Baldwin EMC Board of Trustees
Service. Mission. Country. You likely identified immediately (and correctly) that these three words describe our nation’s veterans. They also succinctly describe a core co-op ethos.
While veterans are innately motivated to serve, in a similar way, electric co-ops also have service at their core, with foundational principles that put their community first. After all, electric co-ops were founded to bring electricity to rural areas where there was none. In doing so, they powered local economies and helped them to thrive. This close connection to an essential mission is why there are so many veterans in the utility industry and why they are such a great fit for electric co-ops.
May is Military Appreciation Month and at Baldwin EMC, we are grateful to have veterans within our ranks and we are proud to serve them and their families as our members.
At the national level, electric co-ops like Baldwin EMC support the “Vets Power Us” program, which is aimed at employing and honoring veterans and their families. This effort involves partnering with other electric co-ops across the country, along with the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration and others to hire veterans in the energy industry.
Approximately 10 percent of Baldwin EMC’s workforce is made up of veterans from multiple branches of our nation’s military. We’re especially grateful for their contributions to the co-op and to our community.
Our veteran colleagues joined the co-op equipped with training in leadership and teamwork. That’s because while on active duty within their units, these men and women work closely together because they know their lives depend on each other’s actions. This fosters a high level of self-discipline, sense of personal responsibility and passion for excellence.
The utility industry is increasingly complex and undergoing profound transformation. While there is the traditional engineering and vegetation management aspect of the utility industry, it now also encompasses technology, cybersecurity and the electrification of the transportation sector and other areas of the economy. Veterans are adept at responding to changing conditions and learning and adapting to new technologies, which is essential in our evolving industry.
Working for an electric co-op is also more than a job. There is a clear mission in the work–to help our members and the community. This sense of duty and responsibility is similar to what veterans experience in the military. They are no strangers to putting themselves on the line to serve others.
While Military Appreciation Month is offically recognized this month, we hope you’ll join us in recognizing the sacrifices veterans have made to our great country––and the many contributions they continue to make to our wonderful community all year long.