Salute to Veterans with Rusty Sprouse, U.S. Coast Guard

  • Salute to Veterans with Rusty Sprouse, U.S. Coast Guard

Rusty Sprouse served as a  Construction Project Manager and Facilities Manager in the Coast Guard from 1973 to 1999. He started his career at Jefferson Lab in 2000 and now works as the Facilities and Logistics Manager.

"I enjoyed the water and respected the mission of the Coast Guard," said Sprouse.

Q&A with Rusty Sprouse, U.S. Coast Guard

What did you do for the military?
I was a Construction Project Manager and Facilities Engineer while in the Coast Guard.

What made you decide to join the military?
The opportunity for a free education going to the Coast Guard Academy.

What was your favorite part of the job?
Managing construction projects.

What was your most interesting/favorite deployment or duty station and why?
My favorite duty station was Seattle, Washington because it was a great place to live and work. I also enjoyed traveling to Alaska and California.

What skills did you develop that you use now after your military career?
The skills of Project and Facilities Management.

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 2019, 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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