November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, which honors all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Our military veterans have served everywhere—on land, air, sea, and even space. Their dedication and service ensure we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. For Veterans Day, we want to spotlight some of our amazing employees who are U.S. veterans.
Meet Jean Urban
Jean joined L&P in June of 2018 and currently focuses on security and collaboration systems for our Corporate Information Technology (IT) Department.
Serving in the U.S. Air Force
Jean served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, joining on Sept 4, 1981, and retiring on October 1, 2001.
While serving in the Air Force, she completed seven duty assignments (see timeline below) and travelled the world—as far north as Alaska, United States; as far south as Columbia, South America; as far east as Saudi Arabia; and as far west as Korea. She also completed temporary duty assignments in Panama City, Panama (Drug Enforcement Agency); Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (Gulf War); and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Gulf War).
Jean’s military service strengthened her support of the U.S. and opened opportunities to experience different places, people, and food:
“I have been all over the world and each place is unique. My favorite thing to remember about every place is the food I was able to experience and the people I met. To me, the United States of America truly represents democracy in the world. We should never lose it!”
Working With Systems of All Shapes and Sizes
While in the military, Jean worked with systems of all shapes and sizes. Her experience with using, maintaining, and repairing these systems helped her flourish in the field of IT:
“I worked on computer systems as small as your hand to as large as several buildings. I worked on intelligence computer systems, laser-guided bomb computer systems, cryptology systems, aircraft computer systems, and computer systems that were used to test and repair aircraft systems. I maintained and repaired workstations and server systems. I also implemented satellite systems, telephone systems, and computer server systems for communication packages dropped in combat zones.
During my last duty assignment, I ran the Network Operations Control Center (NOCC) for the Black, Red, and DMS environments, which included the Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory environments.”
Thank You, Veterans!
We are very grateful to Jean and all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Your service and dedication are inspiring!