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Meet our Veterans

Meet other former service members who have put their skills and knowledge to use to make a positive impact on RES projects around the country.

 

Andrew Dimmette

Operations Manager | Carolinas
US Army | Corporal 
Army National Guard | Specialist 

What inspired you to enlist?
I enlisted upon graduating from high school. Service to the country was important to me. I felt I needed to do my part to defend our country, way of life, and protect the freedoms we are awarded in this country.

Who/what helped you during the transition from military to civilian life?
People must understand that the military is not just a job. It’s a lifestyle, and it’s what defines you.

When I got out, I had to redefine myself and find my new purpose in life. Understanding and defining this new purpose helped me transition to my next chapter in life. I began my studies in Agricultural Business Management at North Carolina State University. While at NC State, I enlisted in the National Guard, which allowed me to retain some aspect of military brotherhood while transitioning to being a civilian student.

What skills did you acquire in the military that helped you in your civilian life?
In the military, I developed a strong work ethic and learned to be accountable for my unit.  I’ve been able to apply all these skills, allowing me to lead a team, work with people and get through difficult situations.

What should people know about the military?
We do what we do so others don’t have to experience it. We make the sacrifice, so others don’t have to.

How did you come to RES?
I had an internship with a contracting company working on stream restoration in college, which grew to a full-time position. I saw a great opportunity at RES, made the transition, and I’ve been with RES for three years.

What would you tell other veterans who are looking to work at RES?
RES gives you the opportunity to build on your experiences/ skills from the military. RES offers a wide range of options to match skills of military experiences.

Bring your leadership and discipline, and we can teach you the technical skills to succeed at RES.

 

Luis Guerrero

Operator | Mid-Atlantic
Army National Guard | Specialist

What inspired you to enlist?
I always wanted to be in the military. My friends in the military always inspired me because of the discipline and the way they carried themselves.

What was the transition like when you left the military?
My transition was not as harsh as some of my fellow full-time soldiers. My military has opened better opportunities for me.

Who or what helped you during the transition from military to civilian life?
Many people have helped me with many things I have accomplished during and after separating from the military.

Is there anything you wish civilians understood about military service?
Yes, the military gives young people a lot of tools to take out to the outside world. Their familia are their biggest support. So, cheers to all those military families.

How does your military experience affect your life today?
The military has given me more confidence. I can apply everything I learn in the Army to any challenge that may come up at work or in any day-to-day situation.

Tell us about the skills you acquired in the military that apply to the job you are doing now?
I like to teach my crew members what I know. That is something the military is all about – teaching and leading people to get everyone on board.

Tell us what brought you to RES?
I came to RES to grow in my skills and learn something that is different from what I did before.

What would you tell other veterans who are looking to work at RES?
RES is a great company to work for, with great benefits. RES has a great team that would help you out in any situation with good people all around. People are not afraid to teach you and will walk you through what we do.

 

Bruce McClelland

Environmental Specialist | Mid-Atlantic
US Army | Specialist

What inspired you to enlist?
I enlisted right out of high school. As a kid, I was always aspired to join the military. I participated in Junior ROTC, and after graduation, it felt like a natural next step for me.

I was enlisted for four years until I was medically discharged in 2009. While deployed in Iraq, I suffered a traumatic head injury. This injury resulted in losing my ability to walk and talk.

Over the next two years, I had to relearn how to walk and talk. After regaining mobility and speech and working through some personal issues, I applied to school and started in 2011 at Frostburg State University with a focus on Fish and Wildlife.

Was there anything or anyone that helped you during the transition from military to civilian life?
I credit the Dept of Veteran Affairs and my re-adjustment counselor for setting me on a path for success in civilian life.

 How did (does) your military experience affect your life today?
The military has made me more outspoken and confident. It pushed me to do better. I’m currently pursuing my Master’s in GIS at Salisbury University, using my GI Bill, while also teaching environmental and wildlife classes at a local community college. 

What brought you to RES?
A student presented me with the opportunity to work at RES. She had received a recruiting email from a RES manager and encouraged me to apply as well.

What would you tell other veterans who are looking to work at RES?
RES is a great company to work for and very supportive.

 

Bill Pritchett

Assistant General Counsel | Corporate
US Navy | Lieutenant
US Navy Reserves | Lieutenant Commander

Why did you join the military?
I attended the US Naval Academy for my undergraduate education. Upon graduation, I was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy.

It’s part of my family history; my grandfather, father, and brothers all served. “If you can serve, then you should” was a value instilled in us as kids., We were taught to appreciate our blessings, including the country we live in. Serving in the military was a small part I could do to show this appreciation.

How did you feel about leaving the military?
Like many, I was excited but anxious about leaving the military after wearing the uniform since I was 18. I was about to start a new chapter in my life. I decided to attend law school after all that time in the Navy, and I credit my wife for giving me the support and faith to help me.

How did (does) your military experience affect your life today?
My career in the military continues to touch every aspect of my life today. I’m grateful for the experiences and the people I met around the country and world. It helped me gain perspective and to appreciate the people in my life.

What brought you to RES?
After law school, I was in private practice. I learned a lot working on complex transactions and issues. However, I was looking to be part of a team, and I was missing that aspect from the military. The more I learned about RES the more enthusiastic I became about the company; I decided to join the team in September 2020.

What would you tell other veterans who are looking to work at RES?
If you want to work for a company that does something you believe in, this is a great place for you. Additionally, the camaraderie and friendships you develop are a bonus.

Tell us about the skills you acquired in the military that apply to the job you are doing now?
We made things happen in the Navy; you knew the goals of your unit but didn’t always know exactly how you would achieve them. We were taught not to give up and to continue to strive towards that goal no matter what. At RES, we take on a similar approach. We try all creative means to reach the goals we pursue.