Intelsat’s military veterans share real-world experiences that continue to shape their careers
One of the reasons why Intelsat is the leading provider of satellite connectivity to the U.S. Armed Forces is because we understand what it takes to successfully complete a mission.
Intelsat provides secure and seamless broadband connectivity, video communications and mobility services through its open, interoperable architecture to all branches of the U.S. Military and Allied Ministries of Defense. We can link any combination of satellite bandwidth and terrestrial services to an agency’s equipment and networks, and deliver real-time information via satellite to land, sea and air platforms.
Intelsat has also carried the global satellite feed for the American Forces Network (AFN) for more than 15 years, distributing TV content to more than one million U.S. servicemen and women who are stationed around the world.
But, we couldn’t do any of this without the real-world knowledge of Intelsat employees who served in the military, many utilizing Intelsat’s network.
In this blog post, we recap how Intelsat helped to shape the careers of several of our satellite communications experts, even before they became Intelsat employees.
Bill – Managing Sales Director for Global Network Solutions at Intelsat General Communications; Lt. Col., USMC, retired:
On the sense of service: “We used to use Intelsat satellites while in the military, so it’s always something I had in mind. This is a great second career for me [after retiring] because I get to work closely with the military and help it succeed. I’m also able to still contribute to our country. We’ve been in those boots before; there are lots of veterans on our IGC team, it’s a great place to work. You still have that camaraderie, great bonds like you have in the military.”
Rich – Sr. Manager, Intelsat Commercial Aviation; Gunnery Sgt., USMC, retired:
On continuing camaraderie: “Most of the pilots I fly with are former military and now fly for the major airline we have our Intelsat systems on. As it turns out, I had crossed paths with many of them in military operations long before we knew each other in my earlier years.”
Anna – Sr. Technician, Intelsat Network Operations; Staff Sgt., U.S. Army and former Army Reservist:
On her first introduction to Intelsat in the field. “We were using Intelsat satellites to stay safe, get the job done and protect our country. Sometimes I was over soldiers who operated different parts of the network. It was important to know their job and what training they had. I could ensure they could shine at what they did best.”