Flawless Transition: USAA & Afterburner to Bring Acclaimed Transition Preparation Course to Veterans at Fort Carson on Wednesday, May 13

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The Military Transition Seminar is a free course for service members of all branches and ranks that provides training in key areas for successful transition

Veterans preparing for transition at the MLTS at Ft. Hood earlier this year

Career planning that works with the Military Transition Seminar

Fort Carson is the next stop for the USAA-sponsored Military Transition Seminar (MTS), a career planning seminar for exiting service members and their spouses. Open to all rank and branches, the MTS is developed and delivered by veteran-owned-and-operated management training and consulting firm Afterburner Inc®. The seminar will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 at the Elkhorn Conference Center in Fort Carson, CO. The partnership demonstrates both organizations’ commitment to empowering veterans with the tools and resources that enable a successful transition.

“USAA is dedicated to helping our military members and their families make a successful transition into civilian life,” stated Eric Engquist, assistant vice president of USAA military transitions. “We are proud supporters of the national Hiring Our Heroes coalition and the White House’s Joining Forces initiative. Our focus is to provide knowledge and resources to our veterans as well as connect them with meaningful career opportunities. This is why we are so excited to continue to sponsor Afterburner’s transition workshops.”

The full-day seminar is part of a larger initiative to encourage military members to think more strategically about their transition to civilian life well in advance of their separation or retirement dates. The course curriculum trains veterans to identify key areas of consideration and to use those as guidance throughout the planning process. Participants develop career planning strategies, learn job search skills, networking, interview preparation and how to incorporate all facets of their support network. Most important, veterans are shown the importance of developing a lifetime civilian career as opposed to securing an initial job. The planning process used in the Military Transition Seminar is the same process Afterburner deploys to top corporations, providing each participant with an individual career plan, complete with a personal value proposition, career objectives customized to his or her previous experience, and insight into industries where military core competencies are in high demand.

As part of the seminar, each participant will also receive a copy of “Down Range,” the recently released veteran career transition guide co-authored by Afterburner founder and CEO Jim “Murph” Murphy and retired Navy Cmdr. Will Duke, Afterburner’s director of Learning and Development. Written from the firm’s nearly 20-year history working with Fortune 500 and Global 2000 clients, “Down Range” empowers exiting military members to communicate the value of their service experience and individual areas of expertise, and to use those skill sets and experience as catalysts to success throughout their civilian careers.

In founding Afterburner, Murphy developed a team of veterans whose military training, experiences and skills are in high demand among global corporations.

“Each week, we train industry-leading corporations to operate like elite military teams,” Murphy says. “These best-in-class organizations recognize and seek the skill sets that military service members possess, yet our veterans struggle to find ‘employment with purpose’ matching the sense of mission and esprit de corps they experienced while serving.”

“This is not a disparity in talent or experience. This is a lack of alignment & communication. USAA’s sponsorship allows us to leverage our individual transition experiences and 19 years of corporate consulting to train service members how to clearly and strategically establish a path to a civilian career.”

Service members, spouses and Department of Defense employees can register online and view additional seminar dates and locations at http://www.afterburner.com/veteran-transition-USAA.

For more information and to register for the course, please contact:
Roger Nixon
Director of Embed, Afterburner Inc.

About Afterburner®
Afterburner Inc. was founded in 1996 by U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Jim “Murph” Murphy and trains organizations around the world in the simple, scalable improvement processes of Flawless Execution. Afterburner brings elite military precision to top corporations around the world. With a client list that includes over 35 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500, Afterburner has ranked on the Inc. 500/5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies four times and has been featured in leading publications like The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Financial Times, Newsweek, Slate, Sports Illustrated and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Afterburner also has appeared on CNN, ABC, CNBC, Fox News, HLN and Bloomberg News, among others. To learn more about Afterburner’s innovative approach to building elite teams and Flawless Execution, visit http://www.Afterburner.com or call (888) 982-6764.

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