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On Veterans Day, and every day, we give thanks to our veterans. We are fortunate to have Brent Salisbury, Siobhan Casey, and Johnny Gonzalez, as Docker colleagues who were in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, the United States Army Reserve, and the United States Marine Corps. Thank you all for your service, hard work, and dedication. As a thank you for their service, we’re profiling them on our blog.

Brent Salisbury, Software Alliance Engineer

Brent Salisbury was in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1996-2002. Now, he is a Software Alliance Engineer at Docker. You can follow him on Twitter @networkstatic. 

What is your job? 

Software Alliance Engineer.

How long have you worked at Docker?

4.5 years.

Is your current role one that you always intended on your career path? 

Data Networking has been my passion since college. Working at Docker has afforded me the opportunity to help usher in a new software paradigm in what can be achieved in host networking and security versus the traditional proprietary hardware models of the past.

What is your advice for someone entering the field?

It may sound cliche, but find your passion. Everyone in technology is smart. What separates you from the pack is the passion you have for the technology you are working on. Once you have that figured out, network with other people in your field who are just as passionate about the subject.

What are you working on right now that you are excited about?

Helping develop partner solutions that best help the customers deploy and run Docker.

What do you do to get “unstuck” on a really difficult problem/design/bug? 

I tend to just grind a problem until either me or the problem win. In retrospect, most of the time I should have simply stepped away from the problem for a little while to look at it from another perspective and would have saved loads of time in the process.

What is your definition of success?

Making a living from your passion and being part of meaningful technology projects. I am constantly in awe of what we are creating at Docker, and how pervasive the technology is across all conceivable sectors.

What are you passionate about? 

I am currently interested in emerging models of network security that are taking a distributed approach to policy disaggregation. 

Who do you look up to? 

As this is a post celebrating veterans, it’s easy to say that I hold veterans of any branch, active or reserves, that commit to serving our nation in the highest of regard.

Share a story about something or someone who has been very impactful on your life or career? 

I was in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1996-2002. While there was no shortage of things to complain about (like any good enlisted Marine does), being exposed to senior Marines that had innate leadership qualities at a young age had a lasting impression on me that has helped me throughout my career in technology.


Siobhan Casey, Sr. Manager Global Support

Siobhan Casey was in the United States Army Reserve from 1998-2006. Currently, she is a Sr. Manager, Global Support at Docker.

What is your job?

Sr. Manager, Global Support.

How long have you worked at Docker? 

3 years this Veteran’s Day.

Is your current role one that you always intended on your career path? 

No, I spent the majority of my career as an engineer or leading engineers in the government space. Leading a team at Docker, and watching these talented engineers help our customers succeed every day is a privilege to be a part of. I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated and competent team.

What is your advice for someone entering the field? 

Be open to change and keep growing. Technology moves fast; you need to prepare for future opportunities. Find a mentor you trust and follow their advice. For women specifically, know your worth, believe in yourself, find your voice, and bring a positive attitude.

Tell us about a favorite moment or memory at Docker or from your career?

My favorite memory involved successful Missile Defense testing of the operational BMDS.  Knowing the work we did every day ensured the successful defensive abilities of our country was the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.

What is your superpower?

Calm composure.

What is your definition of success?

A happy healthy family.

What are you passionate about?

Helping young kids to develop a love for sports, and giving back to organizations that help veterans, specifically those wounded or fallen on hard times.

What is something you love to do? 

Trail running. There is nothing but the sound of my breathing, the panting of my German Shepherd, and the silence of the woods.

And something you dislike?

Laundry.


Johnny Gonzalez, Technical Support Engineer

Johnny Gonzalez was in the United States Marine Corps from 2003-2009. Now, he is a Technical Support Engineer at Docker.

What is your job?

Technical Support Engineer.

How long have you worked at Docker?

1 year and 2 months.

Is your current role one that you always intended on your career path? 

Yes, because I am able to work with both systems and networks all in one.

What is your advice for someone entering the field?

Study and learn technology that is growing fast, which will make it easier to understand and work with.

Tell us about a favorite moment or memory at Docker or from your career? 

Everyday is a favorite moment at Docker because there is never a dull moment. There is ALWAYS something new to learn and that in itself is exciting. Docker even has a day for pumpkin carving.

What are you working on right now that you are excited about?

Container technology and how simple it is to run applications in cloud environments as opposed to just one computer.

What do you do to get “unstuck” on a really difficult problem/design/bug?

Ask colleagues for help. Docker has a great support group that is willing to help me grow and teach me new things that I may not know or understand.

What is your superpower?

Agility to be able to tackle new tasks and responsibilities in a way to help any of my colleagues to grow in our industry.

What is your definition of success?

Success is feeling accomplished that a task was completed. Feeling productive even when the task is not completed at that very moment but taking the steps that gets me closer to completing the task.

What are you passionate about?

Raising my daughters and helping them to grow and be successful young ladies gives me great joy. Seeing their faces first thing in the morning gives me the strength to tackle anything thrown at me and do it with a smile.

Who do you look up to?

Myself. Growing up without parents as they passed away in my teenage years and telling myself to go to school, get an education to better my life, and join the best gang ever (Marine Corps) — I couldn’t ask for more.

What is something you love to do? And something you dislike?

I love to DJ. I am teaching my kids about music and how it can help with expressing your inner feelings through words with a beat. I dislike tardiness.

Share a story about something or someone who has been very impactful on your life or career?

My daughters inspire me to grow as I have taught them that you are never too old to learn something new. From the youngest person to the oldest, there is always someone with a little more knowledge that you can learn from.

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