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veterans lead the way in the workforce

2 min read | november 07, 2023

Lonnie Evans knows how to lead complex maritime operations. As a former reserve command master chief for the U.S. Coast Guard, he’s familiar with offshore safety and compliance and has a knack for emergency preparedness. That, coincidentally, has been his role at Chevron for more than 15 years.

“Veterans bring important skills and perspectives to the work we do in civilian life,” said Evans, emergency preparedness and response advisor at Chevron. “The skills, expertise and values instilled in service people shape their character for the rest of their lives.”

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In the U.S., more than 200,000 service members transition out of the military each year and seek a new professional identity in the civilian world. With years of leadership development across all ranks, military training teaches performance-under-pressure, reliability and team management. That’s why experts say recruiting former soldiers can enhance organizational performance and culture.

“From their quiet dignity and determination to that cool command under pressure, veterans raise the bar for our achievements and bring out the best in all of us.”

lonnie evans
emergency preparedness and response advisor
president of Chevron’s veterans employee network


Evans is one of hundreds of military veterans working at Chevron around the globe who are members of the Veterans Employee Network (VEN). The group’s mission is to help veterans implement the skills, confidence and leadership learned during their service and apply it to their jobs in the energy industry.

  • In fact, approximately 60% of Chevron’s U.S. Gulf of Mexico pilots and about half of its helicopter mechanics are military veterans.

“Though our veteran co-workers don’t show up to the office in uniform, there’s unspoken valor that sets them apart,” said Evans.

Meet six of Chevron’s military veterans, and see how their service has influenced their roles with the company.

Dale Beard

primavera® scheduler
U.S. Marine Corps, 6 years

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“Being a Marine has given me the ability to fight through adversity to achieve my goals. The discipline it has instilled in me has helped me in every aspect of my life. It has made me who I am today.”

Ellie Mancini

completions engineer
U.S. Navy, 4 years

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“Being in the Navy gave me the opportunity to work with some of the best individuals this country has to offer. We connect as a high-performance team that cares about one another. Our differences make us stronger.”

Joshua Patnoad

logistics planner
U.S. Air Force, 26 years

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“The Air Force taught me what it means to be a follower, teammate, leader and mentor. The personal and professional growth I’ve achieved as a Chevron employee has had a positive impact on my military career. I credit both organizations for my success.”

Kyle Rutherford

manager, FE functional capability
U.S. Navy, 5 years

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“One of the things I love most about Chevron is that I feel the same sense of shared purpose, shared responsibility and care for my co-workers here that I did in the Navy.”

Rick Smith

associate strategic planning analyst
U.S. Army, 27 years

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“The lessons I learned in service guide my leadership philosophy to this day. It is about people. Focus on the mission and take care of your people first. If you can do that, the organization will accomplish incredible things.”

Dustin Stevens

production engineer
U.S. Air Force, 21 years

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“My military career has provided me with leadership, teamwork, adaptability and problem-solving skills needed in my engineering role at Chevron.”

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