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Shaw hosts Operation Palmetto Employment

U.S. Air Force Col. Derek O’Malley, 20th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, speaks with Operation Palmetto Employment participants, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Derek O’Malley, 20th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, speaks with Operation Palmetto Employment participants, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019. O’Malley spoke to the audience about the mission of the 20th FW and its impact to service members downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

Operation Palmetto Employment participants view various aircraft static displays at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019.

Operation Palmetto Employment participants view various aircraft static displays at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019. According to www.dew.sc.gov, the initiative was launched by Nikki Haley, South Carolina governor, and supported by the S.C. National Guard and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

Operation Palmetto Employment participants view an Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team performance at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019.

Operation Palmetto Employment participants view an Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team performance at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019. Prior to viewing the practice, participants received an airfield and aircraft tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

Operation Palmetto Employment participants record an Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team performance at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019.

Operation Palmetto Employment participants record an Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team performance at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019. Local business leaders learned about the various missions at Shaw and found ways to properly communicate and give back to service members seeking to work in the civilian sector. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

U.S. Air Force Maj. John Waters, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team commander and pilot, navigates an F-16CM Fighting Falcon during a practice flight at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Maj. John Waters, F-16 Viper Demonstration Team commander and pilot, navigates an F-16CM Fighting Falcon during a practice flight at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., March 12, 2019. Participants viewed the various missions of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, U.S. Army Central Command, the 20th Fighter Wing and its tenant units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C., -- Team Shaw participated in an Operation Palmetto Employment event, March 12.

OPE, which occurs annually, is a mass briefing designed to provide local business leaders, Army and Air National Guard as well as reserve members with the opportunity to speak with active duty military members and help them seek future job opportunities.

According to www.dew.sc.gov, the initiative was launched by Nikki Haley, South Carolina governor, and supported by the S.C. National Guard and the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. All involved state they are committed to helping service members, families and veterans find civilian careers.

Throughout the event, guard and reserve members, and local business leaders, received numerous briefing at the 20th Force Support Squadron Carolina Skies Club, a tour of the ARCENT headquarters, an airfield tour and Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team performance.

“The highlight of the event would have to be seeing the tools of the trade,” said John Timmons, South Carolina Department of Social Services program manager. “It’s phenomenal to see the work that our service members are putting in here on the base.

As the event reached its conclusion, local business leaders learned about the various missions at Shaw and found ways to properly communicate and give back to those seeking to work in the civilian sector.

“The least we could do is reciprocate and help you secure employment in a timely fashion.” said Timmons. “It’s a treasure to network with the folks here, we love working with you guys and are vested in helping those needing to get civilian jobs.”