For members of the United Association Veterans in Piping Program at Fort Carson, the rigorous welding course is about to pay off.
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Members of JBLM Welding Class 12 are starting on a class project to simulate position welding in the field.
Seven weeks into the 18-week accelerated program, Kris McAferty, JBLM VIP Welding lead instructor, feels his students are doing a good job understanding the coursework.
At this stage of the course, they learn to cut and prep pipe and fitting, as well the basic techniques of pipefitting.
Jeremy Patterson believes the United Association Veterans in Piping Program provides him and his fellow transitioning military members a great opportunity.
Patterson, who is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, heard about the program by while serving as his battalion’s SFL-TAP coordinator, helping members transition out of the military.
“It’s a great opportunity that can lead to a very rewarding career,” he said.
The article Veterans revamp the tri-state area one project at a time by the New York Post introduces three New York area construction workers who proudly served their country. Two of the those highlighted workers excelled through the Veterans In Piping Program.
With resounding courage, Alejandro Francis and Jason Price served as part of the United States Marine Corps. Both also completed the United Association (UA) Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program at Camp Lejeune in 2014.
Akini Celestine, a graduate of the United Associations (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program and a member of UA Local 1 in New York City, recently spoke at a Helmets to Hardhats Luncheon. He detailed his decision to apply to the UA VIP Program, his life as a unionized worker, and the less than common path he took to find himself among the men and women of the United States Army. His speech, in its entirety, is below.
“My name is Akini Celestine. I am a third-year apprentice at the United Association Plumbers Local 1 and concurrently serve as a sergeant in the Army Reserve. Originally born in the tiny tropical island of Grenada, I moved to the United States at the young age of 19 to pursue a better life.