I served 9 years of active duty, with three deployments before joining the Reserves and starting work in the automotive industry and manufacturing. I was challenged with finding a new civilian career while balancing my position in the Reserves. It takes some juggling, focus, and effort, to keep two careers and a family going at the same time. I made it work with the support of lots of folks, despite recalls to active duty on the military side and job transitions (businesses acquisitions, contracts ended, etc.) on the civilian side. I recently retired from Reserve service having completed 30 years in 2015.