WASHINGTON (NNS) — When Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Michael Farrell got the news in November 2011 that he had not been selected for retention by the Navy’s Enlisted Retention Board, he was unsure of what would come next in his life.
The one thing he did know was that he wanted to return to his home state of Minnesota if at all possible.
Farrell, assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 “Greyhawks”, immediately began preparing for his transition out of the Navy. While taking advantage of the usual services of the Navy Transition Assistance Management Program, offered at Commander, Navy Installations Command’s Fleet and Family Readiness Centers (FFSCs) worldwide, he knew that it might not be enough to prepare him for his unexpected transition out of the Navy after more than nine years of service.
While receiving the initial news from his commanding officer, he was given a handbook about all of the benefits available to him and was told the about many options, including extra outplacement services through Challenger, Grey and Christmas (CGC). As the job search continued with little luck, Farrell found himself speaking to a CGC coach to develop a job search strategy targeting Minnesota and crafting a resume that was aimed directly at his goal.
“Thanks to that killer resume, I got a job in Minnesota with a company called Orbotech,” said Farrell. “It pays well and the job looks to be less demanding than my Navy one. The benefits are great and the working environment and climate are different from what I’ve been accustomed to lately.”
Farrell is extremely grateful that he took the extra steps to ensure a good future for himself and his family. While at a loss for what to do next, things did not look bright for Farrell. After talking to the coach at CGC and developing a plan, he began to gain confidence and see hope for his future.
“I know it is the coaches’ job, but they seemed to put 100 percent of themselves into what they do and it showed,” said Farrell. “Things worked out right for me and it was because of their hard work and dedication.”
With a job secured in his home state and his extended family nearby, his outlook has changed about being selected by the ERB for release from the Navy. Farrell is proud of his naval service and the years he spent as an aviation electronics technician, but he is also looking forward to the next step in his life and finally feeling “home” again.
The Navy’s contract with CGC is extensive and tasks them to reach out to all Sailors affected by ERB. Sailors are encouraged to contact CGC by calling 1-800-971-4288 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if they desire services and have not heard from CGC. Sailors can also contact the Help Center at Commander, Navy Personnel Command by calling 866-827-5672 for more information.
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