Decorated U.S. Army Veteran Changes Life With IT Training

Jeff Adamec

Long before he would pursue IT training, Jeff Adamec joined the U.S. Army in 1995 as a 17-year old.  He left for basic training on the day he graduated from high school.  He served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 2nd Ranger Bn, 75th Ranger Regiment, and served as a Green Beret in Ft. Bragg’s 3rd Special Forces Group.

He deployed to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan a total of six times and during those deployments was awarded a Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for bravery, four Bronze Stars, an Army Commendation Medal with “V” device for Valor, and a Purple Heart.

During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Staff Sgt. Adamec found himself engaged with the 3rd Special Forces Group.  They were given a mission to sever Highway 2 and prevent the Iraq Army from reaching the Kirkuk oil fields.

According to a feature in, Adamec’s group was outnumbered 30 to 1.  He and fellow soldiers dismounted their vehicles and fired Javelin antitank missiles at the Iraqis.  It was a firefight that lasted four and a half hours.  Ultimately the Special Forces group won the battle, accomplished their mission, and Adamec was awarded the Silver Star for the incident.  He and another Green Beret would become known as the “Javelin Aces” among the Special Forces community.

After he retired, he worked for the Department of Homeland Security.  He then decided he wanted to pursue a career outside the Federal Government for him and his family.  This led Adamec to pursue a career in Information Technology, a field in which he had no previous experience.  He enrolled in IT training classes at Carolina Career College.  He earned IT certifications during this time.  With the help of career services at the school, Jeff started his career at Cisco Systems, where he is now a Systems Administrator.  He volunteers helping veterans with PTSD, and is pursuing a degree.

Transitioning service members, military spouses, veterans, National Guard and Reservists interested in exploring an IT career are invited to join Carolina Career College for a special breakfast event near Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, featuring special guest Jeff Adamec.  He’ll share his inspiring story, from the Army to IT training to a successful IT career.

Reserve your spot for “Harnessing Your Warrior to Achieve” Make the Most of Your GI Bill: A Veteran’s Success Story”, Thursday, March 23rd from 9:30am-11am (0930 hours – 1100 hours) at Embassy Suites Hotel, 4760 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303.

Click here to reserve your spot.  Breakfast will be served, and seating is limited.

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