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2018 VET Success Workshop participants
The 2018 VET Success Workshop participants
Ronald Trott, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, works in NNSA's Office of Acquisition and Project Management.
Ronald Trott, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, works in the NNSA Acquisition and Project Management.

NNSA is fortunate enough to count many military servicemen and women among its ranks. These individuals are already well-equipped to excel in their current roles, but the VET Success Program is specially-tailored to enhance their potential even more.

“VET Success was developed by veterans for veterans to capitalize on the unique capabilities and experiences military veteran Federal employees bring to the Department of Energy (DOE) and NNSA,” said Marine Corps Colonel Russell Smith (Ret.) of the VET Success development team.

Here is what some of this year’s participants had to say about the workshop.

“The content was educational and the speakers were very knowledgeable. I’d recommend to all veterans new to DOE: sign up for the workshop as soon as possible,” said Ronald Trott, NNSA Acquisition and Project Management Analyst and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

VET Success was developed by veterans for veterans to capitalize on the unique capabilities and experiences military veteran Federal employees bring to the Department of Energy and NNSA.

Marine Corps Colonel Russell Smith (Ret.)
VET Success development team
Jose Berrios, a U.S. Army veteran, works in NNSA's Office of Emergency Operations Plans and Policy.
Jose Berrios, a U.S. Army veteran, works in NNSA's Office Emergency Operations Plans and Policy.       
Andrew Urbanski, a U.S. Navy veteran, works in NNSA's Office of Defense Programs Systems Engineering & Integration
Andrew Urbanski, a U.S. Navy veteran, works in NNSA's Office of Defense Programs Systems Engineering & Integration.

A senior leadership panel of military veterans discussed nuances of career progression within the Federal civil service system and offered unique insights to help attendees leverage their military experience and optimize opportunities – advancing both their personal success and the success of DOE and NNSA’s missions.

“The VET Success Program provides a great forum for veterans to gain a better understanding of DOE culture as compared to military culture, and aids in assimilating and integrating into the organization,” said Jose Berrios, a U.S. Army veteran currently serving in NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations Plans and Policy.

VET Success Workshops also educate participants about key aspects of the Department of Energy’s rich history, nationally significant mission, and unique organizational culture. The workshops also provide participants with detailed information about Federal benefits for military veterans.

The VET Success Workshop materials
The VET Success Workshop materials
Andrae Brooks, a U.S. Army veteran, works in NNSA's Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation
Andrae Brooks, a U.S. Army veteran, works in NNSA's Office of Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation

“It was inspiring to be with such a wonderful group of veterans at the VET Success Seminar, and to see such a positive impact that veterans are having on the Department of Energy. ‘Thank you for your service’ to all of the organizers, facilitators, and guest speakers that supported this great event,” said Andrae Brooks, U.S. Army veteran and foreign affairs specialist for Nuclear Incident Policy and Cooperation.

Approximately 35 percent of all new hires at NNSA during fiscal year 2017 were veterans and of the newly-hired veterans, nearly 13 percent were veterans with disabilities.

“VET Success illuminates the common commitment within both the U.S. military and DOE to serve the American people through application of science and engineering,” said Andrew Urbanski, Defense Programs Engineer and U.S. Navy veteran. “The workshop also translated DOE and Federal service policies and procedures to those in the military with which I was familiar. This has helped me smoothly work through some potentially daunting personnel administration challenges so I can focus on my mission work.”

One of the two groups of DOE employees who signed up for the VET Success Workshop this year
One of the two groups of DOE employees who signed up for the VET Success Workshop this year