AFE Staff 2013-09-21 03:54:27
AFE’s successful program for returning military members and veterans may possibly expand. On August 8, 2013, AFE’s Executive Director Wayne Saya went to the Pentagon for a meeting with Anthony J. Stamilio, assistant deputy secretary of the Army, to discuss avenues for the continuation and possible expansion of the AFE Fort Bragg Initiative. Stamilio, who assumed his position on April 12, 2010, is responsible for the supervision and oversight of all policies, programs and operations for approximately 300,000 Army-appropriated and non-appropriated fund personnel in the workforce. He is also responsible for the oversight of labor-management relationships with the Army’s 50 national and local union partners. Also in attendance at the meeting were U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven George, director of the southeast region for the Office of the Chief of Staff for the Soldier for Life Program; and U.S. Army Maj. Mariah C. Taylor, director of education and training for the Office of the Chief of Staff for the Soldier for Life program. In addition, a number of U.S. Army officers and staff joined the meeting via conference call. The Soldier for Life program is the Army’s recognition of soldiers and their contributions to our country. At a June 14, 2013 panel discussion in Chicago about reintegrating veterans and their families, Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command, said, “We are going to sustain that service to the nation, whether they keep the uniform on or transition back to civilian service in their communities, and it’s our commitment to prepare them for that transition if they choose to leave the uniform service.” He continued, “Depending on each individual, this transition may include the use of education benefits as well as certification programs that could help former soldiers easily transition their military training.” The Roots of the Certification Program AFE’s certification program was initially developed as a result of a highly recognized maintenance crisis caused by the retirement of millions of skilled maintenance technicians and maintenance professionals. This industry crisis was our cover story in the May/June 2012 issue of Facilities Engineering Journal. AFE has committed from the start of our Fort Bragg Initiative—a certification program for the Fort Bragg community of soldiers and veterans—to providing returning soldiers, veterans and others with world-class certification for maintaining buildings and facilities at home and abroad. In addition, AFE’s certification training courses provide students with an overview and understanding of the fundamental principles of business management—skills that are useful within any industry. Information about AFE’s Fort Bragg Initiative will be updated on a regular basis in Facilities Engineering Journal.
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