Here at Pragmatics, professional staff with military experience have a unique place to work and bring value to our customers. For decades, Pragmatics has supported veterans for their expertise and dedication to their mission
In honor of 2021 Veterans Day, let's meet Paul Schnegelberger, the Information Security/Privacy Analyst who has been along with Pragmatics for years. Paul provides consumer security and privacy support as Security Specialist for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Paul, would you tell us about your military career? What inspired you to join the military?
I am an Air Force veteran, with six years of active duty from 1987 - 1993, and just over one year as an Air Force Reservist. I worked as a military cryptologist, both overseas and stateside, before being cross-trained as a Command Post "Reserve" technician locally at Andrews AFB before 1995. Worked directly for the Department of Defense (DoD) for six years prior to becoming a defense contractor.
My motivation was a guaranteed job placement after Basic training. I was given a job where I got over six months of technical training before going overseas. My overseas tour in Japan was a great way to see how geopolitics worked in Asia while serving our country.
What is your current role at Pragmatics? Tell us more about how Pragmatics impacted your career?
I currently work on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Booz Allen & Hamilton support contract for the Affordable Care Act. I am assigned as a Security Specialist providing consumer security and privacy support since August 2015 for Pragmatics. I am also CMMI v1.3 certified since 2019 as a Corporate Quality Assurance analyst.
What makes Pragmatics remarkable for our veterans?
The management treats us to a special celebration with special guest speakers to help veterans feel connected.
Veteran's Day is a great day to be an employee. The management treats us to a special celebration with special guest speakers to help veterans feel connected.
What advice would you offer to veterans looking to pursue their careers in the IT field?
A veteran's success is based on the individual aptitude to learn. The IT field is an ever-changing area of study, and getting multi-certified can be a career-long pursuit in the IT field of study.
A veteran's success is based on the individual aptitude to learn. The IT field is an ever-changing area of study, and getting multi-certified can be a career-long pursuit in the IT field of study. I passed 5 Industry standardized tests in 10 weeks before joining Pragmatics.
Linux System Administration leads to Information Security and then on to Program Management which every veteran should have the technical aptitude and professional attitude to grow in their career path.
Outside of work, how do you describe yourself?
I am a golfer/ hacker and family historian.
I enjoy my hometown teams of the St Louis Cardinals baseball and Denver Broncos football.
I have lived in central Maryland for the past 31 years.