“It’s exciting, it’s a new chapter for us,” said LeeAnna Fabian, the wife of a U.S. Marine based in Twentynine Palms.
She and her husban, Sgt. Alex Fabian, are planning for their future.
She’s looking to go back to school — he’s thinking about a career in law enforcement.
“Looking at the FBI, what their prerequisites are,” said Sgt. Fabian.
He still has several years left with the Marines, but it’s not too early to prepare for the next career.
That’s exactly what many other Marines, Sailors and their families were doing — at a job fair held Thursday at the base.
Around 70 agencies were on hand to give information on a wide range of opportunities.
“I want them to come early and get the information. Have a plan A, B and C — so they’ll have a better chance of getting a good paying job when they get out. Rather than be on unemployment,” said Dennis Warren, a job fair coordinator.
Law enforcement is often a natural transition — post military.
And many service members were busy talking with recruiters from the U.S. Border Patrol and police departments.
“Law enforcement is quasi-military. They come to us with a lot of experience already,” said L.A.P.D. Officer Alex Peraza.
With the stress of military life, coupled with the down economy, families say they’re grateful for the extra help.
“There is so much involvement on this base and so much support. The fact it’s the largest, it’s kind of the tightest community. They really take care of their own here,” said Lynn Mattoon, a Marine wife.