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Celebrating Our Veterans: Butch Merritt, U.S. Navy

John H. (Butch) MerrittBMerritt_1
Quality Control Manager/SSHO/Superintendent
Joined Semper Tek in 2016

Butch Merritt is a U.S. Navy Veteran. He served for a total of six years, four of which were active duty and two years as a Naval Reservist. During his service Butch worked as an Air Traffic Controller earning the rank of AirControlman 2nd Class (E-5). He was based in NAS Saufley Field, NAS Glynco, NAS Jax, Mayport Naval Station and USS FDR CVA-42. Additionally, he deployed to the Mediterranean twice and sailed all around Europe.

To Butch, the service to his country means everything to him. “I’m so proud that I was part of preserving the liberties we enjoy today. I would have given my life for my Country and I would today as well. God Bless America!”

Today, Butch works as a Quality Control and Safety Manager primarily on active duty military bases and at VA hospitals. He views his ability to work on projects that ultimately serve veterans as the “opportunity of a lifetime.” This strong belief held by Butch is what makes him excellent at his job! He credits the Navy with teaching him discipline, commitment, honor and respect – all qualities he exhibits on the job site every day.

Butch is extremely happy he chose to serve. He recognizes it’s not for everyone. He says, “Service to the Country is definitely not for everyone. Serving is about sacrifice, putting yourself at the end of the line so to speak. It’s a great opportunity and is largely beneficial for the right person. I would encourage every young person to research the different branches of the military and then Go Navy, you won’t be disappointed.”

We are proud of the service of Butch Merritt. We thank him, and all Veterans for their service and sacrifice this Veterans Day.


Celebrating Our Veterans: Shawn James, U.S. Navy

Shawn JamesShawn James 1 _no hat
Quality Control Manager
Joined Semper Tek in 2019

Shawn James is a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was stationed at Sasebo, Japan and Ingleside, Texas during his four years of active duty service. Shawn separated from the Navy as an E-4 after performing as a Mess Management Specialist. His deployments included time in South Korea, Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Bangladesh.

Shawn enjoys being able to work at Military Bases and in VA Hospitals through his job at Semper Tek. He says of his current work as a QC Manager for a VA Clinic project at Fort Knox, “This project, and the other work we do at Semper Tek serves as a reminder of my past.” Shawn credits the Military with making him the man he is today. His service taught him that perseverance and hard work will get the job done. He encourages others to serve and to select a rating/job that will provide transferrable skills to the civilian work force.

We are proud of the service of Shawn James. We thank him, and all the Veterans for their service and sacrifice this Veterans Day.


Celebrating Our Veterans: Steve Hale, U.S. Army

Steve HaleSHale_1
Project Superintendent
Joined Semper Tek in 2018

Steve Hale is a Service-Disabled Army Veteran. He worked as a Stinger Missile System/Calvary Scout during his four years of active duty service. He was stationed in Ft. Knox, Ft. Campbell, Ft. Bliss, Ft. Stewart, and McCully Barracks, Germany. His unit was never deployed, and he honorably separated from the Army as an E-4.

Steve says that his service is “the greatest achievement of my life. The pride of serving and defending my country cannot be put into words. My brothers I served with are still my family.” As a Superintendent for Semper Tek regularly working on VA Hospital Campuses and active Air Force Bases in the southeast, Steve says that he feels a great sense of pride and honor to be able to help the Veterans of this great country. The kinship and bond that Steve feels with his fellow service members helps him to be excellent on the job site. He is compassionate and connected to the end-user of the spaces he leads to be constructed and the projects he manages are better off for it.

Steve encourages others to serve their country. He firmly believes that anyone who makes the decision will not regret it. He says, “it is truly an adventure the likes of which nothing can even come close.”

We are proud of the service of Steve Hale. We thank him, and all Veterans for their service and sacrifice this Veterans Day.


Celebrating Our Veterans: Joseph Guffey

Joseph Wayne GuffeyJoe Guffey
Warehouse Manager
Joined Semper Tek in 2015

Joe Guffey is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of 24.5 years of service. Joe was a First Sergeant Sr. Enlisted Advisor based at Camp Lejeune, NC; Hawaii; Japan; and Oklahoma. He deployed to the Mediterranean Sea for six months.

Joe is extremely proud of his service. He holds the Marines to a high esteem and says, “it was an honor to serve such a fine organization.” Today, Joe assists on many jobsites at VA hospitals and provides the equipment and tools necessary to accomplish the projects that ultimately help other Veterans. He feels that this ability is awesome.

We are proud of the service of Joe Guffey. We thank him, and all Veterans for their service and sacrifice this Veterans Day.


Celebrating Our Veterans: Scott Matheny, U.S. Marine Corps

Scott MathenySMatheny_1Matheny
Founder and President
Founded Semper Tek in 2008

Scott Matheny is a U.S. Marine Corps Service-Disabled Veteran. He was active duty for six years serving as a Military Policeman. Scott did not deploy, but was stationed in multiple areas including Paris Island, Camp Lejeune, Lackland AFB, and the Lexington, KY Military Police Reserves Unit.

Scott states that “serving his country was a great honor.” He firmly believes that there is not a greater country on earth that allows us to have the freedoms and opportunities that we share in the United States. He says that “he is proud to have played a small part in maintaining those ideals.”

Scott’s military service has had a profound impact on his life and livelihood. His service disability has allowed him to start and operate Semper Tek, which is a verified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business General Construction firm. This set-aside allows the firm to compete for construction work for multiple agencies who are required to contract with firms that have this designation. Much of the work performed by Semper Tek is for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Scott is very proud to have the ability to work for the VA and other agencies on military bases. “I feel very proud that our firm has the opportunity to positively affect the lives of both current and former military service men and women. The things we do each day are very small in comparison to what many of our service members and their families have had to sacrifice in order to serve this country. Not unlike our company, it is the people who make up this nation that makes us such a great one. It always amazes me that we have so many folks that voluntarily sacrifice as much as they do in order to protect and serve this country. Working at VA facilities and military installations is a constant reminder of what these men and women were willing to do in order to protect the freedoms and way of life we all share.”

Scott encourages others to serve in the military. He believes that there is no better way to learn discipline, respect, teamwork, and work ethic. He credits his service for his ability to work under pressure and overcome adversity. His service in the Marines was so meaningful to him, he named his company for the Corps 11 years ago!