By: Omari Faulkner, ManTech Veterans & Military Ambassador
At ManTech, we honor our Reservist and National Guard service members. We fully understand their current commitment to serving our country and that, at any moment, their skills and expertise may be required to support our Active-Duty service members.
We honor the United States Coast Guard Reserve’s 81st Birthday, which was established on February 19, 1941.
With a current mission to provide operationally capable and ready personnel to support Coast Guard surge and mobilization requirements in the Homeland and abroad, we salute all our ManTech Coast Guard employees, both current and retired.
Tim Sennott, a valued member of the ManTech Talent Acquisition Team, served in the U.S. Coast Guard a total of 31 years, both in an active and reserve capacity. After completing seven years of active duty, Tim joined the Coast Guard Reserve. That was, until he was recalled to active duty on a day many of us will never forget: September 11th 2001.
Duty called and Tim answered the call to serve!
“My favorite and most memorable experience serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve was serving as a Sea Marshall in San Diego in response to 9/11.” – Tim Sennott
After September 11th, what was your main mission and/or objective?
“The Coast Guard Reserve stood up the Sea Marshall as a Reserve Unit that boarded all commercial vessels entering and departing San Diego Bay. It was our job (in conjunction with the harbor pilots) to maintain control of these vessels to ensure a terrorist attack could not occur using these vehicles on military targets (i.e., Navy carriers and submarines) in San Diego harbor.”
Given the distinct differences in mission and capabilities among our Armed Forces, why did you decide to join the U.S. Coast Guard?
“I grew up around the Chesapeake Bay and had previous exposure to U.S. Coast Guard personnel as a kid. I was always impressed with their professionalism and the diverse roles that the Coast Guard provide, such as search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental safety, etc. The Coast Guard was a natural choice for me because I wanted to serve my country and make a difference close to home.”
How does your military service influence your thinking today?
“My military training helped me become a critical thinker and to analyze my surroundings and develop methods and plans to be a success.
As a Master Chief, it was my role not only to lead by example, but to train and advise both subordinates and superiors, to ensure our teams were successful. My leadership style is ‘servant leader style’ and I always seek to help those around me.”
Through a lens of all your years of service, why is the U.S. Coast Guard so vital to National Security?
“The U.S. Coast Guard is a vital part of the Armed Forces and fills a unique role in defending our nation. The Coast Guard has a wide range of responsibilities, including port and waterway security, drug interdiction, aids to navigation, search and rescue, marine safety, defense readiness, migrant interdiction, marine environmental protection, ice operations and law enforcement.”
It is because of brave men and women like Tim Sennott and our entire ManTech family that we are uniquely equipped to support the military through tough challenges in cyber, data collection, enterprise IT, software engineering and more.
We thank the entire veteran community and their families for their service, and we always honor those serving at home and abroad today.
“Coast Guard men and women put their lives on the line every day and make an enormous impact on our homeland security and to the lives of all Americans,” added Sennott.
To read and learn more from our military veterans or to join our ManTech team, visit https://www.mantech.com/careers/transitioning-military