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.
Director, Compliance & Training / Ethics Officer, SOC Nevada LLC
“If you stay focused, informed, don’t take things personal and always stay respectful of others, all will work out well. I am one of those people that believes in doing things correctly, by the book and completely and I think that’s why I’m a natural for Quality Assurance and Compliance.”
Tell us a bit about what you do!
Currently, my role with SOC at the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot is ensuring compliance and providing oversight. This would be in meeting all regulatory requirements in Environmental, OSHA and training, as well as providing the oversight with Quality Assurance in the mission here of shipping, receiving, storing and demilitarization of the ammunition and explosives.
How did you decide to pursue your current role in Compliance & Training and Ethics for SOC?
Actually, my career has evolved over the last 32+ years. I started as an Explosive Operator in 1988. I was mentored by a coworker who was in the QA department at the time and they encouraged me to join them as a QA Inspector. This is where my career really took shape. I moved through the ranks within the QA department and ended up managing the department. QA was tasked through the years with training the workforce in ammunition and explosive operations and I headed the training team there. I also worked in HR for a couple years as the Training and Compliance Officer. This all has evolved, as I stated earlier, into the position I hold now as the Compliance and Training Director.
What has changed the most since you started in this industry?
Certainly technology. Computers have vastly changed the way we do business here at the Depot. I remember us having to keep huge libraries for all the regulations, drawings, and procedures. Getting information was at times daunting. Now, with everything electronic, information is instant. The mission here at the Depot has also changed since I started in 1988. We use to renovate and manufacture AA&E, now the main mission is archival storage and demilitarization for DOD.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I can say that each day brings new challenges…even after 32 years! Just when you think you have seen it all, something or someone surprises you. Compliance and training are always evolving and we have to stay current. I work with my departments and managers to ensure we are meeting the regulations and the customer’s expectations. As part of the senior management team, I am consistently working closely with the GM and other Directors to ensure we are meeting mission and contract obligations.
What is one of the most memorable stories from your career at SOC?
There are a few, but what I remember the most is the Depot’s role in supporting the warfighter and Operation Desert Storm in 1991. We shut everything down but the shipping operations to start loading trucks and trains to get the ammunition to the soldiers. This was serious teamwork by all employees. We would work until we just couldn’t any longer (17-18 hour days, 7 days a week). Everyone was willing to do their part and take on different roles if needed. Together we created success and met the mission. We proved that the contractor, Day & Zimmermann, could deliver and get the job done well.
Any advice to someone considering going into a similar profession?
Compliance and oversight often does not make friends. Usually people don’t like to see the Compliance group coming their way (haha)!. However, if you stay focused, informed, don’t take things personal and always stay respectful of others, all will work out well. I am one of those people that believes in doing things correctly, by the book and completely and I think that’s why I’m a natural for the QA and Compliance role. Training people and giving them the skills to be better at their job is extremely rewarding. This is the favorite part of my profession. I would prefer to just train and connect with my fellow employees all the time.
Tell us a little about what you do outside of work!
I’ve been married 35 years to my high school sweetheart (retired Deputy Sheriff named David). We have one daughter and three grandchildren. I’m an equestrian and horse ranching enthusiast! I am a member of two different Nevada horse clubs and I and my grandchildren are very active in equestrian events, horse shows and trail riding. Horses keep me very, very busy in my off time. I also have three dogs, three goats, ten chickens and three dogs on the ranch. Truly living the Northern Nevada country life!
In addition, I love football and am a 40-year fan of the Miami Dolphins. I have only had the pleasure of attending one game when they played the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. My dream is to go watch them play in Miami someday!
ssTell 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 sdassets 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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