Veteran’s Day

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10 Nov: For this Best Buy manager, military support is personal

T.C. Crossland never served in the military, but he has a deep appreciation for those who have.

His grandfather served under Gen. George Patton, his dad is a retired Army command sergeant major and his son has been deployed to Iraq and Syria with in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. T.C. received a congressional appointment to the Air Force Academy but was unable to serve because of high-frequency hearing loss in both ears.

Now, as a Best Buy general manager, T.C.

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10 Nov: 3 Career Lessons A Best Buy VP Learned in the Military

As Best Buy’s vice president of supply chain, Mark Irvin helps the company move millions of tech products from our distribution centers to our stores and customers every year.

He has spent more than 25 years in corporate supply chain operations. But before that, Mark started his career in field medical logistics in the Army.

The Michigan native spent eight years in the military, starting in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) during college and rising to the rank of captain. He spent most of the time in the Medical Service Corps, where he helped get supplies where they needed to go.

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11 Nov: Best Buy Manager Learned to Lead in Army

After returning home in 1999 from an 8-month tour during the conflict in Kosovo, Army Spc. Steve Sonday planned to re-enlist for one of the military’s most dangerous jobs.

As a lifelong fireworks enthusiast, he dreamed of becoming an Explosives Ordinance Disposal technician, a role in which he would disarm bombs like in the movie “Hurt Locker.” He got his top-secret clearance and completed a stress test in the 75-pound bomb suit.

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But Steve never signed his Army re-enlistment papers. Instead, he opted for civilian life and began what would become a very successful and fulfilling career at Best Buy.

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11 Nov: Born to Lead: Why Best Buy Recruits U.S. Veterans

When U.S. Army Reserve Sergeant Victor Hill returned from a deployment in Afghanistan, he struggled to find a job. Many prospective employers thanked him for his military service, but they disqualified him because of his lack of civilian qualifications.

Then he landed a job as a seasonal employee at his local Best Buy Mobile, a move that would pave the way for a bright future. Three years later, he’s now the general manager at Best Buy Mobile Store #1931 in Annapolis, Maryland, where he’s leading a team of a dozen people this Holiday season.

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09 Nov: Best Buy Employees Assemble 5,000 Care Packages for Deployed Military Members

Nearly 500 Best Buy employees came out in full force last Friday to fill more than 5,000 individual care packages for military men and women deployed overseas. Forty-three active members of the 133rd Airlift Wing, a unit of the Minnesota Air National Guard, also participated.

The packages contain everything from snacks to Bluetooth speakers to letters and drawings from kids, all donated by Best Buy employees during October. The company donated some items, too, such as Insignia headphones and portable battery chargers.

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11 Nov: Lawyer. Linguist. Air Force Veteran. Meet Kerry Childe.

During the M*A*S*H series finale, a 10-year-old Kerry Childe glanced at her dad on the couch and did a double take.

There he was. Sitting at attention. Clad in his United States Marine Corps uniform.

His explanation: “The finale is on, and I have to pay my respects.”

With a Navy man for a stepfather – and being a direct descendant of Robert E. Lee’s sister, Mildred – it’s not much of a surprise Childe followed in her ancestral footsteps, serving her nation by joining the Air Force.