Celebrating our Veterans: Michael Coutu
Michael Coutu, a superintendent with Corbins Electric, served in the U.S. Army for three years as a Combat Medic. During his time in the Army, Michael was stationed at Fort Stewart, GA until receiving orders to serve a year-long tour in Iraq. While deployed, Michael was attached to the colonel’s personal security detachment, investigating potential threats and escorting the colonel to various places within the city limits.
“There’s a picture of me sitting on the steps of Saddam Hussein’s palace having a conversation with my First Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and our driver. In the military, you don’t use first names, but my First Sergeant asked my name because he wanted to learn more about each of us. I will never forget sitting there, in that moment, talking about what we had back home as far as our personal lives. I tell people that was such a powerful day in getting to know one another, for that day alone I would do it all again.”
Using what he learned in the military, Michael is committed to building TRUST by communicating effectively and utilizing proper planning. “The greatest lesson the military taught me is that proper planning and preparation leads to a successful mission. It doesn’t matter if you’re scaling a 40 story building or running 20 feet of conduit. Without the success of my team here at Corbins, I don’t succeed as an individual”.