From battlefield to boardroom
Raytheon helps veterans build successful civilian lives
They call it the Alamo of the Iraq War.
It's officially known as the Battle of Debecka Pass. A small group, including 26 Green Berets, was greatly outnumbered by an Iraqi rifle company with armored personnel carriers and four tanks. Yet the group seized a crossroads and moved forward, securing the route to the Kirkuk oil fields.
Frank Antenori, a 20-year Green Beret veteran, was there on those days in April, 2003. He helped employ two of the 19 Javelin missiles that, along with air support and smart maneuvering, were credited as key to the victory. Now he works at Raytheon, half of the partnership that builds Javelin. He's in good company; one of every six Raytheon employees is a veteran.
“In the military you’re asked to think outside the box, to see the big picture and to make a difference -- and that’s what we do here at Raytheon, too,” Antenori said.
As part of its commitment to help current and past members of the military and their families, Raytheon has built partnerships with such organizations as the Student Veterans of America, America Corporate Partners and No Barriers, which support veterans as they build success in civilian life. Raytheon provides financial support, including the Raytheon Patriot Scholarship along with mentorships, resume workshops and career development opportunities hosted by RAYVETS, one of the company's employee resource groups, or ERGs.
While serving 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, Felicia Jackson, now an information technology security systems analyst at Raytheon Missile Systems, saw Raytheon products like the AIM-9X Sidewinder missile and the Tomahawk cruise missile in action, so she knows personally how good they are and how strongly the company supports the military.
In the service, Jackson worked abroad and was responsible for ensuring communications channels were not compromised by cyberattacks.
“Every corner you turned, you had to be ready to dissolve problems at hand,” Jackson said. And she knew reintegrating to civilian life would be no different.
“I wanted to go where people would support me,” she said.
Now Jackson supports veterans like herself in her expanded role as regional vice president of RAYVETS.
A chemist by trade, and engineer by experience, Mindy Dodge works on Raytheon’s Kill Vehicle missile defense program and has served in the Arizona Army National Guard for eight years.
Dodge deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, leading a team of 70 building safe roads for Army colleagues. She was the only female in her platoon.
“You learn leadership skills, dealing with people and getting the job done,” Dodge said. “Those skills translate well to a place like Raytheon.”
As a military reserve soldier, Dodge fulfills one weekend a month on duty and two weeks a year of annual training.
Raytheon employees are proud to work alongside these talented veterans.
“Everyone at Raytheon has a hand in saving lives,” Antenori said.
Last Updated: 11/09/2017