SAC Wireless, a Nokia company, commemorated Women Veterans Day earlier this month with a video highlighting the service of its employee Jacqueline Darwish, who served in the U.S. Army for eight years, from 2012 to 2020. June 12 is Women Veterans Day, which marks the anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which allowed women to serve as permanent, regular members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.
Darwish was on tour in the Middle East when she began her training in information technology. She knew that when she was discharged and came home to the United States, she wanted to transition into the IT field.
“I enjoy resolving technical issues,” Darwish said. “It is a constantly changing and growing field. I want to work my way into cyber security and software development.”
While still in the military, Darwish began online studies in IT, which she continues as an employee of SAC Wireless, a company that she said has been supportive of her studies and testing schedule. She said she believes her work in IT is a natural extension of her service in the U.S. Army.
“Cyber warfare is a widespread threat to the United States from other countries,” Darwish said. “If I can help protect computer users from that threat, it will allow me to serve my country both in the military and out.”
In the five months Darwish has been at SAC Wireless, she has headed up several projects in the IT department to improve the experience for users. The company also named her its mobility specialist.
Darwish’s video is just one of a series of videos that SAC Wireless is producing to feature veterans who work at the company.
SAC Wireless is making strides in diversifying our talent pool, whether it is through veterans, women or people of color. It is an all-inclusive company that proactively recruits people of various backgrounds. Just recently it launched an African American employee resource group, and currently employs about 120 veterans; 30 percent to 40 percent of whom are promoted within their first two years with the company.
Here’s a link to Jacqueline’s video: https://vimeo.com/428496840/4b4e6395ec