Seven soldiers participating in the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program at Fort Sill graduated from the sprinkler fitting program. This is the VIP class to graduatie from Fort Sill.
The graduation ceremony was held at the Soldier for Life Transition Complex on base at Fort Sill. Garrison Commander Col. Glenn A. Waters and retired Maj. Gen. Anders Aadland spoke at the event. Mike Hazard, from the UA, emceed the ceremony.
The VIP Program offers high-quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service. Participants in the program receive 18 weeks of accelerated skills training in either welding, HVACR or sprinklerfitting, and earn industry-recognized certifications and college credit as part of their training. Upon graduation, participants gain direct entry into UA apprenticeship programs, which are recognized in the industry as the best in the business.
The program is currently being offered at Camp Lejeune (NC), Camp Pendleton (CA), Joint Base Lewis-McChord (WA), Fort Carson (CO), Fort Hood (TX), Fort Campbell (KY), and Fort Sill (OK).