Pictured: LTC Whitney O. Jensen, Commander 
U.S. Army New York City Recruiting Battalion

U.S. Army New York City Recruiting Battalion Brings in the New Year in Times Square

Story by: Alisha Reneau
Photos by: Catherine R. Laporte-Kaplansky

For the first time in 116 years, the New Year's Eve spectacular in Times Square was held without the usual huge crowd due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As usual, there was a live TV broadcast for the Times Square New Year's Eve 2020 celebration. In addition, the event was accessible via an app called VNYE, where users could also explore the virtual world of Times Square.

Right - LTC Whitney O. Jensen, Commander U.S. Army New York City Recruiting Battalion
Below - New York City Recruiting Batallion Crest
Below right - Soldiers from NYCRB Brooklyn North Recruiting Company

New York City Recruiting Batallion CrestCity Recruiting Battalion

The New York City Recruiting Battalion was one of only 39 sponsors in attendance, and represented all who served in the Armed Forces. This is the battalion's first time on ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest".
Soldiers from NYCRB     
Brooklyn North Recruiting Company
City Recruiting Battalion
For 116 years, Times Square has been the center of worldwide attention on New Year's Eve, ever since the owners of One Times Square began in 1904 to conduct rooftop celebrations to greet the New Year. The first Ball Lowering celebration occurred in 1907, and this tradition is now a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year. The 11,875-pound New Year's Eve ball is covered by 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles illuminated by 32,256 LEDs.

Ag-Pro and U.S. Army Join ForcesAg-Pro logo

The U.S. Army and Ag-Pro have entered a partnership agreement that gives former Soldiers priority job consideration after leaving the Army. Ag-Pro officials and Army officers met recently at Ag-Pro's corporate office in Boston to officially sign the agreement. The agreement applies to men and women upon leaving the Army, said Kim Walden, Ag-Pro recruitment official. The U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) with Ag-Pro is designed to provide a smooth transition from the military to the private business sector for individuals from Southwest Georgia.

The PaYS Program is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross-section of private industry, academia and state and local public institutes that guarantees Soldiers five job interviews and possible employment after Army service. The PaYS program helps Soldiers prepare for a career after the Army by connecting them with employers who understand the skills, discipline and work ethic military service members bring to a business.

PaYS Future Soldiers Cole Phillips and Clayton Burch take Oath of Enlistment during Ceremonial Army swearing-in

Left - PaYS Future Soldiers Cole Phillips and Clayton Burch take Oath of Enlistment during Ceremonial Army swearing-in

The recent Ag-Pro/PaYS event included the ceremonial Army swearing-in of Cairo resident Cole Phillips and Clayton Burch, a Donalsonville resident. The young Soldiers were sworn in during the summer in a ceremony where COVID-19 prohibited attendance by family members. The virus prevented Burch's mother, Noel Burch Stout, a Donalsonville resident, from attending the previous ceremony, but she was present for the swearing-in ceremony at Ag-Pro. "It was very hard not to be able to be there," Stout said, in reference to the previous swearing-in.


Antonio Johnson, PaYS Program Manager

Dear PaYS Partners,

Please join me in welcoming our newest PaYS Partners and a special thanks to the battalions' leadership and A&PAs for their support.

Titan Machinery - Minneapolis Battalion Greenville Police Department - Raleigh Battalion

Upcoming PaYS Signing Ceremonies

21 Jan 21: Pike Corporation (Mt. Airy, NC)
26 Jan 21: Community Medical Services (Scottsdale, AZ)

Regional Army PaYS Marketing Analysts:

Northeast Region
Currently Vacant
Contact the PaYS Helpdesk for assistance

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

"2021 is here and I am excited for what the New Year brings for the PaYS Program. Stay tuned" - Antonio

Send us your good news stories!

RK Mechanical Inc. Joins the Army PaYS ProgramLTC Michael Oleson, Commander Denver Army Recruiting Battalion and Jon Kinning, COO/EVP, RK Mechanical, Inc. RK Mechanical logo

Story by: Anthony M. Velasco

Right - LTC Michael Oleson, Commander Denver Army Recruiting Battalion and Jon Kinning, COO/EVP, RK Mechanical, Inc.

On 18 December 2020, RK Mechanical, Inc., and the Denver Army Recruiting Battalion, solidified their partnership in the Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. RK Mechanical, Inc., is the 930th PaYS partner to join the Army PaYS program and the eighth PaYS partner to announce their partnership through a virtual signing ceremony during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

RK Mechanical is a leader in the commercial construction, manufacturing and building service industries, RK brings customer visions to life, calling on decades of experience and exceptionally trained teams to deliver maximum quality service to every endeavor.

Bill Hanzlik, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) CASA crest The live stream virtual signing ceremony that took place on Facebook live and received over 400 reviews. There were remarks from LTC Michael Oleson, Commander Denver Army Recruiting Battalion, Jon Kinning, COO/EVP RK Mechanical, Inc., and special guest Bill Hanzlik, CEO Gold Crown Foundation, former NBA player and Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Northern Colorado.

Right - Bill Hanzlik, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA)

Jon Kinning stated "We are really excited to join the PaYS program and develop additional pathways for hiring Vets." Guest Speaker, Bill Hanzlik, CASA for Northern Colorado replied "Their selflessness, grit and ingenuity, and innovations make Future Soldiers a perfect fit for RK Mechanical".

Thank you all who participated in the partnership agreement.

Grand Rapids Home for VeteransMichigan Army National Guard logo

Michigan National Guard Helps Keep Veterans Safe

Story by: Senior Airman Tristan Viglianco

LANSING, Mich. - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan National Guard (MING) has had an extensive list of priorities to keep communities safe, including assisting at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (GRHV).

Members of the Michigan National Guard have been delivering some of the best tools available to test and measure the risk for COVID-19 among members and staff at the home. They provide daily antigen point-of-care testing to staff, enhancing previous testing requirements - twice-weekly polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for all staff and weekly polymerase chain reaction testing for members. They also will be administering vaccinations. "Providing our Veterans the best care possible will always be our mission, and we are immensely grateful for our partnership with the Michigan National Guard as we combat this pandemic," said Anne Zerbe, director of the Michigan Veterans Homes.

The Guard will also provide this testing to the DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans (DJJHV) in Marquette, MI. Staff will be tested in a drive-through clinic and wait in their cars for test results. If negative, they will receive a text message indicating they can enter the building. A contact tracer contacts those who test positive, instructing them to return home to quarantine and follow-up with a medical provider. "We are facilitating outdoor rapid COVID-19 testing on staff members reporting to work, ensuring folks entering the facility have a negative COVID test," said Capt. Andrew Pomorski, the officer in charge of the Air Platoon Covid Vaccine and Testing Team (CVTT). "The CVTTs are also providing PCR testing assistance to GRVH staff for the residents."

While working, the teams adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and take other precautions. "All CVTT members wear face coverings while on shift," said Pomorski. "They also wear rubber latex gloves to limit physical skin contact with testing materials, forms and staff members, limiting a chance for COVID transmission."

Michigan operates two homes for veterans: The Grand Rapids home and the Marquette home. A new home is to open in Chesterfield Township in 2021. "We are honored to be a part of a great effort working with the veterans' home staff to ultimately keep staff members safe so they can provide great care to our veterans," said Pomorski. "It is important we give back to the vets because these men and women served our country."

Virtual Career Fair entrance

Army PaYS Attends Virtual Career Summit Hosted by New York Recruiting Battalion

Story and Photos by: Alisha Reneau

The New York City Army Virtual Career Summit was hosted by the New York City Recruiting Battalion on 9 December 2020. The career summit was an end-top-end digital conference with community partners and provided exclusive networking opportunities, and presentations on outlining the benefits of service in the U.S. Army. There were interactive presentations and guest speakers from several community partners; including PaYS Regional Marketer Audra Jones, who gave an overview of the PaYS program.

Army PaYS Marketer Audra Jones, 1st Sergeant Alberto Pena, Company 1st Sergeant Brooklyn South Recruiting Company, NYC Recruiting Battalion, and CPT Andre A. Hill, Company Commander, Brooklyn South Recruiting Company, NYC Recruiting Battalion

Left - Army PaYS Marketer Audra Jones, 1st Sergeant Alberto Pena, Company 1st Sergeant Brooklyn South Recruiting Company, NYC Recruiting Battalion, and CPT Andre A. Hill, Company Commander, Brooklyn South Recruiting

There were 11 exhibitors and 8 community partners in attendance for this highly interactive event. Each community partner virtually provided hands on information and presentations on their hiring procedures and opportunities for over 200 attendees.
Army PaYS virtual booth
The community partners that participated:

Fire Department of New York City (FDNY)
The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
New York City Police Department (NYPD)
Queens College
New York City College of Technology
Westchester Community College
Fordham University

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day MLK graphic

SOURCE: https://Www.Dodea.Edu/Dodeacelebrates/Mlk.Cfm

On January 18, 2021, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday marks the 26th anniversary of the National Day of Service. This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, and to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

Americans celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American, on Monday, January 20, 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, and marking the third Monday in January every year as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - a "Day On, not a Day Off."

Dr. King advocated for nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice as a means of lifting racial oppression. He created change with organized sit-ins, marches, and peaceful demonstrations that highlighted issues of inequality. Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964; he was the youngest person to ever receive this high honor. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father by entering the ministry to become a Baptist minister. On April 4, 1968, at the age of 39, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee as he stood on the balcony of his hotel. Dr. King traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to lead a march in support of striking sanitation workers.

We remember Dr. King as a husband, father, friend, and fierce advocate for the betterment of all people. Honor his memory by organizing, volunteering, and spreading the word. Remember to MAKE IT A DAY ON, NOT A DAY OFF, for you and those around you.

The Purpose of Education - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Excerpted from Morehouse College Student Paper, 1947 Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education.

Cheri McCullough

PaYS Adds New Administrative Assistant

Story by: Alisha Reneau

Please join the Army PaYS Team in welcoming Cheri McCullough as our new Administrative Assistant. She brings 30 years of government / administrative experience to the role.

Cheri served 20 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves and retired as a Chief Petty Officer in 2011. She also earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from St. Leo University.

In her spare time, Cheri enjoys traveling, shopping and reading.

Welcome to the team Cheri.

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

HCA 10-Jan-02, St. Petersburg Police Dept. 15-Jan-03, Vecellio Group, Inc. 9-Jan-04, Waste Management 7-Jan-05, Hernando County Sheriff's Office 3-Jan-06, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. 17-Jan-06, Pasco Sheriff's Office 17-Jan-06, Kentucky State Police 17-Jan-06, YRC Freight, Previously "YRC Worldwide" "Yellow Transportation, Inc." 23-Jan-06, SecTek, Inc. 19-Jan-07, CoxCom Inc. dba Cox Communications Arizona 19-Jan-07, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office 19-Jan-07, West Corporation 12-Jan-08, Fugro, Inc. 16-Jan-08, Dedicated Logistics, Inc. 19-Jan-08, Mustang Machinery Company dba/Mustang Cat 28-Jan-08, EMC Corporation 31-Jan-08, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. 8-Jan-09, Virginia Beach Police Department 8-Jan-09, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. 20-Jan-09, Sacramento PD 20-Jan-09, Oak Ridge Associated Universities 20-Jan-09, URS, formerly "EG&G Technical Services, Inc." 20-Jan-09, 1st Mariner Bancorp 20-Jan-09, Houston Pizza Venture 20-Jan-09, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Credit Services Division 19-Jan-10, Commonwealth of PR 4-Jan-11, NMTC d/b/a Matco Tools 4-Jan-11, Beam Mack Sales & Services 18-Jan-11, Trilogy Health Services, LLC 19-Jan-11, Mass Transportation Authority 28-Jan-11, Total Quality Logistics, LLC 7-Jan-13, Kennametal Inc. 28-Jan-13, Facebook, Inc. 3-Jan-14, NTT DATA, INC. 4-Jan-14, City of Springfield 27-Jan-14, Garden Ridge, LP 27-Jan-14, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company 27-Jan-14, Cloud Peak Engery 5-Jan-15, Commercial Metal Company 5-Jan-15, Little Tikes 18-Jan-16, Sharp Transportation 27-Jan-16, Sports 1 Marketing, LLC 27-Jan-16, San Antonio Police Department 6-Jan-17, Herc Rentals 6-Jan-17, The Nebraska Medical Center 6-Jan-17, Aubrey Silvey Enterprise, Incorporated (Silvey) 6-Jan-17, Florida Department of Corrections 23-Jan-17, Quality Tire Company 23-Jan-17, City of Salisbury, Maryland 23-Jan-17, HealthCare Services 30-Jan-17, GlobalTranz 30-Jan-17, PAJCO, Inc. / Rhodes 101 30-Jan-17, New Jersey Transit Corporation 30-Jan-17, Mettler Toledo 30-Jan-17, Indeed, Inc. 5-Jan-18, SOS International, LLC 23-Jan-18, Giant Eagle, Inc. 23-Jan-18, Allegheny Health Network 23-Jan-18, Prestige Home Care, Inc. dba Home Instead Senior Care 23-Jan-18, Keller Logistics Group, Inc. 22-Jan-19, DARCARS 22-Jan-19, Cianbro Corporation 22-Jan-19, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin 31-Jan-19, Midland Engineering Company, Inc. 31-Jan-19, Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. 31-Jan-19



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