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The Suburbanite
  • Veteran of the Week, Ted Vozenilek, Army Reserves

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  • MILITARY CAREER
    Ted Vozenilek joined the U.S. Army Reserves while attending Ohio State University (OSU) in 1954.
    “I wanted to finish my schooling and joined the reserves to make sure I was able to graduate and also fulfill my obligation,”he said.   
    He went to basic training at Camp Breckenrdge, Kentucky. Following basic training he trained in his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) as an engineer in an engineer battalion. As part of the Army Reserves he was stationed at Fort Hayes in Columbus  where he participated in his monthly drills and two week summer camps. He was a Private First Class (PFC) and spent six years in the reserves until his separation in 1960.
    POST MILITARY CAREER
    After completing his aeronautical engineering degree at OSU he worked at a number of different firms using his engineering background. He started out working at the North American Aviation plant in Columbus. From there he transferred to Westinghouse where he worked on nuclear submarine power plants, a program under the direction of the legendary Hyman Rickover, known as “The Father of the Nuclear Navy.” Vozenilek moved to Babcox and Wilcox's Alliance plant as the plant engineer on power plants before returning to the Akron area and working at Wright Tool where he holds four pattens. He retired from Wright Tool and now lives in the Jackson area. He also a volunteer at the Military Aviation PreservationSociety (MAPS) Museum on the west side of the Akron Canton Airport.