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Mark Bohac's monthly commitment turned into a great job

By BENJAMIN C. KLEIN
Union Leader Correspondent

January 26. 2014 8:13AM

Master Sgt. Mark D. Bohac 
MSgt. Mark D. Bohac, 34
Home: Auburn 


Birthplace: Lynn, Mass.


Family: Wife, Rachael Bohac; sons Cameron, 4, and Collin, 2; daughter, Charlotte, six months


High school: Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Peabody, Mass.


College/post grad degrees: University Of New Hampshire, B.S., business administration; Community College of the Air Force, A.A.S., aviation maintenance technology; Community College of the Air Force, A.A.S., human resource management


Current job: Recruiting office supervisor, 157th Air Refueling Wing, New Hampshire Air National Guard


Key past positions held: Recruiter, 157th Air Refueling Wing, New Hampshire Air National Guard; aircraft hydraulics technician, 157th Air Refueling Wing, New Hampshire Air National Guard; marketing and sales research analyst, Analog Devices Inc.


Volunteer activities: Working full time with the N.H. Air Guard allows for me to volunteer in multiple capacities throughout the calendar year. From The United Way; Day of Caring, to Making Strides for Breast Cancer walks, we have a lot of great people organizing a lot of great ways to contribute to the community. Community involvement is within our fabric as a unit.


Most admired person (outside your family): Msgt. Barry Graham (retired) for teaching me to follow through with what I say I am going to do and to always try hard. He was a mentor to me in my early years within the Air National Guard and gave me many life lessons along the way. He is also still a close personal friend.


Key current professional challenge: Continually recruiting and retaining the best and brightest for the New Hampshire Air National Guard.


Last major achievement: Being a fellow teammate in winning the 2012 Golden Eagle award for the top Air National Guard recruiting state in the country. This is a team award that is coveted and very difficult to win especially for such a small state like New Hampshire. It is a testament to the great people that I work alongside.


Two peers who know you well: SMSgt. Ron Connary (supervisor) Travis Warner (close friend and former coworker) 


Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: Retaining talented people and bringing more industry to the state. I love calling New Hampshire home, but I know that finding specifically a career within can prove to be difficult. It isn't just jobs that we need, it is careers. 


Favorite place in New Hampshire: Auburn and Massabesic Lake 


What book are you reading now? "The Education of a Coach" by David Halberstam


How do you relax? I like to spend time with my family and enjoy being outside puttering in my garage.


What websites do you visit most often? Drudge Report, Craigslist, The Union Leader


Favorite TV show, radio station or musical artist: I enjoy watching "The Shark Tank" and I listen to Greg and The Morning Buzz

AUBURN — When Massachusetts native Mark Bohac joined the New Hampshire Air National Guard to help pay for college, little did he know that the once-a-month commitment would turn into a career.


Bohac, 34, is now a master sergeant and has been the recruiting office supervisor for a little over a year while working out of the Guard's office front in Manchester and base at Pease.


"I oversee the recruiting team to make sure we do what we need to do to get out in the community and help people understand what it is we do and what we can do for young adults," Bohac said. 


Bohac called it the best job he has ever had. 


"The Guard has done tremendous things for my life, and now I get to show to other young adults that this is an opportunity that anyone can make happen," Bohac said.


Bohac said that aside from joining the Guard to help pay for college, he also joined because his dad served in the Air Force and he recognized a general aimlessness in his life. Even after graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Bohac said he tried to enter the private sector with the overall goal of becoming an entrepreneur. 


"Becoming a recruiter just happened organically, and it has been a great ride. I have been doing this for about four years, and prior to that I was an aircraft hydraulics mechanic. But that was the traditional one-weekend-a-month format, and I had been doing that for about 12 years before coming over to recruiting," Bohac said. 


Bohac, who lives in Auburn with his wife, Rachael, and three small children, said that part of what he enjoys about the N.H. Air National Guard is that they also answer to the governor, not just the President.


"I have been activated three times, and that isn't a lot, mind you, but I felt good being there and helping," Bohac said.


Through the Guard, Bohac said that he not only has an opportunity to show the youth of the state what the Guard has to offer, but to participate in numerous charities as well. 


"Being in the Guard, we have a lot of great people spearheading a lot of great charities like Making Strides, the United Day of Caring, and the Combined Federal Campaign. I do a lot of charitable activities through the Guard," Bohac said.


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