PaYS Partners Facilitate Charitable Events in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness
Story by Davin Bentley
The PaYS Team would like to recognize our partners who are instrumental in the fight against breast cancer. Throughout October, many of our partners are hosting or sponsoring charitable events to contribute directly to breast cancer awareness, research and treatment. We greatly appreciate all of our partners' contributions to the cause and would like to spotlight a couple of special events made possible by Cleveland Clinic and Sanford Health.
On Saturday, October 16, 2021, Cleveland Clinic is teaming up with Burning River Lacrosse, Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village Sports Complex and SweatX to host the 11th Annual Breast 'Crosse out Cancer! College lacrosse showcase to benefit the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic. Over 20 Division 1 collegiate men's and women's lacrosse teams will participate. To date, the event has raised over $225,000 in support of breast cancer research. The goal for this year's tournament is to raise a minimum of $25,000 (Burning River Lacrosse, Crosse out cancer 2021).
The Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic provides world-class care to patients with breast cancer and is at the forefront of new and emerging clinical, translational and basic cancer research. The funds from this event have gone to fund a range of research and treatment options to include a grant to Dr. Stephanie A. Valente, who used the funds to pioneer a new surgical technique that helps prevent lymphedema in mastectomy patients (Cleveland Clinic, Breast cancer program 2021).
Team Edith is a fundraising movement led by the Sanford Health Foundation that unites the communities they serve in the fight against breast cancer. Every dollar stays local to support patient care and research through the Edith Sanford Breast Initiative. On September 11, 2021, riders participated in the annual 'Cowgirls for a Cure' event at Beard Arena in Menoken, North Dakota to raise funds for Team Edith. This special event featured open 4D (1/2 second splits) and peewee barrel racing contests for cowgirls and cowboys. All money raised at the Cowgirls for a Cure event aids the Edith Sanford Breast Initiative in purchasing equipment and technology to detect, diagnose and treat cancer, fueling research to discover the treatments and cures of tomorrow and funding countless programs and services to support women at every stage of their cancer journey.
The strength of the PaYS Program lies within our partners. The continued support that our partners provide to the communities they serve inspires us to follow their lead. Additionally, this spirit of giving provides our Army PaYS Soldiers an opportunity to continue their service after transitioning out of the Army.
Breast cancer program. Cleveland Clinic. (2021).
Cowgirls for a cure. Sanford Health Foundation. (2021).
Crosse out cancer. Burning River Lacrosse. (2021, September 1). https://www.brlax.net/crosse-out-cancer/.
Edith Sanford Breast Center: Fighting and preventing breast cancer. Edith Sanford Breast Center | Fighting and Preventing Breast Cancer. (2021). https://edith.sanfordhealth.org/.
Italian American, Polish American and German American Heritage Month
Story by Malinda A. Johnson
The Army PaYS Team would like to salute all stakeholders and partners of Italian American, Polish American and German American Heritage. Our Army is made stronger because of the diversity that makes up its ranks.
Italian American Heritage Month is celebrated every year to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes, and valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans. It occurs in October to overlap with the federal holiday of Columbus Day, which is celebrated on the second Monday of each October. Italian American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1989 by a special proclamation of both Congress and President George H.W. Bush.
We celebrate Polish American Heritage Month in October, but it was not always that way. Congress first deemed August as Polish American Heritage Month in 1981. Later, it moved to October to commemorate the first Polish settlers - as well as the deaths of General Kazimierz Pulaski and Tadeusz Kosciuszko (Military leaders who fought in the American Revolution). The switch also enabled schools to participate in celebrations. Whether you are Polish American or not, it is important to mark the culture of a people who helped shape this country. Polish Americans have contributed vastly to the United States Army in all components.
The first proclamation of German American Heritage Month was issued by Ronald Reagan in October 1987 and from then on, we have been celebrating every year. German American Heritage Day is October 6. On this day, German Americans settled in Pennsylvania. In October 1683, German families began settling in Pennsylvania. Since then, German Americans have contributed greatly to our society.
Hugely historical entrepreneurs such as Heinz, Chrysler, Boeing, and Rockefeller all have German American heritage. We have the German Americans to thank for a lot of our culture and society and it's important that they get the acknowledgment they deserve. There are major annual events in cities with German heritage including Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, San Antonio and St. Louis.
A MESSAGE FROM
THE PROGRAM MANAGER...
Dear PaYS Partners,
Let's welcome our newest PaYS Partners and give a special thanks to the battalion's leadership and A&PAs for their support.
Cobham Advanced Electronics Solutions - Baltimore Battalion
Tully's Good Times Family, Inc. - Syracuse Battalion
Dead River Company - New England Battalion
Transdev North America - Chicago Battalion
SRS Distribution - Dallas Battalion
Mohawk Industries, Inc. - Atlanta Battalion
Upcoming Signing Ceremonies
14 October 2021: HHS - San Antonio Battalion
20 October 2021: Leaf Filter North LLC - Northern California Battalion
26 October 2021: Rome Police Department - Atlanta Battalion
28 October 2021: Oregon Department of Corrections - Portland Battalion
3 November 2021: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office - Columbia Battalion
5 November 2021: Xcel Energy - Colorado Army National Guard
9 November 2021: Cloverdale Foods Company - Minneapolis Battalion
9 November 2021: The Cooper Health System - Mid-Atlantic Battalion
10 November 2021: New Angus LLC DemKota Ranch Beef - Minneapolis Battalion
11 November 2021: Penn National Gaming - Mid-Atlantic Battalion
19 November 2021: City of San Antonio - San Antonio Battalion
Regional Army PaYS Marketing Analysts:
Crancena Ross (Northeast Region)
Kristopher Broadus (Southeast Region)
Davin Bentley (Midwest Region)
James Meade (Southwest Region)
John Delk (West Region)
Malinda Johnson (Senior Marketer)
Samuel Armstrong (ARNG East)
Samuel Gitchell (ARNG West)
Army PaYS Welcomes New Partners
Story by: Kris Broadus, Crancena Ross, Samuel Armstrong, John Delk
This month, Nine Line Apparel codified its partnership with the Army's Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program at their headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. Nine Line Apparel's CEO, Tyler Merritt joined LTC Sean Bell, Battalion Commander of Jacksonville Army Recruiting Battalion to formally sign the memorandum of agreement. In attendance were several distinguished guests, with Mayor Van Johnson II, Mayor of the City of Savannah serving as the guest speaker. Mayor Johnson was ecstatic that Nine Line Apparel was committed to hiring and keeping Veteran talent in the Savannah area. Tyler Merritt ended the ceremony by giving a Nine Line Apparel coin to all of the Future Soldiers in attendance.
Nine Line Apparel is a Veteran-owned and operated company that specializes in patriotic apparel that honors our flag, our nation, and all those who have and continue to serve honorably as members of the military, police, fire department, or any other public service. Nine Line Apparel is recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the top 100 fastest-growing privately held companies in the U.S. Nine Line is the 998th PaYS Partner.
Right - LTC Sean Bell, Commander, Jacksonville Recruiting Battalion, and Tyler Merritt, CEO, Nine Line Apparel pose with the PaYS Plaque and PaYS Certificate of Participation
Suburban Propane, LP announced their partnership with PaYS during the company's annual picnic. This marked Suburban Propane, LP's 95th anniversary as a nationwide distributor of propane, fuel oil, and related products and services while servicing over 1 million customers through 700 plus locations across 41 states. During the ceremony, Mr. Michael Stivala, CEO, Suburban Propane, and LTC Dion Hall, Commander, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion provided remarks and signed the ceremonial agreement. New Jersey Congressional District Representative, Mikie Sherrill served as a guest speaker for the event.
Right - l-r, Mikie Sherrill, New Jersey's 11th Congressional District Representative, Mr. Michael Stivala, CEO, Suburban Propane, LTC Dion Hall, Commander, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion
Bimbo Bakeries USA celebrated its commitment to the U.S. Army and the Veteran community by joining the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. Bimbo Bakeries USA understands the value of hiring a Veteran. They want to hire disciplined employees with an excellent work ethic. Chris Steiner, Vice President of Sales, Bimbo Bakeries USA and LTC Dion Hall, Commander, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, were the signees who formalized the official partnership.
Bimbo Bakeries USA is the largest bakery company in the United States. The company headquarters is in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Bimbo Bakeries USA owns an abundance of fresh bread and sweet baked goods brands in the United States, including Entenmann's, Sara Lee, and Thomas's. They are also a top advertising sponsor for many major soccer teams around the globe.
Right - Mr. Chris Steiner, Vice President Sales, Bimbo Bakeries USA and LTC Dion Hall, Commander, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion cut the Ceremonial Cake
D.A. Collins Construction, Co. Inc. officially became a partner with the Army Partnership Youth Success (PaYS). The Vermont Army National Guard (VTARNG) hosted the signing ceremony in Wilton, NY. MG Gregory Knight, Adjutant General, VTARNG signed the ceremonial agreement with David Collins, Owner and CEO, D.A. Collins Construction Co., Inc. MG Knight stated that the Army PaYS Program is mutually beneficial for PaYS Partners and the Army. He has agreed to assist in the expansion of PaYS in Vermont.
The D.A. Collins Construction Co. Inc. is a full-service civil construction company that provides a breath of civil construction services with the capability to complete any construction project regardless of the scope and/or size of the project. D.A. Collins Construction Co. Inc. delivers quality service that is on time, on budget, and executed with the safest procedures. Their headquarters is located on 138 acres in Upstate New York.
Right - MG Gregory Knight, Adjutant General, Vermont Army National Guard and David Collins, Owner/ CEO, D.A. Collins Construction Co, Inc. sign the PaYS Ceremonial Partnership Certificate
Recently Buck Knives, Inc. conducted a PaYS signing ceremony with the Seattle Recruiting Battalion at the Bucks Knives Headquarters in Post Falls, Idaho. Mr. CJ Buck, CEO and Chairman, Buck Knives and LTC Spencer Wallace, Commander, Seattle Recruiting Battalion signed the Memorandum of Agreement as a public display of the commitment that Buck Knives has to hiring Veterans.
CJ Buck believes in taking care of people one knife at a time, for every knife will eventually have a story behind it. Mr. Buck stated, "We don't just produce knives, we help create memories. There's one in every Buck knife...A story that stimulates our senses and evokes an emotional feeling that is sacred to every one of us - One that takes us back to our childhood birthday, Christmas, or to our first hunting or fishing trip. Built on old-fashioned values, we understand the importance of passing on traditions and that is why our hand-crafted, quality knives are built to withstand the test of time."
Right - CJ Buck, CEO / Chairman, Buck Knives, Inc. with LTC Spencer Wallace, Commander, Seattle Recruiting Battalion signing the Ceremonial Memorandum of Agreement
GEN Funk Officiates PaYS Ceremonies
Story by Cory Thomas and James Meade
General Paul E. Funk II, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is a staunch supporter of the PaYS Program. Since his assumption of command in June 2019, GEN Funk has promoted and increased awareness of PaYS during his travels across the Nation. Recently, GEN Funk officiated three PaYS ceremonies, all of which his influence was essential in developing the partnerships.
Mayor Jerry Demings of Orange County, Florida and GEN Funk signed a ceremonial PaYS agreement in the chambers of the Orange County Administration Building. During the ceremony, Mayor Demings said, "We are proud to have over 72,000 Veterans who call Orange County home and over 700 Active Duty Veterans employed by Orange County Government. The U.S. Army PaYS Program is a great opportunity for Orange County Government to recruit a trained experienced and ready workforce. I look forward to the opportunities this program provides to our community and I appreciate General Paul E. Funk II, Commanding Officer of the Army Training and Doctrine Command for being here today."
During GEN Funk's remarks, he stated, "I would like to thank all the Commissioners here today, thanks for making this a reality. Mayor Demings thank you, Sir, to you for really having the vision to invite us in and to make sure Veterans know that they are welcome in the Orlando area and they are welcome to be a part of this great team that you have formed and these Commissioners make happen. I am incredibly thankful that you would have the foresight to look out and say hey you served before and we want you to continue to serve on our team and be part of something bigger than yourselves."
Above - GEN Paul E. Funk II, Commanding General of TRADOC presents the Army PaYS Plaque to Jerry Demings, Orange County Mayor (Florida), during the signing ceremony
Later that day, GEN Funk visited Mears Transportation for his second signing ceremony. During the event, GEN Funk acknowledged a special guest, Medal of Honor Recipient, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia.
John Castle, President and CEO of Mears Transportation Group provided remarks prior to singing the ceremonial agreement and stated "The PaYS Partnership is a win-win for the Army and Mears Transportation."
GEN Funk conducted an Oath of Enlistment ceremony with three PaYS Soldiers. Afterwards, he expressed his gratitude for Mears Transportation. "This organization has carried my family safely over a dozen times back and forth from the airport to Disney, so I feel like a part of the family." He also expressed that transporting American citizens around is no small task and that he is proud that this organization is ready to integrate the next generation of Veterans. Additionally, GEN Funk thanked Mears Transportation for this incredible opportunity.
Right - GEN Paul E. Funk II, Commanding General of TRADOC presenting the Certificate of Participation to John Castle, President and CEO of Mears Transportation
PaYS welcomed Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings (TEL) to our invaluable team of partners, committed to providing employment opportunities to Soldiers. TEL and the U.S. Army solidified their partnership with the signing of a memorandum of agreement. The partnership process between PaYS and TEL began over a year ago when GEN Funk traveled to TEL's headquarters in Austin, TX to participate in a program overview conducted by the PaYS Team.
During the ceremony, GEN Funk's remarks began with his signature phrase, "My name is Funk, and I am an American Soldier".
Mr. Larry Smith, President of U.S. operations for TEL stated, "As a Soldier for Life and an Army Veteran myself, I understand the value of tapping into the Veteran community to help TEL and the overall semiconductor industry with the gap in finding talented, dedicated, diverse, and disciplined teammates. Our business is experiencing explosive growth and we need partnerships like the U.S. Army PaYS Program to help TEL provide technology that enables life."
Following their remarks and signing the agreement, GEN Funk administered the Oath of Enlistment to ten Future Soldiers from the San Antonio Recruiting Battalion.
Right - GEN Paul E. Funk II, Commanding General of TRADOC and Mr. Larry Smith, President of Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings, Inc. signing the Memorandum of Agreement
The PaYS Team would like to thank GEN Funk for his support and unwavering dedication to Soldiers and Veterans.
Southeastern Region Army Reserve Ambassador Annual Workshop
Photos and story by Kris Broadus
Major General Jami Shawley, Commanding General, 81st Readiness Division, hosted the annual Southeastern Region Army Reserve Ambassador Workshop at Fort Jackson, SC. During this event, PaYS Marketing Analyst, Kris Broadus gave a formal overview of the partnership program to a group of over 25 ambassadors in attendance.
The two-day workshop focused on a variety of topics, that included the Minuteman Scholarship, the Army PaYS Program, strategic outreach, and various other topics related to the achievement of the end strength objective for the Army Reserve. This was the first opportunity for the Ambassadors to get together since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Army Reserve Ambassador Program is a strategic outreach program that voluntarily operates at the state and local level on behalf of the Chief of Army Reserve. It is also essential to creating awareness for the Army Reserve throughout the southeast. Their access and impact within the local communities have been paramount in improving the lives and opportunities for Army Reserve Soldiers. Their influence will directly benefit the Army PaYS program as they have accepted the charge to assist in growing our corporate partners throughout the region. They also work diligently to expand education opportunities for Army Reserve Soldiers.
Above Right - Kris Broadus, Marketing Analyst speaking to Southeastern Region Army Reserve Ambassadors
Left - Southeastern Region Army Reserve Ambassadors with MG Jami Shawley, Commanding General, 81st Readiness Division
A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their October PaYS Anniversaries:
Alaska State Troopers 19-Oct-04
Accenture LLP 4-Oct-05
Oldcastle Materials 4-Oct-05
Lake County Sheriff's Office 20-Oct-05
Bright House Networks 20-Oct-05
Citrus County Sheriff's Office 20-Oct-05
Phoenix Police Department 20-Oct-05
Office of the Sheriff Contra Costa Co. CA 13-Oct-06
Knoxville Police Department 13-Oct-06
Suffolk County Police Department 13-Oct-06
Union Pacific Railroad Company 30-Oct-06
Smith Transport, Inc. 24-Oct-06
American National Insurance Company 16-Oct-07
Foodliner, Inc. 16-Oct-07
Medi-Dyn, Inc. 16-Oct-07
Kansas Adjutant General's Dept. 16-Oct-07
Cummins Southern Plains, Ltd. 18-Oct-07
Kraft Foods Global, Inc. 13-Oct-08
Gleaner Life Insurance Society 26-Oct-09
City of College Station 30-Oct-09
San Jorge Children's Hospital 30-Oct-09
Syracuse PD 24-Oct-10
The American Red Cross 24-Oct-10
Bunzl Distribution USA, Inc. 26-Oct-10
Regional Transportation Dept. 26-Oct-10
Cobalt Boats 26-Oct-10
Sacramento Metro Fire District 26-Oct-10
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority 26-Oct-10
Horizon Well Logging, LLC 4-Oct-11
Wells Enterprises, Inc. 11-Oct-11
AECOM National Security Program 18-Oct-11
Dee Zee, Inc. 17-Oct-12
Corpus Christi Police Department 17-Oct-12
Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. 17-Oct-12
Dana Limited 3-Oct-13
Rockwater Northeast LLC 1-Oct-14
Airbus Helicopter, Inc. 1-Oct-14
Westmoreland Coal Company 1-Oct-14
Symantec Corporation 1-Oct-14
Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc. 23-Oct-15
Goodwill Southern Nevada 23-Oct-15
Global Linguist Solutions, LLC 23-Oct-15
Applied Material, Inc. 26-Oct-15
Done Right Trucking Incorporate 28-Oct-15
Medical Staffing Network 28-Oct-15
Drury Hotel Company, LLC 28-Oct-15
Market Transport 29-Oct-15
Hudson Tool Steel Corporation 4-Oct-16
Cannon Companies 4-Oct-16
Genoa, a QOL Healthcare Company 4-Oct-16
Overhead Door Corporation 17-Oct-16
United States Department of Agriculture 27-Oct-16
Sonoco Products Company 5-Oct-17
Putnam County Sheriff's Office 5-Oct-17
Bedrock Protection Agency 5-Oct-17
One Gas, Inc. 26-Oct-18
Quartz Health Solutions, Inc. 4-Oct-19
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network 22-Oct-19
PTS Worldwide Inc. 22-Oct-19
Williamson Street Grocery Cooperative 8-Oct-19
IES Communication 8-Oct-19
Suburban Propane, L.P. 28-Oct-19
Hayward Police Department 29-Oct-20
Driven Brands, Inc. 29-Oct-20
Waste Connections of Colorado 29-Oct-20
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