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Military Personnel Support Manager Spotlight: Harold Riggins, Fort Campbell

by MTN Staff

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There are a multitude of personnel on or around military bases who provide valuable support services to transitioning service members and veterans. Military Transition News is excited to be able to highlight some of these important providers, their roles and their job-seeking advice.

This month, we check in with Harold Riggins, Fort Campbell Soldier For Life (SFL) Transition Services Program Manager. Riggins is a veteran himself, having served in the U.S. Army for more than 27 years.

Fort Campbell’s SFL Program has been recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of Veterans Affairs, leaders of multiple Veteran Services Organizations and employers from around the nation for its programs and processes that help transitioning service members and their families. So many Soldiers leave the Army from Fort Campbell each and every month with meaningful jobs in hand, prepared for and enrolled in college, contracted for continued service in the National Guard or Reserves, and prepared for life after the military.

His position: “My role is to support 11 different organizations within the Fort Campbell Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) who are responsible for educating, preparing and connecting Soldiers and families transitioning from active duty with continuing their service in the National Guard and Reserves, with state and federal Veterans benefits, and/or with tremendous educational and employment opportunities.”

How he came to this role
: “I loved every day that I was in the Army, both as an enlisted soldier and as an officer. Unfortunately though, I was forced to leave the Army on short notice, not once, but twice, and then the Army hired me to teach soldiers how to transition the right way (who would ever believe that?). After so many years in uniform taking care of soldiers, I now get to help soldiers and families successfully transition out of the military.”

What is the best part of your position? “Meeting and working with soldiers, veterans and family members each and every day, and orchestrating events which help them with their post-military successes.”

His transition or professional advice: “Our current administration recognized that veterans were having a very hard time after separation from the military so they implemented law to help. Today, there is an overwhelming amount of resources available to help transitioning service members, so do not wait until the last second to utilize them. Transitioning successfully is a process that takes time, so visit your local Transition Assistance Program early. Go Early and Go Often!”

If you or someone you know would be appropriate to be featured in the Military Personnel Support Manager Spotlight, please contact Jessica Doll, Program Manager,

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