Ben Skinner is a Bath Iron Works employee and former United States Navy Lieutenant. While in the navy, he was the officer responsible for managing navigation and weapons technology on warships. He was in the Navy for most of his life, and like most of our servicemen, Ben almost never saw his family. Ben has a daughter and a wife who he loves very much, and his absence from them was extremely difficult. Eventually he decided to leave the service in order to concentrate more on his family. In this excerpt Ben explains how he learned that being with the people he loved ultimately guided his career choices.
Interview and story by Jack Coray & Tyrvin Gage at the Harpswell Coastal Academy, 2015. In collaboration with the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust and Galen Koch.