Transitioning from military service to the civilian workforce can be a challenging journey. However, for veterans and reservists with the right support and opportunities, this transition can also be incredibly rewarding. In this blog, we’ll explore Eau Gallie Electric’s DoD Skillbridge Program and how it has transformed the careers of veterans, helping them find success in the electrical industry.
Eau Gallie Electric, located in the heart of Melbourne, Florida, is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with a rich history rooted in veterans’ contributions. Founded in 1948 by Garland Reynolds, a veteran of the United States Navy who served in World War II, the company has always held honor and dedication as core values.
Today, Eau Gallie Electric is led by Chris Hughes, a combat veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Chris’s military experiences have instilled in him the qualities of clarity, endurance, and a procedural approach, which he brings to his role as the President of Eau Gallie Electric.
Under Chris’s leadership, the company has achieved remarkable growth and success in a diverse array of electrical projects. The company’s commitment to veterans and their contributions is a testament to its values.
The DoD Skillbridge Program: A Bridge to Civilian Careers
The DoD Skillbridge Program is designed to help transitioning service members gain real-world job skills and experience in preparation for their civilian careers. Eau Gallie Electric actively participates in this program, providing opportunities for veterans and reservists to learn and grow in the electrical industry.
After 22 years of service in the United States Air Force, Robert Moss faced the challenge of transitioning to civilian life. He discovered the DoD Skillbridge program and immediately applied to Eau Gallie Electric. With the support of former military employees, including the owner Chris Hughes, Robert smoothly transitioned into a career in commercial electrical services.
Sean Anstett found Eau Gallie Electric’s DoD Skillbridge Program to be a seamless transition from military service. The company’s veteran-friendly environment and understanding of military procedures made his exit from the military easier. Sean joined the team, contributing to generator services.
Peyton Hay decided to transition from the Marine Corps to pursue a career in electrical engineering. Despite having no prior electrical experience, Eau Gallie Electric recognized his determination and willingness to learn. Peyton began his journey as an intern in the residential electrical department later moving to electrical engineering , gaining valuable hands-on experience alongside his studies.