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Thank you for serving our country. We respect your service, salute your skills, and appreciate your unique experience and talents. GEO offers challenging and rewarding career opportunities, competitive pay, benefits, training and advancement opportunities for individuals who are:

  • Transitioning from military to civilian life
  • Veterans or current military service members
  • Members of the National Guard or Reserve

 Congratulations to our Veteran of the Quarter

 Charles Cozart

Facility: Central Arizona Correctional Facility
Branch of the Military: U.S. Marines 

Charles joined the U.S. Marines on August 27, 2007. He qualified as Expert Marksmen in boot camp and graduated from the School of Infantry (SOI) with the top GPA for his section. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was 0351 Infantry Assaultman. Assaultmen specialize in the use of the SMAW (Shoulder launched Multi-purpose Assault Weapon) which is basically a re-loadable rocket launcher, as well as urban mobility breaching through both explosive and mechanical means. After SOI, he went to the 2nd Battalion 7th Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, also known as Twenty-nine Palms located in California.

He was then deployed in early April 2008 to Afghanistan.  Charles was injured during his deployment when his patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber. Charles’ squad leader was killed along with the patrol’s interpreter. Charles was the next in line for the squad and suffered serious injuries.

Charles was air lifted to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, where he went into surgery at the British Medical Hospital. He spent about four days there in Afghanistan then was transported to Ramstein Air Base, Germany to a United States Air Force Hospital for another four days and another surgery. From Germany, he was transported to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. There he went through two more surgeries on his right leg. When President George W. Bush came to the hospital to visit all the wounded service members, President Bush performed Purple Heart ceremonies in which Charles was one of the recipients.

Hired originally as a Correctional Officer, Charles was a valued asset for the Central Arizona Correctional Facility. Charles demonstrated his willingness to serve when he sacrificed his own career to be available fulltime to care for an ailing family member and relocated out of state. Since returning to the Central Arizona Correctional Facility earlier this year, Charles has since been promoted to the Assistant Food Service Manager and continues to provide dedication and excellent leadership to both the staff and inmates. Thank you Charles for your service to your country and to GEO!


To nominate a Veteran at your facility, please send submissions to Thomas Arntz at and include a one page maximum article describing the veteran’s time in the military, awards received, their role and successes with GEO, a photo, and any interesting information about the nominee.

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