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UA VIP Fort Campbell Fire Suppression Class 14 begins

A new group of transitioning active-duty service members have begun training in the United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) as part of Fort Campbell’s Fire Suppression Class 14. 

The UA VIP program is a DOD SkillBridge program that was designed with the goal of providing a stress-free transition from the military to civilian life. 

For 118 days, Class 14 students will complete training that will provide them with the basic skills necessary to begin their future civilian careers in the pipe trades.

Students will learn from journeyman instructor Curtis Amos through both classroom instruction and hands-on training. 

Air Force Staff Sgt. William Muschong learned about the VIP program from a family member and the DOD SkillBridge website. 

Muschong was already interested in a sprinkler fitting apprenticeship and wanted to gain skills prior to starting. 

“My goal for my time in the VIP program is to absorb as much knowledge as possible to be as prepared as possible for my apprenticeship,” Muschong said.

Army Spc. Julianna Hernandez discovered the UA VIP program thanks to a CSP flyer. 

Hernandez hopes to learn more about the trade that will help her succeed after she transitions out of the military.

“I was attracted to the VIP program because the program didn’t require any use of my G.I. Bill and is completely free,” she said. 

Muschong, Hernandez and their other classmates will have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized certifications in sprinkler hazard, boom lift, forklift, OSHA safety and more during their time in Class 14.

All active-duty transitioning service members are encouraged to apply to the following bases that offer the VIP program:

Apply for the UA VIP program today 

Since 2008, the UA VIP program has helped thousands of transitioning service members prepare for a civilian career in the pipe trades. 

UA VIP acknowledges the dedication, sacrifice and transferable skills of transitioning military members. 

After Class 14 students graduate from the UA VIP program and transition out of the military, they will begin their DOL-registered UA apprenticeship program at an agreed-upon location. 

Class 14 graduates will receive a livable wage while acquiring skills through classroom education and on-the-job training while they work as apprentices. 

All Apprentices quickly become eligible for comprehensive full-family health care and retirement benefits.

All active-duty service members who are thinking about transitioning out of the military are encouraged to apply for the UA VIP program on our website.