NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support Hosts 'Take A Vet To Work Day' Program

Story Number: NNS111123-16Release Date: 11/23/2011 9:05:00 PM
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By Margaret Kenyon-Ely, Naval Supply Systems Command Public Affairs

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- Local military veterans seeking employment participated in "Take A Vet To Work Day" hosted by Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Weapon Systems Support in partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network (GPVN) and Philadelphia Compound Veterans Committee, Nov. 23.

The attendees were a mix of Navy, Coast Guard and Army veterans, with some retired, and some who were still in the military Reserves in some capacity.

"Our organization has always been an advocate of hiring Veterans," said Capt. John G. King, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support commander. "'Take A Vet To Work Day' is another veteran outreach event for us to partner with our community and provide information on our mission and employment opportunities. Over the last three years NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support has hired 135 veterans representing 25 percent of all new hires."

GPVN President Alex Archawski said the "Take A Vet To Work Day" initiative is a huge event for his organization that helps veterans define their career objectives, assists them with developing job search strategies, resume writing, interviews and stresses the importance of networking.

"The high unemployment rate for veterans may be due to veterans not knowing what they want to do for a career," said Archawski. "They often send out generic resumes when employers want more specific resumes."

Archawski also said it is also critical for veterans to know where to go when seeking employment and making the right connections.

With a goal of assisting unemployed veterans who are struggling to define their new career objectives, this Philadelphia region initiative that started on Veterans Day 2011, allows unemployed veterans to sign up electronically for the program and list certain trades or skills that they are looking to explore.

Four functional areas that participants in the "Take A Vet To Work Day" program registered for included financial, procurement, supply chain management/supply operations and business systems (SAP Enterprise Resource Planning).

Highlights of the event included one-on-one shadowing with federal government civilian employees at NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support and DLA Troop Support; an informal lunch with veterans who were recently hired by the federal government; classroom and hands on training on the USAJOBS online job application system; and command overviews.

A field activity of the Naval Supply Systems Command, NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) is the U.S. Navy's supply chain manager providing worldwide support to the aviation, surface ship, and submarine communities.

NAVSUP WSS provides Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces with products and services that deliver combat capability through logistics. There are more than 2,000 civilian and military personnel employed at its two Pennsylvania sites. NAVSUP WSS Philadelphia site supports aircraft, while its Mechanicsburg site supports ships and submarines.

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