people and community military veterans bring leadership lessons to chevron
4 min read | november 07, 2022
Jared Jensen applies lessons he learned in the Army to his job at Chevron.
For veteran Jared Jensen, every day at Chevron presents an opportunity to apply his military skills to his job as a light intervention superintendent.
“One of the lessons I apply the most is that I have a fairly high threshold for getting stressed out when things don’t go right,” he said.
putting training to the test
Jensen is a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard. Within his first six months at Chevron, he was involved in a well control event on a drill ship in deepwater Gulf of Mexico. It put his military training to the test.
The well was shut-in with substantial pressure at the wellhead, but Jensen knew the safety systems in place were rated for that high pressure.
“Everything was stable,” he said. “There was nothing there that was progressing or getting worse, so it was just about stepping back and working the problem.”
Jensen is one of many military veterans working at Chevron who are taking the lessons they learned during their service—confidence, leadership and patience—and applying them to their jobs here.
Serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, Kathryn Johns—a capital projects advisor in the Chevron Technical Center—found herself as a first-time supervisor with little formal training.
“I had to learn the hard way that everyone has different needs, so you must tailor your leadership to suit their needs,” she said. “I have taken this with me in all jobs at Chevron and learned that it is not just when you are a leader, but in all interactions with people.”
connecting veterans and communities
Johns is a member of Chevron’s Veterans Employee Network (VEN). One of the primary goals of the VEN is to better connect military veterans with their communities. Working through the nonprofit program The Mission Continues, Chevron veterans can volunteer to work in under-resourced communities. Its volunteers work with other nonprofits and community leaders to enhance educational resources, fight hunger and bring together neighbors.
“The Mission Continues helps veterans identify and meet the unique needs of their specific community,” Jensen said. “It reintegrates those veterans in a way that no other nonprofit we've encountered ever has because it focuses on veterans coming out of active duty and then integrates them into the fabric of their community.”
in their own words
Get to know a few of Chevron’s military veterans, and how their service has impacted their role with the company.
emergency management advisor
(U.S. Coast Guard, 25 years)
“The two organizations use the same response model, very similar business/operations continuity models and both have a safety mindset. So, it has been very easy to transfer skills between the Coast Guard and Chevron.”
leadership development advisor
(U.S. Navy, 32 years)
“The opportunity to work with some of the finest men and women in this country and lead them through challenges, including war, is something I will never forget. I hope my leadership was an inspiration to the sailors and officers I led, and they went on to replicate that leadership in the future roles in or out of the service.”
(U.S. Navy, 8 years)
“I managed to turn my service into an incredible experience, and it showed me how much I enjoy mechanical work. That led to me getting a mechanical engineering degree and my job at Chevron.”
(Louisiana National Guard, 15 years)
“I am able to mentor and train new operators with confidence, which has been instilled in me throughout my service in the military.”
facilities site manager
(U.S. Army, 21 years)
“Influential leadership is really the key factor that I bring to my team and others I interact with.”
capital projects advisor
(U.S. Army, 6 years)
“When I joined the VEN leadership team I really started connecting back to my identity as a veteran, and I am proud that I had the courage to serve, the courage to deploy to Iraq twice and proud of the accomplishments I achieved while I served.”
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