Terry and Tim Ferguson are brothers with a long history at Siemens. As the Head of Project Management for Siemens Mobility North America, Terry has been working at Siemens for over 17 years. Tim has similarly worked at Siemens for more than a decade and is an Operations Manager at the GA400 Alpharetta factory. In these roles, both brothers have to think strategically to keep our projects moving and our output pipeline strong.
Before their time at Siemens, however, Terry and Tim served in the military for six years—their experiences uniquely thrilling, skill-testing, and dangerous.
Growing up in a military family, Terry and Tim were quite familiar with the military life before they joined themselves. Their father served in the Air Force for twenty-two years, with one of their grandfathers in the Army and the other in the Navy. The Ferguson family took great pride in serving the USA, and both Terry and Tim adopted a natural interest in military life.
So, after graduating high school in a stale job market and knowing the valuable training opportunities the military offered, Terry joined the Air Force in 1982 and Tim joined the Army in 1983, at only 17 years of age.
Terry began his time in-service with electronic warfare training, learning about radar jamming systems and anti-aircraft radar. Passing with flying colors, he was quickly placed in the Reconnaissance program in Omaha, Nebraska doing Strategic Air Command and flight maintenance.
In this role, Terry and his team would repair equipment in-flight while doing operational missions to listen to radar and gain enemy intelligence. Terry had to know the aircraft systems extremely well to quickly determine what was not working, since repair time needed to be minimal to keep these missions moving. Operating out of six overseas locations, the intelligence found by Terry and his team was then brought back to top leadership to use when making decisions.
“There was a constant expectation that we would bring back intelligence, by which many decisions were made. We held ourselves to an incredibly high standard in terms of integrity and output because we knew what we were doing was having a direct impact on the country,” said Terry when describing this role.
When Terry relocated to the Beale Airforce Base in California, he was then able to fulfill his goal of getting an engineering degree, all while balancing his Air Force duties and the responsibility of being a father and husband. Terry stresses he could not have accomplished all of this without the continued support of his wife.
After joining the Army and completing his training, Tim Ferguson was stationed at Fort Bragg in the C-Troop 1-17 Cavalry unit, 82nd Airborne Division. As a Weapons Specialist both on aircraft and on the ground, Tim’s crew would be stationed close to enemy lines to support air crews completing multiple missions in a day. The air crews would report back to Tim’s station in between missions to get rearmed and refueled—or repaired if there was any issue with the aircraft. With his specialty in AH1 Cobra Helicopters, Tim had to work as quickly as possible to ensure the aircrafts were mission-ready, so that each team could be successful.
After his time as a Weapons Specialist, Tim then moved to reconnaissance to fly in the OV1-Mohawk operating infrared cameras during drug interdiction missions. Tim would take pictures where drug fields were suspected, and then bring this information back to the intelligence team for review. While running interdiction missions west of Cuba, Tim’s squadron got credit for the largest drug bust to date at that time.
Like Terry, Tim also balanced being a husband and a father to young children while in-service. He emphasized that everyone in a military family plays an important role in keeping the family unit strong.
After transitioning to the private sector after service, both brothers eventually found their way to Siemens, and now see a lot of overlap between what they did in the military and what they do in their current roles! Troubleshooting, being able to wear different hats, and constantly thinking a few steps ahead to make a project—or mission—successful, has been crucial to both their time in-service, and their time at Siemens.
Importantly, both brothers stress that the military taught them invaluable skills about leadership and navigating challenge. Tim emphasized, “To be a good leader you have to embody more than one philosophy. Part of leadership is helping people to realize that they are capable of more than they think they are and letting them know that you believe in their mission.”
With two incredible stories, we want to thank Terry and Tim for their service!