The Overwatch Partnership is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in Columbus, OH in 2016 by veterans Eric Gentzel, Jon Rust, and Mike Rogers to support veterans as they transition into the civilian job arena. Each experienced the challenging transition from active duty to the civilian workforce, understanding both the unique challenges veterans face in their transition, while also grasping the valuable experiences and skills veterans can provide to a hiring organization. In realizing the enormous power of networking and mentorship in their own careers, they decided to create an organization to collectively use their networks to support veterans in the transition and sustainment of a fulfilling career.
The name of our organization provides significant meaning behind our mission. “Overwatch” is a military term that is defined as providing cover to a fellow service member, which is the essence of our cause.