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Checking in with Chuck: The Road to Retirement

It has been a whirlwind month of interning with GSF starting with the SOFIC pre-game, AKA, the Annual GSF Tampa Reception. It was great to witness the level of team work and execution that is the hallmark of TEAM-GSF. I won’t bore you with the details of the extensive planning involved in making sure an …

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Checking in with Chuck: Part 3

There hasn’t been any rest for the Global SOF Foundation Intern since my last blog.  It has been a solid 3 weeks of engagements, events, medical appointments, and family events. GEOINT 2018 was my first “rodeo” (re: trade show) with GSF. The team linked up “bright and early” (civilian style) at 10am to meet with …

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Checking in with Chuck: More from our SkillBridge Intern

A SkillBridge internship does not excuse from all of your military responsibilities – you still have to manage your leave and keep your medical and retirement appointments.  After a whirlwind week 1 with GSF, I travelled with my family to Houston for spring break. After I returned I had two eye surgeries (yes, I can …

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Checking in with Chuck: Week 1 of my GSF Internship

Week #1 of my DoD SkillBridge Internship with the Global SOF Foundation (GSF) was a refreshing step into the civilian world. On Day 1 I found myself in my first virtual weekly staff meeting discussing an After-Action Report (AAR) for the Global SOF Symposium that occurred two weeks prior. It was nice to participate in …

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Skillbridge: The Veteran Internship Program that brought us Steve Jones

This post was written by Stephen Jones, the GSF Director of Partner Relations A year ago, this week, I was attentively listening to my instructor guiding me through to rituals of the Department of Defense (DoD) mandated Transition Assistance Program, or TAP. I felt prepared for my transition from the military because I began planning …

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Special Operations Seminar Prepares Veterans for Careers after Active Duty

Special Operations Forces (SOF) are the most elite units of the military, and according to the SOF for Life Survey, they aren’t getting the support they need to transition to meaningful employment after their military service ends. This survey was developed by the Global SOF Foundation, a non-profit professional association for SOF around the world, …

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Getting the Facts through the SOF for Life Survey

By Stu Bradin, GSF President and CEO If you do nothing else after reading this, click on the link below and take the SOF for Life survey – we need more former Special Operations Forces (SOF), especially NCOs, to provide input on their experience when they transitioned from active duty. Take the Survey: http://bit.ly/SOFforLife_Survey To my knowledge, there …

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Sneak Peak at SOF for Life Survey Results

SOF for Life is an important tenant of the Global SOF Foundation—it embodies our mission to create a network of Special Operations Forces (SOF) by keeping members of the community in the fold beyond their active duty careers. If you aren’t familiar with SOF for Life, it’s a program comprised of offerings from three partnered non-profit organizations: …

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SkillBridge: An Opportunity for Interns and Transition Training

By Stu Bradin, GSF President Please give me five minutes of your time to provide you with something I think might help you. If you are a GSF Corporate Partner or an Individual Member you should learn more about the Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge initiative. The DoD SkillBridge initiative promotes the civilian job training authority available …

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Finding Passion and Purpose in Work when the Mission was your Life

A Successful Transition – Finding passion and purpose in your work when the mission was your life By Chris Clary Project Manager, Spirit of America Any veteran who has been downrange and experienced the thrill of serving abroad knows that our civilian careers will likely never match the level of intensity we experienced in uniform. Our …

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