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Military Appreciation: Shining a Spotlight on Associates Who Have Served

Katherine Gittman

Digital Marketing Coordinator

The fourth of July is a day where we celebrate our independence, gather with family and friends and take in the beautiful sights and sounds of fireworks. While we celebrate our freedoms, we also take the day to honor our military who protect our freedoms. Although our celebrations may look a little different this year, we want to dedicate this blog to the brave men and women who have served in our military and shine a spotlight on a few of our associates who have served in the military.

Benny Young: Maintenance Supervisor- Auto Shop

What branch of the military did you serve in?

I served in the United States Marine Corps from 1976-1980.

Tell us about your military experience.

I served for four years. What inspired me to serve was my father who served in the Army.

What was your most memorable moment while serving in the military?

Completing the machinist course at the U.S. Army Ordinance and the chemical school at Aberdeen proving ground in Maryland.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned while serving?

Self-discipline and working with others as one unit.

 

Art Satterfield: Security: Area Supervisor/Trainer

What branch of the military did you serve in?

United States Army

Tell us about your military experience.

1960-1990-30 years. I was having a hard time finding a job once I got out of high school, so I decided to join the Army. I had several jobs in the Army; mechanic, truck master, I spent 14 years in special forces, I was a senior supply sergeant and my last job, I was the Company Commander of the Quartermaster NCO Academy with the rank of Sergeant Major.

What was your most memorable moment while serving in the military?

Meeting my wife at Fort Indiantown Gap during the Cuban boat lift in 1980.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned while serving?

I learned that everyone has to work together as a unit to get the job done. We have to work as a team, not individuals.

 

Anji Anderson: Human Resources- Recruiting Manager

What branch of the military did you serve in?

United States Army

Tell us about your military experience.

I was a military police for 10 years and was stationed in Japan, North Carolina and Hawaii.

What was your most memorable moment while serving in the military?

My time in the Army is full of memories, from the friendships I made, to the challenges it gave and the places I went. If I had to pick one, I would say winning the Post Soldier of the Quarter Board as a young private. I was new to the Army and receiving recognition from a Two-Star General was impactful.

What is the most valuable lesson you learned while serving?

The most valuable lesson I learned in the Army was leadership. I was very lucky to have served with and under some of the best leaders, they demonstrated what it means to take responsibility and to take care of people.

 

Art Divittorio: Maintenance-Sign Painter/Fabricator

What branch of the military did you serve in?

U.S. Army

Tell us about your military experience.

I had lost my father when I was 15 and needed some structure and guidance. I enlisted when I was 16 years old in the DEP (Delayed Entry Program) while still in high school as a sophomore and became the youngest active duty enlisted member of the United States Army at age 17. I enlisted as a Private E-1 and within 3 years, I made it to Specialist E-4. I was a stinger crewmember, which is a shoulder mounted land to air heat seeking missile designed to eliminate enemy aircraft. It’s pretty neat that even today when I see a helicopter or airplane of any sort, I call out the model designation and call it by name. Learning the difference between aircraft and being able to identify friendly vs. foe was an exciting experience.

What was your most memorable moment while serving in the military?

Training in the desert and seeing the F-16 fighter jets and the AH 64 Apache helicopters during flight maneuvers. That was unbelievable at what they can do!

What was the most valuable lesson you learned while serving?

Respect everyone, never quit and you can do more than you think you can!

 

Doug Jenks: Security

What branch of the military did you serve in?

I served in the United States Navy from 1984 to 1988 and the Virginia National Guard from 1988 to 1990.

Tell us about your military experience.

I joined the military to start a career. My family had limited resources to provide college, so the military was my choice to move ahead in the workforce. My service was during the Cold War years. I went to bootcamp in San Diego, California and after that I reported to the USS Dwight Eisenhower CVN 69 aircraft carrier in the MED working on a flight deck. About a year in, I decided I wanted a change and became an aerographers mate (weatherman). I was then deployed to Operation Deep Freeze Naval Support Force Antarctica to provide weather support to pilots and the National Service Foundation studying the ozone layer. After 2 tours of summer support in Antarctica, I left active duty in 1988. I transferred to the Virginia Army National Guard with the 276th Construction Battalion and served as the rank of Specialist 4 as a construction surveyor and then went to serve 28 years in law enforcement and retired in 2017. After several part time jobs, I then came to Kings Dominion Security in August 2019.

What was your most memorable moment while serving in the military?

The most memorable moment was stepping off of the C130 on the Antarctica ice shelf. It was the most beautiful and at the same time, the most eerie experience of my life.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned while serving?

Respect, discipline, honor and integrity. The team is as strong as its weakest link, but it takes the entire team to get the job done.

 

The honor, dedication and sacrifice of those who have served and are currently serving does not go unnoticed. From all of us at Kings Dominion, we would like to thank all service men, women and veterans for your service!

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