Photo Release -- Huntington Ingalls Industries Recognized for Hiring Veterans
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Oct. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) was recognized today by the Virginia Department of
Veterans Services for its efforts to hire and retain veterans. HII President
and CEO Mike Petters formally accepted the Virginia Values Veterans (V3)
certificate at the V3 Conference in Norfolk. HII was one of nine companies
recognized at the conference.
HII President and CEO Mike Petters (far
right) accepts the Virginia Values
Veterans (V3) certificate from Paul
Galanti, commissioner, Virginia
Department of Veterans Services (DVS).
Also pictured (left to right) are
Joseph C. Barto III, founder and
president, TMG, Inc., and Bill Janis,
deputy commissioner, DVS. Photo by
A photo accompanying this release is available at
"I never underestimate the importance of how having the right workforce is
linked directly to our success at HII -- it's our lifeblood," Petters said at
the conference. "At Huntington Ingalls Industries, our overarching recruitment
strategy is to hire people who want to learn, to grow and be part of something
bigger than themselves as individuals. We are looking for men and women who
are responsible, trustworthy, focused, disciplined and reliable.These are
characteristics you find in veterans."
HII employs more than 37,000 people and is the largest employer in Mississippi
and Louisiana and the largest industrial employer in Virginia. Veterans make
up 15 percent of those workers, or approximately 5,500 people. V3
certification recognizes HII's commitment to recapitalize its workforce
through the recruitment, employment and retention of veterans.
In his remarks at the V3 event, Petters pointed to HII's recent hiring of a
recruiter who is a veteran to work for its Newport News Shipbuilding division.
Kevin Howell, former command chief master sergeant for Joint Base
Langley-Eustis, joined the HII team this year and focuses on recruiting
veterans into the shipyard workforce.
"Without a doubt, veterans -- men and women who have worn a military uniform
-- have already demonstrated that they are willing and able to pull their own
weight before they even step into our shipyards," Petters said. "They've
served our nation. And at Huntington Ingalls Industries, they have an
opportunity to continue that service -- albeit in a different way."
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California,
its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls
Shipbuilding. For more information, visit:
*HII on the web: www.huntingtoningalls.com
*HII on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HuntingtonIngallsIndustries
*HII on Twitter: twitter.com/hiindustries
The Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. logo is available at
CONTACT: Beci Brenton
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