Allied Thanks All Veterans, Including One of Our Own

Jacob Right in uniform

Since his time in the military, Right has yet to visit Arlington National Cemetery. He says that ceremonies are emotional for him, so on Veterans Day he likes to spend the time with his son. Right hopes to visit the cemetery one day to pay his respects to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Every November 11th, we salute the men and women who have served and protected the United States. This Veterans Day, we are sharing the story of Jacob Right, who served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for eight years and is now a member of our purchasing department at Allied Wire & Cable.

Growing up, Right knew he wanted to serve in the military someday. His brother and grandfather were also in the Army, and once Right was eligible, he joined the Army Reserves. In college, he entered the ROTC program at Slippery Rock University while simultaneously joining the PA Army National Guard Alpha Company 1-112.

After graduation, he went off to Infantry Officer Basic Camp as a First Lieutenant Platoon Leader, and was eventually deployed to Iraq for twelve months as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Right was stationed in Camp Habbaniyah, where he patrolled one of the most dangerous roads in Iraq. Known for its high concentration of improvised explosive devices, this zone is referred to by American soldiers as IED Alley.

In 2007, Time magazine wrote an article about the troops in Baghdad, which features a picture of Right as he stands guard during a house search.

Right explains that he wasn’t fearful while in Iraq, because he trained himself to be physically and mentally prepared for anything. He explains, “I realized that I was part of something greater than myself. I realized that every decision I made had a direct impact on my soldiers and the mission. I realized that the lives of the people around me depended on me.” Planning for each mission and scenario meant very little sleep, but being prepared was crucial to the success and safety of his infantry platoon.

While in Iraq, Right was promoted to First Lieutenant Executive Officer and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantry Badge. After serving for eight years, Right chose to pursue other business opportunities and did not renew his contract with the Army.

Before he came to Allied, Right became a certified Personal Fitness Trainer and opened up a women’s outdoor boot camp with 11 locations in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia regions. He also worked in real estate where he oversaw day to day operations of ten commercial office buildings. After working in fitness and real estate, Right was looking for a new challenge and came to Allied to work in our purchasing department.

Allied is proud to have a veteran employee like Right, who brings his invaluable skills to the Allied Family. We are thankful to all the veterans who have served our country, and for the value they bring to their communities.

About awcwire
Allied Wire & Cable is a value-added manufacturer and distributor of electrical wire and cable, tubing, and more. We are a family owned and operated company, serving a wide range of industries, including the military, automotive, aerospace, and telecommunications markets. Allied is headquartered in Collegeville, PA. Additional locations can be found across the US, in Merrimack, NH, Tampa, FL, Pewaukee, WI, and Las Vegas, NV. For more information on Allied, visit our main website at www.awcwire.com.

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