COPY-Marines prepared Ala. native to own restaurant

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 1 of the thousands leaving the military.

But he tells the Montgomery Advertiser ( 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.

Information from: Montgomery Advertiser,

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