Veterans in Piping (VIP): Welding & HVACR Graduation at JBLM


Fifteen welding students and 10 HVACR students will graduate from the Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Thursday, July 30th.

This is the 7th welding class and 6th HVACR class to graduate at JBLM. Each graduate goes on to continue their training as apprentices in UA Local Unions while working for signatory contractors. Special thanks to welding instructors Jay Clevenger and Mike Murphy and HVACR instructor William McLaurin for their commitment to helping these 25 veterans start their journey towards lasting careers as members of the United Association.

Garrison Commander COL H. Charles Hodges and MG (R) Anders Aadland will be the keynote speakers at the graduation ceremony on Thursday.

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


Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Welding (Class 7)

JBLM Weld Class 7

Joint Base Lewis-McChord - HVACR (Class 6)

HVACR Class 6