Dec 1981－Aug 2014
Washington National Guard －
I started my career as a tank mechanic.Troubleshooting faults and making repairs as needed. As I gained rank and experience I managed personnel, set tasking, mission requirements and work schedules, overseeing work and professional development of the soldiers assigned to me.
As a 1st Sgt you are ultimately responsible for all logistics (food, personnel, ammo, fuel, supply and pay) for a company of soldiers and work hand in hand with the commander in dealing with myriad of problems that a company of 200 soldiers can give you. Tact, understanding, motivation, communication skills and salesmanship are used on a daily bases to accomplish the mission.
I spent one tour in Iraq from Nov 2005 to Nov 2006 as a liaison officer working in a detention facility in Bagdad. My job was to converse with detainees and try to avert problems between the facility and the inmates and help to diagnose fuctional problems in a new facility that was being built. I returned home and retired in Aug 2014 after 38 years of military experience.
Lead Electronic Mechcanic
Dec 1981－Aug 2014
My job requirments were to supervise and train personnel on mechanical and electronic repairs on the Wa National Guard vehicles that our shop supported and to direct personnel, work scheduling, work orders and repairs as needed on said vehicles and equipment.
I am trained in the use of a assortment of diagnostic equipment, safety equipment, parts manuals and am able to research parts and technics to complete repairs.
I supervised a team of up to 12 mechanics inspecting thier work and managing thier work load. Correcting faults as needed and determining what supplies and materials would be needed to complete repairs or services on the equipment being worked on.
I retired after 36 years of federal service in Aug 2014.
Oct 1980－Oct 1981
Mickelson packaging －
Assemblly line work. Making packaging for fruit shipping industry
Bosunmate 3rd class
Aug 1976－Aug 1980
US Coast Guard －
My first station in the Coast Guard was a bouy tender in Alaska as a seaman I stood watch, monitored radio traffic, worked on ship board repairs, aids to navigation and search and rescue missions. I learned disipline, responsibility, the abilty to work well with others in a confined space and to react calmly in stressful situations. I left the Coast Guard in 1980 with a honorable discharge.