Wheeler Offers Support for New Warriors 4 Wireless Initiative

 Kristy Amborn embraces Sgt. Eric Winski of the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, following a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Fort Knox, Ky. The 250 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment working alongside Afghan military and police forces in Afghanistan's Zabul Province
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Laura Ryan
Nov. 20, 2013, 7:32 a.m.

A new ef­fort to help up to 5,000 vet­er­ans find jobs in the wire­less in­dustry by 2015 was un­veiled at an event Wed­nes­day at the White House.

War­ri­ors 4 Wire­less (W4W) is a new non­profit formed to equip thou­sands of re­turn­ing ser­vice­men and wo­men with skills for ca­reers as wire­less tech­ni­cians. More than 1 mil­lion jobs have been cre­ated in this in­dustry since 2007, as de­mand for smart­phones con­tin­ues to grow, ac­cord­ing to Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion Chair­man Tom Wheel­er.

The ini­ti­at­ive comes at a time when there is a “wind­ing down of two wars” and a “wind­ing up of the wire­less in­dustry,” Wheel­er said.

Re­fer­ring to the 150th an­niversary Tues­day of the Gettys­burg Ad­dress, Wheel­er said W4W is an ex­ample of “how that concept of reded­ic­a­tion to [a] great­er pur­pose is still be­ing car­ried out today.”

Private-sec­tor part­ners in­clude DYNIS, PCIA The Wire­less In­fra­struc­ture As­so­ci­ation , Com­pet­it­ive Car­ri­ers As­so­ci­ation, T-Mo­bile, MasTec, and Price­wa­ter­house­Coopers.


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