Viasat military veterans VP of Facilities and Security, and Adrian Haskamp, Senior Project Manager, champion the company's Veterans Transition Workshop on June 14.
Viasat military veterans Bob Rota (left), VP of Facilities and Security, and Adrian Haskamp, Senior Project Manager, champion the company's Veterans Transition Workshop on December 7, 2017.

Viasat Military Veterans Champion Transition Workshop

December 7, 2017 event aids military, spouses entering corporate workforce

Call it a personal rebrand story…call it a life-altering change…one thing is clear: moving from military life to the civilian workforce presents numerous changes and challenges for veterans, reservists, active duty personnel and their spouses.

It is one reason why Viasat is hosting its fifth Veterans Transition Workshop from 8:00 a.m. PT – 5:00 p.m. PT on December 7, 2017. The goal of the workshop: provide veterans and their spouses with the skills, insights and tools necessary to find a successful career in the corporate world.

The event features a full-day of interactive sessions from discussing compensation and benefits, and how to update your online profile to building your resume, honing your interview skills, and completing a StrengthFinder assessment to understand your interests and skill levels.

Viasat’s Bob Rota, vice president of Facilities and Security, and Adrian Haskamp, Facilities senior project manager, both former Marines with the U.S. Marine Corps. (USMC), lead the Veteran Transition Workshop.

“The transition to a civilian workforce isn’t always an easy one – but we’re here to help ease the shift, educate veterans on what to expect in the corporate environment and offer guidance,” said Rota, who spent 10 years with the USMC and the last 23 at Viasat. “Many of us at Viasat are veterans, or are spouses of veterans. We understand the transition and are here to help.”
Bob Rota, Vice President of Facilities and Security

For example, one area Rota likes to educate veterans on is compensation and benefits. He encourages veterans to look beyond salary, and evaluate the total compensation package – which includes salary, benefits, the opportunity to work with professional colleagues, alignment of Company/personal values, understanding whether the company offers a path to success and growth, among other initiatives. In addition, Rota stresses that veterans look for a work environment where employees are encouraged to be creative thinkers and where they can use/develop innovative approaches to daily work routines.

Rota added, “In the military, you’re encouraged to follow your chain of command instead of thinking creatively and critically. In this workshop, we encourage veterans to think outside the box, and push their limits – as those are often desired skillsets in civilian organizations."

Haskamp, meanwhile, spent 20 years with the USMC, and the past two years at Viasat. He participates in the Veteran Transition Workshop, as it gives him an opportunity to give back to the veteran community, offer guidance to transitioning veterans and share success stories. He notes his “transition was challenging, but rewarding.” He used networking and online resources, such as LinkedIn, to jumpstart the process for him to find the right civilian career.

At the Viasat workshop, Haskamp is proud to share his story, and offer lessons learned/best practices from his own experiences. He tells how he ‘broke out of his comfort zone’ to connect with multiple employees at Viasat, as well as other local San Diego companies – all with the drive and goal to secure a position. After researching opportunities, interviewing and finding like-minded individuals, he accepted a position with Viasat.

Haskamp, along with Rota and others, continue to promote Viasat’s work with the military inside and outside of the company. The December 7, 2017 Veterans Transition Workshop is an example of this dedication. 

The upcoming December 7, 2017 Veterans Transition Workshop will be held at Viasat headquarters at 6155 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009. For more information, contact Adrian Haskamp at or call (760) 476-2200.

RSVP by November 30, 2017 at


Four facts about Viasat’s Veterans Transition Workshop

• Viasat employs more than 500 veterans

• Over 100 veterans and their spouses have participated in the Veteran Transition Workshops

• Event assists attendees searching for a career in any field

• Each participant is paired with a Viasat veteran

Viasat's Bob Rota during his service with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Viasat's Adrian Haskamp, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, during a tour in Iraq.
Viasat's Veterans Transition Workshop poster

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