The Department of Defense’s push for renewable energy has taken a back seat during the Trump* Administration, but new programs are still getting under way. One development of interest to the business community is located at Fort Benning in Georgia. This summer, the post launched a new training course that qualifies graduates for entry-level positions in the wind power industry and related fields.

The program could become a model for other industries struggling to find skilled workers in a tight labor market, because it leverages training in the Army for a specific civilian employment sector.

Why is Fort Benning is pushing for wind energy jobs?

For bottom line and energy security reasons, the U.S. Department of Defense was a vigorous, early adopter of renewable energy during the Obama Administration. Climate change also factored in to DoD’s interest in renewables. Much of the focus was on installing solar panels at its facilities, ranging from small rooftop arrays to massive ground-mounted solar farms.