Since its inception in 2008, the Port’s award-winning Veterans Fellowship Program has hired 79 transitioning Veteran Fellows, providing a valuable pathway for military to transition to civilian careers. 84% of fellows have found permanent employment within six months of completing the program, while 50% have been hired directly at the Port.
Meet the latest class of Veteran Fellows to join our organization:
Mike joined the Navy to see more of the world and set himself up for future success. He served over eight years maintaining and operating fluid systems for nuclear propulsion plants and providing oversight for radioactive work. Mike is currently working with the Marine Maintenance Asset Management team. In his free time, he enjoys reading, gardening, being outdoors, and keeping up with his Navy friends via online games and activities.
Wesley served in the Air Force, working in the intelligence community as a Spanish Language Analyst and Human Intelligence Specialist for 11 years. Along the way, he learned more about military benefits, gained an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than himself, and had the opportunity to work in fields I wouldn’t have access to while a civilian.
Wesley currently works as a supervisor in the Aviation Security Department, providing leadership to our frontline security professionals. Through the fellowship, he has had the opportunity to attend the Port's 5S workshop, Lean Specialist program, and Link Leadership. He is using those learned skills to work on AV Security's training program, as well as day to day operations workflow. Wesley wants to continue to grow his leadership skills and eye for continuous process improvement. He would love to continue working for the Port within Aviation Security, but eventually, he would like to start a consulting company.
Wesley has a wife and three little girls, so his free time is spent with his family. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle and working on his car. Wesley and his wife are avid readers, so they read together, and he's a huge fan of horror movies!
Jason joined the Navy October 3, 2001, shortly after the events of 9/11. He served as a Combat Coxswain in the Middle East and as Navy Diver, worldwide, in the special operations community.
At the Port, Jason is currently working in Construction Management as a Resident Engineer with the Sound Insulation Program. He has enjoyed his time with the Veteran Fellowship and is grateful that this program exists. The opportunity it provides veterans to experience is outstanding as they transition out of the service.
Outside of work, Jason enjoys Elk and Bear hunting, attending his children’s sporting events, and working on his home.