Hiring Our Heroes: Lee Crawford
Cox Communications is pleased to partner with Hiring our Heroes to provide help and support to veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses as they find meaningful employment opportunities outside of their military careers. Through the Corporate Fellowship Program, Cox is providing on–the–job training and helping our service members bridge the gap between their military service and civilian careers. Here, we’re learning about January 2021 fellow Lee Crawford.
Lee Crawford served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. During his service he was an aircraft mechanic, working on multiple aircraft while stationed at Aviano, Italy, Louisiana, Virginia, South Korea and Florida.
“After that I switched jobs to become an aircrew member on two different types of remotely piloted aircraft and on the KC-10 tanker refueler at Nevada and Northern California,” Lee said.
Lee became a part of Cox’s Hiring Our Heroes corporate fellowship in January 2021 and is currently a Network Operations Center Technician in Suwanee, GA.
Lee loves the process of problem-solving alongside his Cox coworkers.
“Aside from working and interacting with very smart and amazing people every day, I would say learning how to clear or escalate a ticket with the help or fellow co-worker as we problem solve together has been my favorite part about working at Cox so far,” Lee said.
He has found the process of trying a different career path to be rewarding and encourages other transitioning military service members to try something new too.
“One piece of advice I like to give is to not be afraid to do something completely different from your military jobs, because you will never know, it could become an amazing path to a wonderful new career,” Lee said.
Transitioning to a civilian life has a lot of hurdles. Even having good work-life balance is something to get used to (in a good way!), since military service limited him from participating in major events and milestones in his family members’ lives.
“Hiring Our Heroes has helped us by setting up good resources and networking opportunities and guest speakers to kind of tell us what to expect and how to navigate out in the civilian sector,” Lee said. “Cox has helped with the transition by training us with dedicated trainers and mentors, daily and weekly check-ups and just making us feel welcomed and comfortable.”
Click here to learn more about Cox’s support of the military community.