In honor of Veteran's Day, it's our pleasure to highlight Troy Grizzle, VP of Operations and retired Senior Chief Petty Officer. During his 20 years in the Navy, Troy learned the value of leadership and decisiveness which transferred into his career in healthcare management. Read on to learn about Troy and his career.
What branch of the armed forces were you in and what determined your decision?
I served in the Navy from 1988 and 2009. I was in the Gulf War in 1990 and Iraq in 2005.
I grew up in Fort Know, Kentucky as an Army brat. My dad retired from the Army as a Vietnam Veteran. I absolutely hated school, and I didn't really have the desire to go to college at that time, but I wanted to join the military. I talked to all the different branches, and the Navy seemed like the most appealing one, especially as two of my friends were also joining. They had me talk to the recruiter, and that was the start of my journey into even thinking about the Navy.
When I went to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station), I qualified for a couple of jobs. One of those jobs was a hospital corpsman. Initially, I had no idea I was interested in the medical field but I thought, out of everything that was offered to me and with what little I knew about life at the time, a medical professional would probably be a good area to move into.
What was your rank?
I retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. I ended getting my master's degree before I retired in healthcare management.
What did you do after your career in the Navy?
While still in the Navy, I met my wife. She was in the Marine Corps, and we meet at my first duty station in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. I had my first daughter there.
My wife is from Kansas City, so that's where we relocated. Once I retired, I was hired by a medical practice manager in Overland Park to manage their practice. They had five physicians, two mid-level providers and a staff of around 40 people. That practice was eventually acquired by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and the remainder of my time I spent with HCA until joining Examinetics in 2018.
How would you describe your time in service? What's stood out?
It was a wonderful experience from the get-go. It provided structure, leadership and personal development. I traveled throughout the United States and the world. I was exposed to many different people, cultures and backgrounds. I learned the value of diversity in a workforce and that everyone brings something to the table. In one of my roles, I served as a career counselor, so I could talk night and day about the benefits of the military, but those were some of the things that stood out to me.
What have you learned in the Navy that prepared you for your role at Examinetics?
In all of the military branches, they purposefully put you in a leadership role at a very young age. When you do that, it forces you to make decisions - critical decisions that may affect life or death. At any time, especially later on in my career, having to make difficult decisions, you must weigh all the factors. That's how the Navy prepared me in this role: early exposure to leadership, being able to problem-solve, make sensible decisions and weighing the consequence of those decisions while also owning those decisions.
What would you share with other Veterans if you could?
First, I would like to thank all fellow veterans for their services to our country. As a veteran, it was an honor to serve in the military, and I am thankful for everything it provided me and my family.
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