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Damian Vandevender

Damian Vandevender

United States Air Force

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Damian's work combines: Armed Services, Business, and Accomplishing Goals

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Day In The Life

Production Superintendent, AF Special Warfare

I am in charge of all Special Warfare Recruiting for the United States Air Force.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Webster County High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Human Resources Management

    Trident University International

  • Vocational

    Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology/Technician, General

    Community College of the Air Force

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers:

Bachelor's Degree: Human Resources Management

Vocational: Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology/Technician, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Taking the leap and joining the Air Force

  • 2.

    Learning to be a mechanic and working on all kinds of vehicles and equipment

  • 3.

    Meeting and marrying my wife who has always been my biggest motivator and my biggest fan

  • 4.

    Deciding to try recruiting when my son was born to reduce deployments for a few years

  • 5.

    Falling in love with recruiting and helping change people’s lives

  • 6.

    Promoting to Healthcare Recruiting

  • 7.

    Promoting to Recruiting Supervisor and then Marketing and Training Director

  • 8.

    Being selected to be the first ever Air Force Special Warfare Recruiting Superintendent

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Friends:

    Joining the Air Force is a last resort for people. You could die.

  • How I responded:

    I knew from my research and from people in the Air Force that it was a great career that would set me up for success in any part of my life. They would provide me training, experience, a degree free of charge and leadership skills.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I grew up in a financially unstable home where my parents couldn’t provide much more than the basics. I chose not to continue down that path and worked hard at building a great career that both pays well and that I love.