Juggling the responsibilities of a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and a full-time job is no easy task. When Dan Ward was deployed to Iraq twice to defend his country, he knew he had a job to come back to at Pratt & Whitney.
“When you come back, you know you have a job to come back to. You know that your family is taken care of and UTC has benefits that are truly world-class,” said Ward. “They allow time off through a military leave policy so if you have to leave for any period of time, it’s a handshake and ‘see you when you get back’.”
Ward has been with Pratt & Whitney for 18 years, currently working as a staff engineer, weapon systems integration. Ward was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2009, each for 13 months. Throughout his military career Ward has gained many traits that have added to his success but the number one thing he believes in is always having a positive outlook.“I believe in always having a positive outlook on life and at work because I’ve seen that there are worse places to be,” said Ward. “However tough some days can be, you know that you are going to have a safe ride home where you don’t have to worry about any firefights or looking for IEDs on the side of the road, so I smile every day and continue to keep that positive outlook on life.”
Ward was instrumental in starting UTC-4-Vets in 2014 and currently serves as its president. UTC-4-Vets is an employee resource group for veteran employees.
“We want to support military veterans who join the company and set them up for success by helping them transition the skills they learned during their time in the service to the corporate world. It is important to bring that sense of community to our veterans so they feel at home with the company.”