Barrett’s Story


Winter 2017/18

Barrett’s Story

Barrett Evenstad

Barrett with his National Guard unit in Egypt.

Production Coordinator for ABC, Barrett Evenstad first joined ABC in October of 2015 as Assistant Manager of the Ability Built Computers program.

At that time he had served in the Minnesota Army National Guard for four years — enlisting in the infantry for two years and then working to commission as an Infantry Officer while finishing his degree at Minnesota State University – Mankato.

After graduating in December 2014, Barrett spent the first six months of 2015 training with the military. Once completed, he moved to Rochester with his future wife Brogan. She went to work at the Rochester Center for Autism and Barrett at ABC. They were married in 2015.

Barrett continued his monthly drills with Bravo Company, 2-135 in Rochester. Barrett had been working in Ability Built for about five months when he got the orders from his Commander to mobilize to the Egypt’s Sinai Desert.

barrett2During his time in Egypt, Barrett stayed in regular contact with ABC to send pictures and get updates on the organization. “It was always conveyed to me that everyone couldn’t wait to have me back, which was a really good feeling to have from five thousand miles away,” he recalled.

Fortunately everything went smoothly overseas and Barrett rejoined the ABC ranks on August 1, 2017, with a new position as Production Coordinator.

Barrett added, “If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past few years, ABC will always go above and beyond what is expected of an employer to accommodate the needs of any military member; and for that, I thank you!”

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