Valdosta Daily Times

July 5, 2014

Military jobs: Return the favor

The Valdosta Daily Times

--- — Whether registered or not for one of two related job fairs this week, area employers may want to consider Moody Air Force Base personnel to fill job openings.

Between sequestration and reduction in forces, Moody Air Force Base is expected to lose approximately 400 personnel from active duty in the coming weeks and months. Area leaders are seeking ways to make South Georgia an attractive place for these military personnel and their families to stay.

Operation Moody Transition hosts an employment workshop, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Georgia Department of Labor, 221 S. Ashley St. The workshop will cover available tax credits, explanation of the translatable skill sets being released, and quick certification programs available through higher education institutions.

The Georgia Department of Corrections and the Georgia National Guard host a Military Personnel Career Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Moody Air Force Base.

These job fairs provide potential opportunities for service men and women as well as the South Georgia region.

The fairs offer viable job opportunities to military personnel making the transition to the civilian work force.

Military personnel offer numerous opportunities to potential employers. Service men and women are mission- and task-oriented. They have drive. They have skills. They have proven they can learn, adapt, succeed and excel. They have the potential of becoming powerhouse employees.

This is something our community already knows. We experience it daily with the number of Air Force retirees who not only choose to make South Georgia their civilian home but who opt to enter the work force. The community has experienced the positive impact of these veterans for decades.

These job fairs may be the first step in ensuring this military-to-civilian lifestyle continues here in the decades to come.