About Us

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Our mission

For transitioning service members: We are dedicated to serving the military community by connecting them to professional opportunities, resources, and benefits with our high-quality Partners and Resources throughout the nation.

For businesses and employers: Businesses invest in us to attract, retain and develop military talent within their companies and the communities they serve.

Our vision

The vision of Semper Forward is to help employers connect with service members transitioning out of the military, spouses/life partners, and veterans through our national network of employers and communities.

Our values

Semper Forward operates by the same values instilled in all of us who have served this great nation:

  • Leave no brother or sister behind.
  • Building on the sea of goodwill that exists for those who have served and building connections for them in the civilian world once they transition from their military family.
  • Help maintain camaraderie in our communities and businesses through collaboration with our Partners and Resource

Our team

Steven Janke


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Jen Griffis

Operations Manager

Why work with us

As a veteran himself, Steve Janke knows the challenges of transitioning from military life to civilian life. With this experience in his back pocket, Steve was instrumental in helping build the state of Wisconsin’s military talent attraction program.

Through this work, Steve traveled to military bases across the globe, connecting with on-base personnel and those working in the transition space. This helped him build critical connections to bridge the gaps between service members and businesses.

He also met one-on-one with service members and their spouses. He took great pride in helping these individuals find opportunities in the “Great State of Wisconsin” and parlayed that pride into¬†Mission Wisconsin, which is part of the Semper Forward network.

Steve is passionate about helping service members and their spouses make their transition to civilian life as seamless as possible. Semper Forward expands that passion to help transitioning service members and their families find their next mission with quality employers throughout the nation.