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  1. A heart attack made retired Army Col. Mike Courts re-evaluate his choice in second careers. He now teaches skiing part-time. Jon Anderson/Staff

    Job reboot: Retired colonel indulges his passion as a ski instructor

    Ski lifts bob up the mountain into a soupy mid-winter fog. Below dangling skis, the snowpack is thin and icy.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  2. A Customs and Border Protection officer checks the identification of a person crossing from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego. San Ysidro is the busiest port of entry into the U.S. John Moore/Getty Images

    Customs and Border Protection offers adventure and familiar mission

    Roaring across no-man's land on their all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and horses, members of the U.S. Border Patrol pursued and apprehended some 365,000 illegal immigrants in 2012.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  3. Tatiana Matta is thinking about running for office after attending a political training session for military spouses. Alan Lessig/Staff

    Spouses learn how to flex political muscle

    As a military spouse with a mobile lifestyle, Tatiana Matta knows she has her work cut out for her if she wants to run for political office on the local, state or national level.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  4. Former Navy helicopter pilot Troy Johnson turned his life-long love of acting and entertainment into a new career piloting World War Two-era 'Duck Boat' tours in Seattle. Jon Anderson / Staff

    Ex-Navy helo pilot finds new calling as comedic tour guide

    Retired Navy Cmdr. Troy Johnson doesn't a mind a bit that it was only after leaving the Navy that he got promoted to captain and placed in command of his own ship.

    • Oct. 14, 2013
  5. Veterans are particularly suited for jobs in cybersecurity

    When it comes to cybersecurity, Terry Roberts has been on both sides of the fence, securing IT systems in the private sector and also for the federal government.

    • Sep. 13, 2013
  6. As a health records project manager for Tricare, 'you are taking care of the service member. You're not just implementing an IT system,' says retired Lt. Col. Patrick Shannon, a former Army nurse. Mike Morones/Staff

    Informatics: Where health meets I.T.

    Sometimes the stars align just right. They did for Matt Walker, 30, who left the Navy as a petty officer third class in 2007. Since getting out, his military work as a hospital corpsman has dovetailed neatly with his newfound passion: computers.

    • Sep. 13, 2013
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