Military veterans are an essential part of our #LifeAtATT family. They bring invaluable experience and talents that can all be gained from serving. We spoke to members of the armed forces about what inspired their service and the most important skills that brought to their civilian careers.
Jason McKinney — Director, Sourcing Operations
United States Marine Corps
What encouraged Jason to join the Marines was becoming part of something bigger, seeking a greater purpose in life. “I interviewed all military branches and the USMC fit my personality the best,” he said.
With over 10 years of experience with AT&T, Jason plays an essential role across the business. He manages over 1,400 contracts that relate to every part of what we do, from global real estate and human resources to advertising and marketing.
The most important skills the Marines imparted on him, that he draws upon in his role today… the ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome. “We never quit and find a way to accomplish our mission.”
Katie Gross — Lead Information Technology Auditor
United States Air Force
“I have generations of men in my family that served in the Armed Forces,” Katie said. “I was at a point in my life where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be. So, I decided to follow in my family’s footsteps and serve our nation.”
As luck would have it, this decision laid the foundation not just for her military career, but for her civilian career after. She was placed as a Communications Officer where she learned system administration. Today, that experience has led her to over 20 years post-military in Information Technology.
Cory Taylor — Associate Director — Talent Acquisition, B2B Sales Development Program
United States Navy
Cory came from an Air Force family in Louisiana, so the military lifestyle was always familiar to him. He lost his father at an early age and was raised by his mother. “We made the most life,” he said, “And I am grateful for the lessons and obstacles that shaped my character.”
After attempts at college and a few different jobs, Cory found the Navy. “The Navy taught me to face my fears and work through life’s challenges. It provided a closeness to my dad, who I never once had a conversation with. I learned to be part of a team and the different phases of storming and finally performing to solve issues. I owe a lot to the structure it provided to my life,” he said.
After the military, Cory found #LifeAtATT as a Retail Sales Consultant. He worked several retail roles across the country and rose into management positions. He eventually found himself paying his success forward on our Talent Acquisition team, first leading military attraction and now supporting our B2B Sales Development Program.
Jordan Foster — Professional — Cybersecurity
United States Air Force
Jordan’s Air Force journey began when he was in his senior year of college. “I really had no clue what I wanted to do with my post-graduate life,” he said. “I knew I was capable in several areas but struggled with the discipline and drive to achieve what I wanted.”
He enlisted in the Air Force to work on those personal goals but also intended to learn a new skill set while doing something he could be proud of. “The discipline and mission-centered focus on work goals has helped me tremendously as I continue to hone my skills as a cybersecurity professional.”Learn More About Veterans at AT&T