AIKEN, S.C. – Army Capt. Mark Spurlock supports the EM program at the Savannah River Site as part of Operation Warfighter, an internship program for returning warfighters.
In a partnership with the Secretary of Defense’s Office of Warrior Care Policy, DOE’s Savannah River Operations Office (DOE-SR) created 120-day internships for active-duty veterans. Participating veterans are based at the Army’s Ft. Gordon in nearby Augusta, Ga.
An intern in the Office of Acquisition Management, Spurlock analyzes the acquisition process and revises manuals and directives. He has experience working in Army contracting activities.
“I was very humbled by the acceptance of the DOE-SR Acquisition Management team and how willing everyone has been to help me get started in my internship,” Spurlock said.
A Cleveland native, Spurlock spent 13 months in Afghanistan with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division (Duke Brigade) out of Fort Knox, Ky.
“Our mission was to mentor and train the Afghan Border Police to better secure and defend the Pakistan border against insurgents,” he said. “It was an eye-opening cultural experience and I considered it a tremendous honor to serve my country, fighting alongside the greatest soldiers in the world.”
Spurlock set goals to continuously learn, network and develop invaluable skills in Operation Warfighter to increase his marketability upon leaving the Army. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
“Transitioning out of the military can be a stressful and a daunting time for any service member. One of the first things I noticed about working at the Savannah River Site is how supportive and accepting they are to veterans. Since there are so many veterans of all branches, it helps to foster a non-threatening, common bond, easing our transition into civilian life,” he said.
Operation Warfighter interns remain in active duty while participating in the internships. The DOE-SR organizations and the interns design intern development plans, which build on work experience and military skills. The plans provide a record of achievement and note accomplishments, goals, training certificates, and learned skills.