The Honor Foundation Expands to East Coast; Launches New Campus in Virginia Beach

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Non-profit transition institute for Navy SEALs and Special Operations Forces will now operate bi-coastally

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"... this expansion is critical to our ultimate mission to be able to serve the entire global community of Special Operations Forces," says Joe Musselman, Founder and CEO of The Honor Foundation.

The Honor Foundation, a non-profit transition institute that provides executive education, professional development, career coaching, and transition management for members of the Navy Special Warfare and Special Operations Forces communities, has just launched its second campus in Virginia Beach, VA. The Honor Foundation has served these communities in San Diego, CA since 2013, and while it has offered remote participation to members nationally, will now have a physical campus for East Coast operators and Fellows [students] to attend its specialized program that assists in transition from military to civilian life. Both San Diego and Virginia Beach house the largest populations of the Navy Special Warfare and Special Operations Forces, so the expansion is both natural and inevitable.

The Honor Foundation will operate out of Tidewater Community College- Virginia Beach, the largest provider of higher education and workforce solutions in Southeastern Virginia, serving both students and local employers with more than 150 academic and career programs. Leading the on-ground presence for The Honor Foundation’s East Coast institute will be Jeff Pottinger, Vice President and Chief of Curriculum for The Honor Foundation.

"As The Honor Foundation expands our Transition Institute to Virginia Beach, we extend our reach in the US Special Operations Force (SOF) community. Now, for the first time, we will be collaborating with the East Coast SOF community, Hampton Roads area business and civic leaders, and regional academic institutions to prepare these elite individuals for their next profession. It’s exciting, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it!” says Pottinger.

The launch of The Honor Foundation’s East Coast Institute is a critical move for the organization in a year of accelerated growth. In August, the foundation was awarded a $2 million grant from the Navy SEAL Foundation, to be dispersed over the next three years to help them realize expansion. They recently graduated their fifth and largest class, and the Virginia Beach location provides the opportunity to serve a significantly larger portion of the elite community they work with.

“The opening of our Virginia Beach location is an important milestone for The Honor Foundation. We’ve worked tirelessly to build an elite transition program and curriculum over the past few years that will help change the lives of our Fellows as they enter the civilian workforce, and this expansion is critical to our ultimate mission to be able to serve the entire global community of Special Operations Forces. We’ve found a perfect home at Tidewater, and are ecstatic to have a more active foothold in the Virginia Beach community, “ says Joe Musselman, founder and CEO of The Honor Foundation.

The Honor Foundation’s East Coast Institute will kick off tomorrow with a press conference and launch event boasting an impressive line-up of speakers and attendees, which include Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe; Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey; Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms and Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation.

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About The Honor Foundation

The Honor Foundation provides executive education, professional development, career coaching, and transition management to US Special Operations Forces. As the creators of the first-of-its-kind transition institute for the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) community, The Honor Foundation collaborates closely with the Special Operations Forces community, top business schools and America’s finest companies in order to support veterans from the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) community as they move into the next phase of their careers.

The leader within its space, in 2012 The Honor Foundation identified the need for a transition program that is tailored to the experience levels and skill set of those in the Special Operations Forces who were seeking their next great adventure in the private sector. The Honor Foundation’s founder, Joe Musselman, interviewed over two-hundred Navy SEALs in 2013 who had recently transitioned into the private sector. He discovered that the most pressing need reported by this group study was professional development and transition. Due to the nature of their workup and deployment schedule, of the group surveyed, less than thirteen-percent had job offers on the table by their end of service date. Recognizing this critical need, The Honor Foundation created the first Professional Development and Transition Institute for the Navy SEAL and US Special Operations Forces community. Recently coming on board as a Founding Partner, he Navy SEAL Foundation has collaborated closely alongside its members, America’s finest companies, top business schools, and leading entrepreneurs in order to create a new community post the community for our nation’s elite.

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