WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#football–A team comprised of mostly military veterans claimed victory in a recent
GEICO flag football series, a fundraising competition that benefitted
Children’s National Health System.
Five teams of associates from various departments at GEICO headquarters
in Chevy Chase, Maryland, donated money to compete in the weeks-long
outdoor series of lunchtime games. After the last pass was thrown, the
IT Vets squad stood victorious.
“We all just worked well together out there,” said Cecil “CJ” McKenna, a
software engineer and Army vet who formed the team. “We all share this
type-A personality sense of competitiveness.”
McKenna played alongside fellow Army vets Ethan Foster, Nathanael
Caudill and Joshua Jackson and Navy vet William McLaughlin; their IT
colleagues Abigail Andrews, Cynthia Cheng, Raymond Chepkwony and Devin
Gamble rounded out the squad.
Victories aside, software engineer McLaughlin enjoyed the networking
component of the competition.
“We have nearly 2,800 associates here at headquarters, so it is hard to
get to know everyone,” McLaughlin said. “It was fun meeting and playing
against people from other departments.”
GEICO’s connection to the military stretches back to 1936, when the
company offered policies exclusively to service members and government
employees. Today, that connection remains strong and includes special
discounts for active duty service members and veterans; a department
dedicated to supporting the needs of the military community; and
employment opportunities for vets and reservists.
In 2015, GEICO launched the 12-month-long Veteran’s
IT Professional Development program, which combines classroom work
and real-world experience to transform vets with no previous tech
experience into full-time GEICO IT associates. McLaughlin’s wife, a
GEICO associate, first told him about the program. Foster, a First
Lieutenant in the Virginia Army National Guard, applied to the program
after hearing about it through word-of-mouth.
“I started in March 2017 and have been able to begin a career as a
software engineer while continuing my military career,” Foster said.
GEICO Director of IT Talent Management Ted Robey oversees the Veteran’s
IT Professional Development program; he said it has been successful
because veterans are especially well-suited for the demands of the tech
“The program has at its core the understanding that those who have
served in the military are self-reliant, results oriented and have a
strong understanding that a job needs to be seen through to its
conclusion,” he said. “Those characteristics serve IT well, but frankly
they are attributes that are the key to success in any position.”
The IT Vets team is spending no time basking in its victory. The players
are going for another title in a new flag football series and have
already amassed a 2-0 record.
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