KCI’s Support of the Guard and Reserves

by Ransford Addei, PE, Sr. Project Engineer, CPT, USARAddei-Ransford

If you are a veteran or a military reservist looking to advance your career while serving your country, this is the place for you.  KCI is committed to providing you with the leadership, financial, family, and educational support you need to be successful both in your military and civilian career.  As a U. S. Army Reservist myself, I have had the opportunity to work here for the past nine years; and I must say that working at KCI has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my career.

As a KCI employee and a military reservist, you will receive support for participation in unit Battle Assemblies (BA); as well as in various military training exercises during the course of the year.

Throughout my career at KCI, I have received support for participating in various military field training exercises, like Operation Pacific Warrior (PACWAR) in Fort Hunter Liggett, California. In the summer of 2007, I had the opportunity to serve as the Quality Control/Quality Assurance Engineer for the construction of two projects: a gravity retaining wall and a roadway. A year later, I returned to Fort Hunter Liggett for Operation Essayons, where I served as the Lead Engineer for a rock-fall mitigation project.  My contribution in these exercises enhanced my technical skills while helping protect our troops; as well as meeting the facility needs of one of the largest military training bases in the United States.

In 2009, I served as the Observer-Controller- Trainer (OCT) during Operation Sand Castle, in Fort Irwin, California, where I utilized my combat and construction engineering skills to train and support various engineering units preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), respectively.

KCI is also highly supportive of military reservists and their families during deployments. In 2012, I received mobilization/deployment orders in support of OEF.  Subsequently, KCI granted me the time-off with compensation to attend required military training in order to fulfill pre-deployment obligations. While deployed to Afghanistan, my co-workers at KCI routinely sent me care packages and regularly checked on the well-being of my family at home while I was away. In Afghanistan, I served as the Infrastructure Training and Advisory Team (ITAT) Leader for the Afghanistan National Army and Police (ANA an ANP). In this capacity, I provided engineering support for the training and sustainment of the ANA and ANP Directorate of Public Works (DPW) in Kabul. The engineering and leadership skills that I developed over the years at KCI helped me contribute to my team’s success in accomplishing our mission.

The firm has been very supportive of my professional development as well. In addition to helping me earn my Professional Engineer (PE) license, KCI’s tuition reimbursement program helped me pursue and earn my Master of Engineering Degree in 2011.  Moreover, KCI supports reservists in attending military related professional development courses.  In 2014, I attended the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Construction Quality Management for Contractors Course in Huntsville, Alabama. This type of training enhances my technical skills and helps me fulfill both my military and civilian career obligations.

KCI’s annual fund-raising efforts have frequently involved raising thousands of dollars for charities supporting veterans and service-members including Wounded Warrior Project and Convoy of Hope, just to name a few.  In 2013, the Office of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) under the Department of Defense recognized KCI with a Certificate of Appreciation for the firm’s dedication and commitment to the men and women in uniform.  In addition, ESGR awarded a number of Patriot Awards to Managers/Supervisors at KCI for going above and beyond in supporting the guard and reserves.