Graduation Honors Members of UA VIP Camp Pendleton Welding Class 30


The UA VIP program celebrated the 30th welding class to graduate at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton since the program began in 2009.  Major General (Retired) Matthew Caulfield and Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Stepp, Commanding Officer, 9th Communication Battalion both spoke at the graduation ceremony, which honored the transitioning active-duty military service members who successfully completed the United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Welding Program Camp Pendleton. 


The Aug. 29 graduation recognized the 16 participants of the free, accelerated 18-week Skillbridge program, which offers guaranteed employment, the opportunity to earn a living wage and great health and retirement benefits in an agreed upon geographical location. For many of the students, the ceremony marked the beginning of the next stage in their lives.


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