. I appreciated the opportunity to be a part of the military and serve my country, and although I am no longer in it, these lessons are still a part of me.

 

 

Work with urgency and dedication.

Tara Newman, Director, Talent Management
Veteran, United States Air Force

Years of supporting intelligence-focused missions in the active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard reinforce in you a strong

 work ethic, particularly from a team mentality: working with a sense of urgency; dedication to, and pride in, the mission supported. In addition, as a member of the military you learn first and foremost, respect for leadership, respect for diversity (military duty is definitely the most diverse workforce that you will ever encounter), and professional discipline, which have all certainly translated well into the civilian workplace. 

 

Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do​

Jonas Patterson, Senior Recruiter
Veteran, United States Air Force

My time in the Air Force prepared me for success in the private sector in three ways.

The first is instilling in me the core values of the U.S. Air Force and they are integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching, being truthful in all you deal with, and being a person of character at all times. As a military member we are responsible for maintaining the public trust in ourselves and our institution, this means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Service before self is just what it says, putting the mission ahead of your own personal needs or desires. Excellence in all we do is putting our best effort in each and every day. There are some jobs where perfection is the standard because if we make a mistake lives can be at risk.

The second thing the Air Force did to prepare me is instilling an attention to detail to my work efforts. I understand that no detail is too small and I have ownership of something even if it is not my job to fix it. I need to ensure that is addressed on my watch.

The third and final way the military prepared me for future success is by teaching me accountability. That means being accountable for the work I do and holding others accountable for theirs. It is ok to make an error as long as you own up to it and learn from it. 

 

 

Have a viable plan for mission success for all team members.​

Van Henderson, Director, Business Development
Veteran, United States Army

My 27 years of military experience as an Army officer has been at the foundation of my accomplishments in the professional world. The military teaches you to work as a team and how to be a team Leader. Almost all military activity involves working with others in your unit or cooperatively with defense mission partners. As an Army Officer I was often faced with challenges of giving directions to the men and women who serve under my command. My decisions had an impact on the lives of those who served with me. My military experience in making appropriate decisions and having a viable plan for mission success was paramount in developing my preparedness for the professional world.

 

Persistence and discipline are the most powerful two tools.
 

Chuck McGaugh, Vice President, Strategy
Veteran, United States Marine Corps

For me, the most important lesson is one that wasn’t apparent to me when I left the Corps, but was with me from Camp Pendleton on: With enough persistence and enough effort, you can do anything.

I didn’t get that drive in my youth or from my schools. I got it from the United States Marine Corps. After I retired from the Corps, joined Government service in the Department of Defense and I carried that dedication with me. What meant most to me from my time in the Corps was knowing that with enough persistence and enough effort, I could do anything.

Another thing the Corps taught me is that persistence must be coupled with discipline. It’s not simply doing something, but doing something with a goal, with requirements, with careful management. It’s self-discipline. The way I manage my time, my family. It’s task discipline, knowing you never leave a task unfinished. I think throughout my career in the service, in the government and now at NJVC, that has been what I’ve known for. When I retired from government service, one of the speeches given honored me as someone who simply got it done. And for that, I owe the corps. Once I start something, I always finish it.