In vets, firms find abilities to fuel success

By John Estus Modified: August 1, 2008 at 12:26 am •  Published: August 1, 2008
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came to the career fair to learn about careers of all types.

Life after military
Zach Kern has been stationed at the Air Force base for five years and wanted to learn about opportunities in the energy sector.

"The natural gas industry really interests me,” Kern said after visiting with a representative from Chesapeake Energy.

Turner Brothers, a local trucking and heavy equipment company, was looking for employees with commercial drivers licenses to drive its trucks and other heavy equipment. Military veterans, particularly Army veterans, often have commercial drivers licenses.

But the main reason Turner Brothers came to the career fair was to find employees for its new wind farm construction division, a company representative said.

"The wind power is growing very fast,” said Judy Hawkins, who works in human resources for Turner Brothers.




U.S. Border Patrol agent Lee Jayroe talks with Brian Frutchey as he fills out a job application during the RecruitMilitary career fair at the Coca-Cola Events Center. By CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

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