Our nation has a rich history of military service men and women. We hear stories of their triumph, we hear stories of their tragedy, but beyond their time of service we rarely hear of their civilian lives. If this doesn’t sound like your typical Your Energy read, it’s not. We won’t be debunking any energy myths, cluing you in on handy-dandy DIY tips or sharing personal accounts of energy efficiency. Instead we’re going to pay homage to what accounts for 12% of Xcel Energy’s 11,008 employee workforce: Military veterans.
You see, when I was assigned this writing task I wanted to go beyond the given. I wanted to reach out to the men and women that represent the veteran population here at Xcel Energy. I wanted to hear their thoughts. What I found was an amazing story.
Meet Sgt. Joey Zahn
Back in 1990, 30 days into his employment with Xcel Energy, Joey Zahn received an appointment to the Non-commissioned Officer Academy – a two week engagement. Now imagine Joey’s excitement and dilemma. He had the opportunity with the Officer Academy, but he was 30 days into a civilian career. Most people would lose their job but under the circumstances not only was Joey allowed to attend the academy in Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas but his general foreman shook his hand and said, “I’m proud of you. I’ll see you in two weeks.” It seemed the dilemma was no more. The sigh of relief must have felt great.
Joey was sworn in and served in the same unit alongside his brother, and get this, his father. This was the first father-sons team of its kind.
Sgt. Zahn served for eight years in the 908th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) and as stated he attained the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Zhan served from 1985 to 1993. And he has worked for Xcel Energy for over 23 years and currently acts as a distribution control center manager.
Xcel Energy is extremely proud of Sgt. Zahn and all the 11,008 men and women we currently employee. We embrace the inclusion of veterans in our workforce, and will continue to tap into the courage, professionalism and patriotism that our men and women in uniform bring to the workplace.
For more information on Xcel Energy’s military hiring practices click here.
By Connector, William Draper.