Bobby Longacre was a young man with his whole life ahead of him — the prospect of marriage and a family looming large. But with deep uncertainty about his career, he questioned his purpose. With an older brother in the military, he considered a life of service to his country. After prayer and a visit from an Air Force Recruiter, he headed to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio; his first day of boot camp was July 4th.
Bobby’s military occupational specialty was an electrician; attending a technical school in Wichita Falls, TX. Later, he served as an active Air National Guardsman at the Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City, OK — 137th Prime B.E.E.F. (Base Engineer Emergency Force). According to Bobby, the military helped him become a more empathetic person. “I learned how to interact with people from all over the world: different races, religions, and cultures,” he says. “Made me the man I am today - I still live by The Code of Ethics.”
A life in construction followed thereafter — a convergence of Bobby’s passions for problem-solving, working with his hands, and being outdoors. In 2010, Bobby worked on his first job with Performance Contractors as an A-class Pipefitter. Very soon after, he found himself leading crews as a Foreman, and eventually assuming the role of General Foreman.
While the military gave him the ability to multi-task and navigate relationships with different personalities, he says Performance gives him a sense of professionalism. He also says he values the resources Performance provides to their active military and veteran staff. “To belong to a company that cares about their military personnel means more than words can say,” he says. “Performance cares about your well-being in all aspects of your life. There’s a lot of potential for growth if you apply yourself, plus great resources and awesome people.”
Outside of work, Bobby spends a lot of time outdoors: fishing, camping, woodworking, grilling, and hunting. He also loves spending time with his wife, kids, eight grandkids, three dogs, and his tortoise, Turbo.