In today’s Patriotic Partner Profile, we highlight Verizon, a supporter of the NYC Veterans Day Parade since 2013.
As a provider of essential communications and technology services, Verizon is helping the world stay connected during the current pandemic. More than 10,000 military/veteran employees are playing important roles in Verizon’s efforts.
One of these veterans is George Riggins, Verizon VP of Network Engineering, who is responsible for the Access Engineers and Technicians along the East Coast.
George is a graduate of West Point, who served as an attack helicopter pilot and as a Company Commander in the 101st Airborne Division. His team has been critical in supporting NYC during the COVID-19 crisis, including ensuring that the USS Comfort was prepped with fiber optic cables and cell service to support the ship. His team has been critical in supporting NYC during the COVID-19 crisis, including ensuring that the USS Comfort was prepped with fiber optic cables and cell service to support the ship.
During times like these, George falls back on his military experience. He finds many parallels between his current mission and to those he carried out in the military:
“It’s an urgent mission that the team needs to accomplish because people’s lives are in the balance. This situation is evolving by the hour and plans constantly change. We call it the “Fog of War” in the military. You make plans for what you have to do, but the enemy doesn’t always respond to the plan. You have to know how to swiftly shift course with confidence.
“You have to be able to adapt and react to be successful in these challenging times. We do that extremely well at Verizon. We are very mission driven and focused on doing what’s right. It’s one of the many reasons I’ve loved being a part of this team. It’s a very similar environment to where I came from.”
Verizon values military members and veterans as both customers and employees. They have been recognized as the #1 military-friendly company for engagement, hiring and recruitment best practices for three years in a row. It maintains a range of resources, structures, and internal groups dedicated to supporting reservists, veteran employees and military spouses.
See more profiles of Verizon’s global veterans, recently posted on Armed Forces Day: https://www.verizon.com/about/careers/blog/they-serve-their-countries-lets-honor-them-armed-forces-day
For more on deals for military customers, visit: https://www.verizonwireless.com/military/