“Great times, rough times, and sometimes outright misery…endured alongside the greatest group of Marines I have the honor of calling my friends.”

 

Rich Jankowski is currently volunteering as the IT Director at the 03XX Foundation but in his day job, he runs an infrastructure architecture team designing next generation platforms at a major institution. Before working in the civilian sector, Rich served in the USMC Infantry as a riflemen from 1990 to 1994. His deployments took him from Haiti to Somalia, but his infantry training stayed with him long after his time in the Corps.

 

 

 

Why have you decided to join the foundation?

I’ve been involved in veterans’ groups since my EAS, from mentoring transitioning veterans to serving as lead of the Veteran Network at a prior employer, I’ve tried to help other vets transition into the civilian world in a manner that gives them the greatest chance of success.
One thing I noticed is that there were never many Marines in these pipelines, and the few Marines that were involved were never 03’s.
03’s are the Brotherhood within the Brotherhood, and yet don’t have the same support network that other branches and MOS’s get upon transition. As a case manager, I would love to help an 03 who is interested in getting a job in Information Security (or another technical field) get started on his career path.
As the Technology Director for 03XX, I would also love to talk to Marine Infantry veterans looking to volunteer in a tech role with us, as well.

 

What was your service like?

Great times, rough times, and sometimes outright misery…endured alongside the greatest group of Marines I have the honor of calling my friends.

What was your transition like?

I was lucky to get out and jump right into college and major in Computer Science at a time when the Internet was starting to go mainstream. I quickly got caught in the “dot com” frenzy and didn’t have much time to second guess my path; I loved what I was doing and followed the market.
I know many veterans struggle with transition, and it’s one of the reasons I volunteer with 03XX.

 

What have you been doing since you got out?

I’ve spent the 25 years (!) since my EAS in Technology, mostly in the Information Security field. I currently lead an infrastructure architecture team designing next generation platforms at a major financial services corporation.

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A couple of weeks ago LB (03XX Director of Operations) was out blanketing the Centreville, VA area with flyers for a charity bike wash. While stopping into all of the local motorcycle businesses he walked into Brooks’ Cycle Center and saw a large Marine Corps flag hanging behind the desk. It wasn’t your standard flag. It was one of those nice ones with the gold fringe around it. Come to find out the owner of Brooks’ Cycle Center is a Marine Veteran and is an 0311 (Jason Brooks).

While speaking with Jason he shared his story of all the trials and tribulations in the job market after he got out of the Marine Corps. As an 0311 he kept charging the hill. He had a day job but also helped fix motorcycles out of his jeep in his spare time to make extra money for his family. A little over a year ago he took the leap and started his own business. When LB stopped in there was a buzz around the shop and there were several bikes out front awaiting service.

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