Last week Northrop Grumman successfully hired its 100th severely injured veteran or family member through its Operation IMPACT (Injured Military Pursuing Assisted Career Transition) program, reinforcing a long-standing commitment by the company to hiring veterans as they transition to the civilian workforce.
“Operation IMPACT is representative of Northrop Grumman’s commitment to our military and to those who serve our country,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman. “We seek to hire intelligent and experienced individuals with strong principles; people who thrive in diverse environments, excel at collaboration, are resourceful and demonstrate the highest integrity. These are all characteristics we have seen in hiring wounded warriors. We are proud of Operation IMPACT and how it has enabled our company to support our troops and veterans and we benefit from their outstanding abilities.”
The award-winning Operation IMPACT program is a grassroots initiative started in 2004 that is designed to provide career transition support to military service members who have been severely injured in the global war on terrorism. The primary goal of the program is to assist the service members or their families with finding career opportunities with the company.
“We are proud of Operation IMPACT and the many veterans and their families the program has helped,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, vice president of Corporate Responsibility and the executive sponsor of Operation IMPACT. “We are committed to expanding the program and helping many more of our brave veterans transition to the civilian workplace.”
Former U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Philip G. Hoskinson is the 100th Operation IMPACT hire, and has joined the company’s Aerospace Systems sector in San Diego and will support unmanned systems through its mechanical engineering internship program. Hoskinson served in the Marine Corps for six years, separating in 2009 after sustaining injuries received during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“It’s a great honor to be working for a powerhouse technology company like Northrop Grumman. As a former active-duty Marine, I can tell you veteran outreach programs like Operation IMPACT are few and far between,” said Hoskinson.
Operation IMPACT is recognized as an industry best practice by the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and has received a number of awards. Over the last seven years, 145 offers were extended through this program, resulting in 100 hires, of which 90 are wounded warriors and 10 are family members. For more information on Operation IMPACT, go to http://careers.northropgrumman.com/operation_impact.html.
In addition to Operation IMPACT, Northrop Grumman founded the Network of Champions, a group of more than 100 corporations and organizations committed to helping transition wounded warriors into the civilian workplace and offering job placement opportunities for qualified candidates through the network. In addition to the 100 severely injured service members and/or their primary wage earners who have been hired by Northrop Grumman, more than 20 additional injured veterans have been hired through the Network of Champions program.