The Guthrie Veterans Recognition and Awareness Committee was established in 2014 to recognize, support and honor Guthrie staff and patients who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. One of the activities of the committee is to highlight Guthrie employees who have served in the military.
Jeff Grenzer, Guthrie Manager of Training and Development, spent nearly fourteen years serving in the Air Force. He had many other family members who had served including his father, a grandfather and a great grandfather, as well as his brother. He was interested in the Air Force because his father-in-law served as a Colonel in the Air Force.
During his time in the Air Force, Jeff held a dozen different positions and was stationed in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Germany, Sicily, eight different US locations and other locations around the world. He is also a veteran of the first Gulf War in 1990-1991. His recommendation to anyone considering military service is to diversify your experiences, saying, “There is so much opportunity, and there is no better place to learn about yourself and about other people and what they value.”
Jeff’s military service has given him many skills that he uses in his work at Guthrie, including a level of comfort working with people at all levels of the organization, creativity to challenge and seek to improve current processes, and the ability to gather perspectives from stakeholders and colleagues to create strong plans.
After fourteen years of serving his country, Jeff is passionate about the lessons he has learned, saying, “We have power to make change. Take accountability and never, ever settle for less.”
Thank you to Jeff for his service and for sharing his story. Jeff is pictured above.