Schnabel Honors Some of Our Own Servicemembers this Veterans Day
James Devereaux, a Senior Associate in Schnabel’s Columbia, South Carolina Office, is a retired United States Marine. Jim’s nearly 30 year career (1988–2018) includes 5 years of Active Duty and nearly 25 in the reserves. He is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Jim served on Active duty during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and deployed three times in Support of OEF/OIF. Over his career, he held two MOS’s (military occupational specialties or military “jobs”). His primary was in Intelligence. In his second, he assisted the Marine Corps Reserve in creating a Hazardous Materials Response Unit by participating in exercises and training across the United States and around the world.
“Serving in the Marine Corps has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I went in as a young man searching for direction, felt myself grow up in Bootcamp, pushed myself beyond endurance limits I didn’t know I had, ate some of the absolute worst food the world has to offer, honed leadership skills that still serve me well to this day, served with great American Servicemembers and fantastic NATO Servicemembers, lost too many great people, had so many great and wonderful memories, and reinforced in myself the unequivocal love and respect I have for the United States many times. Semper fidelis.”
Project Scientist Matthew Lopez served in the United States Air Force from 2006–2010. While in the Air Force, he maintained F-16, F-117, MQ-9, and RQ-4 avionics systems and F-22 and MQ-1 avionics and electrical & environmental (A&E) systems at the organizational level.
“Having the opportunity to work on and maintain some of the world’s most superior fighter aircraft was a thrill and set the foundation for my love of aviation, electronics, and technology which directly apply to my work here at Schnabel.”
Matthew was stationed at Holloman AFB as a part of the 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, maintaining F-117 and F-22 aircraft. He was one of the last airmen to get certified to maintain the F-117 Nighthawk aircraft leading to the retirement of the airframe in 2008. He was then transitioned to Kunsan AB, Kunsan Republic of Korea. As a member of the 35th fighter squadron, he maintained F-16 fighter aircraft. His final assignment was at Holloman AFB as a part of the 49th maintenance group, maintaining MQ-9, MQ-1, and RQ-4 aircraft.
Serving in the Marine Corps has been one of the greatest honors of my life. reinforced in myself the unequivocal love and respect I have for the United States.