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Power for Progress: Recognizing our Veteran Workforce

Power for Progress: Recognizing our Veteran Workforce

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GRDA pauses to recognize our coworkers (and retirees) and all others who served our country in the United States Military.

Power for Progress…

A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority


Recognizing our Veteran Workforce


As we approach Veterans Day 2023, the Grand River Dam Authority once again is using this space to recognize a significant portion of our workforce that once served in the United States Armed Forces.

Today, they are electric linemen, mechanics, relay technicians, plant operators, engineers, police officers, office employees and much more. Yesterday, they were soldiers and sailors, airmen, and marines. Today, they are at work in power plants, in bucket trucks, in offices and shops right here in Northeast Oklahoma. Yesterday, they were on ships, in tanks and stationed at military bases around the globe. Today, we are proud they are here with us, and we are proud to call them our co-workers.

Many members of our current GRDA workforce are military veterans. Meanwhile, many GRDA retirees also served in the military before beginning their careers with our organization. Down through the years, the experiences, expertise, and devotion to duty demonstrated by these individuals have helped GRDA to accomplish its 24/7/365 mission for Oklahoma. With the skills learned in the military, these men and women have helped to build and operate electric generation and transmission assets like dams and substations. They have also helped to guide the Authority daily in hundreds of different roles. Their service to the country continues to benefit GRDA and the state of Oklahoma today.

So, once again, as we pause to celebrate Veteran’s Day 2023, we salute our veteran workforce including those with us today and those who are now enjoying retirement. Thank you, Team GRDA!


GRDA is Oklahoma’s largest public power electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees, and efficiency.


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