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Find Your Drop Zone in One of TRANSITION GUIDE


By Amanda Miller


erences, and geographic considerations might put you in places you wouldn’t expect. Former Air Force Capt. Art Locklear at-


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tended prep schools in New Mexico and Colo- rado before entering the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He then served in Mis- sissippi, New Jersey, and Texas and deployed to such places as Thumrait air base in Oman. Locklear left the military to be with his family and ultimately returned to his home state of North Carolina. Locklear now works as a plan compliance consultant for TIAA, a retirement provider, in Charlotte, where he’s been for 10 years. For Locklear, his wife, and their fi ve children, Char- lotte is an ideal area that provides the opportu- nity for an outdoor lifestyle. Like Locklear, Jay Bolden served at several


Air Force bases — from a Midwest recruiting assignment to bases in California and Florida, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Iraq before separating as a captain. Now he’s a communications lead for Lock-


heed Martin Space Systems. The job opportu- nity drove his decision to move from the Space Coast to the Mile High City. Here’s a list of industries in cities where you might consider landing.


Amanda Miller is a freelance journalist based in Denver. Her last article for Military Offi cer was “Retire to the Rockies,” September 2017.


fter a jet-setting military career, finding a place to land in the civilian world can be tough. Job prospects, lifestyle pref-


TRANSPORTATION Seattle The ports of Seattle and Tacoma joined forces to form the North- west Seaport Alliance in 2015, creating the nation’s fourth-largest container “gateway” — conve- niently within range of some of the military’s best recreational facilities, such as the Navy’s Jim Creek Recreation Area. Together with U.S. Customs and Border Pro- tection, the port authorities off er “expedited and preferential hiring” to veterans.


AEROSPACE Denver/Boulder Denver is the nation’s third-high- est-paying metro for aerospace engineers, while nearby Boulder has the sixth-highest concentra- tion. Businesses and universities throughout the region are invest- ing in aerospace and space com- merce, such as higher education facilities in lower downtown, or “LoDo,” and on Boulder’s historic campus, plus Lockheed Martin’s forthcoming Gateway Center for building satellites.


48 | MILITARY OFFICER | January 2018


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