Former Navy sailor Marc Weir is now using the skills he learned in the military to excel at his job as terminal manager at Holland. Learn more about Marc…
Small Town Boy Craves Experience
As a young boy growing up in the small community of Danville, Illinois, Marc played just about every sport that was available to him – baseball, basketball, football, and wrestling. Any extra time he had was most likely spent outside playing and staying active.
After graduating high school in 1992, Marc decided he needed some world travel and experience, and he wasn’t going to get that in his small town. With the long-term goal of going to college afterwards, Marc enlisted in the United States Navy.
From Sea to Shining Sea
There were a few specialties in the Navy that Marc was interested in, but he quickly found the one that fit him well and started training to be a Hospital Corpsman, or what is more commonly known as a medic.
Basic training in Great Lakes, Michigan was easy for Marc since he was so active in high school, but it was the rest of the training that was a bit more labor intensive. He went off to Sea School for 6 months where he was trained for 12 hours each day in the areas of patient care and field medicine. The guys often practiced procedures on each other to learn what it would really be like.
From there Marc went on to work at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. His first assignment was working in the Internal Medicine Ward where he provided medical care for active and retired military personnel.This is also where the president gets all of his physicals, and past president Bill Clinton visited during the time Marc was there. While serving at the NNMC, Marc was deployed to Haiti on the USNS Comfort, which was his first experience overseas in a third-world country. Being able to provide medical care to those in need in Haiti was very fulfilling for Marc.
After his time in Bethesda, Marc volunteered to transfer to Camp Lejeune, NC where he served with the Marine Corps. Marc trained at the Field Medical Service School and joined a Marine Corps unit where he worked closely with them. During his time with the Marine Corp, Marc deployed multiple times. He was been to Okinawa, Japan, Pohang, Korea, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and has been all over the US training in many environments.
Keeping Grand Rapids In Tip-Top Shape
After leaving the Navy, Marc began going to school and working at a manufacturing plant. When his job was moving out of the state, he applied for a job at Holland and joined the team in 2004. Now as a terminal manager in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Marc spends his days planning and coaching his drivers. Having next-day service at Holland means he does a lot of short-term planning, which is something the Navy prepared him for.
Transitioning out of the Navy was difficult for Marc, as it is for so many of our brave soldiers.
“The biggest adjustment between military and civilian life is the structure. The military teaches you to be very structured, but civilian life isn’t like that,” says Marc.
But that structured mindset has helped Marc become a hardworking terminal manager who is able to think on his feet and keep everyone organized. There are so many skills he compiled during all his training that he is able to apply to his job at Holland.
“The experiences I went through help me face any challenges I have now,” says Marc.
Holland thanks Marc for his service and bravery, and for continuing to keep our Grand Rapids, Michigan terminal running smoothly.