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185th ARW and Home Base Iowa team up for Military Job Fair

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  • By Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
  • 185 ARW Wing PA

34 area businesses and staffing agencies came to the Military Job Fair at the Air National Guard base in Sioux City, IA this week with a mission of their own; to hire as many military veterans as they can.

Home Base Iowa, working in coordination with the 185th Air Refueling Wing family programs office and Iowa Works of Greater Siouxland organized the event held on Friday July 18 where area employers had a chance to meet military veterans who are looking for employment.

The 185th Family Programs Manager Mrs. Lori Risdal said the event was open to anyone who has served in the military and their spouse. Risdal added that it was a good opportunity to match workers with potential employers. "This kind of event is important because is it allows us to look at the whole person. If the Airman or Soldier has employment or financial problems then the mission is affected.  We know and many of our employers know that veterans are good workers" said Risdal.

Many of those in attendance are also drill status guardsmen, meaning they are current members of the guard or reserve who perform training one weekend a month and two weeks each year. Several were younger Airmen who have completed their initial training and are now in transition looking for full time civilian jobs.

By all observations the event seemed to be a success with employers and potential employees alike. The job fair is just one of the services provided through the Home Base Iowa (HBI) initiative. HBI has a comprehensive web site with information for employers and veterans who are looking for work in Iowa.