Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program: 4th Fort Sill Graduation


On September 1, 2016, six soldiers participating in the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program at Fort Sill will graduate from the sprinkler fitting program. This is the 4th VIP class graduating from Fort Sill. The graduation is being held at the Soldier for Life Transition Complex on base at Fort Sill. UA Training Specialist Ken Schneider, Local 669 Director of Training Charles Ketner, and UA VIP Instructor Robert Carr will be speaking. SGT David Bacon will give the student testimony.

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


Ft Sill Class 04 (1)