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Veterans’ Voices: Matt Jarratt

On Veterans Day this Sunday, November 11, we honor the men and women who served our country in the military. As we approach this day, we pay special tribute to the men and women of Cushman & Wakefield who served in the U.S. Armed Forces to ensure this country’s freedom.

Through Veterans’ Voices, we offer a collection of reminiscence, insight and collective wisdom from Cushman & Wakefield veterans, both former officers and enlisted personnel, from across the U.S. Each veterans’ story is different, but each shares the experience of serving his/her country through both war and peacetime deployment. At Cushman & Wakefield, we are fortunate to call them colleagues.

Dates Employed: May 2010 – Sept 2014
2010 – 2011 – Second Lieutenant – Platoon Commander – H&S Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA

2011 – 2012 – First Lieutenant – Battalion Current Operations Officer and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Office, Combat Logistics Company Executive Officer – 1st Maintenance Battalion (-) REIN, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

2012 – 2013 – Captain – Motor Transport Maintenance Company Commander, 1st Maintenance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA

2014 – Captain – Intelligence Office, H&S Company, 1st Maintenance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA

During his career, the U.S. Marine Corps recognized Matt Jarratt for his leadership, service and dedication with a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

To me, Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the commitment I made to the U.S. Marine Corps. There’s something special about that commitment and the feeling of having made it and completing my service. It’s something I always carry with me, and I have a sense of pride for it.

That commitment also makes me think of the friends that I had and still have in the Marine Corps because it’s not something you do by yourself. You’re not just joining an organization. You’re committing to a way of life. The Marine Corps has its own culture and very strong core values. I was honored to share that time with my fellow Marines. I have a small handful of those men that I still keep in touch with – peers, a commanding officer, and the Marines who worked for me. The rank and hierarchy doesn’t matter now, we were all on the same mission together.

While in Afghanistan, I was trained in risk mitigation for anti-terrorism and personnel protection, in other words, how to analyze and mitigate threats. This skill has been massively helpful for our Build-to-Suit Practice Group, which is comprised entirely of veterans. I use what I learned in the Marine Corps to assess risk for our clients on commercial real estate transactions and figure out how to combat them. Our clients really appreciate that.

My greatest achievement since joining Cushman & Wakefield has been the chance to raise a family, which has been a huge blessing. Since leaving the Marine Corps, we have gone from one to four kids, and family is more important to me than anything.

To learn more about the Build-to-Suit Practice group’s veteran team, click here.

Learn more about Cushman & Wakefield’s Veterans Initiative Program.

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