Sgt. Adam Butler receives his certificate for
graduating a biomedical externship program at the GE
Healthcare Global Training Institute in the City of Pewaukee
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - A partnership between GE
Healthcare and the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Command continues
to expand in an effort to fill the need for biomedical equipment
specialists both in the Reserve and the private sector.
Launched in 2011, the partnership between GE and the
807th Medical Command of the U.S. Army Reserve offers a 12-month
“externship” aimed at improving reservists’ Army readiness while
also preparing them for careers in the private sector.
Nine Reserve soldiers graduated from the program
Wednesday and a new group of externs is currently in training,
poised to graduate in the spring.
Those in the program spend three months at an Army
Reserve medical training facility, followed by nine months of GE
Healthcare biomedical training and imaging training in the field at
hospitals. While at GE Healthcare’s City of Pewaukee training
institute, soldiers are trained in X-ray, computed tomography (CT)
and anesthesia equipment use and maintenance. Every participant is
also assigned a mentor from GE’s veteran network to help the
transition to civilian life.
SSG Ruelle Domingo shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Robert
Lee during a graduation ceremony for the biomedical program
at the GE Healthcare Global Training Institute in the City
of Pewaukee on Wednesday.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
An agreement signing will be held this month at
U.S. Army Reserve Command to increase resources for the program
so more soldiers can participate. The program often sees more
soldiers apply than there are openings, GE officials said.
Staff Sgt. Adam Butler recently completed the program
and is among the three in his class who have been hired by GE. He
credits the program with helping him develop his skills for his
current position as a client services technician.
“It’s been amazing,” he said. “You can’t get this
kind of training anywhere - basically, you get the best on-the-job
training there is. I wouldn’t have the career I do now if not for
U.S. Army Public Affairs Officer Capt. Chad Nixon
said the program allows reserve soldiers to stay current in the
industry and keep their skills sharp.
“It’s one of those programs that everyone benefits
from,” said Kelly Skindzelewski, community relations leader for GE
To date, 73 soldiers have participated in the
program. Almost all graduates have found new jobs after completing
the program, with GE hiring about 65 percent of them. GE places an
emphasis on employing veterans with its Hiring Our Heroes
initiative. The company has hired more than 1,000 veterans to date