ARC is proud to honor and recognize employees who served in the U.S. military. It is their unique backgrounds and experiences that elevate ARC within the travel industry and as a company that cares for hiring veterans. For Veterans Day, ARC is recognizing and paying respects to the veterans at ARC for their service and unwavering dedication to make ARC a great place to work.
Read the stories of the veterans at ARC and their service to our country.
Jim Allen – U.S. Navy
Jim Allen served eight and a half years in the U.S. Navy, rising to a petty officer second class and working as an electronics technician onboard the USS Alaska. He spent four years on the nuclear strategic missile submarine stationed in Bangor, Washington, where he would conduct nuclear deterrence patrols at sea. He joined ARC in 2006 and currently serves as a senior financial analyst.
Larry Breit – U.S. Air Force
Larry Breit served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an airman basic and sergeant. He joined to further his education through the G.I. Bill, which he used to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisville. While serving in the Air Force, he was stationed at the San Vito Air Station in Brindisi, Italy, as a morse systems operator before finishing out his service at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah. He has been at ARC for 29 years where he’s currently a senior software engineer.
Nicholas Gare – U.S. Army
Nicholas Gare spent four years in U.S. Army where he served as a signal intelligence analyst. He joined the military to take a break from academic life and cherishes the people he befriended who came from all over the country and different walks of life. He joined ARC in 2021 and currently serves as a senior data engineer.
BJ Johnston – U.S. Air Force
BJ Johnston served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force, primarily as an air traffic controller before later becoming a military leadership education instructor. While serving, he was stationed in three different states and across three continents. During the Persian Gulf War, he was part of the air traffic control team that launched fighter aircraft to monitor the no-fly zone and provide humanitarian aid to Kurdish refugees. BJ is currently a senior manager for career development and learning at ARC.
Joe Kerns – U.S. Navy
Joe Kerns served as a petty officer in the U.S. Navy where he was a nuclear-trained electrician aboard a ballistic missile submarine. During his six years in service, he recalls being within one nautical mile of a Russian Alpha class submarine, which he describes as like passing another car on a two-lane road while trying to stay completely unnoticed. He is currently a software engineer at ARC.
Patty Lehmenkuler – U.S. Army
Patty Lehmenkuler joined the U.S. Army in 1987 to pursue a new path in life. She spent six years in the Army Reserve processing incoming soldiers and obtained the rank of sergeant. She was on active duty in 1992 at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during Desert Storm. She is currently an operations support analyst at ARC.
Steve Norris – U.S. Navy
Steve Norris served in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft and powerplant mechanic in Washington and California. He joined the military to serve as his family members did and feels his time serving helped him better understand people. During his time in service, he was one of the first plane captains for the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. Steve currently serves as a Teradata database administrator in a contract role at ARC.
Jules Provencher – U.S. Army
Jules Provencher, who currently serves as an application support specialist at ARC, is a Vietnam War veteran having served with the U.S. Army for eight years between 1967 and 1975. He was stationed in Vietnam from September 1970 to October 1971 before finishing his service as a tank gunnery instructor at Fort Knox, where he was a staff sergeant. He has been at ARC for 27 years.
To the veterans working at ARC and those around the world, ARC thanks you for your service.