Seattle Mariners – Sponsor of Salute to Armed Forces Game

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By Carrie Ann Berry

Another way Boeing shows its support of military personnel and veterans in the Puget Sound region is by sponsoring the Seattle Mariners Salute to Armed Forces Night. This year, Boeing employee and former U.S. Navy commander Dan Limberg represented Boeing by throwing the first ceremonial pitch at the game on April 13. This is the 12th year Boeing has sponsored the game.

"I was very honored and excited to throw the pitch. Support of the armed forces through events like this is greatly appreciated by those in service and their families," Limberg said.

After retiring from a 24-year career as a Naval officer, Limberg came to work for Boeing through Hire America's Heroes. Boeing supports Hire America's Heroes as one way to recruit veterans into the workforce.

The Boeing Employees Veterans Association is an employee-led affinity group sponsored by Global Diversity and Employee Rights. The affinity group was formed in 2012 to provide networking and professional development opportunities and currently has more than 1,000 members in seven chapters. Membership in BEVA is open to all current and retired Boeing employees and its subsidiaries.

When Dan Limberg reports for duty these days, he's sporting a Boeing badge instead of a uniform. After 24 years in the U.S. Navy, Limberg retired as a commander last September and came to work on the 787 program in Everett, Wash.

Limberg is among 3,600 veterans hired by Boeing in the last two years, according to company statistics, making their transition to the private sector an area of emphasis for Boeing.

"I started looking for a follow-on employer about three years ago when my wife and I decided that we wanted to remain in the Seattle area after I retired from the Navy," Limberg said. "I talked to several retirees and community leaders and sought tours of Boeing, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a few other large organizations. I decided that Boeing and FEMA were the ones I'd enjoy working for most after my retirement."

The transition soon progressed to attending job fairs. At one job fair, he was introduced to the nonprofit Hire America's Heroes, among others, and corporate representatives, including Boeing's Robert "Chili" Hicks.

Hicks, a Commercial Airplanes Quality Integration manager, said Boeing partners with organizations such as Hire America's Heroes that connect companies with transitioning veterans, because Boeing's commitment to service members and their families doesn't end when their missions are over.

"When our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are finished serving, we want to help them and their families transition successfully into civilian life," Hicks said. "They have technical skills, experience and a work ethic hiring organizations value."

In addition to his involvement with military-targeted job fairs and other events, Hicks, who served 21 years in the U.S. Navy, also is the Puget Sound, Wash., regional chapter president for the Boeing Employees Veterans Association. The affinity group helps connect Boeing employee veterans inside the company.

Hicks said networking benefits veterans not only after they've been hired but during the recruiting process, too. It's a piece of advice Limberg would like to pass on to other transitioning vets.

"Veterans need to continue to participate in career fairs and meeting with friends during the job search," Limberg said. "By exchanging helpful information with other people in their network, veterans will be able to find the right career and company."

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Boeing employee Dan Limberg throws the ceremonial first pitch at the Boeing-sponsored Seattle Mariners Salute to Armed Forces game on April 13.

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Dan Limberg, Traci Fuller, and a group of BDS Executives pose for a photo with local military leaders.

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