STS Celebrates Veteran’s Day

STS Hires United States Veterans

Summit Technical Solutions Celebrates Veteran’s Day by Recognizing Veteran Employees

Summit Technical Solutions is committed to hiring veterans. As a Veteran Owned Small Business, we would like to recognize the individuals in our company who have served in the military, honoring our great nation. The STS workforce has a combined total of over 940 years of service in the US military. Below are some of the experiences our veteran employees would like to share regarding their service, and their greatest accomplishments in the military.

Kelly Terrien, honored for veterans day

Name: Kelly Terrien
Title: CEO
Branch: Army/Air Force
Years in Service: 10

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
Supporting Air Force One communications while it was flying in the European Theater.

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
Teamwork. Honor.

How did your military experience prepare you for where you are today?
The military prepares you for leadership and quick decision making from the very beginning. From Day 1 of basic training you are learning these things. The time I spent on bivwac really taught me teamwork and support for others – lessons that really were personal game changers for me.

My time in the military, both active duty and reserve time, was a great time in my life and I enjoyed it immensely. I was fortunate to support our Nation through Operation Desert Storm, serve in great overseas locations, travel extensively, earn two degrees and made great friends. Support for our Veterans is very important to me and I try to do all we can to provide that support everyday.

Jeff Benesh Veteran

Name: Jeff B., Director of Space Programs, 2015
Title: Director of Space Programs
Branch: Air Force
Years in Service: 20 years 7 Months

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
Identified and solved a MILSATCOM Command & Control System gap by advocating and obtaining $460M for a new start program in an Amended POM year.  The System was the #2 unfunded requirement for the Air Force.

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
The importance of taking care of your people enabling them to focus on the mission.  Also, the importance of Integrity; Team before Self, and Excellence. Philosophies that I still adhere to achieve success – How to Win!

How did your military experience prepare you for where you are today?
I was given opportunities that I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else.  So many lessons learned on how to create a positive, can do environment so that the team succeeds.

STS is celebrating Veteran Employees for Veteran's Day.

Name: Shirley E.
Title: Accounting Clerk
Branch: Marine Corps
Years in Service: 4

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
Successfully completing my enlistment.

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
Self Discipline.

How did your military experience prepare you for where you are today?
Taught me that I can overcome any obstacle and I can succeed at any task I choose to take on.

Honoring our veterans for Veterans Day.

Name: Brian S.
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Branch: Army
Years in Service: 21

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
Serving our Nation with America’s best sons and daughters.

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
Mission first, People always – compete the Mission and take care of those under your charge.  Duty, Honor, Country.

How did your military experience prepare you for where you are today?
Education (MBA), Board Selection for Program Management of a Major ACAT (Acquisition Category) Program.

Members of our Armed Forces are deserving of our continued support – their service is selfless in protecting the interests of our great country.

Honoring Veterans, Dave, STS Contracts Manager for Veterans Day

Name: David N.
Title: Facility/IT Support Manager
Branch: Air Force
Years in Service: 20

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
Managed to spend 11 of my 20 years in Colorado Springs!

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
Teamwork.

How did your military experience prepare you for where you are today?
My first exposure to Government contracting.

Honoring our Veteran Workforce, Cal for Veteran's Day.

Name: Cal J.
Title: Human Capital Manager
Branch: Air Force; Army National Guard
Years in Service: 29

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
Taking care of my troops and their families during Desert Storm.

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
Respect, Work Ethic, Teamwork, Taking care of your Subordinates, Responsibility, Character, Honor, Integrity.


I had a wonderful career in the military, still stay in touch with many great friends around the world. I would do it all over again…

Celebrating Vets in our workforce for Veterans Day

Name: Marjori L.
Title: Business Analyst III
Branch: Air Force
Years in Service: 9 1/2

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
An honorable discharge and the VSP payments that went along with it for 19 years following.

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
Appreciating the diversity of our military personnel, our nation, and other countries.

How did your military experience prepare you for where you are today?
I got the GI Bill so I could get my degree once I left the AF.

Sandy M STS employee veteran

Name: Sandy M.
Title: Accounting Manager
Branch: Air Force
Years in Service: 7

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
Making it through Basic Training alive!

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
How valuable teamwork is.  A team is only as strong as its weakest link.

How did your military experience prepare you for where you are today?
My Air Force experience taught me how to be a team player in any capacity, first and foremost, for my employer.

Carl Newhart STS employee veteran

Name: Carl N.
Title: Director of SES
Branch: Air Force
Years in Service: 25

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
Selection into Officer Training School.

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
Stay focused on the “important” things.

How did your military experience prepare you for where you are today?
In every issue or problem there is an opportunity.

The things that are the toughest to accomplish come with the biggest rewards. Many times the easy way is the quickest and least painful, but if you won’t be self deterred and stay the course, remain focused and remain diligent in the important things. Other minor issues or concerns are OBE (overcome by events).

Tom Cullen, USAF

Name: Tom C.
Title: Business Strategy & Customer Relations Executive
Branch: Air Force
Years in Service: 27

Greatest Accomplishment During Service:
I was fortunate enough to be selected to have the honor of commanding.

Most Valuable Lesson Learned During Service:
There are two essentials in achieving success… effective communication (you convey and they understand what you are conveying), and effective training (instruction and feedback to instruction).

How did your military experience prepare you for where you are today?
It prepared me to deal with continual change and a multiplicity of personalities and leadership styles.

Effective leaders must be completely predictable and effectively communicate. In order to be effective, you must communicate  to your team your expectations, your standards, your strengths and your weaknesses so that they can meet expectations and provide their unique skill sets at the right time to ensure mission success.  It is also important to provide immediate feedback/responses to your team so that they know their inputs are genuinely regarded as important.  Once you train your team, you must have the courage to trust them to meet your standards. Arguably the most difficult aspect of leadership is relinquishing total control, even though you retain total accountability.  The better you communicate and the better you train will allow you to relinquish control and allow for trust. It is OK to have fun and smile, even when the task is tough.