Microsoft’s Ryen Macababbad honored Thursday at White House by Michelle Obama

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Ryen Macababbad, program manager for Azure Active Directory at Microsoft, was among the former military service members honored at the White House on Thursday for an event marking the fifth anniversary of the Joining Forces Initiative. Macababbad received major props from first lady Michelle Obama for the “passion” she brings to her field.

The Joining Forces Initiative works hand in hand with the public and private sectors to ensure that service members, veterans and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives. Microsoft has supported Joining Forces since it was founded, and was among the companies honored on Thursday for its efforts to hire and provide career training for military service members.

Macababbad is one of the most recent examples of Microsoft’s commitment. As a sergeant in the Army, Macababbad enrolled in Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord when she decided to leave the military after six years of service and two overseas deployments. MSSA helped her rekindle the “computer nerd” she’d been growing up, and find a new path for her life.

To learn more, visit the Military Affairs blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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