Michael Kassens served in the United States Navy for 3+ years before being medically discharged in April of 2003. Due to previous construction experience, he was able to graduate with distinction of ‘1st in Class’ from A-School, was accepted into accelerated advancement, and promoted to E-4. Upon graduation, Michael served the remainder of his time in NMCB-4 Naval Mobil Construction Battalion, which was stationed in Port Hueneme, CA. During his time in service with the battalion, Kassens was promoted to the rank of E-5 rank and then to Squad Leader within his platoon. He also earned the Seabee Combat Specialist (SCW) pin.
Deployments with the battalion included, Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico, Okinawa Japan and Pohang South Korea.
Military highlights include:
- Televised interview with The History Channel while filming the making of “Seabees”
- Crew Leader for 13-man squad and successful completion of barracks addition in South Korea
- Safety Supervisor for road stabilization project, Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC), 0 accidents/injuries
- Successful planning, estimating and setup of logistics for supplies to South Korea Project for 9-month deployment
“Proud to be one of the first graduates!
The Veteran Asset was a newly formed non-profit when I was fortunate enough to have their help when seeking solar training. I was invited to participate in the solar course taught by Ambassador Energy in SoCal and offered the NABCEP EL Exam. When I graduated the course, I was immediately hired within the solar industry.
I see a lot of opportunity ahead and have TVA to thank!”