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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!

Celebrating Our Veterans: Dillon Dowling, U.S. Army

Dillon DowlingDillon Dowling
Joined Semper Tek in 2019

Dillon Dowling is a U.S. Army Veteran. He served for  eight years as a 12 Bravo Combat Engineer. He was part of the 4th Engineer Battalion based at Fort Carson, Colorado. Dillon deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010 where he performed route clearance patrols and quick reaction forces.

Today, Dillon works as a Carpenter for Semper Tek at VA Hospitals and Military bases where we have construction contracts.  He uses the skills he learned in the Army to be successful on the job site. Dillon says that the Army taught him “that no matter the hardships, we can move forward and that tomorrow can always be a brighter day.”

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

Celebrating Our Veterans: F. Jason Brinkmoeller, U.S. Air Force

Jason BrinkmoellerJason BrinkmoellerJBrinkmoeller_4
Sr. Vice President
Joined Semper Tek in 2012

Jason Brinkmoeller is a service-disabled U.S. Air Force Veteran. He served for four years at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Squadron. During his time in service, Jason worked as the Environmental Flight Chief at Moody AFB and while deployed to Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he was the Design Engineering Chief.

“Being in the Air Force provided me some of the best experiences and leadership training of my life,” says Jason. He often credits Col. Oshiba, the Commanding Officer of the Engineering Squadron at Moody during his time there with teaching him how to succeed in life, both professionally and as a man. “I was taught to care for people first and that in doing so the Mission will be achieved.” This “people-first” philosophy is something that Jason exercises in his management style at Semper Tek today. Jason is proud to be able to work beside many Veterans who are Semper Tek employees on behalf of Veterans and Active Duty Service-members who utilize the buildings we construct and renovate. In addition to his time on active duty, Jason also attended Virginia Military Institute, which he credits for not only helping to cultivate his leadership skills, but also his ability to handle stress and adversity.

Jason encourages others to serve our Country. He believes that Military service is some of the best and hardest work you will ever do, but it is some of the most rewarding. It is also a great way to see the world.

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

Celebrating Our Veterans: Anthony Anderson, U.S. Navy

Anthony AndersonTony Anderson
Project Superintendent
Joined Semper Tek in 2018

Anthony Anderson is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served for four years. He was stationed in ASWOC Keflavick, Iceland and held the rank of E-5, Operations Specialist, 2nd Class Petty Officer. Anthony’s jobs while serving included Radar, Communications, and Navigation.

Anthony says that it was a true honor for him to service his country. Now as a Superintendent working on many VA Hospital job sites, he interacts with fellow veterans often. “It is very humbling now to work in the VA hospitals, to see some of the true war veterans come through with the issues they have. It helps to put the daily issues the rest of us have into perspective, seeming so trivial now.”

Anthony encourages people to serve in the military; however, he recognizes it’s not for everyone, but does believe some sort of service/sacrifice should be made. “Some people are not military compatible. The Military was the best choice for me but, there are so many other ways to serve our country. Young people today take this all for granted and don’t realize what it takes to keep this country free and a Democratic Society. Everyone should try to serve their country in some way.”

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