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Texas is a place of large things: wide open spaces, big cities, and huge patriotism, making it a great place for veterans to “hang their hats.” Texas history was shaped by people with similar values who fought for freedom during one of the “biggest” battles for independence in American history: the Battle of the Alamo.
Just like our fighting men and women of today, the defenders of the Alamo stood their ground when attacked by the Mexican army on Feb. 23, 1836. For 13 days the defenders held out, while their commander, William B. Travis, deployed couriers to nearby towns frantically asking for reinforcements. Even though the Alamo ultimately fell, “Remember the Alamo” became the battle cry that reinvigorated and fueled the efforts of soldiers in future battles that secured independence for Texas. The Battle of the Alamo is known around the world as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where individuals made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
Today’s veterans have many options to begin their civilian careers in the Lone Star state with Hirepurpose partner companies who offer great opportunities, benefits, and military-friendly cultures. Five of these companies are highlighted below.
Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company, has a variety of openings available in great Texas locations like Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, Sunnyvale, and Austin. The company values military service and experience, operating a robust veterans recruiting program and offering a military skills-matching tool on its website. Current job opportunities include positions in warehouse management, materials handling, sales, e-commerce development, maintenance, and more. Veterans of all ranks who served in military specialties such as supply officer, supply specialist, information technology specialist, yeomen, administrative specialist, operations specialist, maintenance technician, or in a related occupation will easily find an opening to match their skills and experience. As an employer, Mohawk has a focus on employee engagement and safety while also offering great benefits such as health, dental, and life insurance, training, an employee purchase program, tuition reimbursement and a 401(k) retirement plan.
Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, is seeking motivated veteran candidates to fill a variety of roles from administration and sales to distribution, supervisory and management positions. Home Depot has been recognized for its support of military members and their families through its commitment to hire 55,000 veterans in five years. Home Depot also offers a military discount on materials, a scholarship program for military spouses, “Welcome Home” events for returning service-members, a Military Appreciation Group that provides volunteers for USO events, and support to volunteer projects that facilitate housing improvements for veterans in need. While different positions have different experience and education requirements, ideal candidates will have characteristics that fit within the Home Depot culture: commitment to service, focus on results, dedication to lifelong learning and knowledge of products and services. Entry, mid, and senior-level opportunities are available for veterans that spent their time in the military in construction, security, operations, supply, administration, or recruiting (sales).
If working for an international oil and gas company is more your style, BP has several senior-level networking and information technology position openings in the Houston area right now. Senior enlisted members or officers who have significant experience leading information technology projects, working with networks, and handling cyber security issues would be well-suited to these IT positions. Those who have outgoing personalities, the ability to facilitate customer relationships and are familiar with marine or avionics lubricants will find their skills transferrable to the lubricant sales position. The facilities management role will require a sophisticated veteran with significant knowledge of energy generation, environmental technology and facilities management. BP is dedicated to the acquisition and retention of high-quality of military talent employs over 80,000 employees in 80 countries. Each of these great positions will provide an amazing opportunity for the right candidate to use their specialized military training and experience to transition into a lucrative private-sector career in a stable industry.
Veterans with computer programming, software and hardware development skills, experience managing information technology teams or who have training and experience with sales, business analysis, accounting or financial reporting will want to take a look at the job opportunities that Oracle has in multiple Texas locations. Oracle is an innovative leader in the information technology space with a focus on hiring veterans. It operates a veterans buddy program and internship program for wounded veterans and a university workforce development program for veterans. Positions range from mid to senior levels and require varying qualifications, most require a bachelor’s or higher in computer science, programming, or finance. Whether you are looking to be part of the sales, financial services or technology development teams, Oracle is a great place to start your post-military career.
Heavy equipment operators and mechanics, motor transport operators, vehicle mechanics and drivers should explore the Texas-based opportunities offered by Republic Services, a leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous waste. Many of these roles have a low-barrier to entry and plenty of room for growth, making them appropriate for former service members who served in any occupational speciality. Republic Services is committed to the military community and has pledged to hire veterans as a member of the Veterans Jobs Mission Coalition. The company believes in diversity, environmental stewardship and service, a culture that veterans and their family members not only understand, but will thrive in.
At least one Air Force base is on the lookout for a sinister new threat: angry men who can't get laid.
Personnel at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently treated to a threat brief regarding an "increase in nationwide activity" by self-described "incels," members of an online subculture of "involuntary celibacy" who adopt an ideology of misogyny, mistrust of women, and violence in response to their failed attempts at romantic relationships.
The brief was first made public via a screenshot posted to the popular Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on Tuesday. An Air Force spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot to Task & Purpose.
"The screenshot was taken from a Joint Base Andrews Intel brief created following basic threat analysis on an increase in nationwide activity by the group," 11th Wing spokesman Aletha Frost told Task & Purpose in an email.
A Navy installation blasted 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at high volume for 3 days straight, scaring the crap out of its neighbors
From Long Beach to Huntington Beach, residents were greeted Saturday, June 15, at precisely 8 a.m. with "The Star-Spangled Banner." Then 12 hours later, the "Retreat" bugle call bellowed throughout Seal Beach and beyond.
At first, people wondered if the booming sound paid tribute to Flag Day, June 14. Seal Beach neighbors bordering Los Alamitos assumed the music was coming from the nearby Joint Forces Training Base.
But then it happened again Sunday. And Monday. Folks took to the Nextdoor social media app seeking an answer to the mystery.
Key witness says Eddie Gallagher stabbed wounded ISIS fighter in the neck but does not remember specifics
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The main thing to remember about Navy SEAL Chief Craig Miller's testimony on Wednesday is that he didn't seem to remember a lot.
Miller, considered a key witness in the trial of Chief Eddie Gallagher, testified that he saw his former platoon chief stab the wounded ISIS fighter but was unable to recall a number of details surrounding that event. Gallagher is accused of murdering the wounded fighter and separately firing on innocent civilians during a deployment to Mosul, Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — An enlisted Navy SEAL sniper testified on Wednesday that Chief Eddie Gallagher told his platoon prior to their deployment that if they ever captured a wounded fighter, their medics knew "what to do to nurse them to death."
In early morning testimony, former Special Operator 1st Class Dylan Dille told a packed courtroom that he had heard the phrase during unit training before the men of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2017.
Navy SEAL under investigation for allegedly manipulating (and hitting on) the widow of the Green Beret he helped kill
A Navy SEAL sentenced to one year in prison for the death of Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar is under investigation for allegedly flirting with Melgar's widow while using a false name and trying to persuade her that he and another SEAL accused of killing her husband were "really good guys," according to the Washington Post.