Navy – E4 Petty Officer Third Class (Retired)
HomeTeam Pest Defense, Builder Service Manager, San Antonio – Central Branch
For Stacy Thompson, joining the Navy provided him with a sense of pride and sense of duty. He stands a little taller knowing that he served something that is bigger than himself.
Thompson hails from a family that is willing to serve and sacrifice as he is the 4th generation in his family to serve in the military and his son, 5th generation, is currently active duty and Thompson recently attended his son's graduation in Fort Benning, Georgia.
While serving his country in the Navy, Thompson maintained day-to-day duties aboard the USS Nitro AE-23 and was involved in pilot and navigation of ships movement. When asked what some of his best memories in the military were, Thompson replied, “Seeing all of the different places. Portugal, Spain, and Ireland. The camaraderie that you build with your shipmates. However, not seeing land for four months wasn’t easy.”
Looking back on how his military service prepared him for a career in pest management, Thompson asserted, “Being accountable and responsible. Following through with things that I said I was going to do. The military required me to be on top of my game and to be the best. You carry that over to the pest management industry, and you hit the ground sprinting.”
For Veterans that are transitioning into the pest management industry, Thompson recommends that they, “Keep an open mind. Find something that you really like to do. I don’t feel like I’m going to work every day. I don’t dread my job, and I like what I do. For Veterans coming into this industry, I think you’ll draw the same conclusions. It’s a great industry that you can thrive in.”