My name is Shannon Simpson, and I am a management analyst in ATF’s Human Resources Operations Division. I oversee the administration of ATF’s Drug-Free Workplace Program and assist with our Wellness Program, which supports the physical, mental and emotional health of all ATF employees.
Before joining ATF, I served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman in 2007. It was a very challenging but rewarding experience. I love that my current job at ATF lets me apply the health care and compliance skills I learned in the Navy.
When I enlisted in 1987, I wanted to be a doctor. During my early years in the service, I trained as a certified emergency medical technician and performed emergency medical procedures in both military and civilian settings.
My main role was to help prevent and treat disease, disability and injury. Other duties included providing patient care, keeping medical records, transporting the sick and injured, and maintaining environmental and occupational health standards. It was so rewarding to be able to help someone in their time of need and hear them say, “Thank you!”
As I quickly advanced in rank, I took advantage of opportunities to serve in various leadership positions. I learned how to perform health care management duties such as supervising, planning, supporting medical readiness and improving the quality of health care delivery in a clinic’s day-to-day operations. At that point, I decided to change my career outlook to health care management because I wanted to ensure patients and their beneficiaries received access to quality care.
I love talking to teens and young adults about my experience in the military and how it helped shape who I am today. My own son is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. The military has a lot to offer anyone interested in a career in the armed forces, such as education, leadership and global experience.
To me, Veterans Day is about honoring all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. There is a sense of pride in knowing we served for freedom and democracy around the world. At ATF, we understand the sacrifices it takes to serve, whether for a couple of years or a full military career.
“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A Veteran does not have that problem.”
President Ronald Reagan