TEP employee Daniel Bachelier holds a 1992 photo of himself when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Orlando. His first assignment was starboard watch leading petty officer for about 60 recruits of Company 1023. He now serves as a quality control damage investigator for TEP’s Outside Services department.
“Among our population, veterans have the highest rate of unemployment,” said Human Resources’ Marji Morris, who added that veterans’ military skills are often highly transferable to TEP positions. “Many have learned jobs directly related to energy, such as those having served as transmission and distribution specialists and combat engineers,” she said. “They have also developed the soft skills needed by today’s employers, such as leadership, management, teamwork, accountability and responsibility.”
Leaders from various community organizations, including The American Legion and Pima County One Stop, will be at the event, along with representatives from a number of TEP departments. TEP President David Hutchens, a former naval officer, will kick off the event.
The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Honor Guard will present colors. “UNS Energy recognizes the many sacrifices that our veterans have faced and continue to face,” Hutchens said. “It is an honor and privilege to support them and their families within our community.”