Nuclear training instructor Jerome Boyd wasn't looking for attention, but that's just what he got after a military magazine recently wrote a feature article on the longtime SCANA employee.
Specialist Boyd, a member of the 175th Ordinance Company based out of Fort Jackson, used his seasoned training skills to go above and beyond the call of duty during the Combat Support Training Exercise 2010, held at Fort McCoy earlier this year. There, Boyd delivered a lecture on "Finance and Well-Being" to his fellow soldiers, a course he developed so that soldiers would be adequately prepared for life outside of the military.
“I talked to them about life other than the military,” he said. “I used military values and taught the soldiers things that would help them in the civilian world like how to budget, how to finance and how to invest.”
Several of his fellow soldiers and superiors were quoted in the article remarking on how the entire unit looks up to Boyd, his leadership and his experience.
Boyd first joined the Army Reserve in 1987, then re-joined from 1995 to 1997 before coming back for a third time after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. As a soldier, his military occupational specialty is an Automated Logistical Specialist, also known as a 92A. As a civilian, he’s been at V.C. Summer for 21 years as a training instructor.
“The military has values that made me a better man,” said Boyd. “I wouldn't be the man I am now if it wasn't for the military. So I owe the military a lot. What it has given me internally, you can never replace.”
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