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Operation New Uniform to Host Cohort 20 Graduation on August 2nd at Web.com

July 19, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, FL (JULY 10, 2017) – Military members transitioning from active duty to civilian life face many challenges when they return home – not the least of which is the ability to obtain high-paying, rewarding career opportunities.  Although educated, trained and highly skilled, these veterans often find themselves less competitive in the professional marketplace compared with civilian candidates who have taken a more traditional path.  

Enter Operation New Uniform (ONU), a Jacksonville-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing these challenges by equipping veterans with the business acumen, career search skills, confidence and networking connections to thrive in the business world (operationnewuniform.org).  

Since the first Cohort in 2014, ONU has served 149 Veterans. The programs they go through immerse the Veterans in a positive team environment comprised of successful Veterans, business professionals and accomplished educators, and gives them the tools and resources to secure meaningful careers. 

On Wednesday, August 2nd, ONU will graduate their 20th cohort of Veterans. Before them, 149 Veterans graduated from ONU’s programs. As a result, 96% of them now have fulfilling careers. Cohort 20 will graduate nine more ONU veterans and they will be honored during a graduation ceremony scheduled to take place at Web.com (12808 Gran Bay Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32258) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m on August 2nd.

“We are proud to be serving our 20th Cohort of ONU Veterans and we have looked forward to reaching this milestone since 2014. During that time, our veterans have had tremendous success and they could not have done so without our partners and supporters fueling our organization.  Unfortunately, due to the popularity of our programs and financial constraints of our in demand organization, we will be forced to turn away over 300 veterans this year.  I want to be clear, these are our veterans, from our community, and they are our responsibility.  If you are an individual or organization looking to make a local, lasting impact, or be recognized for changing the lives of local service members, Operation New Uniform offers you that opportunity.,” said ONU Executive Director Justin Justice.  

Guest speakers will include a representative from Web.com, Operation New Uniform Staff and each of the Cohort 20 Veterans.  We will also be recognizing our latest Above and Beyond Award recipient along with our newest ONU Veteran Committed Company™ Supporters.

ONU Cohort 20 graduates:

Carl F. Bush is a Navy Veteran with 30 years of service and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Florida State University.

Bryan Burt is a Navy Veteran with 20 years of service and a Master’s of Business Administration in Human Resources from Liberty University, as well as Master’s Degree in Management.

Danielle Crowder is an Army Veteran with 4 years of service and an Associates of Arts Degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville.

Dustin Gano is a US Coast Guard Veteran with 17 years of service and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Davis.

Michelle D. Ladmirault is a Navy Veteran with 4 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.

Brian Low is a Navy Veteran with 23 years of service and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Management from Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Linda Lin is an Army Veteran with 3 years of service and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Technology from Kansas State University.

Savanna Rogers is a Navy Veteran with 20 years of service and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management from American Military University.

Armando Villegas is a Navy Veteran with 22 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics System Technologies from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s of Business Administration in Project Management from Webster University.

CONTACT:  Sterling Tyler, Director of Marketing, Operation New Uniform, (904) 328-1600

Press Release: Operation New Uniform to Host Graduation Ceremony for Cohort 19 Veterans June 2nd at Citi

May 26, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, FL (MAY 26, 2017) – Military members transitioning from active duty to civilian life face many challenges when they return home – not the least of which is the ability to obtain high-paying, rewarding career opportunities.  Although educated, trained and highly skilled, these veterans often find themselves less competitive in the professional marketplace compared with civilian candidates who have taken a more traditional path.  

Enter Operation New Uniform (ONU), a Jacksonville-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing these challenges by equipping veterans with the business acumen, career search skills, confidence and networking connections to thrive in the business world (operationnewuniform.org).  The program immerses veterans in a positive team environment comprised of successful veterans, business professionals and accomplished educators, and gives them the tools and resources to secure meaningful careers. 

On Friday, June 2nd, nine veterans who have graduated from the program will be honored during a graduation ceremony scheduled to take place at Citi (14000 Citicards Way, Jacksonville, Florida 32258) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“ONU provides veterans with the tools to tackle obtaining a fulfilling, post-military career. The demand for ONU’s services has led to over 300 veterans that apply each year that we are unable to serve due to financial constraints. ONU needs corporations to hire and financially support our veterans, but we also need individuals in the community to take financial responsibility for serving those who’ve served us selflessly,” said ONU Executive Director Justin Justice.  

Guest speakers will include a representative from Citi, as well as Operation New Uniform Staff and Cohort 8 ONU Veteran, Adam Singletary, who now has a fulfilling career as a contractor at Boeing.  VyStar Credit Union will also be recognized as an 2017 ONU Veteran Committed Company at the Silver Level. 

ONU Cohort 19 graduates:

James DeBold is a Navy Veteran with 25 years of service and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Janelle Fields is an Air Force Veteran with 3 years of service, and an MBA in Financial Management from Northcentral University.

Robert McGregor is a Navy Veteran with 26 years of service, an MBA and Bachelor’s in Computer Systems from Jacksonville University, and a Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

Robert Mercado is a Marine Corps and Navy Veteran with 30 years of service.  He possesses a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University, and a Master’s of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling from Azusa Pacific University.  He is currently a interning as a Marriage and Family Therapist. 

Greg Pierce is an Air Force Veteran with 26 years of service and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Columbia Southern University.

Yashica Rivers is an Army Veteran with 7 years of service and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Columbia College.

Paul Russ is a Navy Veteran with 20 Years of service, a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from Strayer University.

Carmelo Sanchez is a Navy Veteran with 30 years of service and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Columbia College. 

Craig Soleim is a Navy Veteran with 30 years of service holding a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences, along with a certifications in Senior Project Management and Associate Project Coordinator.

CONTACT:  Sterling Tyler, Director of Marketing, Operation New Uniform, (904) 328-1600

Press Release: Operation New Uniform to Host Graduation Ceremony for Cohort 18 Veterans April 5th at THE PLAYERS Championship

March 30, 2017

OPERATION NEW UNIFORM TO HOST GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR COHORT 18 VETERANS APRIL 5, 2017 AT THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP/TPC SAWGRASS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (MARCH 28, 2017) – Military members transitioning from active duty to civilian life face many challenges when they return home – not the least of which is the ability to obtain high-paying, rewarding career opportunities.  Although educated, trained and highly skilled, these veterans often find themselves less competitive in the professional marketplace compared with civilian candidates who have taken a more traditional path.  

Enter Operation New Uniform (ONU), a Jacksonville-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing these challenges by equipping veterans with the business acumen, career search skills, confidence and networking connections to thrive in the business world (operationnewuniform.org).  The program immerses veterans in a positive team environment comprised of successful veterans, business professionals and accomplished educators, and gives them the tools and resources to secure meaningful careers. 

On Wednesday, April 5th, nine veterans who have graduated from the program will be honored during a graduation ceremony scheduled to take place at THE PLAYERS Championship Media Center (110 Championship Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“ONU provides veterans with the tools to tackle obtaining a fulfilling, post-military career. The demand for ONU’s services has led to over 300 veterans that apply each year that we are unable to serve due to financial constraints. ONU needs corporations to hire and financially support our veterans, but we also need individuals in the community to take financial responsibility for serving those who’ve served us selflessly.” said ONU Executive Director Justin Justice.  

Guest speakers at the event will include Dave Hensley from THE PGA TOUR and Ruben Castro of FIS Global and also a graduate of ONU Cohort 1; and local business executives and veterans. During the ceremony, Operation New Uniform will award its Above and Beyond Award recipient for 2017.

ONU Cohort 18 graduates will include:

Robert Barber, 20 year Marine Veteran with a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego and a Project Management Professional Certification.

Dax Bonnett, 20 year Navy Veteran, with a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership, and Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development.

Kenneth Bradford, 21 year Navy Veteran with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration with a focus on Financial Management from Naval Post Graduate School.

Ntungwen Galabe, 4 year Army Veteran with both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree of Law. 

Danielle Hambrick, 33 year Army National Guard Veteran with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Rollins College.

Mark Howell, 30 year Navy Veteran with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance & Accounting from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree in Operational Science from Air Command and Staff College.

Jeffrey McGuire, 5 year Army Veteran with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University.

Allan Morgan, 23 year Air Force Veteran, with a Master’s Degree in Management from Saint Leo University.

Blen Young, 11 year Army Veteran, who will obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Florida State College of Jacksonville in the Spring of 2018.

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Featured in the Huffington Post: How Operation New Uniform Helps Veterans Navigate Civilian Life

March 30, 2017

 Thank you Dr. Jeff Shuford, a fellow veteran, writer and leader of Tech From Vets, for sharing the mission and message of Operation New Uniform with the Huffington Post and MSNBC audiences. Click here to read the article in it’s entirety.

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Florida Times Union Article about ONU

February 15, 2017

Florida Times Union published an article about Operation New Uniform’s recent graduation at Haskell. Read more here.

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Cohort 17 Graduation at Haskell

February 15, 2017

Cohort 17 graduated from the Finding the Uniform program on February 8th at Haskell. Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to our graduates!

We’ve posted a few photos from Graduation on our Facebook page.

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Cohort 16 Graduation to be Hosted by the PGA TOUR & Birdies for the Brave at TPC Sawgrass

November 29, 2016

Military members transitioning from active duty to civilian life face many challenges when they return home – not the least of which is the ability to obtain high-paying, rewarding career opportunities.  Although educated, trained and highly skilled, these veterans often find themselves less competitive in the professional marketplace compared with civilian candidates who have taken a more traditional path.

Enter Operation New Uniform (ONU), a Jacksonville-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing these challenges by equipping veterans with the business acumen, career search skills, confidence and networking connections to thrive in the business world (operationnewuniform.org).  The program immerses veterans in a positive team environment comprised of successful veterans, business professionals and accomplished educators, and gives them the tools and resources to secure meaningful careers.

On Wednesday, December 7, nine veterans who have graduated from the program will be honored during a graduation ceremony scheduled to take place in THE PLAYERS Championship Media Center at TPC Sawgrass, 110 Championship Way, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event will be supported by the PGA TOUR and its Birdies for the Brave military outreach initiative.

“We are indebted to the many local companies, individuals and organizations that have so passionately supported our program and helped to transform the lives of our courageous American heroes, who selflessly put their lives on the line to keep America safe and free,” said ONU Executive Director Justin Justice.

Guest speakers at the event will include David Hensley, a member of the PGA TOUR Veterans Committee; ONU graduate and newly-hired GE employee Donald Farley; local business executives and veterans; and members of the media. During the ceremony, Operation New Uniform will award its Above and Beyond Award recipient for 2016.

ONU Cohort 16 graduates will include:

  • Allan Amos Jr., 32-year Army veteran with a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University.
  • Christopher Hancock, five-year transitioning Navy veteran with a Master in Healthcare Administration from Walden University.
  • James Jackson, eight-year Marine Corps veteran with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Management from DeVry University.
  • Jeff Townsend, 20-year Navy veteran with a Master of Science degree in Management of Integrated logistics and Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
  • Jewel Augustus, 20-year Navy veteran with an MBA from Columbia Southern University and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Leo University.
  • John Connors, 20-year Navy veteran with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia College.
  • Keary Schear, 24-year Navy veteran with a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies from Roger Williams University.
  • Vincent Ford, 21-year Navy veteran with a Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University.
  • Yolande Goodman, five-year Marine Corps veteran with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New School University.
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The Fashion and Finance Show – Featuring ONU Veterans!

September 20, 2016

Join us on October 20th for The Fashion and Finance Show, hosted and sponsored by Transamerica Financial Advisors. You can learn more about the event on Facebook and purchase tickets as well.

Jacksonville women will enjoy an opportunity to mix and mingle with other North Florida professionals while enjoying a glass of wine (or two) from Mercer Estates. In addition to the style show presented by a local boutique, jewelry will be presented by another great partner, and financial tips will be offered by Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design/model. There will be ONU Veterans or their spouses as guest models and a chance to win great gifts at the silent auction, all the while supporting Operation New Uniform.

ONU Mentioned in Jacksonville Business Journal

June 22, 2016

Operation New Uniform was mentioned in the Jacksonville Business Journal. Board Chair, Michele McManamon was interviewed about her involvement in THE PLAYERS, as well as Operation New Uniform. Read the full article here.

Charity of the Day at Jacksonville Armada FC Military Appreciation Day

May 24, 2016

We are honored to the the Charity of the Day at the Jacksonville Armada FC’s Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 28th!

Tickets will start at $5 for anyone with a military ID. Prior to the match, the Armada FC will host the Intuition Blue and Bold Street Party presented by PRI Productions from 4:30-6:45 p.m. on A. Phillip Randolph Blvd. between Duval and Adams St. The bash features Intuition beers, special giveaways, exciting tailgating games and food trucks. In addition, there will be a stilt walker, face painting and live music from Hard 2 Handle.

To purchase tickets call 1.844.2.ARMADA or visit armadafc.com/tickets.

Read the entire press release from the Jacksonville Armada FC here!

Charity of the Day at THE PLAYERS

May 03, 2016

Operation New Uniform will be honored as the Charity of the Day at THE PLAYERS this year on May 10th!

You will be able to meet and receive an ONU gift from ONU Veterans and Volunteers at 4 gates, our logo will be prominently displayed throughout the course, and Birdies for the Brave will be hosting Toby Keith as the concert that evening.

You can purchase tickets ahead of time here.

ALL Active Duty, Military Reserve, National Guard, Military Retirees, and Military Spouses, along with dependents, receive complimentary tickets for each day of THE PLAYERS Championship (Tuesday – Sunday).

Military Veterans can purchase up to (2) two discounted tickets ($15 Practice Rounds, $25 Tournament rounds) for each day of THE PLAYERS Championship (Tuesday – Sunday).

Visit Birdies for the Brave for more information on how to sign up to get your tickets!

Operation New Uniform is supported by the Jaguars Foundation

April 28, 2016

Operation New Uniform was recently the recipient of a grant from the Jaguars Foundation, in partnership with the City of Jacksonville. You can read the press release here.

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(Left to Right): Ashley Gorges, Mary Maszy, Eric Heineman, Justin Justice, Bill Spann (Director, Military Affairs & Veterans Department, City of Jacksonville), Peter Racine (President of the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation), Harrison Conyers (Operations and Development Manager, Military Affairs, City of Jacksonville), Michele McManamon

Work Wanted: Week of Valor job fairs to help veterans

November 04, 2015

Operation New Uniform Graduate Adam Singletary is mentioned in this great article about helping Veterans find work in Jacksonville. You can read more here.

Operation New Uniform makes front page in the Jacksonville Business Journal

October 02, 2015

Veterans share their ONU experiences in a full page spread in the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Click here for article…

Operation New Uniform joins Brooks Brothers and Dignity U Wear in celebration of “Suits for Soldiers” program.

September 10, 2015

Justin Justice, joined by Operation New Uniform veterans, had the pleasure of speaking at the Brooks Brothers “Suits for Soldiers” program celebration along side Dignity U Wear.

“Jacksonville Business Journal Highlights ONU Veteran Committed Company – U.S. Military Maintenance”

September 10, 2015

Dignity U Wear provides support for Operation New Uniform

April 08, 2015

Dignity U Wear donates business attire to Operation New Uniform veterans to assist in their journey in finding new careers post-military.

Operation New Uniform featured in BUZZ Magazine

February 27, 2015

Operation New Uniform showcased in Florida Times Union article titled Program Helps Vets in Transition

November 12, 2014

Candace Moody impressively shared the Operation New Uniform story with the readers of the Times Union through her Work Wanted column.

Florida Times Union Features Operation New Uniform

November 11, 2014

New group aims to help vets make switch to civilian careers.

Unemployment is higher among veterans than the general population: around 8 percent, compared to 5.9 percent in the general population here in Northeast Florida. For the most recent cohort of Gulf War veterans, unemployment is about 10 percent. Preparing for a job search can be overwhelming for military members before they leave active duty, so many get a late start on developing a strategy.

Veterans who enter the civilian workforce must overcome several other unique challenges. First, they may have to develop a new career path if their military skill set doesn’t translate to civilian jobs (snipers, for example, or antisubmarine warfare specialists.) Service members also spend much of their career on deployment or transferring from city to city every few years, so they may not have established a network or developed networking skills. They are also adjusting to leaving their familiar culture behind and adjusting to new business models.

Understanding these challenges and helping veterans overcome them is the mission of a new nonprofit called Operation New Uniform. The organization, established in January of 2014, offers free training and coaching for veterans who are working on career transition. Executive director Justin Justice is a Navy veteran who was medically discharged after a back injury; he could no longer serve on ships and fulfill his duties as a sonar technician. “I thought I had it figured out,” he says of his career path after leaving the military. “I got an MBA, went to work in operations for a good company, but found that I never fully adjusted to the company culture. I left within a year and really struggled to figure out what should come next.”

Finish reading the article here.

Operation New Uniform featured on SBDC Speaking of Business TV Series

October 29, 2014

Justin shared our mission, vision and the success of our veterans with Nancy Boyle during the Speaking of Business: Non-profits as a Business television show.

Dignity U Wear donates suits to Operation New Uniform Veterans

August 15, 2014

Through our partnership and the strong support of Dignity U Wear, Operation New Uniform Veterans receive the professional look to go with their professional mindset.

Operation New Uniform featured as Top Story on First Coast News.  Thank you Katie Jeffries!

June 19, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — From the battlefield to the boardroom. That is the mission of Operation New Uniform.

“This was just a game changer for me, it helped me get a job quickly after the program and I don’t think I would have been able to do that without the program,” tells Army veteran Jarrell Armour.

Read the Full Article at First Coast News

Justin Justice, Executive Director, honored as recipient of Jacksonville Business Journal’s Veterans of Influence 2014

June 05, 2014

Veterans were selected from a list of nominees provided by readers based on nominees’ record of service, commitment to community service and influence on the region.  Read More…