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Veteran Spotlight: George McEachern

"Being a veteran has provided me with the ability to broaden and strengthen my network. I find myself in situations where I am able to connect with brothers and sisters in arms from all over the globe. This has enabled me to have a broader vision and create both a personal and professional bond that can never be broken". 

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Tell us about your time serving in the military. What branch did you serve and how long did you serve?

I have served nearly 25 years on active duty, and I’ve spent close to half of my life in the USAF. I feel the Air Force Core Values of “Integrity, Service, and Excellence” have further cemented the values my parents instilled in me. They taught me to always be honest, help others, and to do my best! 

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How has being a veteran impacted your career?

Being a veteran has provided me with the ability to broaden and strengthen my network. I find myself in situations where I am able to connect with brothers and sisters in arms from all over the globe. This has enabled me to have a broader vision and create both a personal and professional bond that can never be broken. 

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What part of your military career has made you successful in your career?

The part of my military career that has made me most successful is the ability I have to reach out to my network for any reason, which is something I identify as a superpower. In my current position as a Technical Recruiter, I can lean on my experiences from years in uniform, as well as, the advice and experiences of those in my network. In simple terms, I like to think of my network as my net worth. 

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Why is Veterans Day important to you?

Veterans Day is a time to honor and reflect on the heroism of all US military veterans, including those who have served before, and with me. It truly is a time to pay homage to the brave men and women who protect the freedom, we at times, take for granted. 

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What does it mean to be a veteran?

Being a military veteran, to me, means I was dedicated and willing to fight and potentially die for this country. It meant being separated from my friends, family and loved ones. It meant giving up control of my life for others and having to trust my well-being to them. It meant risking life, limb, and potential injury, all in the name of freedom.