Veteran Gary Corey is taking the switch from military life to civilian life in stride, according to his employer, Savannah River Remediation.

Corey, a summer intern working in Fire Protection Engineering and Procurement, is one of the many military veterans currently employed by the contractor.

After actively serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, Corey started a family and decided to attend USC Aiken.

He then transferred to the University of South Carolina in Columbia to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

According to Corey, his military training has positively affected his life not only as a student, but also as an employee.

An emphasis on qualities such as discipline, focus and attention to detail has helped him transition smoothly into his civilian career.

“Having a military background has really improved my work ethic,” he said. “I can work well in teams of people with varying personalities and mindsets. I’ve learned to become adaptable.”

Corey’s main focus at the Savannah River Site is working with maintenance to flag fire protection-related maintenance issues. He is also supporting Fire Protection Engineering planned assessments where, under the supervision of a qualified protection engineer, he assists with inspections of buildings to ensure fire code compliance.

“Everyone that I work with is so helpful and talented,” he said. “That’s what I like most about my job. We work well together as a team.”

Karen Lesko, Corey’s manager for the summer, described her intern as a self-starter.

“Gary works independently determining next actions and showing progress against milestones,” said Lesko. “He has more than just engineering insight, which makes him a valuable team member.”

SRR is the liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site, which is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy.