Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Chris Kremer uses VETS to WERC during transition from military to civilian career
Chris Kremer, an Army Officer in the U.S. National Guard, first learned of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) via LinkedIn. The post detailed the opportunity for veterans transitioning to civilian life to earn a scholarship to attend the 2018 Annual Conference in Charlotte. Kremer applied and was one of four recipients of the award, underwritten by VETS to WERC founding sponsor LEGACY Supply Chain Services and Miligistix, a consulting firm specializing in military talent programs.
Kremer—who is actively seeking employment in project management, operations management or analytics within a North Carolina logistics and supply chain operation—got far more than he expected from his Annual Conference experience.
“Between the networking I did on my own at the event, the kindness of others who helped me get introduced to the right individuals, and the discussions and talks that I attended, I benefitted both personally and professionally,” he explains. “The industry definitely offers an interesting, yet challenging, career path forward.”
With nine years of active military service on his resume—spanning stints in multiple units including infantry, special forces, aviation and field artillery—Kremer currently holds the rank of Captain. Because of the armed forces’ need to organize, mobilize and transport massive amounts of personnel and equipment on short notice, every enlisted serviceperson gains some degree of supply chain and logistics experience, he notes.
“All military officers get a dose of warehousing when they get their first unit through inventorying and storing the section equipment for which they are responsible,” notes Kremer. “As a Field Artillery Officer by trade, I’ve spent the bulk of my career in planning operations and logistics throughout three deployments over six years to the Middle East.”
Several of his roles during deployments effectively put Kremer in a role identical to that of a warehousing operations manager, scheduling and coordinating equipment movements into and out of a given location. Leveraging that experience, he has also brought his skills to civilian companies as an Assistant Warehouse Manager for Wasserman Media Group and as a Pre-Load Supervisor for UPS.
“I also just started the edX MicroMasters program through MIT to earn an online Masters of Supply Chain Management,” he notes, adding that the opportunity to even further expand his knowledge of the industry prompted him to join WERC during the Annual Conference.
“While I am still searching for a career, I was involved in a ton of business communications during the event and was treated as a member of the community—which was great. WERC is an important organization for persons like myself, not only for mentorship, but also to keep abreast of current industry trends,” Kremer continues.
“I am also definitely looking to get more involved with VETS to WERC to help get the program really running,” he says. “It provides a great opportunity for companies that are struggling to find talent to connect with military service members who have a versatile skillset; not only hard skills but also the soft skills that are great additions to any logistics positions. Miligistix also offers services to help companies understand veterans’ needs and prepare them to fully understand recruitment and retention of veterans.”
Kremer notes that former servicepersons bring both discipline and understanding of individual and group responsibility. They’ve also been trained to see problems and find effective solutions, both short- and long-term.
“Additionally, veterans know the importance of the putting in an honest, hard day’s work, and how to be flexible and transition from one project to a completely different one in a short timeframe,” concludes Kremer. “Logistics is a puzzle; veterans like myself know how to find the pieces and put them in the right place by thinking strategically—while also putting out fires.”
You can contact Chris Kremer at (314) 606-2779 or email@example.com or LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/chris-kremer.
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