Buschon, Kyle


  Kyle Buschon

Personal Information
Rutgers University Class: Rutgers College, Class of  2006

Home Town/High School:   Soldotna, Alaska

Major(s)/Minor(s):  Political Science

Date of Questionnaire:  March 27, 2010

Career History
Upon graduation I was commissioned as an Armor Officer in the Army. I served as an executive officer in an Infantry Training Brigade in Ft. Benning, Ga and was subsequently assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division as a tank platoon leader. I deployed with my platoon to Iraq in support of a State Department Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and a Security Transition Team (STT). As a platoon leader I was responsible for the lives of 16 soldiers, and was charged with executing a diverse mission set in a complex operating environment.  Oftentimes the most fulfilling moments were the simplest missions such as helping to facilitate the construction of a new school in rural Iraq, or chitchatting with local university students who were eager to have the opportunity to speak to American soldiers and practice their English skills. 

Midway through the deployment I took over as executive officer for my company, a role in which I was responsible for maintaining the logistical, infrastructure, and maintenance requirements of an independent patrol base with in excess of 250 occupants.
Career Advice
The military is an excellent vehicle to gain valuable leadership and management experience. It’s a results-oriented, competitive environment in which those that can consistently produce the desired results (“get the job done”) will be rewarded. Contrary to popular opinion, your time spent in the military is not time lost in the civilian world. Service in the military is highly valued in the business and government sectors, and will open doors to many different career fields if you so choose to leave the service after a short stent.  I can truly say that I’m proud of my service, and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to serve alongside the men and women who willingly endure the hardships of combat.
Other Advice
I strongly believe that your willingness and ability to adapt to change quickly will determine the level of success you have in any career.  

What did you learn at Rutgers that was helpful for your career? 

Studying at Rutgers allowed me to develop the necessary analytical problem solving abilities that helped enable me to tackle seemingly intractable issues at work.  In retrospect the writing intensive courses I took while studying political science at Rutgers were the most valuable. Your ability to communicate effectively in written correspondence and articulate your thoughts clearly will be crucial to your future success. Additionally, I recommend taking as many public speaking courses as possible. As a military or business leader you will be forced to speak publically on a routine basis, and it is never too early to start preparing and improving your public speaking skills. Lastly, learn a foreign language while you still have the time and the resources to do so.