Flawless Transition: Afterburner & USAA Answer the Call, Add Nine Transition & Career Development Seminars to Exiting Service Members in 2015; Delivered at Ft. Hood

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The daylong seminar was free to all active duty, veterans and spouses, and was held at Club Hood Tuesday, Mar. 24.

Veterans preparing for transition at the Military Transition Seminar at Ft. Hood.

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I took leave and traveled from Ft Bliss to Ft Hood so I could attend the seminar a second time, this time with my spouse. - Hugo H.

Atlanta--USAA continued their sponsorship of military transition career planning seminars for exiting soldiers, facilitated by veteran-owned-and-operated management training and consulting firm Afterburner Inc®. The Military Transition Seminar was open to transitioning leaders from all ranks, veterans and spouses, and was held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mar 24 at Club Hood at Fort Hood, Texas. The partnership demonstrates both organizations’ commitment to veteran initiatives.

“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 also received 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 across the nation, we train our client organizations how 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 Afterburner to train vets to strategically establish a civilian career path leveraging their in-demand skill sets versus starting all over.”

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 ExecutionSM. Encompassing three management solutions, Empower SM, Equip SM and EmbedSM, Afterburner brings elite military precision to top corporations around the world. With a client list that includes over 30 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500, Afterburner has ranked among Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies” three 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 404-835-3500.

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