Service member. The fog of an uncertain future, anxiety, and frustration are all inherent challenges that may cause immense stress and self-doubt. However, just as our warriors adapt and overcome to accomplish the most dangerous or complex mission while on active duty, these highly skilled and well-trained professionals muster up the resilience and courage find long-term, gainful employment upon completion of their military service.
In 2014, Sergeant Steve Sperduto (2010-2014) honorably completed his voluntary military service aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, where he served as an Automotive Organizational Mechanic and Quality Control Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Wing Support Squadron-274. As a final phase of his transition process, Sperduto attended the mandatory Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS), a five day interactive program developed to facilitate employment, college, technical, and entrepreneurial information and guidance. In partnership with the Department of Labor, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and the Small Business Administration, TRS was vital to Sperduto’s workforce development and preparation.
A standout Marine with a highly regarded reputation, Sperduto was a perfect fit for the United Parcel Service (UPS) veterans outreach initiative, a pledge to hire 50,000 veterans by 2018. Within six weeks of transitioning from the Corps, he earned a full-time management position as an Automotive Fleet supervisor, North Atlantic District, in Hamilton, New Jersey. Currently, he is responsible for five mechanics and maintains approximately 150 UPS vehicles. Sergeant Sperduto is not only an excellent example of how leadership, technical proficiency, and steadfast determination creates a pathway for opportunity and transition success, but also the value military training, skills, and experience adds to the civilian workforce.
As a reward for his continual hard work and success, Sergeant Sperduto had the honor of introducing the Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx at the White House Joining Forces Forum held on January 22, 2015. During the event, Secretary Foxx not only reemphasized President Obama’s veteran hiring initiative, but also highlighted the technical skills and leadership that veterans add to the business and transportation industries.
MSgt Fred D. Brock II
Personal and Professional Development Program