Pax River Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Council

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August 2, 2013

AVIAN is a founding member of the Pax River SDVOSB Council, a Maryland 501(C)3 non-profit organization focused on implementing workforce development programs designed to recruit, train, mentor, prepare and place qualified veterans into the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) workforce and acquisition community. The council was conceived by AVIAN and two other like-minded companies in 2012, and an AVIAN representative sits on the council’s board of directors. AVIAN is a major contributor to the council and to its flagship program, VETbridge.

VETbridge is a program that brings veterans together with great companies like AVIAN, and gives them a chance to train for a rewarding long term career with NAVAIR.  VETbridge participants are hired by companies, which pay the majority of their salary and benefits while they work on a government program, alongside a senior mentor who helps guide them in the process. They also attend classes at local colleges and attend job-specific training provided by member companies of the council. VETbridge employees can choose from a variety of career fields, including acquisition, engineering, logistics, security and test & evaluation, among many others, and are eligible to compete for full-time government positions.

For more information, please contact AVIAN’s Board Representative, Freeman Dodsworth at