Freedom to Choose

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John Frugé
Age: 44
Civilian Job: Cyber Security Consultant, Xcel Energy, Amarillo, Texas
Military Service: Captain (O-3), Air Force (1995-2001, enlisted) (2001-2008, officer)
AFSC: Enlisted – Aircraft Armament Systems (2W1x1) Officer – Communications and Information (33S)

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Education:
• Bachelor’s degree, computer information systems, Troy State University, 2000
• Master’s degree, information resource management, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2008
• Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), ISC2, 2010
• GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Global Information Assurance Certification, 2010

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Childhood hero? My dad
Favorite athlete? Tom Landry and Roger Staubach
Hobbies? Computers, reading
Top thing on bucket list? Completing my doctorate
Favorite movie? “The Princess Bride”
Favorite sandwich, plus fixings? Leftover turkey sandwiches with mayo, tomato

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Childhood dream job? Chemist
Deathly afraid of? Knees and elbows bending in unnatural directions
Best concert ever? Counting Crows, Underwater Sunshine tour
Dream car? Porsche 911
Worst job? Haven’t had one. I believe a job is what you make of it.

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A New Challenge. Not surprisingly, finding a job was the biggest concern for John Frugé and his family when force reduction led to separation. But that wasn’t the only headache for the cyber security expert. “We were looking at a few specific locations to settle, which somewhat limited my job options,” he says. “In the military, your job and location are mostly decided for you, so having that freedom of choice can present a new challenge.”

Front Lines. It took Frugé six months to land a job with B&W Pantex. In June 2014 he went to work for Xcel Energy. “The best thing about my job is the feeling of being on the forefront of technology and security,” he says. “In the military, I worked to protect the nation ‘from enemies foreign and domestic,’ and in cyber security I feel I am continuing that work with a focus on a wider audience.”

Best of Both Worlds. When Frugé enlisted in 1995, he spent the first part of his career loading munitions on F-15s, F-16s and A-10s. As an officer, Frugé led network operation centers, airfield communications groups and network security operations.

All the Right Moves. Frugé began preparing for his transition about six months out (not soon enough, he admits now). He went through TAP and joined social networking groups.

This Worked Best.
Networking landed Frugé several interviews and his first job. He also took to heart what they teach you in TAP: Treat your job search like it’s a full-time job. “I spent four to eight hours each day reviewing and applying to job openings,” he says.

Want His Advice? “The advice I have for transitioning service members is to begin building a professional network early in the process and utilize that network. Also, create a template résumé and tailor it for each job. It takes a little more time, but it’s worth it.”

Ask Lots of Questions. To educate herself about her military education benefits, McBride visited the education office on her base and asked a lot of questions. She urges service members preparing to use their GI Bill to do the same. “Don’t be afraid to major in something you will enjoy, even if it’s different,” she says.

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