Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 2022

Story by: Kris Broadus

MLK quote graphic
On Monday, January 17th, 2022, the Nation will pause in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day as we have done every third Monday in January since 1986. In celebrating the life, legacy and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this special day, we acknowledge the significant impact he had on American society.

Dr. King was a visionary man who made it his life's work to tear down the barriers of racial inequality across the Nation. He travelled millions of miles across the Nation to call upon peaceful action wherever there was injustice, protest, and action. During his life he wrote five books, countless articles, and delivered his ageless "I Have a Dream" speech at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to over 250,000 men and women after a peaceful march to Washington D.C. He would later in life become the first African American to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine as he was honored as the Person of the Year for 1963. He also became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35.
Tampa MLK Parade graphic
City of Tampa logo

The PaYS Team would like to highlight one of our many partners celebrating MLK`s birthday. The City of Tampa is hosting its annual Martin Luther King Parade Monday, January 17, 2022, beginning at 12:00 noon. The City of Tampa's parade is a fun exciting and family-friendly event occurring annually on the National holiday commemorating the birth of one of our greatest American heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration grows every year and has proven to be a great forum to present the beautiful diversity of the Tampa Bay area.

PaYS Partner Highlight - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

By John Delk

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department patchThis year, the PaYS Program will feature partners for their contributions to the program. We would like to recognize the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) that has been a PaYS Partner since 2006. They are the largest law enforcement agency in Nevada and one of the largest police agencies in the United States, according to Uniform Crime Reporting. LVMPD was formed on July 1, 1973, by merging the Las Vegas Police Department with the Clark County Sheriff's Department and has been led by Sheriff Joe Lombardo, since January 5, 2015.

Sheriff Lombardo said, "To realize our goals we have to progress, continue to build partnerships and adapt to meet challenges. Crime changes and consequently, so does policing. For this reason it is important to consider that change allows us to take on new skills and abilities for finding answers to complex crime problems." Sheriff Joe LombardoSheriff Lombardo goes on to explain that the acronym LVMPD has a second meaning as well: L = Lead through empowerment and accountability, V = Value our employees and those we serve, M = Maximize trust, transparency and communication, P = Protect the public through education, innovation and enforcement, and D = Develop and enhance community relations.

Under Sheriff Lombardo`s leadership, LVMPD interviewed four and hired two PaYS Soldiers in 2021. Furthermore, Sheriff Lombardo and his staff participated in several Army-led community events in Las Vegas including an engagement where the TRADOC Commanding General, GEN Paul Funk was the guest speaker.

Thank you LVMPD for your contributions and dedication in support of our Soldiers and the PaYS Program.


Antonio Johnson, PaYS 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.

EquipmentShare - Kansas City Battalion

City of West Monroe - Baton Rouge Battalion

Brewster Ambulance Service - New England Battalion

BDO USA, LLP - Chicago Battalion

Community Financial LLC/CFSC - New York City Battalion

Konecranes, Inc. - Ohio ARNG

Upcoming Signing Ceremonies

19 January 2022: Kalahari Resorts and Conventions - Wisconsin Army National Guard

19 January 2022: Barry Callebaut - Vermont Army National Guard

22 February 2022: Hampton Sheriff's Office - Richmond Battalion

Regional Army PaYS Marketing Analysts:

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

Kristopher Broadus (Southeast Region)
(615) 419-5357

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

James Meade (Southwest Region)
(614) 404-9104

John Delk (West Region)
(847) 971-1336

Malinda Johnson (Senior Marketer)
(757) 777-2416

Samuel Armstrong (ARNG East)
(202) 770-7200

Samuel Gitchell (ARNG West)
(501) 249-2437

PaYS Training with the Army National Guard

By Samuel I. Armstrong

As the PaYS Team continues to develop its partnership with the Army National Guard (ARNG), Samuel Armstrong, PaYS Marketing Analyst traveled to Wisconsin and Virginia to meet with ARNG leadership and ensure the recruiting battalions are fully trained on how to utilize the PaYS Program.

Wisconsin ARNG logoPaYS Marketer Samuel Armstrong, LTC Jeremy Duffy, Commander and CSM Bryan Douglas.

Mr. Armstrong met with Wisconsin ARNG Recruiting & Retention Battalion leadership, LTC Jeremy Duffy, and CSM Bryan Douglas. During the meeting, an emphasis was placed on connecting Soldiers with their selected PaYS Partners before and after Initial Entry Training. Additionally, Mr. Armstrong presented different strategies to pursue potential partners. The Wisconsin ARNG fully supports PaYS and plans to increase awareness with their Soldiers as well as businesses in the community.

Right - PaYS Marketer Samuel Armstrong, LTC Jeremy Duffy, Commander and CSM Bryan Douglas.

Virginia ARNG logo
MAJ Latonya Martin, Operations Officer, and Samuel Armstrong, PaYS Marketer
At the Virginia ARNG Headquarters, Mr. Armstrong met with Operations Officer, MAJ Latonya Martin. A PaYS overview was provided to MAJ Martin in addition to program updates. Virginia was a part of the ARNG pilot program for PaYS that took place back in 2019; therefore, the battalion leadership and Soldiers have much more experience utilizing PaYS than other states. Collecting interview and hire information from Soldiers who return from training was also a key point during the discussion.

Right - MAJ Latonya Martin, Operations Officer, and Samuel Armstrong, PaYS Marketer

We look forward to more updates and success stories this year as the PaYS Team and the Army National Guard work together to support Soldiers across the Nation.

PaYS End of Year Training 2021

The PaYS Team recently conducted End of Year Training at Headquarters TRADOC, Fort Eustis, VA. This was an opportunity for the team to come together and reflect on the program`s initiatives and objectives of 2021, collaborate with internal partners; as well as engage in team building activities. During the training, individual team members Antonio Johnson, Program Manager, PaYS Program, Cheri McCullough, Admin Assistant, COL Roman Cantu, Director, G3 5/7 Accessionswere recognized for their efforts/achievements in 2021. The PaYS Team is geographically dispersed across the U.S. and only come together in person semiannually. LTG Maria Gervais, Deputy Commanding General, TRADOC

The training session kicked off with opening remarks from LTG Maria Gervais, Deputy Commanding General, TRADOC. LTG Gervais took time out of her busy schedule to address the team virtually (MS Teams) from Fort Leavenworth, KS. She stressed the importance of the PaYS Program to our Army and our Nation in the upcoming year. LTG Gervis, inspired and praised the team for their accomplishments in 2021. She states, "PaYS is a phenomenal program that connects the dots with all programs across TRADOC. I look forward to seeing what they are going to do in the future and I have greater expectations."

Following the opening remarks, COL Roman Cantu, Director, G-3/5/7 Accessions and Antonio Johnson, PaYS Program Manager participated in recognizing PaYS Team members for their efforts in 2021. The award winners were: Davin Bentley (Top Marketer), James Meade (New Marketer of the Year), Cheri McCullough (PaYS Most Valuable Person) and Samuel Armstrong (Special Recognition Award). Congratulations to the winners and the PaYS Team!

Above left - LTG Maria Gervais, Deputy Commanding General, TRADOC
Above right - Antonio Johnson, Program Manager, PaYS Program, Cheri McCullough, Admin Assistant, COL Roman Cantu, Director, G3 5/7 Accessions

PaYS, NGB, SFL, TAP logos

Representatives from the National Guard Bureau (NGB), Soldier for Life (SFL) and Transition Assistance Program (TAP) were invited to participate in the PaYS training. The intent was to increase knowledge of all four programs and establish a strategy that supports future collaboration in an effort to better support transitioning Soldiers. CPT Christopher Bucci and SGT Kristy Gallant of NGB presented a marketing strategy to increase awareness of PaYS within the Army National Guard and local communities. COL David Grant, Director, SFL gave a program overview and stated "The Soldier for Life Program represents the Army as ambassadors to the community and assists with anything that impacts Soldiers, Spouses and Family members." Mr. Sherman Watkins, Transition Manger, TAP discussed utilizing PaYS Partners during transition briefings to increase Soldier employability.

Malinda Johnson, Senior Marketer and James Meade, PaYS Marketer pose with Hampton Sheriff`s Department

As part of a live training exercise, PaYS Team members Malinda Johnson, James Meade and Kristopher Broadus attended the annual "One City Celebration" Job Fair in Newport News, VA to meet current and potential partners. The live exercise was insightful for the team members that participated. Upon completion of the job fair, Malinda, James and Kristopher returned to training at Fort Eustis and shared their experiences with the team.

Left - Malinda Johnson, Senior Marketer and James Meade, PaYS Marketer pose with Hampton Sheriff`s Department

The PaYS Team conquered the Escape Room Challenge with 16 seconds remaining.

The team took the opportunity to boost morale by having a luncheon and participating in an Escape Room challenge. These events motivated our team to work together, developed our strengths and addressed any weaknesses. Overall the team had a great time.

PaYS End of Year Training was insightful and provided the opportunity to better understand the role that each team member and partner plays in the success of the program. As PaYS continues to expand, it is essential that the team progressively increases efficiencies necessary to meet the expectations of TRADOC, Soldiers and our partners. We look forward to future training opportunities.

Right - The PaYS Team conquered the Escape Room Challenge with 16 seconds remaining.

SPC Andrew Fuller Maryland State Police logo

SPC Fuller Joins the Maryland State Police

Story by: Crancena Ross

This month, PaYS is recognizing a partner and Soldier who have successfully completed the interview and hire process. It is important that we share these stories with our stakeholders because of the validity it offers to the program. Congratulations to SPC Andrew Fuller and the Maryland State Police.

SPC Fuller enlisted in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) in August 2018 as a Combat Medic Specialist and selected Maryland State Police (MSP) as one of his PaYS Partners. SPC fuller would go on to complete Army Basic Training at Fort Sill, OK and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX.

After returning to his home state of Maryland, SPC Fuller began the rigorous and detailed MSP application process in which he was selected. His academy class began in September 2021 and he is expected to graduate in March 2022. SPC Fuller is still a Soldier in the USAR and states that he looks forward to serving his country and community at the same time and is thankful for the opportunity that PaYS provided him.

The PaYS Program thanks Maryland State Police for their continued support and wishes SPC Fuller the best as a Maryland State Trooper.

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 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 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 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 Purdy Mobility Group 7-Jan-20 Sonsray, Inc. 7-Jan-20 Bay & Bay Transportation 7-Jan-20



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