VSO Veteran Spotlight – John Bullock III

Current Home: El Paso, Tx

Military Branch: Army

Years Served: 23

Foreign Countries while in Service: Germany, Spain, Thailand, Italy, Bosnia, Turkey, Iraq, Afganistan.

Rank: Sergeant 1st Class, E7

Top Awards Recieved: 23Meritorious Service Medal, ARCOM, AAM, Afgan Campaign Medal

Badges Recieved: Combat infantryman, Expert infantryman, Air Assault Badge

Why did you decide to serve? I am entirely not sure. I was on my way to a psych class and I made a right turn to the recruiters office. Poof, that was it!

VSO Role: Associate Solutions Engineer at R1 Date Joined: August 2018

Why did you join VSO and how has the experience been for you? I was taking an information and security systems course at Western Tech, hacking and cyper security competitions, when Dave Birch called and said come join our team! It’s been good, skewed away from the security side a little for now, but I have learned SO much about other technology. It is awesome to learn new things in this field. Working with everyone at VSO at all levels has been very meaningful for me.

Military Life: While in service I held many positions but the most recent of which was the Director of the FT. Bliss Modern Army Combative Program ; Mobile Training Team coordinator; and Microsoft Sharepoint Site Security Manager/Administrator for the 1st Armored Division Opertations Executive Staff. Other positions I’ve held while in Service include Senior Logistics Non-commissioned Officer; Senior Operations Non-commissioned Officer; Senior Personnel Non-commissioned Officer; Platoon Sergeant; Senior Hazardous Materials/Ammunition Customs Non-commissioned Officer; Senior Air-load Planner Non-commissioned Officer; Mounted Combat Patrol Observer/Controller Trainer Non-commissioned Officer.