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Ralph Mccoy Was Nominated By The My Black Colorado Community To Be Featured

Ralph Mccoy

Veteran | 8 years in the U.S. Air Force


Ralph McCoy is an Army & Airforce Vet! Currently working for the DOD as a civilian in the aviation industry. Ralph is the small business owner of PHF Design Ltd based in Fountain, Co. Ralph is one of the first initial team members of My Black Colorado, assisting the founder with small projects as a Design Consultant. Ralph is a proud father of 4, Married to his lovely wife Sheri McCoy who works as a teacher for Wildfield School D3.


Interview Questions

What area of your life has the military helped you grow the most in?

The military has helped me obtain my Bachelor’s Degree, getting the opportunity to travel the world. I’ve been to one of the coldest places in the world (Antarctica) and one of the hottest places in the world (Kuwait). I have a better perspective of our world, The military has allowed me to experience many cultures.

What is your perspective of patriotism?

Patriotism is selfless service, someone who loves their country! I also believe that there are challenges in today’s climate that makes it difficult to feel patriotic.

What was your experience transitioning from active duty to civilian life?

For me it wasn’t difficult, the Army provides specialized programs to assist a soldier with transitioning to civilian life!

What do you do, post active duty?

Air Traffic Controller in the Army/AF and after active duty.

What advice would you give to others transitioning into civilian life?

Pick a military job that can easily translate into a civilian job.

What are things that people should consider before they decide to serve their country?

Their overall mental and physical health. Also, make sure you do some research on each branch and pick the one that fits you the best.

Featuring 63 Black Military Members in Colorado (Active & Veterans)

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