Pilot’s Perspective: John ‘DFAC’ Ghosh

Pilot’s Perspective: John ‘DFAC’ Ghosh

So I served in the US Navy for
a total of 14 years, 10 years active duty, and I was a naval flight officer, lieutenant commander,
when I got out of the service. Stationed up in the Whidbey Island,
the Washington area. Flew the EA-18G Growler at the end of my career
as a flight instructor and then in the reserves with 104 missions in combat
to include Libya and Iraq Operations Odyssey Dawn. Unified Protector,
and Iraqi Freedom. And then transitioned out of the military
to this building sector. During some of that timeframe, Raytheon was bidding
one of the new weapons that are coming out soon. It’s the Next Generation Jammer. It was going to go on the airplane
that I flew in the Navy. I was really interested
in getting involved in that program, and of all the bidders, I was most impressed by
when I did a visit to Raytheon– well, actually, while I was on active duty–
by just everything they had. The people, the products–
it had to be place to go. So first choice. So how was my transition from military to civilian life?
It was a lot of fun. It was interesting to go
from a very kind of high-threat environment– you know, all of a sudden it’s typewriters and water coolers, not fighter planes and an aircraft carrier, so that was kind of a transition, but social life got a little bit different,
more interesting, the work got a little bit
more interesting. What’s considered an emergency in real life I understood is very different from
what we call an emergency in the service. In the air, you see things a certain way;
on the ground, you see things a certain way. On the sea, you see things a certain way. And you kind of buy into that way,
and that’s the way. That’s what you know,
and then when you get out and you start to work in more of
a melting pot of folks and you get those different perspectives,
you start to see what maybe shaped your view or what should have shaped your view
and it kind of starts to change things. So it’s been really refreshing.

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