Deputy Director D. Kenneth Keene of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and Lieutenant Colonel William C. Reitemeyer, Commanding Officer of the United States Army Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga., signed a Memorandum of Agreement to authorize the Operation Warfighter (OWF) Intern Program on September 23, 2010, during a signing ceremony at the FLETC Headquarters at Glynco, Ga.
On November 9, 2009, Executive Order 13518 authorized the establishment of the OWF Intern Program throughout federal agencies in cooperation with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The OWF Intern Program places wounded, ill and injured service members in supportive work settings that will positively impact the recuperation process and provide an opportunity to augment employment readiness as participants return to duty or separate from the military.
Reitemeyer stated, “There is nothing that helps a warrior heal faster than meaningful work. I look forward to providing you with excellent soldiers who are eager to partner with your organization and eager to improve their lives through their work with an organization bigger than themselves.”
FLETC officials identified more than 22 internship opportunities in support of the OWF Intern Program. Internship opportunities exist in computer information systems, human resources management, property and inventory control, firearms systems, strategic planning, training coordination, personnel/physical security and program management. The FLETC will place service members, called Warrior Interns, in positions based on their skills, expertise and interests.
During the internship, the Warrior Interns will be assigned a supervisor and a mentor. Additionally, they will have an opportunity to build their resumes, explore employment interests, develop job skills and gain valuable federal government work experience. Warrior internships are expected to last from three months up to one year. Deputy Director Keene lauded Jim Bryant, FLETC’s Veterans Outreach Coordinator, for his tireless coordination and facilitation with DHS and Fort Stewart to establish the OWF Intern Program at the Center.
In closing, Keene conveyed the FLETC’s excitement over the opportunities the partnership with Fort Stewart and the OWF Intern Program brings to everyone involved, then reminded the audience of a quote from Theodore Roosevelt, “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” Keene continued to say, “I am thrilled that the FLETC can play a part in providing a ‘square deal’ for these Warriors…these heroes who have sacrificed for us and our country.”