As a Military Recruiter for Southwest Airlines, I LUV showing my appreciation and support for the courageous men and women who have put their lives on the line to serve our country. My husband, Colonel Mike Clanton, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 29 years, so I’ve seen first-hand the bravery and dedication our military display at home and at work.
As a military wife and a Southwest Employee, I appreciate this Company’s commitment to hiring Veterans and understand the benefits of employing men and women who have served. After all, when you think about it, the talents and values that an Employee needs to work at Southwest are not so different from the various abilities required by the Armed Forces. When I interview potential job candidates, I look to see if they have certain qualities like dedication, loyalty, a strong work ethic, and commitment. Consistently, the candidates I meet with who have served in the military already possess these qualities. They have big Servant’s Hearts, mighty Warrior Spirits, and their intense military training has taught them the value of Teamwork.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of hiring incredible Employees who have served in the military. From Pilots and Mechanics to Dispatchers and Flight Attendants, Southwest Airlines supports these Employees and helps make the sometimes difficult transition from military to civilian life a little easier. Meet Crew Scheduler Joseph Rogers—he’s just one of the thousands of Veterans Southwest employs.
When Joseph was in the Air Force, he served in England, Oklahoma, and Texas as an operations resources manager where he spent most of his career scheduling pilots’ flights. When he was ready for the transition from the military to civilian life, he knew he wanted to do work that was similar to what he did in the military. That’s where Southwest came in. Today, Joseph oversees any and all changes to flight schedules for the more than 6,000 Southwest Pilots. He was recently featured in GI Jobs, who named Southwest a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer for the fourth year in a row. You can read more about Joseph’s story here: http://www.gijobs.com/crew-scheduler-southwest-airlines.aspx.
Even after they’re hired at Southwest, many of our Employees continue to serve in the Reserves. We want these inspiring Employees to continue performing their military duties, and we are dedicated to working with them to schedule their leave time. It makes me proud that Southwest enables these hardworking men and women to continue serving our country.
To all of our military Employees: Your service is greatly appreciated, and Southwest is proud that you are a part of the Family. Thank you for protecting our precious freedoms and for giving Southwest Airlines the Freedom to Fly!