Why Basin? Military veterans are appreciated

Andrew AnnettAndrew Annett is a military man. Since deciding to serve his country at the age of 17, he’s trained to be a sniper, served five deployments oversees, and operated gas turbines on a naval vessel.

He spent six years as a scout sniper for the U.S. Marine Corps, and another six years as a turbine technician for the U.S. Navy. Three of his deployments were with the Marine Corps and two were with the Navy.

Annett loves his country. As a married father of three, he also appreciates that his employer recognizes the importance of family.

During his time in service, it was difficult for Annett to spend long periods away from them. He was thrilled to start working at Basin Electric July 27 because it meant he would be able to come home each night after work.

Basin Electric was proud to welcome Annett into the cooperative family. The cooperative has a great appreciation for men and women who have served in the armed forces, and values the skills they bring to its workforce.

Annett serves as a Basin Electric operations technician at the cooperative’s Pioneer Generation Station, a natural gas-fired peaking station northwest of Williston, ND.

It would seem Annett was made to work around turbines. Whether it’s monitoring alarms, controls or other system integrities at Pioneer Generation Station, Annett loves his job.

“This has been one of the greatest jobs I’ve ever had,” Annett says. “Basin Electric is by far the most accommodating company I’ve ever had the privilege of working for.”

When working on naval ships, Annett became very experienced with operating turbines for propulsion and power generation. Being a man who takes pride in making sure operations run smoothly, his talents were a perfect fit.

Annett appreciates the great benefits and culture at Basin Electric. He pays much less for insurance, co-workers are happy to answer any questions he has, and the cooperative was helpful in moving his family to the area.

“I’m glad to be part of Basin Electric,” he says.

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