Last week, we held our first ever Veterans Career Fair at our Long Island City support center, our most recent effort in assisting the transition of service members and veterans into the workplace. This has been a pioneering year for our Vets in Blue recruitment initiative, with our team spearheading numerous initiatives brand new to our airline in line with our philosophy of building a diverse workforce. In fact, our Veterans Career Fair comes on the heels of our VetConnect launch last week, a vet-to-vet peer mentoring program for newly onboarded veterans.
We’ve joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a faction of businesses who proactively assist service members and veterans transition after military service. Our Veterans Career Fair, which drew approximately 100 participants, is one way we’re taking action to present opportunities to our service men and women.
The day was split up into two sessions which included presentations by Warren Christie (VP – Operation Planning and Training) and Board Member General McChrystal. We also offered interview and resume building skills session, and time to meet with some of our leaders and veteran crewmembers (approximately 5% of crewmembers are veterans); there was even a special Q & A with our flight ops leaders for those attendees who are pilots. Each session ended with our department expo, where representatives from different departments explained their team’s position within our airline and answered questions.
General McChrystal has a longstanding military background, serving as the top commander of American forces in Afghanistan, among many other roles throughout his 34 year military career. He has served as Board Member for two years, applying his leadership experience to our business. During his presentation at the Veterans Career Fair, McChrystal spoke about his own transition from the military and his experience as a board member. He explained the JetBlue culture by recalling memories of witnessing our crewmembers live the Values. In fact, he drew a comparison between our culture and the military’s social network.