Sometimes Plans Change
If you asked Orville “Lee” Wilson where he thought he would be today around this time last year, working at Fort Gordon would not have been one of his responses. After serving nearly four decades in the Army, employment was one of the furthest things from his mind.
Like many of his peers who had dedicated a majority of their lives to the military, Wilson planned to retire, hunt and “hang out.”
“Work wasn’t in my plans,” said Wilson, a retired chief warrant officer 5 who specialized in electronic systems maintenance.
As required with all service members departing the military, Wilson participated in the Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program, albeit reluctantly, he admits.
“When I went through here, I kept saying, ‘I’m not going to work, so I don’t know why I’m here,” he said.
By the end of the program, Wilson’s attitude – and plans – changed drastically. Now he occupies the office space of his former SFL-TAP counselor, who has since moved on, and serves as the program’s contractor installation manager.