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AUGUST 29, 2021



"What Do Military Veterans, Infrastructure and National Parks Have in Common?"

with Tanya Wattenburg Komas, Ph.D.

Hour 1   WE THE PEOPLE RADIO                Hour 2  WE THE PEOPLE RADIO

About Tanya Wattenburg Komas, Ph.D. :


Honored as one of Five Most-Influential People in the Concrete Industry in 2013 by Concrete Construction Magazine. Ph.D., Architecture, Texas A&M University; Master of Science, Historic Preservation, Columbia University, New York; Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, University of California, Davis.

Founding Director/CEO of CPI, an official US military Career Skills Program for active duty military and partner of US National Park Service at Alcatraz Island and Pearl Harbor restoring landmark structures and training service members for civilian careers. Professor Emeritus, California State University, Chico, College of Engineering. Research and projects with NASA for Co2 reduction and durable cement development; nationwide industry certification for concrete repair co-author; pavement durability research with California Department of Transportation (Caltrans); evaluation of the concrete bunkers at the WWII D-Day landing site at Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France; appearances on History, Discovery, and American Heroes Channels (formerly Military Channel) and technical structural/infrastructure advisor for the studios.

Frequent presenter and consultant for national and international groups including the Getty Conservation Institute; the US National Park Service; American Concrete Institute; the International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage (CIPA), Strasbourg, France; and the World of Concrete, Las Vegas and Mexico City. Named 2012 Professor of the Year for California State University, Chico, by the Chico Economic Development Council.

Proud wife of an Army veteran and mom to two amazing teenage boys.


The CPI Foundation (CPI) is a proven public/private partnership program working with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Interior, and with industry companies across the country. The program benefits the United States and its taxpayers by combining the strengths and needs of three national concerns: our military veterans, our infrastructure, and our national parks.

Helping service members avoid potential military-to-civilian transition pitfalls, CPI offers career preparation and placement for service members of all military branches during their last year of active duty service. CPI’s hands-on career training program, available to service members during their last 6 months of service, completes significant structural repair, new construction, deferred maintenance, and safety & access projects in national parks and public sites; current locations are Alcatraz Island and Pearl Harbor with additional planned sites across the U.S.

Construction companies who design, build, supply, and maintain structures and infrastructure, many of which are critically in need of trades & management workforce across the country, sponsor CPI’s programs and hire alumni for careers in contracting, production, transportation, sales, service, and related areas.

Who should contact CPI:

  • Service members and military installations interested in the training and/or placement program
  • Companies interested in hiring quality candidates at all levels
  • National parks and public sites in need of a partner for construction projects/military veteran engagement

As a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation, CPI welcomes new sponsors to support the program and maximize current capacity and seeks major funding partners for expansion to additional locations. For more information, please see





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