Barry University- Veteran Success Profile- Marco A. Mendez 2017-10-09T18:39:15+00:00

Veteran Success at Barry University Pace

Air Force Veteran of 29 Years, Contracting Craftsman, E-7

Here’s a little about my military background:

  • Company: 45th Contracting Squadron

  • Years Served: 20 years or current with civil service; 29 years with the U.S. Air Force

  • Highest Pay Grade: E-7/MSgt or current pay grade as civil service with the U.S. Air Force: GS-14

  • MOS: 6C071 or my civil service MOS: 1102

  • Age: 48

  • Job Description: As the Director of Business Operations, I provided necessary oversight and direction to the contracting unit to ensure successful acquisition planning, award and performance management. As the senior civilian employee, I advised the commander on civilian issues and managed the unit in the absence of the commander.

  • Military Branch: USAF

Why did you choose this job?

Wanted the opportunity to lead a unit in achieving the unit’s goals and mission.

What is the best part of the job?

To be able to share my expertise and insights with those around me, so that they may know how to apply them in reaching a successful career.

What was the biggest transition headache?

I was fortunate enough to be able to work for the U.S. Air Force after retiring as a civil service professional, so the biggest transition headache for me was trying to figure out what to wear every day to work after wearing a uniform for 20 years.

What skills did you bring with you?

I brought 20 years’ experience in the acquisition career field along with supervision and mentorship skills attained in the U.S. Air Force.