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The General Mills Veterans Network shares their stories


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More than 800 employees of General Mills currently serve or have served in our nation’s armed forces. We asked a few of them to share their personal stories for raising their hand to protect and serve.

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The General Mills Veterans Network shares their stories

  1. 1. “I was in the Air Force for 12 years during which time I traveled a lot and was fortune to established many long-lasting friendships along the way. My time in the military has empowered me to be a better spouse, Dad and friend by teaching me the importance of being flexible, open to change, and embracing the time we have today. Life can throw many curve balls, and certainly a military career has many unknowns. However, a positive outlook can go a long way. On this Veteran’s Day, I’d like to say thanks to those that serve or have served and their family and friends.” – Levi Severson, assistant sourcing manager at General Mills.
  2. 2. “I joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1997 to pursue an opportunity to become an Arabic linguist. My experience in the Marine Corps has had a lasting impact on my personal and professional life. My military experience has provided me with tremendous perspective. When I am faced with challenging situations at work or at home, I am able to reflect upon the truly critical life or death situations that I encountered during my service. As an added bonus, I also met my husband of 14 years while serving.” – Billie Chock, solutions manager at General Mills
  3. 3. “After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, I served five years as infantry officer in the U.S. Army. The motto of my unit was simple: ‘Deeds, not words.’ Serving alongside and leading light infantry soldiers – who endured some of the harshest conditions and most strenuous tasks across the military – truly shaped who I am as a leader. – Jeff Marone, senior operations manager at General Mills
  4. 4. “I joined the U.S. Army in 1990 as an infantryman and continue to serve today with the Minnesota National Guard. The unwavering sense of family and community within the Army has allowed me to continue to explore and develop into the person I am today. Although we are not simply the sum total of our experiences, I would say with absolute certainty that I would not be the person I am today had it not been for my service in the U.S. Army.” – Mark Martin, IT project manager at General Mills
  5. 5. “My grandfather was a huge influence on me growing up as he actively served in the Army National Guard for much of his adult life. He was an exceptional man and accomplished a great deal in his lifetime thanks, in part, to his service. I made the decision to join the Guard after high school in an effort to both push myself to my greatest potential and support the country I love.” – Karly Mangen, associate marketing manager at General Mills