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Leave the “service economy” stuff to other people. You were in the military. You do things, and now that you’ve transitioned, you want to make things. Maybe you swung a wrench, or maybe you designed systems; any way you slice it, you did. Join these great companies that manufacture stuff — that make; that do.
Intel is a household name — its chips and semiconductors enable much of what we’ve come to take for granted in the digital age. The company has a long-standing commitment to hire from the military talent pool; in fact, Intel has its own team dedicated to hiring transitioning service members who have technical backgrounds — including electrical, mechanical, and maintenance experience.
Baxter International Inc. provides a broad portfolio of essential medical products. Recognizing the experience and dedication veterans bring to the workplace, Baxter actively recruits military personnel transitioning to the business world. Their range of career opportunities provides a vast array of possibilities for matching veterans with the right role.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute, and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Cummins offers veterans an integrated balance of challenging professional work experience, exposure to global projects and the opportunity to make an immediate impact.
The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, providing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Coca-Cola has the strongest portfolio of brands in the nonalcoholic beverage industry, featuring 20 brands that each generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales.
Mohawk Industries, Inc. is a leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Transitioners and veterans of all ranks and education level who served in military specialties such as combat arms, logistics and maintenance will easily find an opening to match their skills and experience.
FedEx Ground is a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation and one of the world’s leading providers of small-package ground delivery service. FedEx has appeared on Fortune Magazine’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies, 100 Best Companies to Work For, and World’s Most Admired Companies for many years running. The company maintains many employee advancement initiatives, offers a generous promote-within policy, and has an extensive tuition assistance program.
Applied Materials is the global leader in materials and engineering solutions for the semiconductor, flat panel display, and solar photovoltaic industries. The company has a robust veterans recruiting program and values the technical skills and leadership traits that military members bring to the table. Most jobs require great communications skills, the commitment to safety first, and the ability to lead projects and teams.
While the U.S. military wants to keep roughly 8,600 troops in Afghanistan, the Taliban's deputy leader has just made clear that his group wants all U.S. service members to leave the country as part of any peace agreement.
"The withdrawal of foreign forces has been our first and foremost demand," Sirajuddin Haqqani wrote in a story for the New York Times on Thursday.
In the wee hours of Jan. 8, Tehran retaliated over the U.S. killing of Iran's most powerful general by bombarding the al-Asad air base in Iraq.
Among the 2,000 troops stationed there was U.S. Army Specialist Kimo Keltz, who recalls hearing a missile whistling through the sky as he lay on the deck of a guard tower. The explosion lifted his body - in full armor - an inch or two off the floor.
Keltz says he thought he had escaped with little more than a mild headache. Initial assessments around the base found no serious injuries or deaths from the attack. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted, "All is well!"
The next day was different.
"My head kinda felt like I got hit with a truck," Keltz told Reuters in an interview from al-Asad air base in Iraq's western Anbar desert. "My stomach was grinding."
A video has emerged showing a U.S. military vehicle running a Russian armored truck off the road in Syria after it tried to pass an American convoy.
Questions still remain about the incident, to include when it occurred, though it appears to have taken place on a stretch of road near the Turkish border town of Qamishli, according to The War Zone.
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
We are women veterans who have served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Our service – as aviators, ship drivers, intelligence analysts, engineers, professors, and diplomats — spans decades. We have served in times of peace and war, separated from our families and loved ones. We are proud of our accomplishments, particularly as many were earned while immersed in a military culture that often ignores and demeans women's contributions. We are veterans.
Yet we recognize that as we grew as leaders over time, we often failed to challenge or even question this culture. It took decades for us to recognize that our individual successes came despite this culture and the damage it caused us and the women who follow in our footsteps. The easier course has always been to tolerate insulting, discriminatory, and harmful behavior toward women veterans and service members and to cling to the idea that 'a few bad apples' do not reflect the attitudes of the whole.
Recent allegations that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie allegedly sought to intentionally discredit a female veteran who reported a sexual assault at a VA medical center allow no such pretense.
Survival expert and former Special Air Service commando Edward "Bear" Grylls made meme history for drinking his own urine to survive his TV show, Man vs. Wild. But the United States Air Force did Bear one better recently, when an Alaska-based airman peed in an office coffee maker.
While the circumstances of the bladder-based brew remain a mystery, the incident was written up in a newsletter written by the legal office of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on February 13, a base spokesman confirmed to Task & Purpose.