Dave Haugland, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme safety and security manager, and Armando Ontiveros, NSWC Port Hueneme security specialist and Wounded Warrior, represented the Navy command at the “Honor a Hero-Hire a Vet” job and resource fair at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel on Oct. 18. The job fair was designed to connect military veterans with local employers in both the public and private sectors.
Veterans came from far and wide to attend the event and included those seeking new careers as well as those looking for their first job since returning from active duty.
“We spoke to at least 125 veterans throughout the day,” said Haugland, “and we determined that 25 of them had the skill sets we were looking for.”
According to Haugland, the resumes of the 25 potential new hire candidates will be provided to command hiring managers for employment consideration.
Ontiveros, a former U.S. Marine and wounded warrior, was hired by Haugland in 2009 under the Wounded Warrior Program. He is an example of a successful recruitment as his skills have transitioned smoothly from the battlefield to a Navy civilian career in the Security Department where he works on various aspects of personnel and physical security.
Both Haugland and Ontiveros attend numerous Wounded Warrior career fairs throughout the year in different locations throughout the country to support the Navy’s Wounded Warrior initiative.
“We talk to hundreds of vets throughout the year,” said Haugland, “and even if we find someone who doesn’t want to or can’t reside in Port Hueneme, we make the effort to connect him or her with other locations throughout the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) enterprise.”
NSWC Port Hueneme is proud of its record for hiring Wounded Warriors. Since inception of the command’s Wounded Warrior Program in 2009, NSWC Port Hueneme has hired 62 wounded veterans.
The Wounded Warrior Program is an initiative that helps military service member’s transition from uniformed service to careers in the federal civilian workforce.
“The NAVSEA Wounded Warrior Program is championed by Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy and locally by Capt. William DeBow who has been very supportive with us being successful here at Port Hueneme,” said Haugland.
NSWC Port Hueneme has embraced this initiative and instituted measures to carry it out throughout the organization.
“Our goal is to ensure that Wounded Warriors have every opportunity and support needed to transition from military to federal civilian service,” said DeBow, NSWC Port Hueneme commander. “Our success is measured not only in numbers, but in providing opportunities for wounded service members to serve their country in a civilian capacity.”
The Wounded Warrior Program has been an aggressive initiative at NSWC Port Hueneme since its inception. The command has enacted extensive recruiting initiatives, including establishing internal departmental hiring goals, developing a fiscal year Wounded Warrior recruiting schedule, attending a variety of Hiring Heroes Career Fairs and partnering with various organizations such as Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura County Veterans Affairs as a means to advance the program’s objectives as well as Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton.
NSWC Port Hueneme will continue to aggressively pursue wounded veterans through every means practicable, offering them an opportunity for careers in the civilian world and to integrate their specialized skills, experience and knowledge into the command’s workforce.
NSWC Port Hueneme is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and provides the global United States Navy fleet with weapon system in-service engineering, logistics, and test and evaluation. Commanded by Capt. DeBow of the U.S. Navy, NSWC Port Hueneme is located at Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., where it employs more than 1,900 personnel.