At Amentum, we celebrate our people, our cultures, and we recognize the value of diversity and inclusion. For February, we’ll reflect on what Black History Month means to all of us while shining a light on one employee at a time. Amentum’s final spotlight is a Q&A with Sedale Berry, Facility Security Officer, Critical Missions.
How did your military service prepare you for a successful career at Amentum?
My military service and injuries helped me learn how to overcome obstacles, build meaningful connections, treat everyone with respect, prioritize communication, and to ensure mission success.
How did you come to join Amentum?
I was hired in April of 2021 and was part of the acquisition of PAE.
What is your professional and personal background?
Professional background: I’ve been with the company for two years. I started as a Facility Security Officer and alternate Program Manager, working on the Electronic Warfare Operations and Training Infrastructure Maintenance (EWOTIM) program.
Personal background: I live in Bruchmulbach-Miesau, Germany. I have two sons (Noah, 18, and Christian, 8). As hobbies, I enjoy travelling and spending time with my children.
Describe the work you do and how you think it makes a positive impact.
I work closely with the program manager and customer to maintain a solid working relationship, ensuring we work cohesively to meet our program objectives.
What are some of your accomplishments and/or what has been your proudest career moment?
I am appreciative that I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to our shared mission success. The start-up of this new PAE legacy program was exceptionally challenging and complex. Successfully dealing with the unplanned departure of our PM, leading the organization for several months and then on-boarding a new PM during a period of high mission tempo. Also, obtaining my PMP certifications is an important career step forward.
What do you enjoy about working for Amentum?
The thing I enjoy the most about working for Amentum is the people. People who are passionate and committed to serving our customer.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about helping others where I can, fostering relationships, and solving problems.
What’s your career advice?
No one will ever be able to deny your productivity. It speaks volumes to what you are about and what you can do.
What does safety mean to you or do you have a favorite safety tip?
During my time in the Air Force, I learned “See something unsafe, Say something.”
What’s the best invention in the world and why?
The World Wide Web is the best invention, in my opinion. Allowing us to connect with family and friends, all over the world.
Anything else you would like to share from a personal or professional perspective?
My perseverance, passion, and dedication to the mission, are all results of my heritage and my mother.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is a time where we celebrate and honor those who came before us and recognize what others are achieving, and to revel at the great work throughout all facets of the black community.