NETA representatives recently met with military service members to provide insight to service members on the benefits provided by being part of the NAMO program.
- Ken Bassett presented to members of the 249th Engineer Battalion, Charlie Company at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in August 2021.
- Ron Widup and Earl Wilcox presented to soldiers in the 249th Battalion’s Bravo Company at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in November 2021.
- Naval service members who are part of the U.S. Navy Seabees Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) group at Port Hueneme, California, also gathered in October 2021 to learn more about the program with Dan Hook and staff.
- Earl Wilcox, Vice President, General Manager from Vertiv participated in the U.S. Prime Power School graduation on December 17, 2021, at Fort Leonard Wood. Wilcox presented NETA Level 1 Trainee certificates to the graduates.
- Alpha Company of the 249th Engineer Battalion at Schofield Barracks on Oahu, Hawaii, was visited in January 2022 by NETA Executive Director Missy Richard and NAMO Committee Chair Dan Hook.
The NAMO Committee is dedicated to face-to-face meetings on a regular basis with all the NAMO Program participants across the United States. Hook explains, “This is particularly important given the rapid turnover in the service members’ assignments and positions. Each of our meetings results in a greater understanding on the part of service members about the resources NETA provides through this program. The meetings also give soldiers and sailors direct access to NETA members and staff who can answer questions directly. After each visit, we tend to see an uptick in activity from our NAMO members, which is exactly the goal: Be a resource to the members in the armed services.”
All of these meetings offered opportunities to interact with the service members while discussing the certification program, as well as training opportunities available to them through NETA’s SPTS, online courses, PowerTest, etc. NETA also offers access to a technical/professional network through the NAMO Community website.
NETA’S APPROVED MILITARY ORGANIZATION PROGRAM
The NETA Approved Military Organization (NAMO) classification was born out of the recognition that the U.S. military is a strong proponent of the NETA philosophy and shares the ideology that adhering to voluntary standards, certification of technicians, and continuing education is paramount to the successful completion of their mission. Military members have the opportunity to obtain certification through the NAMO program, which is unique to NETA.
Certification through NETA is only available to individuals connected to an organization that is recognized/accredited by NETA. The program is intended to verify the qualifications of military personnel responsible for electrical power equipment and systems.
At this time, the 249th Army Engineer Battalion and the U.S. Navy Seabees Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) units are recognized by the NETA NAMO program. These military members have access to the NETA certification program, NETA training materials, PowerTest annual conferences, and many other benefits. This program dovetails with the mission of the 249th — supported by the Prime Power School — and MUSE.
Military members in these NAMOs can work to further their career within their chosen branch through participation in the NAMO program, as well as earn a certification that paves the way for a career after the completion of their military service.
NETA is proud to be able to offer this opportunity to those who serve.