Operation Moody Transition Hosts Resume and Networking Workshop


Winnie Wright
July 17, 2014

Moody AFB, GA - With federal budget cuts causing military cut backs, Moody Air Force Base will have to release nearly 400 Airmen this fall.

To encourage this highly skilled workers to stay in South Georgia..a partnership has formed betweenThe Georgia Department of Labor, The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce, and Moody.

Thursday, Operation Moody Transition hosted a resume and networking workshop to help airmen translate the skills they've learned at Moody to civilian life.

In the Ready, Set, Go Workshop, participants had their resumes reviewed, learned to identify their skills, and went through a 90 second mock interview.

"If they come today, we want to make sure they know how to market themselves. They know how to approach an employer, they know how to give their elevator speech, that they have a resume they have confidence in; that will get them that call back for that interview", says Tony McKenzie, Vet Rep for the Georgia Department of Labor.

One participant says it's hard to imagine doing something different after being an Aircraft Mechanic in the Air Force for eight years.

"I'm excited. I mean there's going to be some nervousness, and not knowing what the next step is, I've got a family to take care of, but we've got a good support system around us and I've created a good network for myself. So, I'm fairly confident that I will be able to succeed outside the military", says Staff Sergeant Skyler Callender, who is being released this month.

On July 23rd, Operation Moody Transition will host an Education, Benefits, and Employment Fair at Wiregrass Tech.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Valdosta Campus, Brooks Hall (Building 500)
4089 Val Tech Road Valdosta, Georgia 31602



Winnie Wright
July 7, 2014

Valdosta, GA - Military cutbacks mean thousands of active duty military members will soon be released. Local and state organizations are doing what they can to keep airmen at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta.

Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta is expected to release nearly 400 airmen from active duty this fall. The Operation Moody Transition campaign was started to showcase employment and education opportunities available within South Georgia to local airmen.

"We want them to understand, this is home. We value having them in our community. We value their presence here. Not just at Moody Air Force Base, but also as members of our community", says Miranda Moore, with the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce.

Moore says the local economy and employers can both benefit from this highly skilled labor force. Tony McKenzie, a retired Moody airman, now helps other veterans find jobs. He says employers should know that any job in the military can translate to civilian life.

"Some of the selling points for employers to hire veterans would be; the fact that they do have management skills, they have supervisory skills, they have customer service skills. They have a need to be dedicated to a particular job. These are just some of the benefits that are offered by the veterans that are coming out", he says.

Operation Moody Transition will hold a workshop at the Georgia Department of Labor in Valdosta from 8:30 to 10:30 Tuesday morning for area employers ..who want to know the benefits of hiring veterans. The workshop will cover available tax credits for employers who hire vets ..and an explanation of the skill sets that will be coming out of Moody.

Operation Moody Transition will also host a resume and networking workshop for Veterans at Moody on July 17th. For more information: http://www.chamberorganizer.com/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=146490

And on July 23rd, it will host an Education, Benefits, and Employment Fair at Wiregrass Tech.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Valdosta Campus, Brooks Hall (Building 500)
4089 Val Tech Road Valdosta, Georgia 31602


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