Veterans Contribute to Lockheed Martin’s Success
Ron Thomas most days could see the F-22 Raptor, the C-130J Super Hercules or the C-5 Galaxy fly by his condominium in Atlanta. So close, he says, that he could wave to the pilots.
“Sometimes the signs are right there in front of you,” says the retired U.S. Army captain.
After four years of watching the aircraft, Thomas, 38, left his job in the retail industry to take a job as a manager with Lockheed Martin in Ocala, Fla. He was ready for a change. And he desired a job where he could fulfill the commitment he made to the country when he raised his right hand and swore the “Honor Code” as a plebe at West Point in 1992.
In 2011, Thomas joined the more than 25,000 veterans who work at Lockheed Martin, which is recognized as a corporate leader for its dedication to hiring former servicemen and women. The corporation has employees devoted to not only recruiting veterans at job events around the country but also helping recent veterans transition to civilian jobs at Lockheed Martin.
“With the current situation of military being returned from overseas, the Armed Forces cutting back and wounded warriors looking for a company that can deal with their disabilities, Lockheed Martin has made it clear, from the CEO on down, that our doors are open and hiring managers should do be available to help veterans find a job,” says Phil Prevatte, one of the corporation’s four military relations managers.