USAREC Welcomes New Command TeamUSAREC change of command and change of responsibility ceremony

Story by: USAREC Public Affairs
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USAREC change of command and change of responsibility ceremony

FORT KNOX, Ky., July 23, 2020 -

U.S. Army Recruiting Command welcomed a new command team during a change of command and change of responsibility ceremony here July 23.

Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen became the 27th USAREC commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley accepted responsibility as the new senior enlisted leader of the command.

The two follow Maj. Gen. Frank Muth and Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Gavia, who had been leading USAREC since July 2018.

USAREC change of command and change of responsibility ceremony

Vereen most recently served as the provost marshal general of the U.S. Army and commanding general, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. In those roles he served as the principal military advisor on policing matters and as the Department of the Army's independent criminal investigative authority reporting directly to the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army. He is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and he commissioned into the Army as a field artillery officer after graduating from Campbell University in 1988. Vereen later became a military police officer.

Foley joins the USAREC team after serving as post command sergeant major for the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He started his career as a patriot missile crewmember in 1989. He is a native of Panama City, Florida, and served more than 15 years of his career overseas and deployed.
Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley

Above - Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen and Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Foley

The new command team takes responsibility for the recruiting mission for the active Army and the Army Reserve with about 14,000 personnel stationed at about 1,400 locations around the world. Neither leader is completely new to the command. Vereen served as USAREC's deputy commanding general-operations from 2017-2019, and Foley served as an Army recruiter from 1995-1998.

Vereen said he is honored to return to lead the USAREC team.

"(Maj. Gen. Muth and Command Sgt. Maj. Gavia have) spent the last two years leading this great organization with high energy, passion and commitment," Vereen said. "I am honored to be able to accept command from Maj. Gen. Muth, and I know what condition this outstanding organization is in."
Maj. Gen. Frank Muth and Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Gavia

Above - Maj. Gen. Frank Muth and Command Sgt. Maj. Tabitha Gavia

Muth told the team in attendance in person and online that he and Gavia have been honored to lead the formation for the final two years of their careers. Both leaders are retiring from the U.S. Army after 34 and 32 years, respectively.

"USAREC has been one of the most challenging assignments in my career, it has also been one of the most rewarding," Muth said. "The rest of the Army needs to witness the dedication of the Soldiers and civilians in this formation. I am humbled to stand in formation with every one of you every day. You work tirelessly every day because you are truly passionate about this mission."

He thanked recruiters for bringing their creativity and ingenuity to them to propel Army recruiting from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age and recognized the commanders and command sergeants major for providing leadership during some challenging times.

Muth and Gavia both applauded the USAREC team for their ingenuity and adaptability.

"Our recruiter rock stars, my final words to you," Gavia said. "Know how important and powerful you are. Where would our great Army be without you? You have a direct impact on Army readiness. Never forget that. Each and every one of you are vitally important to me, our (commanding general) and the Army. I'm so incredibly thankful that I have had this opportunity."

Foley demonstrated his own passion for the Army and excitement for the recruiting mission during his first remarks as the command's new senior enlisted leader.

"I'm glad to be back to serve in this command," Foley said. "I vow to learn what you do, to make everybody around us better, to improve our recruiters and our command, and to make this organization better, this nation better and our Army better.
Gen. Paul Funk, commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command
Gen. Paul Funk, commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command, hosted the ceremony and spoke highly of the leadership Muth and Gavia have provided over the last two years.

"Maj. Gen. Muth and Command Sgt. Maj. Gavia were the textbook definition of team," Funk said. "They traveled to recruiting stations together, worked out together, and even took selfies together. Most importantly they 'put 'em in boots' together. They were recently described to me as peas and carrots. I can't think of a better way to describe this dynamic duo. Together, this incredible team of peas and carrots, rewrote the book of recruiting."

Left - Gen. Paul Funk, commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command


Dear PaYS Partners,

Let's welcome our newest PaYS Partners and a special thanks to the Battalion's leadership and A&PAs for their support.

Altice USA - New York City BN

Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. - Baltimore BN

Your Home Improvement Company, LLC - Minneapolis BN

Osceola County Sheriff's Office - Tampa BN

AG PRO Companies - Jacksonville BN

Bollinger Shipyards, LLC - Baton Rouge BN

Delaware County Sheriff's Office - Columbus BN

Smith's Detection, Inc. - Baltimore BN

Spokane County Sheriff's Office - Seattle BN

Hubbard Broadcasting - Minneapolis BN

Ernst & Young Global Limited - Dallas BN

Industrial Valve Sales & Service - Montgomery BN

Solution One Industries - Dallas BN

G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers - Columbus BN

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety - Great Lakes BN

RK Mechanical, Inc. - Denver BN

Alpha Kilo Logistics, Inc. - Chicago BN

McLeod Health - San Antonio BN

Upcoming signing ceremonies/events: Contact your PaYS Regional Marketing Analysts for more information.

Regional Army PaYS Marketing Analysts:

Antonio Johnson (Senior Marketer)
(502) 378-8054

Audra Jones (Northeast Region)
(773) 418-6229

Samuel Armstrong (Southeast Region)
(301) 717-8508

Davin Bentley (Midwest Region)
(614) 886-0270

Donna Morales (Midwest Region)
(571) 338-2327

Crancena Ross (Southwest Region)
(410) 206-0413

Anthony Velasco (Southwest Region)
(757) 270-6556

Corin Gillens (West Coast Region)
(843) 909-6037

Remember to annotate your PaYS Soldiers hires and interviews into the PIX database, visit and like our Facebook page,, follow us on Instagram @armypaysprogram and all our social media platforms to share in all of our events. Send us your good news stories, job vacancies, etc., and we will highlight, at no cost, on all our social media sites. To participate in any Army recruiting event, don't forget to reach out to your regional PaYS marketing analyst.

For more information on PaYS program, visit our website at

It PaYS to partner with the US Army!

Troy L. Nattress
PaYS Program Manager

Happy Birthday Michelle, Michael and Crancena!
Happy PaYS Anniversary Antonio

Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day

Intro by Alisha Reneau

The Army PaYS team joins the nation in celebrating Women's Equality Day on 26 August 2020. In 1971, Congress designated this date to honor women's continuing efforts toward full equality. The day marks the date the Constitution was amended to include women's right to vote and American women's advancements.

To honor Women's Equality Day, we would like to highlight two women that have made positive contributions to their communities and in the workplace.

COL La'Tonya N. Jordan

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5th Recruiting Brigade Commander
COL La'Tonya N. Jordan

COL La'Tonya N. Jordan is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. She completed eight years of enlisted service in the North Carolina Army National Guard prior to receiving her commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1997. She became the commander of the U.S. Army 5th Recruiting Brigade July 10. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Pathology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master's of Science in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology.

She is a graduate of the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Mortuary Affairs Officers Course, Logistics Executive Development Course, Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and a recent graduate of the Eisenhower School.

COL Jordan's previous assignments include Division Chief, Multinational Operations Division, Trans-regional Threats and Coordination Cell, Joint Staff, J5, Pentagon; Battalion Commander, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, South Korea; Chief, Joint Logistics Operations Center, Defense Logistics Agency; Chair, Joint Small Arms/Light Weapons Coordination Group, Defense Logistics Agency; Battalion Executive Officer and Support Operations Officer, 188th Brigade Support Battalion, 18th Fires Brigade, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Deputy G4, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Instructor/Small Group Leader, Combined Logistics Captains Career Course, Fort Lee, Virginia; Plans Officer, 507th Corps Support Group, and Company Commander, 249th Quartermaster Company (GS), 530th Supply and Service Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Other key assignments include 13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas, where she served as the Current Operations and Force Modernization Officer, 64th Corps Support Group; Battalion Adjutant, 544th Maintenance Battalion and Platoon Leader/Accountable Officer, 263d Maintenance Company.

Her awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1OLC), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NATO Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. COL Jordan is also a recipient of the Quartermaster Corps Order of Saint Martin, the Major General Aubrey "Red" Newman Leadership Award and the Order of Saint Barbara.

LTC Dave Clukey (left), Commander, Phoenix Recruiting Battalion and Windy Zachek, Owner and CEO, Oak Craft Elegant Cabinetry during the Army PaYS signing ceremony

Windy Zachek, CEO & Owner Oak Craft Cabinetry

Left - LTC Dave Clukey (left), Commander, Phoenix Recruiting Battalion and Windy Zachek, Owner and CEO, Oak Craft Elegant Cabinetry during the Army PaYS signing ceremony

Windy Zachek, is a visionary thinker with demonstrated success translating vision into strategy and action. She works directly with Oak Craft ownership to develop both long and short term company goals, cultivate strategies to execute those objectives and establish a measurement plan to show success in reaching and maintaining these goals. Experienced in leading overall company operations and product strategies; with a focus on evolving organizational processes and streamlining infrastructure to allow Oak Craft to grow and fulfill its mission. Windy is a highly effective in building and maintaining strong strategic relationships within the manufacturing, construction, and kitchen and bath industry. With proven ability to build, manage, and motivate high-performance teams; recruit top candidates; and develop talent within the organization.

Thank you Windy for your support of the Army PaYS program.

PaYS Partner Highlight: TDIndustries TDIndustries logo

Story by: Crancena Ross

On May 17, 2020, TDIndustries became a partner with the Army Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS). TDIndustries was founded in 1946 and is a facility, maintenance, and mechanical construction company. The company is headquartered in Dallas, TX, and has a variety of locations throughout Texas, Phoenix, AZ and Denver, CO. The company is one of the most appreciated in their industry and delivers results to fit their customer's needs. They are a 100% employee-owned company that focuses on their mission statement of exceeding their customers' expectations while growing their people.

PaYS Regional Marketer, Crancena Ross and Talent Acquisition Manager, Mark Joseph having a Virtual MeetingOn 17 April 2020, TDIndustries was nominated as a terrific place to work by Fortune Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for" Legend. This is the 21st consecutive year TDIndustries has been named in Fortune Magazine. TDIndustries is a great company that supports and cares about their employees and promotes a family-oriented work culture.

Since the partnership began, PaYS Regional Marketer Crancena Ross has taken the opportunity to discuss the PaYS program with TDIndustries' point of contact, Talent Acquisition Manager Ms. Mark Joseph. Ms. Ross frequently meets with Ms. Joseph to ensure that Veterans are receiving interviews and discusses hiring opportunities within the company. When asked what does she like about working with TDIndustries the most, Ms Joseph stated, "TD values the sacrifices of the Veterans and looking forward to increasing their company workforce with Veterans through the Army PaYS program. As well as working for a company that places their employees first." Having a company of this caliber as Army PaYS Partner, is such an extraordinary feeling to know our Veterans will be taken care of by one of partners that has been recognized for 21 years, of straight success."

Right - PaYS Regional Marketer, Crancena Ross and Talent Acquisition Manager, Mark Joseph having a Virtual Meeting

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Cooper, U.S. Army Partner for Youth Success

Story by: Anthony Bellano, Patch Staff
Jul 8, 2020 2:09 pm ET

Cooper Health announced a new partnership with the U.S. Army for youth success on Wednesday. (Image via Shutterstock) Cooper Health announced a new partnership with the U.S. Army for youth success on Wednesday.

Cooper University Health Care is now a participating employer with the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, the health system announced on Wednesday. Cooper participates in a number of programs with the military, and trains combat medical teams in trauma medicine and providing important technical research for the United States Military.

The PaYS program is a partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross section of private industry, academia and federal, state, and local public institutes.

The U.S. Army PaYS program guarantees soldiers a job interviews and possible employment after their service in the army and provides America's youth with the unique opportunity to simultaneously serve their country and prepare for their future.

As soldiers prepare to leave the army, their area of specialization is matched to a company in the private sector seeking qualified candidates. Upon separating from the military, the transitioning service member gets help coordinating job applications, interviews, and site visits.

"At Cooper, we value the sacrifices members of the military and their families make for our country, and we are honored to be part of the U.S. Army's PaYS program to help service members transition to civilian life," Cooper University Health Care co-CEO Kevin O'Dowd said.

"Cooper has a long-standing commitment to hiring veterans and active military members, and this partnership with the U.S. Army will help us reach more soldiers and connect them with resources to build their post-military careers," Cooper University Health Care Co-CEO Anthony J. Mazzarelli said.

Since PaYS began in 2000, more than 800 leading employers nationwide have partnered with the program. "It is with great pleasure that the U.S. Army and the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion announce its partnership with Cooper University Health Care through the Army PaYS program," said Lt. Col. Brendan P. Toolan, Commander, Mid-Atlantic Army Recruiting Battalion. "This partnership adds tremendous value to recruiting incentives for those young men and women who work and live in the communities that Cooper University Health Care supports. Furthermore, their technical advances in health care and research as well as their veteran support make Cooper a sought-after employer in New Jersey and an excellent choice for Army PaYS."

Cooper also provides a number of health care services to military personnel and their families. One program is HeroCare Connect, which it offers in partnership with Deborah Heart and Lung Center. HeroCare Connect is a personal, one-stop resource that links military families, active duty and retired military, and veterans with specialty care services close to home and on a timely basis.

The initiative provides convenient and expedited access to specialty care for military patients stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and veterans across South Jersey, supplementing the primary, gynecologic, and pediatric care available on base.

Cooper also provides a wide range of education and training programs in support of the U.S. Military. In January 2019, Cooper was the first health system in the nation to enter into an agreement with the U. S. Army to provide advanced surgical trauma training to the elite Forward Resuscitation Surgical Team (FRST) through the Army Military-Civilian Trauma Team Training (AMCT3) program.

Most recently, Cooper became the third location in the nation to provide specialized medical training to active duty and reserve personnel from all branches of the U.S. Military as part of Operation SMART (Strategic Medical Asset Readiness Training). Cooper has trained elite medical providers from every military branch, multiple local, state, and federal government agencies, and international partners.

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Clean Harbors Hosts a Veteran Coffee Chat

Story by: Samuel Armstrong

During this pandemic, organizations have had to rethink how they go about their everyday business of hiring. In person career fairs, hiring events, and conventions are no longer apart of the normal hiring process, and most recruiting departments are using virtual platforms instead of face to face interviews.

On July 8, 2020, Clean Harbors partnered with Brazen Technologies to host a Veteran Coffee Chat. Prior to the event Veterans were encouraged to register and create an account and once registered they were able view company information and hiring opportunities. During the event they were provided with guidance on resumes and participate in one-on-one group chats with representatives from the company. These Veterans Coffee Chats will continue on a weekly basis until further notice.

Army PaYS Marketer Samuel Armstrong spoke with Brian Favreau, Program Manager from Clean Harbors who thinks that Veterans would easily fit into the Clean Harbors culture with its focus on teamwork and chain of command that are so similar to the Military. What's more, he thinks the company respects the unique talents and attributes Veterans bring to business.

"Clean Harbors embraces your Military training and background," he said. "The company really cares about the Veteran mission, and I believe Veterans are respected for the sacrifices and commitment we made to our country."

Clean Harbors is a leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services. Clean Harbor serves a diverse customer base, including a majority of Fortune 500 companies. Its customer base spans a number of industries, including chemical, energy and manufacturing, as well as numerous government agencies.

Brian Favreau

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Compassion First Pet Hospitals Partners with the Army PaYS Program

Story by Audra Jones and Lauren Carroll

The U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) team would like to welcome Compassion First Pet Hospitals as our newest partner. Notably, Compassion First Pet Hospitals is the only veterinary hospital partner in our 20+ year history.

Compassion First Pet Hospitals was founded in 2014 by John Payne after 40 years of caring for pets and has over 35 locations nationwide. The network of pet hospitals utilizes cutting edge technology and expertise to bring the highest level of care possible to your pets.

Compassion First, not only provides excellent care for your pets, but also values a high level of community involvement. They demonstrate this commitment in a variety of ways from fundraisers and education to green initiatives and pet blood drives. One of the initiatives they are most-proud of is their military working dog program.

Compassion First is committed to supporting Veterans and the partnership with Army PaYS goes a long way toward that commitment.

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PaYS Spotlight on U.S. Army Battle Creek Recruiting Company

Story by: Davin Bentley

The Army PaYS team would like to sincerely thank the Soldiers of the U.S. Army Battle Creek Recruiting Company for being outstanding partners! While it is no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a challenge to our Army Recruiting Team, the Warriors of the Battle Creek Company have not skipped a beat in engaging the communities they serve and providing PaYS with a continual stream of corporate and government prospects eager to employ transitioning Active Duty, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard Soldiers within the civilian sector.

Within the last quarter, the efforts of the Battle Creek Recruiting Company have resulted in 7 potential partners formally participating in the PaYS partnership process. Of note, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety has signed a formal memorandum of agreement with the United States Army and the partnership is currently under final administrative review at the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) headquarters at Fort Knox, KY.

SSG Austin Fletcher, Kalamazoo Recruiting Station and Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief Jeff VanderWiere

Left - SSG Austin Fletcher, Kalamazoo Recruiting Station and Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Assistant Chief Jeff VanderWiere

Further, the Battle Creek Recruiting Company, along with its headquarters (the Great Lakes Army Recruiting Battalion) is credited with spearheading the PaYS program's first ever virtual signing ceremony on June 15th with Kalamazoo based Aldevra, LLC. Aldevra has successfully performed as one of Michigan's prime contractors on federal and state government contracts for multiple agencies. The company provides high quality products and timely service to its government customers. The company's partnership was cemented thanks to the relationship building of the Battle Creek Recruiting Company.

Additionally, the Battle Creek Army Recruiting Company's community outreach has also caught the eye of the office of U.S. Congressman Fred Upton (Michigan's 6th district). Toni Kennedy, Constituent Services Representative and Veteran Advocate for Congressman Upton, now keeps in regular contact with the Company in order to ensure the area's Active Duty and transitioning Army Veterans receive all the benefits and opportunities afforded to them in return for their service to our country.
CPT Ronald Austin, PaYS Marketer Davin Bentley, and SSG Adrian Rich, Kalamazoo Recruiting Station
The Battle Creek Recruiting Company consists of three recruiting stations located in Southwestern Michigan: Battle Creek Station, Kalamazoo Station, and Benton Harbor Station. In total, 28 recruiters cover the area and are responsible for keeping the Army's ranks filled with America's best and brightest. Since October 2019, the company has been commanded by CPT Ronald Austin. CPT Austin is an Army Logistics Officer and a graduate of the Army Logistics University. He is also a 2011 graduate of Central Washington University.

Again, the PaYS team is extremely grateful for CPT Austin and his team's efforts in building relationships throughout Southwestern Michigan. The Army, the communities we serve, and the Soldiers seeking gainful employment after serving our country will all benefit from the Battle Creek Recruiting Company's efforts for years to come!

Right - CPT Ronald Austin, PaYS Marketer Davin Bentley, and SSG Adrian Rich, Kalamazoo Recruiting Station

A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their August PaYS Anniversaries:

The Pepsi Bottling Group 15-Aug-00 LAPD 22-Aug-02 Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD 23-Aug-02 JX Enterprises, Inc. 29-Aug-02 Washington State Patrol 4-Aug-03 Rockford Police Department 4-Aug-03 City of Naples, Florida 15-Aug-03 Richmond Police Department 25-Aug-03 Scottsdale Police Department 26-Aug-05 American Systems Corporation 14-Aug-06 New Jersey Basketball LLc d/b/a Brooklyn Nets Basketball 8-Aug-07 General Motors Corporation 22-Aug-07 Kansas Dept of Social & Rehabilitation Services 22-Aug-07 Community Asphalt Corporation 22-Aug-07 Canam Steel Corporation 13-Aug-08 Oshkosh Corporation 13-Aug-08 Life Time Fitness, Inc. 17-Aug-08 City of Riverside, CA 7-Aug-09 Citrus Heights Police Department 12-Aug-09 Hawthorne Machinery Company 3-Aug-11 New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California 14-Aug-13 Performance Contractors 21-Aug-13 HOLT CAT 21-Aug-13 Tesla Motors 20-Aug-15 City of Joplin 2-Aug-16 City of Rock Springs 2-Aug-16 Penrose-St Francis Health Services 2-Aug-16 National Association of Community Health Center 8-Aug-16 Central Bank & Trust Co. 8-Aug-16 Corrections Corporation of America 19-Aug-16 Perdue Farms Inc. 19-Aug-16 Willis-Knighton Health System 29-Aug-16 Eastern Maine Healthcare 4-Aug-17 NOW Foods 11-Aug-17 City of Dublin 21-Aug-17 Mountaire Farms, Inc. 21-Aug-17 Kellerstrass Enterprise, Inc. 21-Aug-17 City of Chattanooga 28-Aug-17 Memorial Hospital d.b.a. Memorial Regional Health 28-Aug-17 NU Look Home Design 28-Aug-17 Windstream Holdings Inc. 28-Aug-17 Raven Transport Company 28-Aug-17 Superior Service Transport, Inc. 28-Aug-17 Main Street Renewal, LLC 28-Aug-17 G&P Trucking Company, Inc. 28-Aug-17 MainGate Inc. 28-Aug-17 Virgin Island Police Department 6-Aug-19 Geisinger System Services 6-Aug-19 Grande Aire Services, Inc. 6-Aug-19 MEARS Destination Services, Inc. 12-Aug-19 ANS Advanced Network Services, LLC 23-Aug-19 Nevada County 23-Aug-19 PolyOne Corporation 23-Aug-19 Fabick Cat 23-Aug-19 Thompson Gray, Inc. 23-Aug-19 Bausch Health US, LLC 23-Aug-19 Veterinary Specialists of North America 23-Aug-19 System Application & Technologies, Inc. 23-Aug-19 Home Team Pest Defense 23-Aug-19 MassMutual Commonwealth 23-Aug-19 Rocky Brands, Inc. 23-Aug-19 West Shore Home 27-Aug-19 Motorola Solutions, Inc. 27-Aug-19



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