This guest post is from retired Marine and DTE Energy employee Michael Cicero 

I recently celebrated my 30th anniversary with DTE Energy.  I began my career as a Co-op student at Fermi-2, where I would spend almost 20 years before moving on to Distribution Operations as an Electrical Maintenance Journeyman and then a Substation Maintenance Supervisor.  This all started as I was finishing my sixth year as an electrician in the United States Marine Corps.

DTE Energy recently created the Veterans Employee Resource Group which I am very proud to be a part of.  These groups founding members represent many of the military branches and have served many years for their country in various roles.  When I heard of the forming of this Employee Resource Group I had to learn more about it and get involved in this group.  The Veterans ERG will engage in all aspects of the military community by recruiting, retaining, providing mentoring and support for DTE Energy Veterans and their families.

On October 14th I had the honor to attend the first ever Veterans in Energy, 2016 National Leadership Summit in Washington DC. There were representatives from many energy companies for both electric & gas along with many support organizations from across the United States.  The list included CEO’s from energy companies, Deputy Secretary & Assistant Secretary leaders from governmental agencies and union organization officials from both the UWUA and IBEW.   Their interest was how to hire Veterans and retain them as part of their workforce.

I attended the Veterans in Energy Leadership Summit to learn more about other utilities that are hiring Veterans as part of their workforce.  I was interested in meeting representatives from other utilities to find out which utilities had existing ERG programs and which ones were in the process of creating a new ERG group. I also wanted to learn more about the successes and concerns that the utilities have faced over the years.

This was a great opportunity and I look forward to working with other DTE Energy Veterans in providing support for fellow Veterans and their families.

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