Veteran Spotlight: U.S. Navy Veteran Kevin on How SkillBridge Helped him Transfer to a Civilian Career

Kevin’s training as a U.S. Navy SEAL didn’t seem like it would transfer to an office. But through the Department of Defense’s (DoD) SkillBridge program, he came to see how he could have a second career.

Kevin is an Advanced Development & Mission Solutions Global Hawk Campaign Lead on the Principal Project Management Team in the Aeronautics Systems sector. He joined Northrop Grumman through the Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge program in 2021 and began his full-time position with the company in April 2022 upon his completion of the program.

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He received his Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis from Norwich University

How long have you been with Northrop Grumman? How did you hear about us?

I have been with the company for over seven months, including my time with SkillBridge DoD. I heard about Northrop Grumman when I was researching Defense and Space companies as a potential carrier path post-military.

What is your military background? How did your military background set you up for the role you are in now?

I served as a U.S. Navy SEAL Sniper, Reconnaissance Team Lead, Communications Department Manager, and a High-Risk Training Instructor. I was an Active-Duty Navy SEAL for 11 years, stationed in Coronado, CA with multiple deployments to the Middle East. Although my military experience doesn’t directly correlate to my current role, my strategic mindset and adaptability have proven invaluable in the dynamic environment I work in as the Global Hawk Campaign Lead.

What was your experience transitioning into Northrop Grumman as a veteran?

Transitioning to Northrop Grumman was everything I could have asked for. Everyone was very helpful in assisting me to network within the company, sharing their knowledge and experience, and wanting to support me with whatever I needed. Northrop Grumman has impressed me from the initial interview for SkillBridge to official onboarding and working fulltime. I am very thankful to have landed a career with such a great company that is so military friendly.

What do you hope to gain from your new role?

I hope to continue to learn and grow while contributing to the high performing Global Hawk Advanced Development and Mission Solutions team. The opportunities within Northrop Grumman truly are endless.

What advice would you give to other veterans interested in a career in Northrop Grumman?

The main advice I would tell service members when considering Northrop Grumman as their next career is to go for it! Apply for the SkillBridge program, work hard, learn as much as possible, and network with as many people as you can. Soon, you will be on the path to starting the next chapter of your life in a career with an incredible company.

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