Orion Alum Featured in Diversity in Action Magazine
Orion is proud to partner with Diversity in Action, a digital and print magazine dedicated to supporting and promoting diversity in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Recently, Diversity in Action profiled one of our alumni, Antwan Richardson, a Navy Veteran, who shared his experiences starting as an enlisted Electronic Warfare Technician, his acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy, and his current career at Eversource Energy.
After Richardson enlisted in the Navy and completed boot camp, he went to A School, where he trained as an Electronic Warfare Technician. From there, Richardson worked on the USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) in Japan, working with radars and studying how to defend against other countries’ anti-ship missiles.
While still working aboard the USS Chancellorsville, Richardson was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, RI, an intense ten-month program focused on academics and military components such as formations, uniform inspections, and training. For Richardson, this change of pace was challenging. “I had been out of high school for three years at that point, not worrying about calculus or algebra or physics or chemistry or anything like that,” Richardson said.
After successfully completing NAPS, Richardson entered the U.S. Naval Academy as a midshipman, majoring in History. Even as a humanities major, he was still required to take a number of science and mathematics classes, which served him well in the rest of his military career, first as a main propulsion officer on the USS Laboon (DDG 58), managing the engineering department aboard the USS Mustin (DDG 89), and finally managing shipboard maintenance and modernization projects at a naval ship repair facility in Yokosuka, Japan.
When transitioning from the Navy in 2014, Richardson reached out to Orion for help in finding a career and accepted an offer with an energy company, where he worked for about a year and a half. When he was ready to find a new career, he again enlisted the help of Orion. He attended one of Orion’s Distinguished Candidate Hiring Conferences, where he interviewed with Eversource Energy. Shortly thereafter, he accepted a position with the company.
Today, Richardson works as a Substation Operations Supervisor. He is responsible for supervising staff and work crews in the execution of processes to operate, maintain, restore, and construct the Eversource transmission and distribution systems. Richardson’s experiences and studies during his Navy service have greatly helped him in his career with Eversource Energy.