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Still serving: Our MAVEN co-chair shares his career story

"I returned so I could be part of the meaningful work that the Oracle National Security Group is doing." -Bill Rockett, Cloud Solutions Engineer

Bill is a newly-returned “comeback kid” to the Oracle National Security Group. He recently joined the sales consulting team that’s concentrating on security and cloud engineering. On this new leg of his career journey after many years with Oracle, Bill is focused on achieving the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Associate Architect certification and eventually gaining the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Professional Architect certification. Bill is also co-chair, or Executive Officer (XO), of our Military and Veteran Employee Network (MAVEN).

An illustrious military career

Bill started his career in the US Navy where he completed anti-submarine warfare, electronics and systems training and went through a series of schools to learn how to track Russian submarines back during the Cold War. For about five years of active duty, he also flew a P3 Orion, was a systems operator, and a member of the nuclear weapons loading team. “That’s how I started out,” he explains. “I fell in love with systems and systems architecture, troubleshooting, and being on the edge of an operational mission that was really exciting.”

Bill’s plans were to then pursue military flight school, but two weeks prior to attending, the unthinkable happened: he failed his eye exam. After serving in the Navy for five years, he decided he would go to university. During his college years, Bill also worked full-time to support his family and drilled in the Army National Guard helicopter unit.

After graduating with a degree in aeronautics and business, he set his sights on some practical experience in the IT world. He gained systems experience and while in the Army National Guard, he was a worldwide military command and control systems operator. He continued to add to his education and training through his work and learn more about Oracle systems. Then in 1997, Bill joined Oracle. Here, he learned about ebusiness and software implementation and became a project and program manager.

In 2001 when the 9/11 attacks happened, Bill had been out of the military for 11 years. That’s when he saw an ad for the US Navy advertising reserve positions, and was selected to become an Intelligence Officer in the Navy Reserve. “I went through a lot of technical training and worked in intelligence agencies in the DC area as a reservist and at Oracle simultaneously,” he recalls. “During the week I’d wear a suit and tie with my green badge and change to my Naval uniform and blue badge on the weekends.”

When Bill was on deployment in Afghanistan, he sustained an injury. And so after 21 years in the Navy Reserve, he finally decided to “slow down” and retire from the military.

A life-long calling to help others

MAVEN’s mission is to enrich the professional development of our veteran employees through inclusive recruitment, mentorship, and community engagement. As the MAVEN XO, one of the main areas that Bill is focused on is working with recruiters to attract veteran talent and leverage the unique value that the military community brings to our company.

A firm believer in giving back to his community, Bill is also a Battalion Commander in the Texas State Guard. The Texas State Guard is the third branch of the Texas military, along with the Army and Air National Guards. Made up of volunteers who have prior service, they assist Texans in times of need. His battalion includes civil engineers, dive search and rescue, and ground search and rescue, all of whom are trained by FEMA as military emergency management specialists. They’re responsible for large area staging for major incidents including possible Covid-19 outbreaks, hurricanes, and other massive scale incidents.

“This is our way to still serve,” Bill reveals. “We’re always training. The Texas Guard gives me more understanding of working with federal entities like FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. And that’s how I give back to my community.”

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