For years now, Shane Pilcher has worn two hats, one, figuratively, as an information technology consultant and account manager for Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting, and one, literally, with the Naval Reserves.
After a nine-month tour of active duty, including six months in Iraq, working as an intelligence specialist, Pilcher returned home last month to his civilian job. Pilcher said he specializes in helping install Siemens healthcare information technology systems for Stoltenberg.
Pilcher has served 17 years in the Navy and reserves, including eight years in active duty. Thirteen of those years were spent as a corpsman specializing in respiratory therapy before switching to intelligence work assigned to the European Command Joint Analysis Center headquartered at the Naval Air Station in Atlanta. Pilcher said he shipped out for his first tour in Iraqhe can't say where specificallyin October. The father to a 17-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old son, Pilcher said it's good to be home and back to work with his civilian employer, who kept a light on for him.
"It's a small consulting firm that really values their people and their clients to the point that they stepped up and supplemented my pay when I was gone, saved my position. It was waiting for me when I came home, and put me right back in the middle of things," Pilcher said. Pilcher said he's been with Stoltenberg for more than five years. -- by Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer
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