MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA (WALB) - Staff Sergeant Ronald Thrush will soon be getting out of the Air Force, so he couldn't resist the chance to walk around the job fair Thursday and talk to potential employers.
"It was a great opportunity to possibly test my interview skills, meeting individuals and possibly having an opportunity," Thrush said.
Thrush is not one of the many Airmen at Moody who will soon be released from the Air Force unvoluntarily due to military cuts, but he said the job fair provides them with a great resource to help transition from military to civilian life.
"For those who are shocked by it and really not prepared, this has been a great time," stated Thrush. "It looks like everyone's capitalizing on that." The goal of the job fair is to expose those Airmen to job and career opportunities in South Georgia in hopes of encouraging them to remain in the area.
It has done just that for Thrush. "Comin' here today is making my decision to go back home a whole lot harder since there is a lot of opportunity here and everybody seems to be military friendly," Thrush explained.
But Thursday's job fair was just one part of the Operation Moody Transition Program's mission to help Air Force personnel prepare for their return to civilian life. The program also included two resume workshops that Thrush said have also helped him.
"Goin' through the resume workshop allowed me to start that process and finalize it and I'm here today carrying 20 copies of my resume that I didn't have two weeks ago," said Thrush.
And with any luck, Thrush and the many other Airmen that will soon be out of the Air Force will be flying high with new jobs in south Georgia.