Transitioning everything from signals intelligence experience to helping families in need

Lois Danzy, U.S. Army VeteranLois Danzy’s 22-year career in the U.S. Army not only benefited the government, our citizens and the communities in which she lived, it precisely prepared her for a future role at Rockwell Collins.

Danzy began her career by joining the U.S. Army ROTC in college, where she received a scholarship for her last two years, and then was commissioned an officer in the Army Signal Corps. She held various positions of increasing responsibility, ranging from Platoon Leader to Maintenance Officer and Company Commander.

At one point Danzy received training in an industry program and transitioned to the Army Acquisition Corps. She had the opportunity to work directly with an electronics company in Boston for two years in several positions, from the factory floor, to HR and Finance, to Communications Systems. After Boston, she got her Masters at night and on the weekends, while also volunteering during the day for families in need.

During her multifaceted career, Danzy spent some time in Seoul, Korea, where she held a Company Command. She also served on the Y2K Committee where she had opportunities to brief the Secretary of Defense and was a Protocol Officer responsible for planning VIP and foreign dignitary visits. Danzy also had the honor of being on the Second Inaugural Committee for former President Bill Clinton. “I have to say that this was a highlight in my career, getting to be involved in all of the committee work and going to the balls and events,” said Danzy.

Danzy’s last eight years in the Army were in ISR programs in the Washington, D.C., area. She retired in 2006 and moved with her husband and son to Texas. After two months in retirement, she realized she was ready to go back to work and attended a military focused job fair where she met a recruiter from Rockwell Collins. Her extensive experience and security clearance fit a position perfectly and she began working at Rockwell Collins’ Richardson, Texas, facility in Electronic Warfare systems.

In addition to being a member of the Rockwell Collins Military and Veterans group, Danzy is also a member of the Rockwell Collins African American Professionals Forum and Leadership Association. Always finding time for volunteer work, she has been the Rockwell Collins Richardson, Texas, site lead for the United Way for the past four years. She feels the United Way is similar to the military family charities she worked with in the Army. “Leading the United Way initiative in Richardson gives me a good opportunity to continue to make a difference in the lives of those who need it the most,” said Danzy.

Story posted: November 11, 2014

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