Damian Vandevender

Damian Vandevender

Production Superintendent, AF Special Warfare


United States Air Force

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Taking the leap and joining the Air Force
Learning to be a mechanic and working on all kinds of vehicles and equipment
Meeting and marrying my wife who has always been my biggest motivator and my biggest fan
Deciding to try recruiting when my son was born to reduce deployments for a few years
Falling in love with recruiting and helping change people’s lives
Promoting to Healthcare Recruiting
Promoting to Recruiting Supervisor and then Marketing and Training Director
Being selected to be the first ever Air Force Special Warfare Recruiting Superintendent
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Webster County High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Human Resources Management
Trident University International
vocational
Vocational
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, General
Community College of the Air Force
Career

Career

Production Superintendent, AF Special Warfare

I am in charge of all Special Warfare Recruiting for the United States Air Force.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Armed Services
Armed Services
Business
Business
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

Managing and leading a team of Special Operations Recruiters stationed all over the globe. I often travel to observe their work, provide training and attend fun special events.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Knowing how to deal with all different kinds of people. Leading and influencing others. Public speaking. Fitness. Discipline. Structure.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Meet with a recruiter, and have them help you start a career path

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Human Resources Management
certification
Vocational
Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technologies, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"Joining the Air Force is a last resort for people. You could die."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial