"I enjoy creating order and efficiency – helping the customer navigate a maze of challenges they face. The complexity of our customer's mission is mind boggling. I get to analyze this puzzle and find ways of doing it quicker, better, and at a lower cost."
What type of work do you do at Paragon?
I am a Project Manager on the Total Supply Chain Process Improvement contract (TSCPI) with the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. My work identifies distribution process improvements that enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of defense logistics and global supply chain management systems supporting our troops in Afghanistan and around the world.
What excites you about your work?
I enjoy creating order and efficiency – helping the customer navigate a maze of challenges they face. The complexity of our customer's mission is mind boggling – controlling 900 flights per day; loading, unloading or tracking 35 US Navy and commercial ships; and monitoring over 2,500 freight shipments domestically and internationally. I get to analyze this puzzle and find ways of doing it quicker, better, and at a lower cost.
What makes Paragon a great place to work?
The sense of collaboration is fantastic. Everyone has a job to do and understands how it affects everyone else and most importantly, how it contributes to the overall mission. I've worked for a couple of companies since transitioning from the military; Paragon is the only one that has that same sense of unity.
What do you like best about living and working in the St. Louis metro area?
To be perfectly honest, the thing I like best about working at Scott Air Force Base is my 10 minute commute—15 minutes on a bad day. The area around Scott is small town America with local homecomings, parades, and picnics. However, only 20 minutes away, St. Louis offers professional and college sports, as well as a diverse selection of cultural and artistic venues. The educational opportunities are great. The surrounding communities have excellent elementary and high schools. Likewise, there are many opportunities for secondary education in nationally acclaimed programs. I'm currently working on a master's degree at Aquinas Institute of Theology. I could go on and on... the bottom line is that I can't imagine not being able to find something you love to do in the local area.
Supporting the DoD is unique from the commercial world. What draws you to support the DoD and makes you feel connected to the war fighter?
Retired military members never lose their sense of serving the country. Now that I am one, I share that same perspective. I'm very concerned that USTRANSCOM provide the best support possible to the men and women of our armed forces while they are in harm's way. As a taxpayer, I'm also very concerned that my tax dollars are spent wisely and achieve the greatest effect. In my role with Paragon, I ensure that both concerns are addressed.