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United States Navy Veteran, Moved Into Management Position at Lockheed Martin after Completing MBA

Michael A. Genest served for 20 years in the United States Navy in an Aviation Supply Support role before retiring and starting his second career as a Logistics Project Manager for Lockheed Martin Corporation. He began his studies at Argosy University, Twin Cities, working toward the Business Administration Degree Completion program—which gave him partial credit for his prior military experience and training. Michael excelled in classes while working full time, earning the school’s President’s Leadership Award for academic achievement. He also became a member of the Argosy University Business School Advisory Committee for Undergraduate Programs. “I chose Argosy University, Twin Cities, because it was conveniently located and the course schedules fit my busy lifestyle. I went on to pursue my MBA after being inspired by my children.”

Michael jokingly describes his educational path as the "25-year degree completion program.” After learning that he qualified for additional education benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, he decided to set a strong example for his children—and returned to school to earn a Master of Business Administration. “Upon completion of my MBA, I became a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society in Business Management and Administration.” His dedication to education was also noted by his employer—Michael was promoted to a management position where he’s responsible and accountable for the management and performance of a team of 35 personnel.

In his position as a Manager F-35 Sustainment Supply Operations for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corporation in Fort Worth, TX, Michael oversees a team responsible for supporting aircraft nose-to-tail modifications, kit management, site activations, spares procurements, and depot/vendor repairs coordination activities. “[The] team make-up consists of a mix of salaried, union, and contractor teammate employees. Their Item Management & Inventory Support efforts are in direct support of the F-35 Joints Strike Fighter Program, the largest defense program in history.”

Michael, who in 2013 earned a Master of Business Administration in Business Administration from Argosy University, Twin Cities, says that the career advisors at the school were helpful in charting his degree paths—helping him to get the courses that he needed in the shortest time. “I was very impressed by the staff at Argosy University, Twin Cities, in particular the adjunct staff which brought relevant, real life experiences* to the classroom.” He admits to being a bit apprehensive at first about returning to school after 20 years in the military. “[I] quickly learned it was easier than I had expected. Many of my classmates were working adults similar to myself, so they were mature and highly committed to the pursuit of their educational goals, which added to my learning experience.”

Michael says that his military experience helped him in his student life. “I learned a lot about the meaning and value of both personal discipline and sacrifice, which together proved instrumental in my academic pursuits.”

And the critical component of Michael’s academic success was the support of his family. He elaborates, “I give my wife credit for her selfless support in allowing me to pursue my academic goals while at the same time balancing a full-time career and time with my family.”

Michael’s awards from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Corporation include:

  • Lean Six Sigma Q-70 Supply Support Depot Structured Improvement Activity of the Month.
  • Lean Six Sigma Structured Improvement "Best in Class" Award.
  • Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Award for establishing outstanding Government-to-Industry partnerships and program performance.
  • Team Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance on the Q-70 Supply Support Program & Commitment to Mission Success and Contributions to the Corporation's Goals.
  • Team Special Recognition Award for Superior Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) Management & Support of the AEGIS Weapons System.
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Naval Supply Systems Command In Recognition of Dedication & Service to the Support of the AN/UYQ-70(V) Advanced Display System and the Naval Inventory Control Point.

He also received multiple Personal and Unit awards while serving in the United States Navy.

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