FREDERICKSON -- In this factory in Pierce County, Boeing makes big parts, including the tail for the 777. New to this place is John Lambrecht, a 22-year Army veteran, Green Beret, Chinook helicopter and fixed wing pilot.
Lambrecht is not alone. Boeing says it hired 3,000 veterans from all services in the last 21 months, and employs 24,000 vets throughout the company.
Lambrecht is one of the faces of veterans appearing in a new Boeing TV ad that debuts nationally on NBC’s Meet the Press this Sunday, Veteran’s day (airing at 6:00 a.m. on KING-5 and 10:30 a.m. on KONG 6/16). The ad salutes veterans from all services.
“You get to looking around the room, and as you get to chatting with folks you find out what they’ve done, and where they come from,” said Lambrecht, who has been at Frederickson for more than two months and spent a year at Boeing’s Renton plant after he was hired.
He said he understands the difficulty of trying to transition into the civilian work force. After retiring from the Army, Lambrecht landed a job as a charter pilot, only to be laid off. He then worked as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan before landing the job at Boeing.
“Most of the friends that I have that are still looking, they’ve got something that’s going to get them by for right now. But it’s not where they want to be,” Lambrecht said.
On its website, Boeing not only has the new ad, but it links to various pages where veterans can search for work, including a page designed to translate military skills into ones Boeing can use: www.boeing.com/tribute/careers/
Lambrecht said he’s currently helping a friend land a job at Boeing. “I’m trying to talk him through that hiring process. And I sent him the link ... because he would be a great hire here.”