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Veterans Day 2020 Q&A—Taner Nierengarten

U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Taner Nierengarten in front of the CH-46 Helicopter that he was the crew chief on in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Q: What’s your military background (branch, rank, job you held, how long you served, where you served, etc.)?

A: Marine Corps, Sergeant E-5, Crew Chief / Mechanic (CH-46 Helicopter Squadron), May of 2005 – May 2010. I was stationed near Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. I served two tours – one on an Amphibious Assault Ship — the USS Iwo Jima — and one tour in Afghanistan.

Q: What’s your history with Manson?

A: I started with Manson in December 2019 as an EHS Specialist. I work in the Gulf & East Coast Region based out of the Jacksonville, Florida, office. I just finished the Marine Corps Support Facility Concrete Sill Removal Project.

Q: What has been your experience going from being in the military to working at Manson?

A: The people. It is always about the people. In the service you did it for the people in your unit. Manson has a different, but positive, esprit de corps about it that I really enjoy.

Q: How does your military experience affect your life today?

A: Doing casualty evacuation while in Afghanistan, I learned how fragile, yet resilient, the human body is and how the loss of anything from an eyeball or a toe can change someone’s life drastically in a matter of seconds. Working in safety, I hope that I am able to prevent any life changing injuries to the people I work with.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

A: Manson has welcomed me in and made me feel like I belonged from the very first day. It is this inclusiveness and benevolent attitude from people in all color hats that has made this last year a very fun and rewarding time.

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