MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - More than 35 service men and women were at a workshop Tuesday with one thing in common.
They want to transition from military life to the civilian world.
"I have been out for almost 30 something years now, and still have problems translating my skills into a civilian skill and what employers are really looking for. I have high ambitions for myself but I need help,” said Jimmie Buford, Army veteran.
The Off Base Transition Training workshop is helping them through resume building and interviewing sessions.
For Buford, he said conveying his skills as a squad leader and gunner in the Army to employers hasn’t been easy.
"But coming back into civilian life it hasn't allowed me to be a air craft gunner, so I have to take those other skills like leadership skills, personal quality and try to correlate that to jobs out here in the civilian world,” said Buford.
For many this information may soon be useful as they could be losing their job at the 167th Air Lift Wing in Martinsburg.
"We are looking to downsize. We are getting newer plans and fewer plans, and we are going to cut probably 80 positions as it stands now and what that entails is that some people are going to lose their jobs,” said Corey Chaney, an employee.
A representative from the base says they'll be cutting jobs and they don't know how many they will let go.
"As long as you embrace change you will be able to accept it better and it wont take much to get over that change and that transition. So I am a little nervous but I also look forward to it if it happens,” said Chaney.
Many men and women know what they want to do after the military; they just need help executing their plans.
"That’s why I’m going to school to be an environmental regional and community planner because I just want to be able to use the infrastructure of these local towns and help them flourish,” said Chaney.
The 167th Air Lift Wing helped the employees get into the workshop and also have plans of setting up more job opportunities in the future.
Due to popularity, these workshops added another session in March.
The sessions are sponsored by United States Department of Labor and Workforce in West Virginia.