Veteran Services Manager
Ray Thompson is the UPS Veteran Services Manager, responsible for the UPS Veteran Fellowship Program and assisting with veteran initiatives. Ray began his career with UPS in 2014 in Small Package Operations, Leadership and Talent Development. In 2016, Ray volunteered to Chair the UPS Corporate Campus Veterans Business Resource Group. In that role, he championed countless UPS veterans initiatives, such as Hiring our Heroes, Soldier’s Angels, UPS Veterans Management Training Program, UPS Veterans Apprentice Program, UPS Veterans BRG Summit, VA Outreach, Shepard Center Traumatic Brain Outreach, Tillman Honor Run and the annual UPS Veterans Day Appreciation Activities. Ray has been instrumental in supporting the UPS Veterans Hiring Initiative of 50,000 Veterans by 2020.
Ray served over 27 years of active military service as an officer and enlisted soldier prior to retiring as a field grade officer in 2014. Starting in 1990 up until he retired, Ray deployed five times participating in combat activities to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his military career, Ray deployed in support of the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm). He also supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and The Global War on Terrorism. Ray assisted logistical operations in Kosovo and participated with Allied Forces during the Invasion of Iraq in 2003. Ray received recognition for his efforts supporting humanitarian relief assistance for the Yellowstone National Park Fire in 1989 and Hurricanes Rita and Katrina 2005. He was the first to establish a forward operating base in the country of Jordan to assist Syrian refugees fleeing genocide in 2011. Ray has received numerous awards and commendations to include The Humanitarian Service Medal and The Bronze Star. He has performed military duties in multiple countries outside the United States such as The Czech Republic, Dubai, Egypt, England, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Poland, Turkey, and The UAE.
Ray has a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Master’s degree from National Louis University in Chicago. Ray, his wife Angela and their children reside in Fayetteville, GA.