Airport Authority announces program to help military veterans

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority announced Wednesday that a fellowship program designed to help military veterans make the transition to civilian employment will begin next week.

The six-month fellowship program will provide three veterans with practical work experience, networking opportunities and an understanding of the aviation environment, according to the agency, which operates Lindbergh Field.

“With so many diverse facets, the airport provides a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between a veteran’s military experience and the civilian work environment,” said Thella Bowens, president and CEO of the Airport Authority. “Through this program, we’re not only helping San Diego’s veterans gain valuable work experience but also fostering interest in a future career within the aviation industry — so it’s a win-win.”

According to the authority, the program will employ a total of six fellows annually. The first three will work in departments like Airside Operations, Aviation Security and Public Safety, and Procurement.

Fellows will receive basic benefits and compensation.

To be eligible, candidates must meet the requirements of the position, have served a minimum of three years of active duty or mobilized reserve duty and been honorably discharged within the last year. Positions are determined based on interest and the operational needs of the airport.

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