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Hundreds show up for job fair at Redstone Arsenal

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Redstone Arsenal holds job fair for transitioning military members

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Even before the doors opened at 10 am, people were lined up outside The Overlook at Redstone Arsenal Wednesday.

Dressed for success and resumes in hand, they waited patiently for their chance to speak with representatives from more than two-dozen Huntsville area companies.

The job fair was organized by the arsenal’s Transition Assistance Program. Run by the Garrison Directorate of Human Resources, the program seeks to help those men and women who are leaving the military for civilian life. Chief of the Military Personnel Division Luis Ortega says, “as they’re getting out, we work on reintegrating them back into the community.”

Gerald Shealey was among the hundreds of job-seekers at the event. He recently retired from the Navy after 35 years of service. Now, he’s looking to start a new career, utilizing his military experience. “I worked with weapons most of my life, missiles, torpedoes…security, project management, so I would like to do something in that area,” he says.

While the job fair was primarily geared toward transitioning military members, such as Shealey, anyone with access to Redstone Arsenal was allowed to attend. Participants also had the chance to have their resumes reviewed by volunteer business leaders.