VIP® Programs Across the Nation U.S. Army Fort Hood, TX, (since 2014) Program focus: Welding VIP Training Site: 4938 Santa Fe Rd Ft Hood, TX Instructors: Louis Purcella and Alvin Davis Contact for applications: Career Skills Program BLDG 33009, RM G261 Soldier for Life Transition Program Phone: (254) 285-5542 or (254) 287-3906 U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC, (since 2014) Program focus: Welding VIP Training Site: 1249 Birch Street Camp Lejeune, NC 28547 Instructors: Billy Platt & Dave Porter Contact for applications: John A. Lejeune Education Center 825 Stone Street Phone: (910) 451-3091 U.S. Army Fort Campbell, KY, (since 2014) Program focus: Welding VIP Training Site: 6096 Angels Road Fort Campbell, KY 42223 Instructors: Michael Smith & Barry Richardson Contact for applications: Soldier for Life Center 5661 Screaming Eagle Blvd, RM 120D Phone: (270) 798-4974 U.S. Army Fort Sill, OK, (since 2015) Also accepts applicants from Fort Hood, Fort Riley & Fort Leonard Wood Program focus: Fire Sprinkler Fitting VIP Training Site: Soldier for Life Transition Campus 2502 Sheridan Rd., Suite 154 Fort Sill, OK 73503 Instructor: Robert Carr Contact for applications: Fort Sill Service Members Soldier for life Transition Campus 2502 Sheridan Rd., Suite 154 Phone: (580) 442-4824 or (580) 442-6539 Fort Riley Service Members Career Skills Program BLDG 212, Room 104 Phone: (785) 239-2193 Fort Leonard Wood Service Members Truman Education Center 4904 Constitution Ave. Phone; (573) 596-0172 U.S. Naval Station Norfolk, VA, (since January 2016) Program focus: Heating, Ventilation, Air- Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) VIP Training Site: NAVSTA BLDG LP-20 Norfolk, VA 23511 Instructor: Robert Vilches Contact for applications: Fleet and Family Support Center 7928 14th Street, Suite 209 Phone: (757) 322-9122 15 Career Opportunities in Piping for Transitioning Veterans | Spring/Summer 2017 “This is the greatest company I’ve ever worked for, hands down. The owners run this fabrication shop, and they’re very involved. Everyone who knows them has a great deal of respect for them. I’ve been a UA member for 11 years, and I’m also an instructor for the UA. We currently have two VIPs working here. My ad- vice to apprentices is to take advantage of the training center. You are paying for it. The education that we offer would cost you thousands of dollars, and you can get certifications that you can’t get anywhere else that will serve you well. Don’t go there with the mindset of doing the bare minimum. Do all that you can. “This fabrication shop has grown from having a work space no bigger than this office to what you see here today. It’s only been two years. You can always put out a superior product when it’s manufactured in a fab- rication shop. We have been super busy, and we have plans to expand. Eventually, we will take over the other side, which will give us an additional 20,000 feet.” ~ Deano Garza, piping foreman, Silicon Valley Mechanical 844-VIP-JOBS