An IBMer trains other veterans for success

An IBMer trains other veterans for success

After years in the military, Frank Johnson became an i2 Lab Services Intelligence and Training Consultant with IBM Security.


What we did

I am a veteran, and an IBMer who works for veterans. If all I had was one sentence to say what I feel and do every day, that sentence is it.

I spent eight years active duty in the Air Force, and two more in the Virginia National Guard.

After completing my service, I needed new skills. Like other veterans, I wanted to continue serving the greater good. Despite being keenly motivated, it was difficult for me to find training programs I could afford, or employers who were willing to train me.

Now my position at IBM helps me to bring new-collar skills training to veterans. I travel around the world to deliver the very training that I had such a hard time finding when I completed my own military service, working with such partners as Corporate America Supports You.

At IBM, I teach skills to clients. And in partnership with IBM Corporate Social Responsibility’s Veteran Employment Accelerator program, I also help veterans continue their service to their communities. I teach software skills in IBM i2 Analyst’s Notebook, a world leader in investigative analysis and visualization software. I also teach IBM QRadar, one of the nimblest and most effective security information event management applications available. At IBM, I’m able to teach people who want to continue to serve the greater good the new-collar skills that enhance their employabiity and help close America’s skills gap. Our economy needs skilled workers; veterans bring the ability, maturity and dedication that makes them ideal candidates for mid-career transitions into essential professions.

My days are populated with good people, not just the veterans I teach, but also my fellow IBMers and our partners and customers. The IBMers who have helped me fit into our team are why I am so positive about working here. The people who have mentored me while valuing my pre-IBM perspective and experience have inspired me to pay it forward. It’s the people that came before me — who made IBM what it is today — who paved the way for me to be part of everything we’re doing to transform the way the world does business.

Frank Johnson is an i2 Lab Services Intelligence and Training Consultant with IBM Security.