Travis Guthrie, a former Nuclear Machinist Mate who found his career through Orion, is featured in the September issue of GI Jobs in an article titled "Better Off for Having Served", as well as in a Senior Enlisted Profile. In the cover story, GI Jobs explores how veterans are better off in the workplace because of their service, as opposed to the popular portrayal of veterans unable to assimilate.
Guthrie is highlighted as a great example of this. The article points out that while the media likes to present homeless or traumatized veterans who are unable to find a civilian career because of their service, the majority of veterans like Guthrie are able to successfully transition thanks to their service instead of despite it.
PO1 Guthrie is now a Friction Stir Weld Supervisor with SpaceX, a company that designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft in-house from the ground up. The company is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars. With more than 3,000 employees at its headquarters in Hawthorne, California; SpaceX also has launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas; and offices in Houston, Texas; Chantilly, Virginia; and Washington, D.C. SpaceX has proudly partnered with Orion to build a Military Talent Program and has hired more than 200 Veterans from Orion to date.
"SpaceX is like Special Forces... we do the missions that others think are impossible. We have goals that are absurdly ambitious by any reasonable standard, but we're going to make them happen," explains SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk, "We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect on the future of humanity and life itself."
Guthrie, hired through an Orion Hiring Conference in San Diego in June 2014, supervises a crew of technicians who build rockets for the company. Guthrie uses his Navy skills every day at SpaceX and knows that it is those very skills that helped him land the job.
When GI Jobs asked Guthrie what advice he has for other transitioning veterans, Guthrie reminds his colleagues "Don't do it alone. Use all of the resources made available to help with the transition." GI Jobs says that that advice is "out of this world"!