Rachel Crosby 2013-11-28 02:04:12
AFE Moves for Congress to Support Veteran Training Since early 2013, AFE has been providing the results of its signature Fort Bragg Initiative training program to multiple staff members from its meetings with Congress on Capitol Hill. Over 160 retiring soldiers have received international certification for managing buildings or facilities after taking AFE's monthly course at Fayetteville Technical Community College in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Currently, due to funding issues, the courses are being offered four times a year, one during each quarter of the school year. AFE's program was developed for the specific purpose of helping military members return to the workforce with a useful background and education in facilities maintenance and engineering, plus a world-renowned certification to show future employers. AFE developed a customized program geared towards similar work done by employees at the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The program borrows techniques from the DOD's "building personality profiling" program and incorporates these techniques into AFE's Certified Plant Maintenance Management (CPMM) program. As a result, military personnel separating from Fort Bragg and our armed services are given an opportunity to understand how to run and operate facilities equal to, and sometimes better than, seasoned professionals. Jobs are crucial for our returning military members, and while certification requires time spent in the classroom, the rewards are evident. The exam produces a 97 percent success rate and gives a head start to those in search of employment. Recently, a recent CPMM graduate landed a position with NASA. The list of proposed training sites mentioned in this article has been shared with every member of Congress. AFE is dedicated to keeping its membership appraised of the members of Congress who support the efforts of our custom-designed initiative, especially during the ongoing budget talks on Capitol Hill. The following list of proposed training locations were carefully selected and compiled by AFE's professional development team, lead by Stephen Nicholas*, vice chair of professional development: REGION 1 Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia Maryland: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is the national and international medical center for the Department of the Army. Warrior care, wounded warriors, and veterans would be the focus of the AFE training initiative. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center ACAP Center, Building 11, Room 148A, 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20889. Phone: 301-400-1992 Virginia: The Joint Base Langley-Eustis houses the 63rd Air Base Wing, Mission Support Group and Medical Group, along with the Fighter Wing Group, 1st Operational Group and 1st Maintenance Group. Returning veterans from Joint Base Myer-Henderson, Fort Belvoir and Fort Lee could be used as alternate class locations dependent upon class size and demand. Joint Base Langley-Eustis ACAP Center, 601 Hines Circle, Room 140, Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5116. Phone: 757-878-4955 REGION 2 Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio Kentucky: Fort Knox encompasses 109,000 acres within three Kentucky counties and has a population of over 40,000 soldiers, family members and civilian employees. Fort Knox ACAP Center, 197 Spearhead Div Ave, Suite 112, Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121. Phone: 502-624-2227 or502-624-5222 REGION 3 Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin Missouri: Fort Leonard Wood (military base) is a U.S. Army installation located in the Missouri Ozarks. In 1999, as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Process, Fort McClellan, Alabama, was closed, and the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and Military Police Corps schools were transferred to Fort Leonard Wood, which was concurrently re-designated a U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center. Fort Leonard Wood ACAP Center, 140 Replacement Avenue, MO, 65473-8935. Phone: 573-596-0175 or 573-581-0175 REGION 4 Northern and Central California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington Hawaii: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is a United States military facility adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii. It is a combination of Hickum Air Force Base and the Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor can accommodate the largest ships in the fleet, and it includes dry dock services and is home to over 160 commands. Housing, personnel and family support are also provided and are an integral part of the shore side activities, which encompasses both permanent and transient personnel. Fleet and Family Support Center Retired Activities Office, 850 Ticonderoga St. Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-5101. Phone: 808-474-1999 Washington: Joint Base Lewis-McChord combines the U.S. Army Fort Lewis and the U.S. Air Force McChord Air Force Base. With an Army joint base commander and an Air Force deputy joint base commander, the garrison supports the installation through directorates and agencies that provide a full range of city services and quality-of-life functions: everything from facilities maintenance, recreation and family programs to training support and emergency services. Joint Base Lewis-McChord ACAP Center, Building 2013A, Room 103, Pendleton Ave & North 3rd St, Fort Lewis, WA 98433. Phone: 253-967-3258 REGION 5 Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia North Carolina: Fort Bragg is the current home and founding location of the Fort Bragg Initiative, and it's the largest army installation in the world, providing more than 10 percent of the Army's active component forces. Fort Bragg ACAP Center, Soldier Support Center, Building 4-2843, Room 1-C-F, Normandy Drive Fort Bragg, NC 28310. Phone: 910-396-7188 or 910-396-2227 South Carolina: Joint Base Charleston combines the U.S Air Force Charleston Air force Base and the U.S. Naval Support Activity Charleston, encompassing more than 20,000 active-duty, reserve and civilian personnel, spanning across its Air Base and Weapons station. Fleet and Family Support Center Retired Activities Office, 1005 Jefferson Ave., Building 755, Goose Creek, SC. REGION 6 Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah California: Naval Base San Diego is home port to approximately 46 naval ships and is the largest naval base on the West Coast, housing over 4,000 military men and women. Naval Station San Diego DSN, Retired Activities Office, Fleet and Family Support Center 0800-1600, 3005 Corbina Alley, Suite 1, DSN: 526-7412, San Diego, CA 92136. Phone: 619- 556-8987. Fort Irwin, National Army Training Center, incorporates about 6,288 rotational soldiers and 4,997 assigned military on base. There are also approximately 6,934 family members on base, with a daily base population of 23,958. Fort Irwin ACAP Center, Building 111, Langford & Goldstone Ave. B Fort Irwin, CA 92130. Phone: 760-470-5644 REGION 7 International The U.S. Department of State is a corporate partner with AFE and retains an AFE member in good standing within every U.S. embassy around the world. Seoul, Republic of Korea: United States Army Garrison Yongsan. AFE has had a major certification training facility in Seoul, South Korea for over 10 years, through our Korean Institute of Plant, Engineering and Construction (KIPEC) partner. Yongsan ACAP Center, Building 4038, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Phone: 011-822-7918-733, 738-7334 REGION 8 Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine New Hampshire and Maine: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) is one of four remaining naval shipyards in the nation and is a perfect location for the AFE Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) initiative program. PNSY has an active apprentice and engineer recruitment program and encompasses over 297 acres, including a main base and off-base family housing in Kittery, Maine. Many of the buildings located at the shipyard are in an historic district, and 50 buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. PNSY has converted two of its four power plant boilers to natural gas, part of an award-winning comprehensive energy management program. This project invested millions of dollars to implement a major power plant and utility distribution recapitalization effort utilizing an Army Corps of Engineers' Regional Energy Savings Performance Contract. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard retired activities Office, Code 866, Building 22, 1000- 1400, Portsmouth, NH 03804-5000. Phone: 207- 438-1860 REGION 9 Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas Texas: Fort Bliss is the largest U.S. Army training and doctrine command (TRADOC) and the second largest Army installation. Fort Bliss is also adjacent to the Army's largest missile range at White Sands. Fort Bliss ACAP Center, Building 503A, Room 309, Pershing Road, Fort Bliss, TX 79906. Phone: 915-568-7996 or 915-978-7996 * Stephen Nicholas is the former national president of the National Air Filtration Association (NA FA); former president of the Boston, Massach usetts chapter of A SHRAE, and currently sits on the AFE board of directors. He is also a lead trainer for the Fort Bragg Initiative in North Carolina.
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