"No matter how hard you think it is, you can do it. When you get to the top, pull others up. Know the Chain of Command and respect those above you."

Dell Jones, Strategic Development

TerraSmart is Recognizing 5 of our Employees Who Served this Veteran’s Day

November 11, 2018

Dell Jones, Strategic Development

AKA – “Solar Dell”

Dell served in the United States Army 25th Infantry, 1st of the 19th Battalion during the Vietnam Era of 1975 – 1978.  He was deployed to Scofield Barracks Hawaiì, Guam and New Zealand.

Dell graduated from Advanced Infantry Training as a distinguished and honor graduate.  He also graduated from Pathfinder School with honors and worked as a solo forward observer guiding air drops and air strikes. 

What lessons did you learn during your service tenure and how do you apply to your life / work today?

No matter how hard you think it is, you can do it.  When you get to the top, pull others up.  Know the chain of command and respect those above you.

“My father, a company commander, always told me if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.  And never quit, ever.”

 

Kris Medina, Human Resources

Kris served in the Air Force from 2004 – 2006 as a Surgical Air Squadron. 

During Kris’ service, he was deployed twice to Balad Air Base north of Baghdad, Iraq, to support all surgical operative procedures such as orthopedics, neurology, etc.

Lessons Learned During Service:

“I learned the empowerment of being able to take on initiatives and apply them to everyday tasks.  Being proactive will prevent many issues in the long run. 

I continue to apply that same principle within my profession and personal life.”

 

Tony Alvarez, Racking Superintendent

Tony served as a Specialist in the United States Army from 1992 – 1998.  He was stationed at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA.

During Tony’s six-year tenure of service he was an Information Systems Operator, which meant that he worked with classified material programs that ran monthly inventory backups for the Army, Navy and Coastguard’s equipment. 

Lessons Learned During Service:

Attention to detail; Structure; Leadership.

“Serving taught me responsibility and how to lead by example.”

What did you most enjoy about your time in the Army? 

“The discipline.  There was always a chain of command to be respected.”

 

Reginald Martin, Testing Lead

Reggie served in the United States Army, Active Duty, from 1993 – 1997 as a Software Analyst at the US Army Garrison in Stuttgart, Germany. 

From 2012 – 2018 Reggie was on Reserve Duty for the US Army and was stationed at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA.  During his time at Letterkenny he was a Mobile Vehicle Mechanic. 

Lessons Learned During Service:

‘It helped me to be more disciplined and more responsible.”

 

Stephen Bailey, Field Construction & Racking

Stephen was 17 years of age when he joined the United States Army.  He was stationed in Grafenwoehr, Germany and Fort Stewart, Georgia between 2014 – 2018 and worked as a Combat Engineer.

What did you enjoy most about your time in the Army? 

Working for NATO, (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and training the guys.

A unique fact you would like to share?

“I was in South Korea when the Korean war ended.  They had us building the boxes that they put the bodies in.  It was a cool experience.”

Lessons Learned During Service:

Discipline; Self Fortitude; Integrity

“Do not give in and take the easy path.  Always do things the right way.”