Showing the value of veterans: A look at our military employee resource group

RTX VETS helps veterans, spouses grow and thrive in civilian life

Not only did they have to pack up and move from Virginia to Colorado, but once they arrived, he would have to deploy to Afghanistan for 10 months.

“Amidst the stress of having a brand-new baby and moving across the country, I knew I would have to look for a new job,” said Krueger, explaining that her previous employer had no office near her new home, and that full-time remote work was not yet commonplace.

She soon accepted a new role with Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, where she is now an associate director of strategy in Mission Systems. But the memory of that hectic moment remains with Krueger – and it motivated her to join RTX VETS, the company’s employee resource group for military veterans, families and supporters.

Today she is the group’s global co-chair, working together with RTX VETS Global Chair Charles Moore on initiatives to hire military veterans and family members, and to support their long-term career growth.

“I want to remove the stress that military spouses experience over and over again and say, ‘We’ve got you, we’ve got a path forward, and we want to keep you.’”

Lindsay Krueger | Co-chair | RTX VETS

Focused on the future

RTX VETS is the company’s employee resource group for military veterans, families and supporters. The group’s initiatives include:

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Growing a companywide committee to support veterans and family members in their careers

Encouraging veterans to enroll in an internal database that lists their special skills and experience

Partnering with HR and hiring managers to create custom guides for new employees
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Applying veteran employees’ direct experience with products to strengthen business and support for customers

The value of the veteran

Moore, a U.S. Army veteran, is focused on promoting the valuable skills and experience veterans bring to RTX – characteristics such as resiliency and adaptability, along with direct leadership experience and firsthand knowledge of defense products. He’s also working on a framework to help the company retain them and help them grow in their careers.

The group’s strategy includes creating professional development opportunities, visiting career fairs, holding networking events at company sites, and growing a new database that lists the skills, experiences and talents employees acquired in the military.

The database allows managers and human resources staff to find veterans with specific skills, knowledge and experience, and to identify candidates for career advancement opportunities.

“It’s just an amazing skill set that these folks bring to our company – and that helps our customers win, too,” Krueger said.

RTX VETS also plans to publish a guidebook that offers advice on on navigating life changes common in military families, such as moving to a new state. It will also include tips on career advancement and arranging flexible work schedules to accommodate childcare needs. 

A network of support

Moore saw the value in employee resource groups on his first day at Raytheon’s Huntsville, Alabama, site in 2016. He recalls being greeted by a representative who connected him to the veterans community. Soon he had a network of people who could answer his questions about the site and the new community where he and his wife had just moved.

That, he said, helped them “to not feel completely alone.”

“It made us feel like part of a team,” he said. “It brought a sense of inclusive culture. You’re not just a part of another big company.”

Now, Moore is building on that support with initiatives including a companywide committee to promote career development for veterans and their families, and expanding the use of the veterans’ database.

“Creating that environment for every employee to feel like they belong and that they can come and grow and have an impact – that’s one of the things employee resource groups bring to our community and our culture,” he said.

“Creating that environment for every employee to feel like they belong ... that’s one of the things employee resource groups bring to our community and our culture.”

Charles Moore | Chair | RTX VETS

Coming full-circle

For Krueger, working at RTX has shown how a company can fully support military spouses in their lives and careers. After her husband returned to Colorado from his deployment, he received new orders and they moved back east to North Carolina, where they live now.

Only this time, she got to keep her job.

“RTX allowed me to move and I still had opportunities, development, and I was recently promoted – all while working fully remotely,” she said. “It shows the commitment to employees and to possibility.”

“We’ve got so many people who are a veteran, currently serving or a family member,” Krueger continued. “There are a lot of people who can have really rewarding, fulfilling careers and keep going in the organization. We see you, we see what you bring forward, and we value it so greatly.”