Meet Our People
Learn more about our career opportunities and life at SOC.
Tell us about what you do!
I am a Deputy Program Manager (DPM) for our Department of State (DoS) Diplomatic Security Services in an important overseas U.S. Embassy. In my role as DPM, I am responsible for ensuring contract compliance and execution. I assist in providing overall support, leadership, management and direction to the overseas leadership staff in order to provide the appropriate services and protection for the United States Government.
If you had to explain your job to young kids, how would you describe it?
My job is to assist and support our hard working men and women overseas in order for them to protect personnel, property, and assets for the United States, helping spread U.S. diplomacy around the world.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
It’s rewarding when you receive a report from the customer for the down range teams’ impeccable work and professionalism displayed after a hectic and challenging day of missions overseas. Probably the most rewarding for me, however, is seeing personnel new to SOC deploy with us on the diplomatic security program for the first time. The overseas location I support is a location like no other with a very unique style of mission. Seeing the new personnel walk into this life changing industry, loving it and thanking you three months down the road for helping provide this unique opportunity for them is by far the most rewarding.
Tell us a little bit about what you do.
In my position as Deputy Director of Canine Training, I provide direction and managerial oversight of the SOC Canine Training Center (CTC). I also take part in the solution of all sorts of issues having to do with people, dogs, vendors and logistics. Really, just about anything that has to do with the management of the CTC. I spend a significant amount of my time developing our talented staff, including canine trainers, canines and their handlers.
How did you decide you wanted to pursue this career? Did you come from a military background?
This is my second career. One of the questions I asked myself when I started searching for a new field was, what makes me happy? I have always loved dogs, so finding a full-time career with working dogs was a dream come true and the perfect fit for me.
I grew-up in a military family and spent a 30-year career in public safety. I began as a firefighter and then transitioned to law enforcement where I investigated arsons and explosions, which is how I became involved with working dogs. I was fortunate to have been accepted into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Accelerant Detection Canine Program, and worked for years investigating fires with my Accelerant Detection Canine, “Cadet.”
What's the most rewarding part of your job?
Knowing that the SOC Canine Training Center’s staff is providing a valuable service to our Government by providing the very best Explosives Detection Canine Teams in the industry. Perhaps even more importantly, we are keeping Americans safe in some of the most volatile regions in the world.
Tell us about what you do!
I am Deputy Director of Munitions and my responsibilities include managing, selecting, and executing the demilitarization program (called “demil” for short) managed by SOC. SOC is the operating contractor for a U.S. Army facility with the one of the largest capabilities for premier R3 (resource, recovery, and recycle) ammunition storage and demilitarization in the world.
Our contract with the government includes a variety of responsibilities, including storage and disposal of ammunition. Since 1980, Day & Zimmermann and SOC have successfully managed ordnance operations including demilitarization of conventional ammunition, ammunition supply, and storage operations with facility support services, environmental services, program management, security, installation security, and fire and emergency services. In addition, we research existing munition stockpiles to help recover these and provide demil services at our location. That would be the beginning of what I call the best job in the world.
What is one of the most memorable stories you have from the job?
It was my very first demil project where we were reclaiming TNT. We were demiling depth charges, which were loaded in the 1940’s during the wartime. Depth charges are Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) explosives with a fuse that was preset to detonate at a specific depth based on hydrostatic pressure. We had been running the operation for some time, and in came a very unique pallet of rounds. The munitions handlers cut the metal bands so they could remove the rounds from the pallet and stenciled on one of those rounds was worn out paint reading “For Hitler Only”. It was an important part of history sitting right before us.
Tell us about what you do!
I am a Senior Plans Analyst, Plans & Operations, and I work at a major Department of Energy national security site for the Plans & Operations Department within SOC. Part of my work requires developing and publishing written orders that our Security Protective Force element utilizes on a day-to-day basis. This is mission-critical work to sustain and strengthen the national security site’s Protective Force operations to ensure our Nation’s critical assets are safeguarded, regardless of the potential threat. As an analyst, my position requires strong knowledge of the Department of Energy Directives and Federal Regulations, to name a few.
How did you decide you wanted to pursue this career?
Prior to my current position, I was an Operations Sergeant in the Protective Force. With prior experience in this area, I was attracted to this important leadership position with responsibilities to write orders directly for the guards on station. As a mission-critical element supporting national security, this made me want to be a part of the process. I already had firsthand knowledge in the field and I opted to apply it to improving our support for the guard force.
What would you say is the most challenging part of your job?
When working in the security field, you have to be cognizant that things are ever-changing. The biggest challenge, for me, is learning to shift priorities. You have to be OK with the fact that things are going to come up and priorities are going to change. Then, you have to be able to adapt and execute. If you spend too much time focused on something that is no longer the priority for the sake of putting a check in the box, you’ll find yourself missing important deadlines.
Tell us about what you do!
As the Director of Munitions & Logistics, Hawthorne, I am responsible for leading our demilitarization efforts, as well storage, receipts, and issues of items that go to and from the installation. I also interface with the U.S. government customer to ensure we are providing the services required under the current contract.
How would you describe your job to someone who isn’t familiar with your line of work?
I manage personnel that conduct the demilitarization of ordnance. Through the demilitarization of ordnance, these personnel reduce the stocks while ensuring the recycling of raw materials that can be sold as scrap and reused in the future. Also, I oversee personnel responsible for receiving items destined for storage in Hawthorne. Our personnel ensure that items, arriving via truck or rail, are off-loaded safely, documented, and positioned in magazine storage. In addition, I provide oversight to our personnel and processes responsible for shipping ordnance from Hawthorne.
A primary role in my employment is being the main interface with the U.S. government customer for all things ammunition-related at the installation.
How did you first get involved in munitions & logistics, specifically for SOC?
Being a lifelong resident of Hawthorne, it was an easy decision to move back to Nevada following a 28 year career serving in the US Navy. When I saw this position open, I applied. While in the military, most of my experience with ammunition was spent as the end-user, rather than managing or storing ordnance. However, my mission focus and experience managing large numbers personnel were a great fit for the position.
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