Trico is proud of our veterans

Chris Neely flagTrico is grateful to have veterans within our ranks, and we are proud to serve veterans and their families within our local community.

Crew leader Chris Neely is one of our veterans. He joined the National Guard in 1988, while still in high school. He served in the Army from 1990–94. He participated in Desert Storm and was in Iraq as part of the First Armor Division.

“For a 19-year-old from Idaho, it was an eye-opening experience,” Chris said. “I loved the military. It was a great career.”

After the Army, Chris worked in the construction industry. When he lost his job, he went to a job fair and a recruiter steered him toward going to line school.

“He said if you like construction and working outdoors, this would be a perfect job for you,” Chris said.

Chris attended Northwest Lineman College and joined Trico’s apprenticeship program in 2001.

“Trico’s a great place to work,” said Chris, who supervises a crew of six. Chris and his crew mostly work with overhead lines, which are usually energized when they work on them. They have to wear rubber gloves and fire-retardant clothing for protection.

“As the crew leader, it’s my job to make sure everyone is paying attention and following the proper safety procedures,” Chris said. 

Veterans like Chris are a great fit for cooperatives. Co-ops value veterans for their leadership, teamwork, resiliency, discipline and safety concern. We are proud to be a part of the cooperative network that honors and supports veterans of all ages, ranks and branches of the military. To learn more, visit