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Fort Bragg Vets & Specialized Furniture Carriers

Posted by Barry Bailey on Thursday, November 05 2015 in Specialized Carriers

On Wednesday, October 28, I had the opportunity to work a Job Fair at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Cooke Safety Director Danny Sidden, Styline Logistics Safety & Recruiting Official Lacy Shipwash, NWFX Safety & Recruiting Official Tommy Pritchard, and Tommy’s wife, Susan Pritchard, were also in attendance. All worked very hard to make this beneficial for the military personnel.

JobFair2015.gifParticipants were also present from Shelba D. Johnson and Watkins Shepard.

Our expectations were not to hire on the spot, but rather to shake as many hands as possible and put a pamphlet in every hand. We wanted to communicate who we were, what we do and what we were expecting, as well as find out what they were looking for at the Job Fair.

We all had what we thought was a productive day as we learned about the military folks’ career interests, as well as the interests of the civilians that were there too. The stories they shared were very interesting as to why they were leaving the military. We also learned that some were to be out-processed against their will.

I believe we planted a lot of good seeds regarding driving jobs in the furniture industry. I was surprised at the lack of information they had about the Government's assistance in Driver Training and the CDL Training waiver just passed.

I truly think this participation is needed at least once or twice a year. We could have different people work it to appreciate what they hear from these fine folks in uniform, as well as to boost their own understanding of the job at hand.

The experience was very educational and rewarding. I was reminded of why I loved the military so much. They honor and respect you at every "yes sir" and hand shake. They look you in the eye when they speak and are very humble.

We had a great day and feel we can't stop here. It's a good thing! I highly recommend participating in an event like this. It absolutely was a very worthwhile trip.


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Born in Granite Falls, N.C., Barry was raised as a third generation specialized furniture carrier. He has a degree in Business Administration as well as having served in the United States Air Force. He is currently the Director of Transportation & Logistics for Bernhardt Furniture in Lenoir, N.C.