Recognized as one of the most effective programs for providing high-quality training and employment to U.S. transitioning military members, the UA Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program offers substantial benefits to all stakeholders. Throughout its history, the VIP Program has helped hundreds of service members transition to civilian life.
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Pipefitters Local 455, St. Paul, MN, Apprentice David Adams (VIP graduate, Wisconsin Welding Class 2) is pictured on the job working for Pioneer Piping, Incorporated (PPI) at the Flint Hills Refinery in MN.
Camp Pendleton VIP Graduate turned out as Journeyman and makes a life in Butte, MT, with Local 41.
Orry graduated on April 9, 2015 and affiliated with UA Local 455, St. Paul, MN.
Sgt. Jerry Heneha, A Battery, 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery, puts together a valve system in preparation for his final week of the United Association's Veterans in Piping program at the Industrial Training Complex Photo Credit: Ms. Marie Berberea (TRADOC)
Fort Sill's inaugural Sprinkler Fitter class began on 2 March 2015.
Army Specialist Kellie Abbey, Fort Hood, TX, graduated the UA VIP program on 16 April 2015. For SPC Abbey becoming a welder/pipefitter for the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, HVACR Service Techs and Sprinkler Fitters (UA) was the absolutely perfect career choice.
SFC Michael Olsen and 1SG William Davidson presented their instructors Louis Purcella and Micah Tyler with a momentum from the class.
SGT Howard Nash is headed to Harrisburg, PA, to affiliate with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 520.
SPC Kellie Abbey and her husband, Nathan, will move to Houston with their son, Ethan, to affiliate with Pipefitters Local 211.
Gail Pilecki was so proud of her son, SGT Jeremy Pilecki, on graduation day. SGT Pilecki will make his home in Houston, affiliating with Pipefitters Local 211.
1SG William Davidson gave the graduate testimonial. He will remain with his family in Waco, TX, affiliating with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 529 in Waco, TX.
SFC Michael Olsen and his wife, Amanda, will remain in the area, affiliating with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 529 in Waco, TX.
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