Marines prepared Ala. native to own restaurant

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery native Ronald J. Peterson said he has trained for 20 years for his new job as the owner and operator of a Portsmouth, Va., Chick-fil-A — in the Marines.

Until a few months ago, Peterson, who was born in Montgomery and graduated from Sidney Lanier in 1987, was Lt. Col. Ronald J. Peterson. Then he became one of the thousands leaving the military.

But he tells the Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/1455YEL) that many leaving the military are finding they already are prepared for a business career outside the military.

The mission of the Marines may be far different from the mission of a restaurateur, but Peterson said what he learned in the Marine Corps has prepared him to manage his own Chick-fil-A.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com



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