DRS, Inc. would like to recognize the tremendous sacrifices military members, veterans and their families have made for our nation. They have often faced significant challenges as they transitioned back to civilian life or seek to balance their careers with continued service in the Guard or Reserve. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to those of you who serve — or have served in the Armed Forces. Your efforts and sacrifices make a difference. Thanks to all of you, our country is stronger, and the world is a better place.
Approximately 20% of DRS’ workforce are military veterans. We would also like to show our support of military veterans currently employed at DRS by spotlighting their accomplishments on our website on a monthly basis. The veteran we would like for you to get to know this month is:
In 1998, the Marine Corps released a recruiting commercial titled “The Rite of Passage” where a young man endured various obstacles, faced a lava monster, and successfully pulled the sword from the stone to join the ranks as a Marine. It was at this point Robert Lahman recognized his calling to join the brotherhood and serve his country. At 17, he enlisted to join the Marines. At 18, Robert began boot camp. At 19, he started his first deployment.
Robert completed his boot camp in Parris Island, SC and completed the school of infantry at Camp Geiger in North Carolina. After which, he was stationed in Hawaii with third battalion third marines during Thanksgiving in 2006. In December, he was deployed to Fallujah, Iraq where he was a part of the company commander’s personal security detachment as the team leader. During his deployment, he was also part of the explosive ordinance and disposal security detail and the sensitive site exploitation team leader where he documented and recorded sites after firefights for Intel. His squad was involved in over 1,000 combat engagements.
After completing 3 deployments in 4 years, Robert joined the reserves and was put on the divisional training team to train marines in various terrains. He was stationed in Australia, Philippines, Japan, etc. Needless to say, he’s quite a world traveler! After completing his time with the military, Robert moved on to becoming a security contractor for the US Embassy in Iraq for 3 years as an Iraq Force Protection Site Supervisor. Afterwards, Robert returned to the US and became an underwater welder where he would be away from home for 6-7 months at a time. As such, Robert decided to find a more stable career that would allow him to be closer to home and with his family which is how he ended up working with us at Digital Reception Services!
When asked how the Marine Corps impacted his life, Robert said “growing up, I was a very bad kid and joining the military straightened me up, gave me a set of skills that I would never forget, and gave me a purpose that I didn’t have as a child!”
Awards & Commendations:
Navy and Marine Corps medal with combat valor, combat action ribbon, military unit commendation, presidential unit commendation, good conduct medal, sea service deployment ribbon, national defense ribbon, global war and terrorism ribbon, rifle sharpshooter badge (4), and the pistol expert badge (4).