Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program: 17 Graduate at Fort Hood


Today, 17 welding students graduate from the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program at Fort Hood after completing weeks of accelerated training.

This is the 5th welding class at Fort Hood. Each graduate goes on to continue their training as apprentices in UA Local Unions while working for signatory contractors. 

Special guests to the ceremony include Chaplain (COL) Robert Warden Garrison, MG (RET) Anders Aadland, COL Paul Dismer Chief of Staff 13th Sustainment Command, and COL Paul Dismer.

The VIP Program offers high-quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service. Participants in the program receive 18 weeks of accelerated skills training in either welding, HVACR or sprinklerfitting, and earn industry-recognized certifications and college credit as part of their training. Upon graduation, participants gain direct entry into UA apprenticeship programs, which are recognized in the industry as the best in the business.

The program is currently being offered at Camp Lejeune (NC), Camp Pendleton (CA), Joint Base Lewis-McChord (WA), Fort Carson (CO), Fort Hood (TX), Fort Campbell (KY), and Fort Sill (OK).

To learn more about the VIP Program, visit


Fort Hood (Class 5)

Class 05