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Phillip Mucker, PaYS Northwest marketing analyst, and Sheila Oberlitner, PaYS marketing coordinator, staff the PaYS Booth
McDonald's Hosts
People Summit in Honolulu






The PaYS Program recently supported the McDonald's of Hawaii's People Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii. The two day summit included training sessions that consisted of about 600 corporate HR managers, owners, and vendors from all the Hawaiian Islands.

Photos - Phillip Mucker, PaYS Northwest marketing analyst, and Sheila Oberlitner, PaYS marketing coordinator, staff the PaYS Booth

Included in the summit sessions, Nicholas Statler, Director of Employment Strategy, explained McDonald's new initiative to hire Veterans because they possess shared values and work ethic. Paulette Wage the HR Manager described how McDonalds of Hawaii specifically uses the PaYS program to access Army Veterans using the PaYS forecasting on-line database. Phillip Mucker, PaYS Northwest marketing analyst, staffs the PaYS Booth
Phillip Mucker and Sheila Oberlitner staff the PaYS Booth
PaYS Northwest marketing analyst Phillip Mucker presented a PaYS overview briefing to the summit attendees while PaYS marketing coordinator Sheila Oberlitner staffed the Army PaYS booth during the two day summit. Both Oberlitner and Mucker spoke with a variety of vendors explaining how the 150 different jobs in the Army demonstrate the versatility in skills and experience Veterans bring to employers. "We really created a lot of excitement and interest during the two days here" Mucker said. "PaYS is being briefed at McDonald's corporate headquarters in Illinois and soon all McDonald's locations may have employment opportunities available to enlisting applicants and ROTC cadets," Mucker added.




 

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) PaYS Program Available to All Cadets

Including US Army Cadet Command (USACC) cadets into the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program in 2008 allowed the Reserve Component (RC) cadets a valuable resource to find quality employment. The program was so well received by the cadets that they realized their first hire in record time. RC cadets work closely with their ROTC leadership to take advantage of the PaYS programs guarantee to secure a civilian job interview. The program helps RC cadets prepare for the workforce after commissioning and graduation.

In 2011, the ROTC PaYS program modified the search capability allowing each cadet to select up to two PaYS employers. This enhancement exclusive to the ROTC component provides the cadet multiple interviews to select the best career fit. With Cadet Command's support, the PaYS Program is included in the ROTC curriculum so cadets can better understand and take advantage of the program while encouraging them to focus on and prepare for their career earlier.

Building on the successes of the ROTC PaYS program, USACC's decision to expand and broaden the program to include all ROTC cadets regardless of component became the next logical step. The upcoming military personnel drawdown affecting approximately 80,000 Soldiers will result in an increase of cadets accessing in to RC slots. Driving the cadet population towards RC is one of the main reasons Colonel (P) Combs, the previous US Army Cadet Command Deputy Commanding General, requested the PaYS program expand to include all cadets, all components. ROTC cadets with the PaYS option establish a relationship with PaYS partner employers. This relationship is a vital element in securing employment options after graduation thereby making the RC an attractive choice.

PaYS Marketing Analysts are working with PaYS partners to ensure they are familiar with the new Cadet Command implementation and are in a position to place these junior leaders within their organizations. The Army ROTC program is one of the Nation's top leadership programs; it combines the character building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leader development training. The Army commissions cadets who graduate with a bachelor's degree and complete ROTC requirements. Some of the ROTC officers serve part-time in the RC; others serve full-time on active duty. Active Duty ROTC Officers serve in the Army for 3 or 4 years. The RC or active duty officers, who enroll in the PaYS program and elect to separate after completing their first term of service, will bring valuable skills and experience to their civilian organization.


 

Dot Foods and the U.S. Army---Partnering to Help Veterans Find JobsCapt. Daniel Kosters  and Dana Chapman, recruiting manager for Dot Foods

By ANNALISE FRANK
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- Dot Foods and the U.S. Army are partnering to help military veterans find jobs.

Dot Foods has joined the Army's Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, which Capt. Daniel Kosters of the Springfield U.S. Army Recruiting Company says "assists our soldiers as they transition back to civilian life."

Soldiers choose a career position with a partner company when they enlist. When they leave the army, they enter the work force with interviews already lined up and the advantage of military experience on their resume. There are 152,000 job listings for recruits to choose from nationwide, including 90 posted at Dot Foods and Dot Transportation Inc..

"It's a very good ... for us to look at (soldiers) and go, thank you for giving us whatever amount of time it is, but now that you're done, it's not a pat on the back and an "atta boy' out the door," said Sgt. 1st Class Joe Dobrowolski, a Quincy Army recruiter. "We want to make sure you're taken care of."

Dana Chapman, recruiting manager for Dot Foods, said the PaYS program seemed to be a perfect fit when the company began researching different recruiting strategies last year.

"The values of the Army really directly correlate to the values of Dot," Chapman said, noting that the main focus of the Reserve unit in Quincy is transportation. "So ... having driver hiring needs and transportation needs, it was a great match-up for us."

The corporate-level agreement extends to Dot Foods' seven other locations nationwide. Representatives maintain contact with Army transition offices on bases near Dot Foods distribution centers.

Since the two organizations began working together a year ago, Dot Foods has identified more than 40 people "committed to talking to us" when they transition out, Chapman said.

Army veteran Jeff Schmitz, the Dot Transportation logistics and finance manager, said he finds the program particularly beneficial for veterans who want to return to their hometown to work when they leave active duty.

"Any time you've been away from your community for any extended period of time, things change," Schmitz, a Meredosia native, said. "Coming back and trying to settle in, any assistance that you can get in order to make that transition from military to civilian life would be beneficial to those veterans."

Gully Transportation, Sears Holdings Corporation, U.S. Cellular, Walgreens, John Deere, Rockford Police Department, CDW, LLC and Hyatt Hotels are among some of the other Illinois companies involved in the program.

Photo above right - Captain Daniel Kosters and Ms. Dana Chapman, recruiting manager for Dot Foods



Capt. Mary Beth Griffin, Joplin Recruiting Company Commander; Lt. Col. Vernon Jakoby, Kansas City Recruiting Battalion Commander; and Con-way Chief Operating Officer Saul Gonzalez at the PaYS CeremonyCon-way Truckload Ready to Hire More Veterans with PaYS Program

Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. participated in a signing ceremony in Joplin, MO celebrating their inclusion in the PaYS Program. "It's a privilege and an honor for Con-way Truckload to have over 650 veterans as part of our team," Saul Gonzalez, chief operating officer, Con-way Truckload said during the ceremony. "We look forward to adding to that number with this partnership."

"The U.S. Army is excited to have Con-way Truckload as a partner in the Army PaYS program," said Lt. Col. Vernon Jakoby, commander of the U.S. Army's Kansas City Recruiting Battalion. "This is clearly a win-win for both organizations. Con-way will gain employees who have developed professional work habits and who have been held to the highest standards, while our soldiers gain the opportunity to enter into another great organization where they can add value."

Photo left - Capt. Mary Beth Griffin, Joplin Recruiting Company Commander; Lt. Col. Vernon Jakoby, Kansas City Recruiting Battalion Commander; and Con-way Chief Operating Officer Saul Gonzalez at the PaYS Ceremony

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Trucking Industry News
U.S. Army and Con-way Truckload Partner in Recruiting Program


JOPLIN, Mo. — Representatives of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command and Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), will sign an agreement Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. CDT to provide priority hiring status to qualified soldiers participating in the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. The ceremony will take place at Con-way Truckload's headquarters at 4701 E. 32nd St. in Joplin. Saul Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer Con-way; LTC Vernon Jakoby, Commander of the U.S. Army's Kansas City Recruiting Battalion; Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean; Capt. Mary Beth Griffin, Joplin Recruiting Company Commander at the ceremony recognizing Con-way for the company's recent commitment to the U.S. Army PaYS program

PaYS is a partnership between the Army and a cross-section of U.S. corporations and public sector agencies. It was developed to help the Army attract, train and deploy talented people who want to serve their country and secure future success once their Army service is complete.

"The U.S. Army is excited to have Con-way Truckload as a partner in the Army PaYS program," said Lt. Col. Vernon Jakoby, commander of the U.S. Army's Kansas City Recruiting Battalion. "This is clearly a win-win for both organizations. Con-way will gain employees who have developed professional work habits and who have been held to the highest standards, while our soldiers gain the opportunity to enter into another great organization where they can add value."

Photo right - Saul Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer Con-way; LTC Vernon Jakoby, Commander of the U.S. Army's Kansas City Recruiting Battalion; Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean; Capt. Mary Beth Griffin, Joplin Recruiting Company Commander at the ceremony recognizing Con-way for the company's recent commitment to the U.S. Army PaYS program.

Under terms of the agreement between the Army and Con-way Truckload, enlistees interested in gaining specific job training and qualifications will receive that training during their military service. Upon completion of their military service, soldiers who expressed an interest in working for Con-way Truckload will receive a job interview if openings exist in their field of interest. Saul Gonzalez, Con-way Chief Operating Officer, receives the PaYS Partnership certificate from LTC Vernon Jakoby, Commander of the U.S. Army's Kansas City Recruiting Battalion while Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean looks on.

"It's a privilege and an honor for Con-way Truckload to have over 650 veterans as part of our team," said Saul Gonzalez, chief operating officer, Con-way Truckload. "We look forward to adding to that number with this partnership."

Follow the company on Twitter: http://twitter.com/True2BlueJobs .

Con-way equipment images are available at
www.con-way.com/en/about_con_way/newsroom .

Photo left - Saul Gonzalez, Con-way Chief Operating Officer, receives the PaYS Partnership certificate from LTC Vernon Jakoby, Commander of the U.S. Army's Kansas City Recruiting Battalion while Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean looks on.

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About Con-way Truckload -

Joplin, Mo.-based Con-way Truckload is an operating company of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) and a leading provider of expedited, time-definite full-truckload transportation services across North America. Formerly Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI), Con-way Truckload today employs over 3,000 drivers with a fleet of more than 2,700 tractors and 8,000 trailers operating throughout the United States as well as internationally in Mexico and Canada. The company provides full-truckload transportation serving the transcontinental shipping needs of commercial and industrial businesses as well as sister company Con-way Freight. For more about Con-way Truckload, visit us on the Web at www.con-way.com/truckload or call (800) 641-4747.

Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) is a $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and global logistics company.

Wendy Brunner, Internal Communications Coordinator, Con-way Inc.


 Ms. Sherry Nolan-Schultz, Sears Holdings Corporation;  Mr. Wes Reel, Waste Management; MG Jefforey Smith, USACC Commanding General; Mr. Eric Airola, JB Hunt; and Mr. Pat O'Leary, United Parcel Services.

ROTC Constantly Evolving with Input from PaYS Partners

Major General Jefforey Smith, USACC Commanding General invited three PaYS partners and one local company to sit on a panel at the ROTC leadership conference held on 06 September 2012. Each panel member shared insights unique to their human resource procedures and answered questions from the ROTC leaders in the audience. The panel consisted of Ms. Sherry Nolan-Schultz, Sears Holdings Corporation; Mr. Wes Reel, Waste Management; Mr. Eric Airola, JB Hunt; and Mr. Pat O'Leary, United Parcel Service. "Ms. Sherry Nolan-Schultz, Sears Holdings Corporation;  Mr. Wes Reel, Waste Management; Mr. Eric Airola, JB Hunt; and Mr. Pat O'Leary, United Parcel Services. "






Photo above - Ms. Sherry Nolan-Schultz, Sears Holdings Corporation; Mr. Wes Reel, Waste Management; MG Jefforey Smith, USACC Commanding General; Mr. Eric Airola, JB Hunt; and Mr. Pat O'Leary, United Parcel Services.
Photo right - Ms. Sherry Nolan-Schultz, Sears Holdings Corporation; Mr. Wes Reel, Waste Management; Mr. Eric Airola, JB Hunt; and Mr. Pat O'Leary, United Parcel Services.
Photo below - ROTC leadership conference.
ROTC leadership conference



MG Smith guided the panel to describe their strategy in hiring quality talent to recruit for their critical skills. Facing a restructuring, USACC will create a recruiting force that will target the best and brightest college students for selection in to the ROTC ranks. The panel related the need to ensure a happy and enthusiastic human resource team. The panel debated the need for human resource recruiters to have experience in the critical skills they recruit. Panel members shared their experiences with testing, interviewing and employee lifecycle metrics.



Milwaukee Battalion Soldiers and Schneider Ride of Pride trucks






PaYS Partner Schneider National Supports Army at Oshkosh Country Music Festival


Schneider National, Inc. Ride of Pride supported Milwaukee Battalion recently at the Oshkosh Country Music Festival. The Festival included five days of non-stop, world-class entertainment featuring country music's biggest and hottest headliners. The Band Perry, Sawyer Brown, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban. Great food, shopping, rides, games and performances make this music festival a fan favorite! The U.S. Army recruiting team from Milwaukee had interactive booths for festival goers to view and on hand was PaYS Partner Schneider National, Inc. with two versions of their famous Ride of Pride cabs. The bright orange rigs stood out with its veteran and patriotic iconography and quickly became a crowd favorite.

Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Battalion Facebook page





Strength for the Future Features Two PaYS Partners at the Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Race


David Parham From URS Corporation and SSG McCready Sit on the Strength for the Future Panel Prior to the NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway the Army hosted the Strength for the Future Panel attended by local high school seniors and Army center of influencer (COI) invited guests. The Panel consisted of two PaYS partners Kirby Boone, Stewart-Hass Racing and David Parham from URS Corporation, as well as SSG George McCready and Ryan Newman driver of the U.S. Army Car #39.

Photo left - David Parham From URS Corporation and SSG McCready Sit on the Strength for the Future Panel

Each panelist shared their personal stories of how they became successful and reflected on lessons learned along the way. Kirby Boone related his path to success and what he learned from each of the many leadership positions he held prior to coming to Stewart-Hass Racing. Ryan Newman shared how his degree in Vehicle Structure Engineering at Purdue University contributed to becoming NASCAR Rookie of the Year in 2002, a win in Dayton 500 and a win at Martinsville this season. SSG McCready described his start in the Army training as a Track Mechanic in 2003. McCready is a Bronze Star recipient for his acts of bravery in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Afghanistan and in support of Operation enduring Freedom. Currently assigned as an Army recruiter in Cartersville, GA, McCready shared his Army experience with the audience. David Parham is the Senior Recruiter for PaYS partner URS Corporation and described how veterans are a natural fit for their positions which primarily consist of Defense contracts. "Soldiers are physically fit and mentally and morally prepared to meet any challenge" Parham said. "They're trained to make decisions quickly and can accomplish superior results with minimal supervision" he told the audience.




Amazon shares NHRA and Army experience at the Pacific Raceway day at the races

Casey Thigpen, Facilities Manager, Amazon and  David Wong, Project Manager, Amazon.com 25th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries was held at the Pacific Raceways in Kent WA. After stops in Colorado and California, the Western Swing concludes at scenic Pacific Raceways. One of the tour's most breathtaking environments, the facility is parked in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier and surrounded by towering trees that add more than beauty at the first stop on the Western Swing.Dave Lee, Military Liaison, Amazon.com

Attending as guest of the U.S. Army were three Amazon employees, Dave Lee, Military Liaison, Casey Thigpen, Facilities Manager, and David Wong, Project Manager. Amazon.com is extremely committed to hiring veterans and utilizing the PaYS partnership. Enjoying the Army hospitality tent prior to the race the Amazon team met and established a strong rapport with the Seattle Battalion Army recruiters.

Photo left - Dave Lee, Military Liaison, Amazon.com

Photo right - Casey Thigpen, Facilities Manager, Amazon and David Wong, Project Manager, Amazon.com


UNDER SECRETARY OF THE ARMY LOOKS AHEAD TO 2020

STORY BY ELIZABETH M. COLLINS, SOLDIERS MAGAZINE Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal

Change, or rather, adaptation, is coming.

Much of it is forced by budget cuts: The Army's fiscal year 2013 budget request calls for about $18 billion less than FY 2012, with additional cuts coming over the next several years, but the Army has embraced the resulting need to adapt, seeing it as an opportunity to become a stronger, better, more modern and agile force, one that will always be committed to keeping America safe.

"The Army's not really changing, per say," Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal explained in an interview. "The Army will still be very committed to doing … three major things that it has always done for this country.

"We have the strongest, most prominent, most effective force in the world. A strong Army is a deterrent to future conflicts, and we want to continue that. We want to do everything we can do to prevent future wars, and a strong Army sends a strong message across the board. We will continue to have a strong Army, a very capable, very effective force."

The Army will still be able to win any conflict it does face, he continued, adding that it will remain deeply engaged in the Middle East and Pacific theaters, not only because of the threat of terrorism, but because seven of the 10 largest armies in the world are in the Asia-Pacific region. Westphal sees this opportunity to work and train with allies and new partners as a way to "enhance our collective security, and then promote economic prosperity."

The Army just has to be smarter about how it does business, Westphal suggested, saying that sustainability is at the forefront of senior leaders' minds. "You have to … ensure that you can do effectively what you're required to do today, but that you leave the capacity and the capability for future generations to carry on the mission. So our biggest challenge is … to ensure that the future Army, the Army of 2020, will have the capability and the capacity to … prevent, shape and win.

"We need to be more strategic in our thinking at the top leadership levels. We have to focus a lot more on leadership development, both on the military and civilian side, and we have to invest properly in the reserve component so we have a ready reserve to address any expandability that we need in the future."

Of course, no one can predict exactly what conditions the Army and America will face in five or 10 years, but Westphal said the Army will always need infantry, armor and other combat specialties. And as the Army reduces the budget, he added that its leaders are committed to protecting (and in some cases increasing) funding for special operations; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs; space and cyberspace capabilities. The Army also uses simulators and gaming more than ever before, and "these are areas where our Soldiers can be on the leading edge of helping us shape the future of our training, the future of our readiness for the force.

"Assuming that between now and 2020, there isn't another major conflict out there that would cause the Army to grow significantly to address it, I see an Army that's a little bit smaller, but not very small," Westphal continued. "I see an Army that will have an opportunity to go through a very significant modernization … to ensure that the Army of 2020 is as effective and as modern as it needs to be. I see an Army … that is going to be technologically more advanced, scientifically more sophisticated. I see a continuous growth to an even more effective force, building on the lessons of the last 10 years of conflict and on the maturity of our leadership over the future."

The real challenge lies in not knowing exactly how much money the service will be working with. If the sequestration measure in the 2011 Budget Control Act remains unchanged, for example, DOD as a whole will face an additional half trillion dollars in spending cuts over the next decade, an event that every senior DOD leader has said will devastate the military's capabilities. The political and budgetary "gridlock" in Washington doesn't help planning either, Westphal said.

"Getting to a balanced force," he said, "that is, the appropriate level of modernization, the appropriate end strength and size of the Army, the appropriate resources required for training and (for) readiness … is both … an art and a science. You can model it. You can statistically work it all out. … But at the end of the day, because of the politics that surround all of this, we don't operate in a vacuum. We operate in an environment in which Congress has a big say in everything that happens, obviously the president directs us and proposes to the Congress, and there is a public out there. … So we have to do our thinking, our strategizing, our planning, our execution in a way that understands that environment."

Department of the Army civilians, Westphal added, are a crucial part of that force, and attracting and retaining talented people (both Soldiers and civilians) will remain a top priority. In fact, he said that it would be impossible to run the Army without the experience and depth of knowledge civilians bring. One of the ways you reduce cost is manpower, he acknowledged, but said that so far this year, manpower reductions are less than one percent of the overall budget. Most of the cuts will be manageable through natural attrition, hiring freezes and incentives for retirement. He did say, though, that in this day and age, everyone should have an updated resume and be prepared to move around.

The force, according to Westphal, also includes families, and slowly ending combat operations (first in Iraq, and soon in Afghanistan) gives the Army a chance to integrate families better. Wounded warriors are an integral part as well. He said that the Army is committed to investing resources in not only treating them today, but ensuring that they'll have the long term care they need, and also helping them integrate back into the work force and their local communities.

"As dollars get tighter, we (need to) ensure that we don't compromise on the very things that we've been saying, which is that we're going to always support our families and our Soldiers," Westphal said. "We're going to stand by them."

"We have probably the most capable force this country has ever had coming off of these combat operations," he concluded. "We have a highly educated force. We have a force that has been through quite a lot of turmoil … so this is an opportunity for us to really reshape the force of 2020, taking into account that now we have the opportunity to bring these Soldiers back to garrison, unite them with their families and begin to address long-term issues of how we can evolve a more educated, more sophisticated training doctrine for our forces, how we can adapt technologies now to these individuals who are so highly skilled in technology."



Tony Schumacher and the Sarge

Sarge wins in Indy


US Army dragster driver Tony Schumacher collected his 2nd season win at the 58th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, his 9th win at the event and 69th Top Fuel win in his career. The Top Fuel final was an all-Don Schumacher Racing affair. It was Tony vs. Spencer, with Tony capturing his record ninth U.S. Nationals Top Fuel victory. He passed "Big Daddy" Don Garlits for nine Indy TF titles. Indy has definitely been great for Tony and the entire U.S. Army team. Now, Tony trails just Bob Glidden, an Indiana native, who has 10 Indy wins.







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As the Army PaYS Social Media Division continues to ascend, in the hopes of bringing better awareness of the Army PaYS Program to a larger social media audience the program initiated a Twitter account. The Army PaYS Facebook Page has seen tremendous growth and outreach in the past year with virtually 6,000 fans. We are hoping for a similar response to our Twitter account, a consistent following. With over 100,000 views of the Army PaYS Facebook page this month, the Army PaYS Facebook page remains the premier outlet for recruiters to inform their Soldiers about how the program works, and to highlight the kind of interaction we maintain with our Partners. However, with a venue such as Twitter a new, yet similar and diverse audience should respond well to the program! Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArmyPaYS !


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