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William Hite, General President of the United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs, is the recipient of the Military Officers Association of America’s Distinguished Service Award, to be presented at an April 12 ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Major General Matthew P. Caulfield, USMC (Ret), who nominated Hite for the award, said Hite believes it is the union’s responsibility to train and assist veterans in securing a post-military career. “Hite seldom addresses the membership without mention of this core value,” Caulfield wrote in his nomination letter. “He insists that veterans within the United Association are featured in trade publications and internal media. He also personally gets involved in the training program for veterans.”
“I am humbled to be counted among those who work consistently and diligently to provide our service men and women the opportunities they so deeply deserve,” Hite said. “Members of our military make so many sacrifices for our nation. It is an honor and a privilege to help ensure they have a meaningful career to come home to.”