How long have you worked for Republic?
1 year, 3 months
What branch of the Military did you serve in and when did you serve?
Matt served in the United States Air Force from 2010-2019 and the Air Force Reserve, (2019-current).
Matt came into the Air Force in 2010 as a combat photojournalist in public affairs. During that time, he served in multiple operations throughout Afghanistan, Qatar, Iraq, Oman, Jordan, and aerial operations over Syria during the initial fight against ISIS in 2014. In 2016, Matt’s role in public affairs took him to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Honolulu, HI. From there, he went to Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea to recover and identify the remains of deceased U.S. servicemembers still missing in action from WWII and the Vietnam War.
How do you take the skills or training from the Military and apply them to your job?
The Air Force instilled in Matt an ability and confidence to adapt and overcome challenges in any environment. “We would regularly integrate with new teams in new settings presenting unique challenges, leveraging the unique skills of individuals, and managing personalities was always key to mission success.” Matt added that Republic Services is no different in that we are all presented with unique challenges and must rely on our each other and continue to strive to improve our capabilities and work environment as we work towards a common goal.