UNITED ASSOCIATION VETERANS IN PIPING PROGRAM
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AND HAPPENINGS WITH VIP

Take a look at some of the newsworthy items for the VIP program.

The United Association Veterans in Piping Program held a graduation event for its 17 students from Fort Carson Welding Class 13 on Oct. 18. The special ceremony took place a week prior to the final class with Fort Carson CSM Mack and Retired Major General Andy Aadland speaking.

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The United Association Veterans in Piping Program Joint Base Lewis-McChord HVAC-R Class 15 has been in session for three weeks, as participants are busy learning about the piping industry.

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The United Associations VIP Program has welcomed 10 new students into welding class 16 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Transitioning active-duty military service members can seek career opportunities within the piping industry by joining the UA Veterans in Piping Program.

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Colton Jackson, a fifth-year apprentice at Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 43, Chattanooga, TN, was recently named TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) Apprentice of the Year at the company’s 12th annual TVA TLC Labor Management Conference.

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Aside from being veterans, United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) apprentices have one thing in common; this program has changed their life. Specialist William “Billy” Northrop joined the military because he wanted to learn a trade.

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All 20 members of the United Association Veterans In Piping Program Fort Campbell Welding Class 10 displayed a great work ethic. They realized the skills that UA VIP members learn are in high demand, as there is an increased need for skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen in the piping industry.

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The United Association (UA) is proud to announce the graduation of its Veterans in Piping Program Naval Station Norfolk HVAC-R Class 7 on Sept. 27.

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Brandon Hutton had been in the Navy for five-and-a-half years. He had just graduated from the UA VIP HVACR [heating, ventilation, air- conditioning, and refrigeration] Service Technician program in Norfolk, VA, and had arrived in Austin that day.

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Adam Messenger is on the job in Cheyenne, WY, working for U.S. Engineering at the Capital Square Project. He is a fourth-year apprentice with Local Union 192 in Cheyenne. He graduated from the VIP Welding program at Fort Carson, which is held at Local Union 58 in Colorado Springs.

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On Aug. 30, 16 transitioning military service members -- eight students from Welding Class 15 and eight students from HVAC-R Class 14 – officially completed the free 18-week career training program that provides participants with the education and skills to begin a career in the piping industry.

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