Mark Bohac's monthly commitment turned into a great job
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.