Expo an opportunity to learn more about higher learning, transitioning from military

Expo an opportunity to learn more about higher learning, transitioning from military


The Fort Myer Army Education Center hosted a military career and education expo at the Myer Fitness Center to provide information on higher learning and transitioning from military to civilian life August 1.


The expo featured representatives from colleges, education counselors, a food truck and door prizes. As the expo went on, they had breakout sessions throughout the day at bldg. 417. The breakout sessions had representatives from the special forces, warrant officer, Green to Gold (ROTC) programs, the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and the Troops to Teachers. The session for special forces was geared toward the different branches of special operations. They talked about the capabilities and qualifications needed for special forces. The entry-level qualifications are not as astronomical, as believed, said a representative from the special forces program.


The Warrant Officer session provided military occupation specialties. It allowed Soldiers to see what  occupations they qualify for, and usually a Soldier may qualify for more than one occupation depending on their skills and experiences.


For a breakout session like Troops to Teachers it was to educate and break a few myths about Soldiers becoming teachers. According to Charlie Foster, veteran liaison for the Virginia Center of Troops to America, it is a career counseling program for anybody who ever served in the military who wants to become a teacher. He said that an individual does not have to be active duty or a retired veteran. He said there are certain eligibility requirements within those groups. He said Troops to Teachers works with education offices on many installations to help with tuition assistance for courses or help those in the military plan their transitions.


Foster said even though the session was geared toward troops in Virginia, if one knew they were moving to another state, he hoped they still attended. According to him, Troops to Teachers does hands on with other state offices. If a state does not have a Troops to Teachers office, there is a national office an individual can work with.


My participants are driving the bus,” Foster said. “I’m just helping them navigate.”


JBM-HH’s Commander Col. Kimberly A. Peeples spoke at the expo about the importance of continuous learning and using opportunities like the expo to do so.


The number of partners here­- 36 universities and higher learning colleges, over 14 service organizations and three education centers have come together to put this on today. There is a lot of power in this room, tons of education, a plethora of services and opportunities. I am so grateful for you to be here today,” she said. 


Peeples said that no one should transition or be assigned to JBM-HH and have a need or want for an education service or opportunity. Those in attendance should tell everybody what opportunity and experience the expo provided to him or her.


“Education is the key to success and that we should all foster a way of life for life long learning,” Peeples said. “We need to follow whatever the passion that leads us.”