Spotlight on South Central Power veterans
October 29, 2020
The people behind your power
Each Veterans Day, South Central Power Company pays tribute to employees and directors who have served our nation through military service. At South Central Power, we’re fortunate to have veterans in a number of different roles in the organization, from our board of trustees to IT, finance, our line crews, and more.
As we celebrate Veterans Day in November, we wanted our members to meet some of these special employees who work on your behalf, day in and day out across our service territory.
Did you know that South Central Power offers a monitored security service for our members? From traditional alarm systems to new technology like doorbell cameras and an app, we can help keep your home and property safe and secure. The department is led by Security Business Manager Charlie Miller, who served in the U.S. Marines for eight years before joining the South Central Power team.
Places served: Okinawa, Japan; Cambodia; North Carolina; South Korea; Dayton, Ohio.
What’s the best thing about being a veteran? The camaraderie and sense of brotherhood among veterans.
What do you like about your current job? The opportunity to help protect and secure our members’ homes.
What do you do for fun? Hunting, cooking, video games.
South Central Power’s dispatch department monitors our system in real time, 24/7, from our dispatch center. Using state-of-the-art software and communication technologies, they are able to monitor system problems, often catching outages or dangerous conditions before they occur. They also respond quickly to outages and other emergency situations, dispatching crews whenever and wherever they are needed, and working closely with them in the field to ensure safe and timely work. Before joining South Central Power, Lonnie served in the Army for more than eight years.
Places served: Hawaii, Louisiana, and Korea.
What’s the best thing about being a veteran? The pride of knowing that you served your country.
What do you like about your current job? Dispatching crews safely and efficiently to outages and helping the public get their power restored. Also the camaraderie with the field personnel.
What do you do for fun? My wife, Karen, and I really enjoy traveling and seeing new places.
Our journeyman linemen are the front lines of our utility. You might see them out in the community installing new lines, doing maintenance, or, in times of crisis, doing emergency repairs and restoration work, any time of day or night and in every kind of weather. Nate Dupler has been a part of South Central Power’s line crews for six years, but before that, he served in the U.S. Air Force for more than a decade.
Places served: Germany, Indiana ANG, Ohio ANG.
What’s the best thing about being a veteran? The experience.
What do you like about your current job? The people I work with.
What do you do for fun? Friends and family, rappelling, riding my Harley.
These are just a handful of the veterans who serve South Central Power as employees. We salute all our veterans — employees and members alike. Thank you for your service!
From the November issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.