The Armed Services has a long-standing history of valor and honor as the cornerstones upon which the United States was founded. This history spans a period of over two centuries from the time of its inception.
On August 7, 1789, President Washington urged it to establish “some uniform and effective system” for the military “on which the honor, safety and well-being of our country so evidently and essentially depend.” He made a second plea for action three days later. But it was not until September 29, the last day of its first session, that Congress passed a bill empowering the president “to call into service, from time to time, such part of the militia of the states, respectively, as he may judge necessary.”
During those years, the United States evolved from a new nation fighting Great Britain for independence, through the monumental American Civil War, and after collaborating in triumph during World War II, to the world’s sole remaining superpower from the late 20th Century to present.
The backbone for the American military has been and continues to be the brave men and women who serve our country fearlessly each day. They are the epitome of VALOR in their display of courage and willingness to go into battle. These service members face many challenges while enlisted in the military and continue to face even more battles as they transition back into civilian life. One of the greatest challenges for our veterans is developing a career path and finding new purpose after their tour of duty is done. It can be a daunting task to choose an avenue that is in high demand, rewards those willing to work hard and also pays well.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
It is my honor and privilege to share the mission and vision of Valor into Purpose with our community at large and especially our veterans.
We hope to make a difference in the lives of our service members by “giving back” to them and their families by providing a seamless transition into civilian life. We can never repay our service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice but we will touch the lives of others as they prepare for life after the military.
Valor into Purpose captures the mission and vision of the program with a focus on the men and women who served our great country. They demonstrated courage the first day they “signed up” and throughout their military service. As they progressed during their tour they learned the value of teamwork and structure. However, not all of the skills they learned prepared them for a career upon exiting.
This is where Valor comes into play, here at home, in helping our veterans find new Purpose.
* Valor from the educational institutions to offer these troops an education they can quickly master and immediately transfer that knowledge into a lucrative career.
* Valor from our State and Federal entities to ensure these individuals are afforded this opportunity with adequate resources.
* Valor from industry to commit to employ and cultivate them.
We are all a team here, committed to embracing all of industry and government leaders in working together to help our veterans transition into a rewarding career.
Let's do this for them. They deserve it and are longing for a new purpose in life!
DAVID RILEY, PRESIDENT
welding TRAINING PROGRAM
16 WEEK PROGRAM
16 Week Welding Training Program
Customized Industry Based Training for specific industry partners
Training designed for transitioning service
members and the community at-large
Certification testing offered
Little to no cost for service members
Safety and Health
Drawing and Welding Symbol Interpretation
Visual Weld Inspection
Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW)
Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
M1 Abrams Army Tank
Nuclear-Powered Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
Army AH-64 Apache
Marine V-22 Osprey
Air Force F35 Stealth Aircraft
ABOUT VALOR INTO PURPOSE
Valor into Purpose is a specialized welding training school created by its founder and President, David Riley, to address the ever-increasing challenges our veterans face as they transition from the military into civilian life.
David Riley has over 30 years of experience in the welding industry including implementation of educational training programs with Carolina Energy where he served as Vice President and co-founder. He is also co-owner and President of his current specialized welding services company, Riley Power Group, an industry partner supporting Valor into Purpose. His vast and diverse experience has given him first-hand knowledge of challenges and demands from within the power, shipbuilding and petrochemical industries, including the current shortage of certified specialty welders to support the needs of these industries.
Valor will help solve this critical shortage. Our goal is to assist our veterans as they complete their tours of duty in providing guidance and direction for a new career path that will offer professional growth, an above average wage, and the opportunity to be in demand by companies looking for certified welders.
The construction industry and welding, in particular, is a perfect setting for a returning service member. This industry offers structure, camaraderie, pride in craftsmanship, and opportunities for advancement. “Band of Brothers” is not simply a catchy phase - it is as real in the welding world, as it is in the military. This occupation is not just for “brothers,” however. It is well suited for women as well. More and more women are entering the world of welding with their steady hands to enjoy the challenge and the lucrative rewards this career can provide.
National Defense Service Medal w One Bronze Star
Air Medal (9th Award)
Navy Commendation Medal w/Two Bronze Stars
Navy Unit Commendation
Vietnam Service Medal w/One Bronze Star
Vietnam Campaign Medal W Device
Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Naval Aviaton Insignia
Meritorious Service Medal
Valor into Purpose is dedicated to the memory of David Riley’s beloved father-in-law, Captain Neuland Collier, Sr., Retired US Naval Aviator, who faithfully served his country for over thirty years and passed away in the presence of his loving family in December of 2016.
EARLY MILITARY CAREER
Neuland was born in Dunn, NC and graduated from Norview High School. He attended Norfolk Division of William & Mary (ODU), and graduated from the University of South Carolina where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and the NROTC. Upon graduation, he received his commission and entered Navy flight training and became a Naval Aviator. He served initially in fighter Squadron Thirty-Three (VF-33) aboard the USS INTREPID (CVA-11). Subsequent tours included Ferry Squadron Thirty-One (VRF-31) in Norfolk, Training Squadron Twenty-Eight (VT-28) at Corpus Christi, TX, and in the Air Department in the USS FORRESTAL (CVA-59). He graduated from the Command and Staff course at the Naval War College,
Newport, RI in 1966. He then flew combat missions over North Vietnam while serving as Maintenance Officer of Attack Squadron Thirty-Four (VA-34) embarked in USS INTREPID. His following tour was as Operations Officer of VA-34 in the USS FORRESTAL. In June 1970, he earned his Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Mgmt at the US Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA. He was then assigned to Naval Command Systems Support Activity (NAVCOSSACT) Washington, DC as a Systems Analyst. In 1972, he transferred to Hawaii as Officer In Charge NAVCOSSACT Detachment, Pacific.
In 1976, he returned to Washington, DC as a member of the Chief of Naval Operations (OP-91) study group,
recommending establishment of the Naval Data Automation Command (NAVDAC).
After serving as the first Inspector General for NAVDAC, he was transferred to the US Naval Academy in 1979 as Director of Computer Services and Assistant Dean for Education Resources. His last assignment was Commanding Officer of the Atlantic Command Operations Support Facility (LANTCOMOPSUPPFAC) in Norfolk.
After retiring from the Navy, Neuland enjoyed a second career as a real estate agent for Re/Max. He was devoted to his family and his church, and spent as many hours on the golf course as time would allow. He sang in the choir for many years, was a member and former president of the United Methodist Men, worked on the annual Charity Golf Tournament. Neuland loved all people and considered it his mission to greet and welcome every single person to the church each Sunday.
SHORE ACTIVITY (2YRS-7MOS)
OFFICER IN CHARGE NAVAL SHORE ACTIVITY (4YRS)
INSPECTOR GENERAL (2YRS-9MOS)
ADP SYSTEM DIRECTOR (5YRS-2MOS)
COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYST (2YRS)
STUDENT OFFICER (4YEARS-3MOS)
LIGHT ATTACK PILOT (3YEARHHS)
SQUADRON OPERATIONS OFFICER (1YR-1MOS)
AIRCRAFT ORGANIZATIONAL MAINTENANCE
OFFICER AVIONICS (4YRS)
FIGHTER PILOT (3YRS)
INSTRUMENT FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR-PILOT (3YRS)
CARRIER ONBOARD DELIVERY PILOT (IYR-6MOS)
HANGER DECK OFFICER (1YR-6MOS)
AIRCRAFT ORGANIZATIONAL MAINTENANCE
OFFICER GENERAL (1YR)
100 Magnolia Road
Pinehurst NC 28374
Thank you for your interest in Valor Into Purpose. We look forward to hearing from you.