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NEWS | Oct. 15, 2021

Partnership assists service members transitioning from military service

By Lori A. Bultman 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

A memorandum of understanding to establish an official Air Force Community Partnership between the 502nd Air Base Wing and Southwest Research Institute, or SwRI, was ceremoniously signed during the Public-Public, Public-Private meeting Oct. 14, 2021, at the Alamo Area Council of Governments.  

The original agreement began in April 2020, but the signing was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The MOU allows service members transitioning from military service, as part of the Career Skills Program or Skillbridge, to apply for and attend SwRI-sponsored internships within 180 days of the end of their service obligation.  

Participating service members will learn job skills, receive mentoring support, and obtain assistance with resume preparation and job searches at SwRI while still receiving military pay.  

Internship positions have included ballistics, program management, embedded systems engineering, electronic systems engineering, and human resources. 

Since the program began, five participants have completed internships and all were hired by either SwRI or other industry partners.