This photo sequence is courtesy of reader Christopher J. Riojas, an employee of Progress Drilling for 20 years. Riojas has spent his entire career from the age of 18 with Progress and has never worked anywhere else. During his time with the company, he has worked corner, thrown chain and worked on derricks. At the age of 23, Riojas became a driller and for nine years worked on Rig 1 & Rig 3. He became a tool pusher at 32 and then a rig supervisor. Riojas says he enjoys his job and credits Progress Drilling with helping him in his career. He would like to thank owner James Montgomery and operations field manager Dana McNabb for their help on and off the job and says, “I consider them family.” He also would like to thank McNabb and company man David Spooner for being his mentors from the time he was a driller. Riojas took these photos in Taft, Texas, on May 16, 2020, at 4:30 AM while moving drill pipe trailers to the front of the location.
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