Veterans take next step at job fair


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By Curt Prendergast

Making the leap from the military to the private sector can be a daunting task.

“It can be scary. I guess it’s the fear of the unknown,” saidAntwyon Smith, a logistics manager who has served in the Air Force for 19 years and plans to retire in the next few years.

“You can’t do this forever,” Smith said of serving in the military. “We’re taught you have to take advantage and prepare yourself.”

Smith chatted with potential employers — “showing my face and seeing what’s out there” — at the Next Steps for Vets job fair Wednesday morning at Pima Community College’s Coalition Center at 4355 E. Calle Aurora.

Roughly 70 service members and veterans listened to panel discussions and visited with about a dozen local employers in the aerospace, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

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