Mowing lawns is a summertime rite of passage in America, providing young people with experience pitching their business to neighbors, keeping a work schedule, and making and managing money—from purchasing the gasoline that fuels the operation, to budgeting for the oils and lubricants that keep a mower’s engine and blades running smoothly.
What comes next for returning service members varies greatly. For McNeill and Harbin, both found rewarding work that instilled pride in them not too dissimilar from what they felt serving their country - in the fuel refining and petrochemical industries.
Over the past two decades, as the HollyFrontier Navajo Refinery has more than doubled its output, the surrounding community of Artesia, New Mexico has developed its local business district to support this unprecedented growth.
After serving their country honorably, many members of the armed forces face a transition to civilian life that can often be exciting and confusing.
A Trump presidency is widely expected to be friendly towards the traditional energy sector. But the oil and natural gas industry shouldn’t get complacent; environmental groups are already making plans for—and making hay out of—the expected future opposition.