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11 Graduates honored after completing Fort Campbell United Association Veterans in Piping Program Welding Class 7

Aug 8, 2017 12:36:01 PM

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program is proud to announce the graduation of its Fort Campbell Welding Class 7.  On Aug. 3, 11 active-duty members of Fort Campbell successfully completed the free career-training program that teaches transitioning military members basic welding skills to begin a successful career in the pipe trades.

Thanks to the UA VIP Program, these transitioning service members will not face the stress of searching for a job that most military members experience upon their discharge. The Fort Campbell Welding Class 7 graduates are guaranteed a job with a UA contractor, which gives them an opportunity to earn a livable wage.

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Naval Station Norfolk Open House celebrates new HVACR graduating class

Apr 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The UA VIP Program celebrated the graduation of its most recent HVACR class by hosting an Open House ceremony for its members and military leaders at Naval Station Norfolk.

Instead of a traditional graduation ceremony, the UA VIP Program hosted an Open House for Hampton Roads military leadership, providing a first-hand look at the UA HVACR mobile training trailer and the classroom.

Stations were set up to allow dignitaries to see the eight graduates of Naval Station Norfolk’s third HVACR class in action, displaying the skills they acquired during the 18-week HVACR course. The Open House also gave military leaders a chance to familiarize themselves with the VIP program, which is entering its second year at Hampton Roads.

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20 members graduate from Fort Campbell VIP Program Welding Class 6

Apr 7, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The UA VIP Program is proud to announce all 20 members of its sixth Fort Campbell Welding Class graduated in mid-March.

The class, comprised of members of the Army, is now prepared to begin the next phase of their life as they transition out of the armed forces.

The class members – 19 males and one female – underwent an intensive 18-week training course to introduce them to welding and prepare them for an United Association apprenticeship.

Fort Campbell UA VIP Training Instructor Michael Smith called the work ethic displayed by this class as top-notch.

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Camp Lejeune Welcomes New Welding Class

Apr 6, 2017 4:06:00 PM

The UA VIP Program at Camp Lejeune welcomes a new class of 16 transitioning service members to their welding class.

To ease the transition back into civilian life, the United Association (UA) established the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program to equip military service members preparing to leave the service with sought after skills that can lead to lifelong careers in the increasingly in-demand pipe trades.

Through an 18-week accelerated welding course, Camp Lejeune participants earn industry-recognized certifications and direct entry into stable, private-sector jobs with good pay and benefits.

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JBLM Graduates Two Classes

Mar 17, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Members of the welding and HVACR classes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord graduated in mid-February.

Welding Class 11 graduated 10 transitioning service members, including one from the Air Force, Glenn Bloom, and another from the Navy, Patrick Ramsey. The rest of the class was made up of Army service members.

HVACR Class 10 consisted of nine Army service members.

Following graduation, these 19 men and women will leave their military careers and officially begin life as an apprentice.

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Fort Sill Service Members Transition into Fire Protection Careers

Jul 7, 2015 8:38:00 AM

FORT SILL, Okla. -- The Fort Sill Industrial Training Complex is bridging the gap for Soldiers getting out of the military and putting them directly into the civilian workforce with the latest partnership through the United Association's Veterans in Piping (VIP). The 18-week fire suppression sprinkler system course is graduating its first class July 7, and the soon-to-be civilians are starting their careers at locations of their choice.

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Fort Campbell’s VIP Program is a Model for Soldiers for Life Program

Apr 29, 2015 1:16:00 AM

“Life is about transitions,” guest speaker Army Lieutenant General David D. Halverson, the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, said during the graduation ceremony on April 24, 2015, to the 16 United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping® (VIP®) welding graduates from Fort Campbell’s inaugural program. “The most dangerous time we have in combat is during transitions. The first month and your last month—those transitions are dangerous.

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IMCOM commander mentors transitioning Soldiers

Apr 28, 2015 1:23:00 AM

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The commander of Installation Management command arrived Friday at Fort Campbell with a clear mission -- share his vision for providing the best care for Soldiers and their Families, and to see how that is being accomplished at home of the Screaming Eagles.

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Fort Hood’s Latest VIP Graduates—Set Out for Endless Opportunities

Apr 22, 2015 1:38:00 AM

On April 16, 2015, 16 transitioning soldiers, who entered the VIP Welding Program at Fort Hood just 18 weeks prior, graduated from the esteemed program. VIP Welding Instructor Micah Tyler said, “The class did very well. I feel they are all qualified, and I would put my stamp on any one of them.” As their welding instructors, Micah Tyler and Louis Purcella are feeling proud of the program’s third graduating VIP welding class. “We had to build our reputation,” Brother Tyler said. “We had to prove that our program was legitimate in what it was trying to accomplish.”

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VIP Graduates From Camp Lejeune Join the Ranks of UA Apprentices

Apr 22, 2015 1:36:00 AM

The United Association’s (UA) second Veterans In Piping class assembled at the Paradise Point Officers’ Club at Camp Lejeune on April 9, 2014, to take part in a very special graduation ceremony. Brother Mike Cummings stated, “The UA Veterans in Piping program has trained over 700 veterans, including 275 Marines since its inception in 2008. UA General President Bill Hite is honored that Camp Lejeune has partnered with the UA and its contractors to provide meaningful careers for its most-deserving Marines.

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The VIP Program has been a lifesaver for our famil

“The VIP Program has been a lifesaver for our family.”