Salute to Veterans with Jennifer Logan, U.S. Air Force

  • Jennifer Logan, Air Force, 2004-2006

Jennifer Logan served as a Contract Specialist Officer in the Air Force from 2004 to 2006. She started her career at Jefferson Lab in 2018 and now works as the Chief Financial Officer.

"My favorite part of my job in the Air Force was seeing my purchase and negotiation have a direct benefit to the war fighter," said Logan. "I enjoyed seeing airmen, soldiers, sailors, and marines be able to do their jobs more effectively because of the equipment and services I bought."
 

Q&A with Jennifer Logan, U.S. Air Force

What did you do for the military?
I was a Contract Specialist Officer.

What made you decide to join the military?
I received an Air Force ROTC scholarship to get my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and then serve in the Air Force. I decided it would be a great opportunity to both pay for college without debt and learn business skills that would translate to a career in the civilian world.

Why did you choose the branch of service that you did?
I chose the Air Force because it provides excellent training and opportunities.

What was your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of my job in the Air Force was seeing my purchase and negotiation have a direct benefit to the war fighter. I enjoyed seeing airmen, soldiers, sailors, and marines be able to do their jobs more effectively because of the equipment and services I bought.

What was your most interesting/favorite deployment or duty station and why?
I enjoyed being stationed in Colorado Springs because it offered great outdoor activities to include skiing, hiking, and running.

What skills did you develop that you use now after your military career?
In the Air Force, I learned both technical and leadership skills. From the technical perspective, I learned how to navigate the federal acquisition process with a mission focused perspective. From the leadership perspective, I observed some amazing leaders both above and below me in rank. From them, I learned how to be an engaged and effective leader by adapting my leadership approach to the needs of the individual and/or situation.

The regional home of Jefferson Lab, Hampton Roads, has a rich military history. Located in Southeastern Virginia, the region is currently home to more than 80,000 men and women in uniform, representing every branch of the armed forces. Throughout November 2018, Jefferson Lab is celebrating the region's military ties by highlighting some of our veteran employees who have served in the armed forces and who continue to serve their nation by supporting the research efforts carried out at the laboratory.

 

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Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, a joint venture of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. and PAE Applied Technologies, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit science.energy.gov.