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Operation New Uniform Cohort 24 Graduation Ceremony at CIT, April 6, 2018

April 05, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, FL (MARCH 19, 2018) – 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 to 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 182 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 Friday, April 6th, ONU will graduate its 24th cohort of ONU Veterans. Before them, 182 Veterans graduated from ONU’s programs. As a result, 96% of them now have fulfilling careers. Cohort 24 will graduate 11 more ONU veterans and they will be honored during a graduation ceremony scheduled to take place at CIT. (10201 Centurion Pkwy N #100 Jacksonville, FL 32256) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m on April 6th.

At Cohort 24 graduation, Operation New Uniform will be recognizing the following companies: Delores Barr Weaver Fund, Thomas and Lis Petersen Family Foundation, and Vitalogy Foundation. We are excited to present our 24th cohort of veterans to the business community. These veterans have overcome large personal and professional obstacles and will truly add value to Jacksonville through their new careers. Operation New Uniform’s staff, and the veterans we serve, are grateful for the partnership the Delores Barr Weaver Fund through the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida has given through matching grants from the Vitalogy Foundation and the Thomas and Lis Petersen Family Foundation. Thanks to these great folks, these veterans now have new opportunities available to them.

Guest speakers will include a Mike Jones, President of Business Capital at CIT, Operation New Uniform Staff, and each of the Cohort 24 ONU Veterans.

ONU Cohort 24 graduates:

Jada Brewington, a Navy & Army veteran with 14 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College

Stephen Verrigni, an Army veteran with 3 years of service and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing

Mingnon Jones, an Army veteran with 10 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Shorter University

Anna Douglas, a Navy veteran with 20 years of service and Master’s Degree in Human Services Management from Liberty University

Jacob Wilson, an Army veteran with 4 years of service and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Strayer University

Clayton Mitchell, an Army & Marine veteran with 20 years of service and a Bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management from Florida State College of Jacksonville

James Eggl, a Navy veteran with 26 years of service and an Associate’s Degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville

Sean Sharp, a Navy veteran with 11 years of service and a Master’s Degree in Physical Oceanography from Naval Postgraduate School

Shaun Powell, an Army veteran with 6 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Alabama
Paul Averell, a Navy veteran with 30 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management from Trident University

Shawn Lewis, a Navy veteran with 23 years of service and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree at Valdosta State University

 

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

 

Cohort 23

February 15, 2018

Meet the Veterans of Cohort 23

 

Operation New Uniform Partners with the Delores Barr Weaver Fund

December 18, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, FL (December 18, 2017) – Today, Operation New Uniform (ONU) announced a partnership with the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, including a matching grant program for corporate and individual gifts.  The funds will provide comprehensive services ranging from resume assistance and interview training to mindset and career planning, through Operation New Uniform’s #40EmptyChairs campaign.

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 to civilian candidates who have taken a more traditional path.

Since the first Cohort in 2014, ONU has served over 160 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.

 “Our partnership with the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, strengthens the opportunity we offer the North Florida community to rally around its veterans.  We are honored Mrs. Weaver selected Operation New Uniform for this generous commitment, which will allow gifts to go farther and more veterans to be served through our #40EmptyChairs campaign.  This campaign is dedicated to helping us serve the many veterans, roughly 40 per cohort, that apply for our programs that we are unable to serve due to the lack of funding needed to help them,” said Executive Director Justin Justice.

 About The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida: Now in its 53rd year, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida (jaxcf.org) is Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation. The Foundation works to stimulate philanthropy to build a better community- helping donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helping nonprofit serve the region effectively, and helping people come together to make the community a better place. The Foundation has more than $344 million in assets and has made grants in excess of $410 million since 1964.

About the Delores Barr Weaver Fund: Delores Barr Weaver established this Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida in 2012 to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that do work she has supported over many years and to encourage others to do so as well. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten and advance our community. Her establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift in the Community Foundation’s history.

About Operation New Uniform: ONU is a Jacksonville-based non-profit, leading the way in addressing veterans’ challenges upon entering the civilian workforce. ONU focuses on changing strategies, growing confidence, gaining skills and getting results. ONU offers training and development programs, resources and professional networks in the relentless pursuit of the professional success of the veterans they serve. To find out more about #40EmptyChairs, visit www.OperationNewUniform.org.

Operation New Uniform Partners with Boeing

November 07, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, FL (NOV. 8, 2017) – Today, Operation New Uniform (ONU) announced a partnership with Boeing, including a $50,000 grant to help expand career-transition services to military veterans.  The funds provide comprehensive services ranging from resume assistance and interview training to mindset and career planning.

“We aspire to be a top performer in every area of our business, and that includes leading in the communities where our employees and their families live and work,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing chairman, president and chief executive officer. “By harnessing our teammates’ unique skills and passion for giving, our professional networks and partnerships, and our financial resources, we will inspire the dreamers and doers of tomorrow and drive positive, lasting change in our communities across the globe.”

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 to 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 over 160 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.

 “Operation New Uniform is proud to partner with Boeing and announce them as a Platinum ONU Veteran Committed Company™.  Through this partnership, Boeing has not only guaranteed more veterans will have the confidence and careers they deserve, but they have already hired an ONU Veteran and look to continue to add more veterans to their team.”, said Justin Justice, U.S. Navy Veteran and Executive Director at ONU.

Boeing’s contribution will support transitioning veterans through the ONU program. Boeing will be recognized as a Platinum ONU Veteran Committed Company™, and this commitment establishes Boeing as the Presenting Sponsor for Operation New Uniform’s 4th Annual Heroes Dinner and Show being held November 18, 2017.

About Boeing: Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries.

About Operation New Uniform: ONU is a Jacksonville-based non-profit, leading the way in addressing veterans’ challenges upon entering the civilian workforce. ONU focuses on changing strategies, growing confidence, gaining skills and getting results. ONU offers training and development programs, resources and professional networks in the relentless pursuit of the professional success of the veterans they serve.

Cohort 21 Graduation Ceremony October 4th hosted by the Birdies for the Brave

September 28, 2017

OPERATION NEW UNIFORM COHORT 21 GRADUATION CEREMONY

OCTOBER 4, 2017, HOSTED BY BIRDIES FOR THE BRAVE AT THE PGA TOUR

JACKSONVILLE, FL (SEPTEMBER 22, 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 to 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 158 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, October 4th, ONU will graduate their 21st cohort of Veterans. Before them, 158 Veterans graduated from ONU’s programs. As a result, 96% of them now have fulfilling careers. Cohort 21 will graduate 11 more ONU veterans and they will be honored during a graduation ceremony scheduled to take place at the PGA TOUR Media Center (100 PGA TOUR Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32086) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m on October 4th.

At Cohort 21 graduation, Operation New Uniform will be recognizing its newest ONU Veteran Committed CompaniesTM:  The Red Coats from THE PLAYERS Championship as a Silver Supporter, and Adecco and Florida Blue as Bronze Supporters.

“We are proud of our community and its growing support of the veterans at Operation New Uniform.  Commitments to the ONU Veteran Committed CompanyTM program allow us to serve more veterans from our community, while at the same time formalizing and highlighting the good work and impact our partners make in the veteran space.  Being able to say the Red Coats, Adecco and Florida Blue are committed means a great deal to the ONU Team, the veterans we serve, and the community we share.”, said ONU Executive Director Justin Justice. 

Guest speakers will include Jack Garnett, Captain of the Red Coats from THE PLAYERS Championship, Operation New Uniform Staff and each of the Cohort 21 ONU Veterans. 

ONU Cohort 21 graduates:

Rick Baer, an Army and Navy Veteran with 22 years of service and a Master’s in Business Administration from Jacksonville University.

Vittorio Ferrara, a Navy Veteran with 20 years of service and an Associate’s Degree in Business Marketing from Coastline Community College.

Veronica Fullwood, an Air Force Veteran with 13 years of service and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University.

Edward Hawkins, a Navy Veteran with 20 years of service and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management from Webster University.

Chad Krug, a Navy Veteran with 20 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Operations Management from the University of Florida.

Javier Lopezmotta, a Navy Veteran with 22 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland University College.

Nicole Moore, an Army Veteran with 14 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Everglades University.

Terence Myers, an Army Veteran with 18 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida A&M University.

Johnny Reese, a Coast Guard Veteran with 28 years of service and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College.

Latrisia Tait, a Navy Veteran with 20 years of service and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University.

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

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.

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.

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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