From 2M0X2 Missile & Space Systems Maintenance to Entrepreneur: Transforming Military Skills into Business Success

As a veteran of the US Air Force, serving as a 2M0X2 Missile & Space Systems Maintenance, I gained valuable skills that have helped me in my transition to becoming an entrepreneur. From the rigors of basic training to the advanced skills training, I was able to develop the discipline, work ethic, and technical knowledge necessary to succeed in the business world.

During my time in basic training, I learned the importance of teamwork and communication. I also learned how to work under pressure and how to remain focused on my goals. These skills were crucial when I moved on to advanced skills training, where I learned how to maintain and repair missile and space systems. This training provided me with the foundation to not only understand the technology, but also how to troubleshoot problems, and find creative solutions to technical challenges.

When I left the military, I knew that I wanted to put my skills and knowledge to use by starting my own business. I wanted to be in control of my own future and work for myself, instead of for someone else. With that in mind, I started my own company, providing technical services to companies in the aerospace and defense industries.

As a business owner, I have been able to leverage the skills I learned in the military to achieve success. Here are the top five skills I gained that have helped me in my entrepreneurial journey:

  1. Attention to detail - In the military, attention to detail is critical. It ensures that equipment is functioning properly and that safety protocols are followed. This skill has translated well to my business, where I am able to ensure that every aspect of my work is done to the highest standards.

  2. Problem-solving - In the military, I was trained to quickly identify problems and find solutions. This skill has helped me in my business by allowing me to identify and resolve technical challenges, leading to more efficient and effective operations.

  3. Teamwork - The military taught me the importance of working together as a team to achieve a common goal. I have applied this principle in my business by building a team of dedicated professionals who work together to achieve our business objectives.

  4. Leadership - As a 2M0X2, I was in charge of my own team, making decisions that affected their safety and mission success. This experience has provided me with the leadership skills necessary to successfully run a business, making tough decisions and guiding my team to success.

  5. Time management - In the military, I had to be efficient with my time, ensuring that tasks were completed on time and within budget. This skill has been invaluable in my business, where I am able to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines, while maintaining high quality standards.

I am proud to be part of the veteran community, and I am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way since leaving the military. To further support veterans in their entrepreneurial journey, I recently joined Veterans First Watch, an organization that provides resources and support to veterans who are starting their own businesses. Through this organization, I have been able to connect with other veterans who have similar experiences and challenges, and I have been able to learn from their successes and failures.

In conclusion, the skills and knowledge I gained as a 2M0X2 Missile & Space Systems Maintenance in the US Air Force have been invaluable in my journey as an entrepreneur. By leveraging these skills, I have been able to achieve success in my business and provide valuable services to my clients. If you are a veteran looking to start your own business, I encourage you to sign up with Veterans First Watch and see how you can use your military skills to succeed in the world of entrepreneurship. Remember that you have the drive, discipline, and technical knowledge to succeed, and with the right support and resources, you can achieve great things. So take the leap, and let your military experience be the foundation for your business success.