Meet Ben Bertrand: Veteran leads diverse team to support world-class health care for soldiers and their families
Cherokee Federal is comprised of more than 3,300 employee ambassadors — individuals whose drive and technical skills are focused on building next-generation technologies and solving complex challenges for more than 60 federal clients.
Through the work of Ben Bertrand, program manager for Cherokee Nation Operational Solutions, a Cherokee Federal company, our team is supporting world-class health care for soldiers and their families.
Ben leads a diverse team of IT professionals ranging from help desk staff to cybersecurity engineers who assist the U.S. Army’s Regional Health Command Atlantic (RHC-A) located in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Recently, Ben’s team assisted RHC-A with mobile COVID-19 test deployments, giving clinicians the capability to test customers in a safe setting. The team’s work ensured the security and privacy of patient data at every step of the testing process.
The efforts of Ben’s team have impressed RHC-A, leading to a new, five-year contract that considerably expanded the team’s responsibilities.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Ben and his team,” says Derek Witmer, program manager for Cherokee Nation Operation Solutions. “Their commitment to supporting the client’s mission is making health care safe and accessible for our servicemen and women and their families.”
Ben’s prior military experience has translated well into his current role.
“The military was the greatest stepping stone I’ve had in my career. It not only trained me to do a specific job, it taught me a lot about myself as a person,” Ben says. Military service forces you to push yourself past your limits and achieve more than you could imagine.”
Before joining Cherokee Federal, Ben worked for a decade overseas in various capacities in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, then later as a project manager for a contractor at Fort Detrick and Fort Belvoir.
“When I started looking at Cherokee Federal, I noticed two things: first, the benefits are outstanding. They beat any company I’ve ever worked for,” Ben says. “And most job interviews can be intimidating, but at my interview with Cherokee, I immediately felt comfortable around the leadership team.”
Cherokee Federal’s leadership team works with Ben to cover the cost of his team’s training courses and professional certification renewals. Additionally, company leadership continually strives to expand Ben’s work through assisting with RFPs, as well as building an experienced team to meet clients’ needs.
“It makes your life that much easier, having a good team and good leadership to count on,” Ben remarks. “That’s the best thing about working at Cherokee. It makes all the difference in the world.”
The mission of Cherokee Federal is to diversify and grow the economy of Cherokee Nation — the largest, federally recognized Native American tribe in the U.S. — and to create jobs for its citizens. Company profits support future business investments, as well as programs and services for tribal citizens — ensuring better lives today and tomorrow.