Keizerite finds fulfillment, and a living, in Saudi Arabia

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Welcome to Saudi Arabia. Tom Hogan, a Keizerite who spent much of the 1980s training employees at Saudi Aramco – the state owned oil company that is also the world’s largest – had gone back to Khobar, S.A., as a contractor in May of 2004. Two days after his arrival, al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the Oasis Compound just miles from where Hogan was living, along with buildings for two oil companies. The compound was primarily housing for foreign workers. In total, 19 people were killed in the attacks, including two children after someone fired into a school bus. “My wife was still back in the States,” Hogan explained. “She got up the morning after the attack and reads that about Khobar. She was scheduled to come over in August. Of course, she has no idea that I’m in the Aramco compound. And everything is safe.” It might have scared off a first-time employee – and indeed, several companies pulled their foreign workers out of Khobar after the tragedy. But Hogan has spent enough time there to have a little more perspective. He worked from 1981-88 for Aramco, coming home when it was time for his youngest daughter to attend high school. His two sons attended prep school for their high school years in Minnesota, where Hogan grew up. Hogan moved to Oregon in 1977 to...

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