One minute with Bob Holle, security guard

Bob Holle works is one of Fermilab’s much appreciated security guards. Photo: Cindy Arnold

How long have you been at Fermilab?
Thirteen years in July.

What does your typical workday look like?
I work at the gate as a security guard. I’m here at 5:30 in the morning. There’s a little briefing we go through where we learn what exactly is going on, any conferences we should know about or special meetings that are happening, like when Secretary Ernest Moniz came. Then I’ll go out to my post and open up the gate. Basically, I talk to people and then decide if they can enter the site or not. If yes, I answer any of their questions and give them any directions they need.

What do you like about being at Fermilab?
This is like its own little world, a little international community. So it’s been fun meeting people from all over the world. But you know, I just like talking to people when they come in the gate. I’ve been asked before, “How are you always so doggone happy when I show up in the morning?” I just know I’m the first person people see when they come in the morning, so I might as well make them happy. People like me; I like people. It works.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
I’m thinking about my vacation, which should be coming up pretty soon. I like going to Alaska. I have two sons and five grandkids up there.

What’s something people may not know about you?
I learned to fly an airplane in 1969 and I learned to skydive in 1996. A while back, my son came home from jump school and said, “Well dad, I’ve jumped out of an airplane seven times now.” I had wanted to do it for years, so that weekend I started skydiving.

Hanae Armitage

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