Work and Serve: The Dual Role of Our National Guardmembers

Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Adjutant General of the Wisconsin National Guard

In this episode, we're talking with Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin's 31st adjutant general and the commander of the Wisconsin National Guard. Our National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are in a unique position, playing the dual role of civilian employee and military service member.  Maj. Gen. Knapp is committed to ensuring Wisconsin's Guardmembers have the support to lead a fulfilling work-home life while proudly serving their community.

We get to hear about Maj. Gen. Knapp's experience leading the Wisconsin National Guard through the COVID pandemic, the 2020 Presidential inauguration, and the 2021 NBA National Championships in Milwaukee.

We learn about some of the challenges Guardmembers face in the civilian workforce and how employers can hire and support these individuals.

We get a sneak preview of the Operation Next project, an initiative between the National Guard and Western Technical College to provide skills-based training and certifications in STEM fields for Guardmembers and their families.

And we talk about why military service is a great career pathway for graduating students, especially those interested in STEM fields.

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