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Published in the January/February 2012 issue of print Search & Employ® |
Connor, an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (his last name has been removed for security purposes), recently transitioned from the military to the Agency because his military skills were a perfect fit with the government position he was offered.
“I was commissioned through Aviation Officers Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, and was in naval flight until the drawdown of forces in 1990’s,” Connor said. “I entered the Naval Reserve and switched careers to intelligence. Over the next 15 years, I was stationed around the world supporting military expeditionary actions. I recently retired as a commander after 23 years of service, most of which was in the Naval Reserve.”
His first CIA experience was in support of American troops and goals in Iraq. “I started with CIA as a military detailee in the Office of Military Affairs assisting CIA officers with the kinetic targeting options for Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Connor said. “CIA management appreciated my work and previous military service and asked that I come onboard as a full-time staff officer to assist CIA with its post-war work in Iraq. After a few years getting to know how CIA operates, I was provided the opportunity to become operationally certified and I served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in a domestic post. My current position is with the recruitment effort for NCS officers in CIA.”
Connor’s military experience made the transition into the CIA a smooth one. “The skills I developed and experiences I had in the U.S. Navy dovetailed perfectly into a career with CIA, which provides a similar management structure to that of the U.S. military,” he said. “The legacy of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS—the forerunner of the CIA) is still very much alive at CIA and they appreciate veterans, who have an established and known quantity of training and experience. CIA offers many opportunities for the veteran to use their particular skills in support of its ongoing operations, sometimes in conjunction with U.S. military counterparts. Veterans of all services can continue to serve their country with CIA; however, this is a silent service and those seeking public praise and adulation should perhaps look elsewhere within the U.S. government.”
Experience in the Navy also set up Connor for leadership positions within the CIA. “Initially, I served as a general intelligence officer, and then focused on specialties in aviation, imagery, and other intelligence collection methods and reporting,” he said. “This breadth of experience allowed me to observe and learn the various components of the national intelligence community. The discipline and leadership acquired in the military quickly made me a candidate for management and leadership in CIA.”