Keller Citizen

Local Amazon manager balancing National Guard, civilian job

For Brian Campbell, working at Amazon provided a civilian job that would work with his schedule as a platoon leader in the National Guard.

For Amazon, the military gives employees such Campbell the skills it wants in its workers.

"The leadership that the military fosters is what Amazon appreciates," Campbell said.

Campbell, 25, joined the National Guard more than two years ago after he graduated from the University of North Texas’ ROTC. He spends about four or five days a month away from his day job as an inbound manager at the Amazon fulfillment center in Haslet, to be a platoon leader at a National Guard unit in Nevada.

"Amazon works well with us," he said. "We’re able to to plan ahead our shifts."

Campbell, who grew up in Rockwall but now lives near Haslet, said he chose the National Guard because he wanted a civilian job as well.

"Amazon is known for working well with the National Guard, which is key for me when I was looking for jobs out of college," Campbell said. "The ROTC emphasizes leading by example and similar traits, and it transferred well with Amazon."

Amazon "values veterans and the unique experiences and capabilities they bring to the table," its website says. The online retail giant is actively seeking out employees with military experience, said Ashley Robinson, an Amazon communications manager.

"We’re actively recruiting for people like Brian," Robinson said.

Campbell said with many other co-workers who are veterans or in the reserves or National Guard, understand scheduling conflicts and "help me get everything ironed out." He said he enjoys the challenges of both careers and the balance he has with them, and expects to continue in them for the foreseeable future.

Campbell said since "everyone in my family has been in the military," the upcoming Veterans Day holiday is more significant to him.

"We’ve been at war for so long, it’s good to see America show how thankful it is," he said. "One thing I appreciate about Amazon is that they respect and appreciate what the military has done."