Educating Veterans on Energy Security
The U.S. military is the single largest consumer of energy resources in the world. Military service members have a firsthand experience with the importance of sustainable operational energy and the impact of our energy dependence on military strategy. As they enter the civilian world, many veterans rely on this base of experience and self-teaching to make decisions regarding future employment.
Veterans comprise approximately 10% of all U.S. energy jobs and possess a rare set of highly technical skills that can be put to use towards achieving a secure energy future. While there are numerous programs available for workforce training and job placement in the energy industry, there are very few educational opportunities which align a veteran's unique experience into mission-driven service for a stronger energy security future. The Veteran’s Energy Seminar fills this education gap to supplement the self-teaching that takes place after a service member leaves the military.
The Veteran's Energy Seminar is designed to inspire veterans to use their technical skills and knowledge to continue service to the country after they leave the military in a way that positively impacts our national security. The program is based on training by the U.S. Department of State which introduces Foreign Service Officers to the fundamentals of energy fuels, markets, and regional conflict. The seminar received an honorable mention at the 2016 Take Point Initiative nonprofit competition with the Atlantic Council of the US.
The first-ever Veteran's Energy Seminar took place December 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The event was attended by veterans, reservists, and active duty military members from 10 different states across the country. The program consisted of a single track with lectures and panels from experts and veterans in the energy industry, government, and academia. Based on the success of the inaugural event, plans are in motion to repeat the event at multiple locations in 2018.
To inspire veterans to use their technical skills and knowledge to continue service to the country in ways that positively impact our national security through careers in the energy industry, policy, and entrepreneurship.
Through a one-day summit with lectures and panels from experts and other veterans in the energy industry, government, and academia.
San Diego (8/18) Chicago (8/30) Boston (9/27) DC (11/13)
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
- Provide a physical space for the event
- Help promote the event to recruit veterans and find the best speakers.
- Host catering for coffee, lunch, or a reception
- Sponsor travel scholarships for veterans or travel funding for speakers
- Make a donation for services and materials like advertising, transportation, photography, name tags, signs, posters, and text books
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The Veteran's Energy Seminar was created by Dan Misch, a Naval Academy graduate and submarine veteran. Dan is a Federal Project Director for the U.S. Department of Energy at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago IL, where he performs project and program management oversight. He is a member of the Truman National Security Project and was a 2016 Take Point fellow with the Atlantic Council of the US. He was recognized by the Midwest Energy News "40 Under 40" awards for promoting a stronger energy security future through education and investments in technology. Dan is currently pursuing a masters in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Special thanks to: Greg Douquet (USMC Col Ret.), Non-Resident Fellow at Atlantic Council Millennium Leadership Program; Karen Wayland, Executive Director at the Clean Energy Project; Stephanie Miller at Climate Reality Project & Gotham 360; Maurice Wilson, President/Executive Director at National Veterans Transition Services Inc aka REBOOT