I'm not sure if my story would be labeled a success story, but I have had numerous journeys thru numerous "peaks and valleys", and have administered a self-imposed leveling off to enjoy the position I've attained so far.
I started out as a "Security Specialist" or as they referred to us then, "Air Policeman". 4 years later I took my leave and left the active military and explored the civilian sector for any amiable pursuits. It didn't take long to realize that at the time the civilian business world was undergoing a reversal of opportunities available to the Vet. Viet-Nam was fresh on everyon's mind, and Vets back then were not welcomed additions to the civilian populace as they are today. It soon be crystal clear that any advances to be made were back in the military. I sought out the Reserve units in my immediate area and after a lot of leg work, I joined a reserve unit and took on their agenda. I soon found that it had the best of all worlds, a fairly decent military regimine, with the ease of discipline devoid of the strict active military mind-set. I had rejoined an Air Transport squadron, and went to school to become an AirCraft LoadMaster. Having made it thru school with little problem, I was free to pursue my dream of flying off into the wild blue yonder....or so I thought. It soon became apparent to me that the flying career field was a serious , all jokes aside job and I would have to learn to depend on others and they would on me, in order to meet the requirements of the mission. Having learned the ins and outs of my job, I looked for more as I still had an ample amount of time left in my life and nothing to fill it with, plus I now had 3 kids and a wife of course, to support. I had heard that I could apply and become an Air Reserve Technician, which entailed being in the reserves on the weekends and doing that same thing during the week. The tech's job never materialized as it is a highly valued position that rarely becomes available. But, in applying for it , my applications went out to other agencies and I soon applied for a position of acceptance in an apprenticeship. That was the initial start up as a Rigger, with the federal government. It allowed me to have that much needed opportunity to serve in the Federal service, and still be a part of the military. I spend a total of 33 years in the military reserve, and am still servicing in the Federal service. My position now is that of a Job Evaluator in the transportation sector. It would seem that I have been associated with the transportation sector for as long as I have been associated with the military and or federal service. There are man more pages left to be told that I simply just don't have the time now, or space in this block. Should I have the time or space I will continue at some later date with the rest of my story. But at present, I am close to attaining 40 years of service, I have triple health coverage and other ammenities that are in place that would not serve a positive image to divulge here. During the course of my being associated with the federal government, I hve had the pleasure or working as a Security Specialist, a Rigger,a Rigger Supervisor, a Load Planning Instructor, a Force Protection Instructor, an IT manager, an AirCraft Loaadmaster, a Crane Coordinator, an Over-the-road Permits technician, and now as I've mentioned, a Performance Assessment Representative. I have been extremely fortunate in that I have been blessed to have been in the right place at the right time and have reaped the rewards of such.