Joining UTC after serving her country in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years was a “no brainer” for Kimberley Hagerty.
“The core values of the Air Force are service before self, integrity and excellence in all that you do. When you are raised in that environment and it is time to transition, you want to go somewhere that shares those values,” said Hagerty. “When a company understands where you have been, what you have been through and recognizes what you bring to the table, it’s a no brainer to want to join.”
Hagerty’s career in the Air Force started as an aerospace maintenance crew chief. She was responsible for the maintenance and troubleshooting of aircraft around the world. Later, she became a crisis planner responsible for developing planning and executing strategies in response to natural disasters. Following September 11, 2001 Hagerty transitioned to a new role as a war planner, developing the initial war plans and strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2011, Hagerty retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant, which is the highest enlisted rank in the military. This is a prestigious rank; Congress mandates that it is limited to only one percent of the entire enlisted force. Even more impressive, less than one percent of those who achieve this rank are women.
After meeting a company recruiter at a Women in Aviation conference, Hagerty accepted a position at Pratt & Whitney in 2011 and today applies her strategic planning and logistics skills as transformation manager for the Hot Section Module Center.
Since joining the company, Hagerty helped launch UTC-4-Vets, an employee resource group for veteran employees and now serves as the treasurer.
“As a Chief Master Sergeant I was responsible for the health and welfare of all of our people, whether it be career development, mentoring, coaching or networking,” said Hagerty. “So when you come to the civilian workforce it is only natural to step in and help.”