Reaching Your PaYS Soldiers for Interview is Just a Download Away
By Shae Warzocha-Senior Marketing Analyst
Becoming a PaYS partner is a great way to show your support to our men and women in the Army. Hands down, offering employment to our veterans is the most amazing and satisfying contribution an organization can provide. Your reward as an employer is the ability to interview candidates who have a proven track record of success, experience and maturity. The time lapse from loading jobs into the PaYS database to actually interviewing a PaYS Soldier is the most challenging aspect of the process.
These Soldiers are located in your on-line database and can be accessed simply by downloading reports 24/7. Granted, the Soldiers who have selected you as their post Army interview company may be in the first year of their four year enlistment or they may be in their fourth year of a six year enlistment. Herein lies the real challenge for all PaYS partners; keeping the program sustained, staffed and viable for literally years.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets may select your projected job in their senior year of college and may be available for interview in less than one year. The same could be true for an Army Reserve Soldier who enlists and has a short Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Regular Army Soldiers can enlist anywhere from two to six years. The great advantage is they will come to you with years of job experience and advanced leadership skills. To take full advantage of the program utilizing all three components will guarantee a steady stream of quality candidates. By loading positions for Army Reserve and Cadets to fill short term needs and Regular Army Soldiers for long term needs, all bases are covered.
Waiting several years for a candidate is particularly challenging for the Human Resource Manager who needs to fill positions immediately. Regular Army Soldiers are of particular value to employers who have consistent openings year after year. In this case, waiting years for the PaYS Soldier is really not a problem, it becomes an asset. The highly technical skills compiled with several years of experience makes PaYS a perfect fit for employers needing specific technical candidates.
Once jobs have been loaded in the PaYS data base the next phase is monitoring the jobs as they are selected by enlisting Soldiers and graduating Cadets. This is done using the downloadable reports provided on-line using the PaYS Information Exchange (PIX) on www.armypays.com. Partners must first logon with their password and ID provided by the PaYS Helpdesk.
After selecting the REPORTS Tab, five reports appear. Four relate to Soldier data and the fifth refers to specific jobs. The first option, PaYS Soldier Report, provides a quarterly review of Soldiers available for interview for the current and next year.
PaYS Soldier Report
By selecting any of the quarterly tabs, a snapshot of all the Soldiers reflected in the tab populates.
For example, selecting the first quarter of 2013 will bring up a snapshot of all the Soldiers scheduled to depart the Army assigned to your company in that quarter.
Provided in this view is the email (when available the telephone number) partners can use to contact each Soldier. The Date Available tells you when the Soldier is scheduled to depart the Army and be available for interview.
Detailed PaYS Soldier Report
The tab, Detailed PaYS Soldier Report, provides a menu for partners to drill down even further.
The Show Soldiers/Show Cadets tabs provide all Soldiers/Cadets for all years in snapshot form.
Selecting the Download Soldier/Cadet Report provides a full report in an EXCEL spreadsheet.
In this report you will find Soldiers with availability dates that may span six years or more. This report could be used to filter next year's candidates for the purpose of sending a reminder email. Soldiers who are within a year of completing their first enlistment are probably considering all their options. A reminder from their PaYS partner could drive them to your web site.
Soldier Lookup is used when a Soldier contacts you and you want to do a by name search to verify they are an actual PaYS Soldier. Additional information can also be found using the six number PaYS ID provided in the Detailed Soldier Report.
Job Report provides the number of jobs loaded comparing the number of jobs selected. More detail on this report will be provided in a future article.
Soldier Demographics provides a pie-chart of demographic data specific to only your PaYS Soldiers. Charting options include ethnicity and sex.
We have designed the reports to be as user friendly as possible. The reports provide you the contact information you need to reach out to the Soldiers who have selected you as their post Army interview company, albeit many years ago. Use these tools to remind these Soldiers you are still interested in what they have to offer and watch your PaYS return on investment (ROI) grow.
Quicken Loans Becomes PaYS Partner
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From Left to right, Detroit Councilman Mr Gary Brown; Mr. Bill Emerson, Chief Executive Officer of Quicken Loans; MG (Ret) Bruce Macdonald, Michigan Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA); and LTC Blankenhorn, Commander, Great Lakes Army Recruiting Battalion, sign the PaYS agreement.
Mr. Bruce MacDonald, Michigan Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA), joined Bill Emerson Chief Executive Officer of Quicken Loans and Lieutenant Colonel John F. Blakenhorn, Commander, Great Lakes Army Recruiting Battalion in the official PaYS signing ceremony at their headquarters downtown Detroit MI.
Mr. Emerson spoke to the audience about Quicken Loans commitment to veterans saying "On behalf of Quicken Loans and family of companies, I want to thank the committed Soldiers who have served and are serving our country to protect our freedom, everyone knows how committed we are to hiring vets."
He was followed by LTC Blakenhorn who shared the value of the program to veterans especially Army Reserve Soldiers. "With the Partnership for Youth Success, the crux of it is it allows a benefit from both public and private sector of the fine young men and women that are out there today. These young men and women have made a commitment to not only serve their country thru the public sector thru the military but they have also made a determination they want to come back home. Where they want to remain home they serve in reserve organizations reserve units in the military to be contributing members and come out there and help those private company organizations to be better. They want to put their talents to use. They want to come out here and make a difference not only for our country but also for your businesses as well. And this is an excellent opportunity for us to be able to marry that together."
Quicken Loans employs more than 9,000 team members and closed a record $70 billion in home loan volume in 2012, a 133 percent increase over the $30 billion previous record set in 2011. The company earned the highest rating for customer satisfaction among all U.S. home loan lenders in a study by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and ranked in the Top 10 of FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2012, placing among the Top 30 companies on FORTUNE's list for the past 10 years. The company has been recognized as one of Computerworld Magazine's "100 Best Places to Work in IT"; the past eight years, ranking No. 1 in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and in the top-5 in 2012. Quicken Loans was also ranked as the nation's best employer in Workplace Dynamics'; 2013 National Top Workplace list. The benchmark study of more than 870 companies based its rankings solely on feedback gathered through an employee survey.
Union Pacific Railroad hosts Second Annual Military Leadership Program
Photo above - Veterans, ROTC Cadets and Union Pacific Railroad executives gather for a group photo during the 2 day event held in San Antonio TX.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets and selected prior military candidates were invited to attend a two day Military Leadership Program hosted by PaYS partner Union Pacific Railroad (UP) 23-24 April in San Antonio, TX. Invitees included both enlisted and officers from all branches of the military. ROTC Cadets from 5th ROTC Brigade schools, University of Texas San Antonio, St Mary's University, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi and Kingsville, Texas State University San Marcos and University of Texas Austin were invited.
"Last year was such a huge success we knew we would host a second event" PaYS point of contact Ken Kuwamura, Senior Recruitment Manager for UP said. Kuwamura explained applicants began the process several weeks in advance and after testing and first round eliminations the remaining 19 were invited to participate in final event. UP is using this event to help veterans flourish in the civilian job process and to fill their Operating Management Training Program (OMT) positions.
Photo right - UP's team of executives Ms. Carrie Wetter, SR Recruitment Mgr- Houston, Mr. Ruben Lopez, Gen Supt Trans Svcs Director- Northern Region, Mr.Terry Huntington, Recruiting Director, Mr. Ken Kuwamura, SR Recruitment Mgr- San Antonio, Ms.Amy Bang, Mgr EEO/AA- Human Resources, Ms. Cyndee Kanabel, Director HRCS, Human Resources
Ruben Lopez, Union Pacific’s General Support Transportation Services Director for the Northern Region talked about the work place standards expected from employees during the first day of classes. He stressed safety in a challenging environment of the railroad and how it is not unlike the demands found in a military environment. He pointed out how, like the military, when someone comes to a leader with a problem regardless of how busy or hectic it is, a good leader has to stop and address the problem. “It could be a safety issue that needs immediate attention” Mr. Lopez said. The connection with your crew as a leader is everything “You need to be able to connect with your crew” Mr. Lopez told the veterans.
Photo left - Mr. Lopez talks about the work environment during the first day.
Throughout the day candidates learned about Union Pacific’s 150 year history, corporate culture, and management responsibilities and expectations. Gary Davidson, General Manager of Leadership Development shared the how much emphasis they place on people skills during the interview phase. “As an organization we seek veterans because they understand safety and how important ethics are to an organization like UP. Our values match the military values and this makes veterans very desirable.” Mr. Davidson said.
Mr. Ken Kuwamura, SR Recruitment Mgr- San Antonio spent time with the candidates sharing best practices of a successful interview. He focused on what interviewers need to learn from candidates in a very short span of time. "What conflicts did you experience? How did you address the situation?" Mr. Kuwamura stressed. He shared how each candidate should prepare before an interview. "You need to dissect the job description. What words are important, what are the responsibilities of that position, what attributes do you have that add to or compliment the position? Make sure the interviewer knows you can do these."
Photo right - Lunch round robin provided personal time with each executive.
The first day concluded the executives getting to know each candidate better while answering questions. A variety of questions were discussed including the best way to make a positive impression in a short period of time, what is expected from the second interview compared to the first, and what to expect from the hiring process.
The second day was dedicated to interviews for full time positions in Union Pacific's Operating Management Training Program. An evening social was held to close the event and reflect on the positive experiences.
Three Companies Recognized During the XII Annual
Army Arena Bowl Game in Bakersfield, California
With close to 5,000 people in attendance the U.S. Army Arena Bowl delivered a high energy game to the sports fans. Future Soldiers from the Fresno Army Recruiting Battalion Bakersfield Company swore the oath of enlistment during halftime festivities and three companies processing for the Army PaYS Program were recognized for their support and dedication in hiring Veterans.
Photo left - Pictured during half-time are CPT Joshua Dawson, Bakersfield Recruiting Company Commander, LTC Cory Griffiths from Fresno Army Recruiting Battalion, Ms. Tammy Hacker and Mr. Tracy Wiley from Four Points by Sheridan, Mr. Darren Fulce from Let's Ride Motorsports, Pace Diversified-Mr. Roach, Mr. Phillip Mucker from the PaYS Program and CSM Jeffrey Seidel from the Fresno Recruiting Battalion.
Photo right - Bakersfield Army Recruiting Company Commander, CPT Joshua Dawson, administers the oath of enlistment to members of his Future Soldier Platoon.
Taft Quarterback Richardson Leads Black Team in Arena Bowl
BY ZACH EWING Californian staff writer email@example.com
The U.S. Army Arena Bowl is supposed to be fun, fast and filled with highlights, and few have lived up to that mission as much as Arena Bowl XII on Friday, April 19th, in Rabobank Arena.
With Taft High quarterback Vaughn Richardson playing the proverbial role of kid in candy store, the Black team raced past the Gold team 68-48 in the highest scoring version yet of Kern County's annual high school football indoor senior all-star game.
Richardson threw eight -- yes, eight -- touchdown passes hitting six different receivers for scores, ran for another touchdown and finished 20-of-33 passing for 282 yards. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
"It was really fun," Richardson said. "All of those guys can make plays. I just had to get them the ball."
There were plenty of big plays on both sides, with Ridgeview's Kamari Cotton-Moya, an Iowa State signee, starting the Gold scoring with a 50-yard kickoff return and Independence's Preston Hodges answered with a 50-yard touchdown return of his own in the second quarter for the Black team.
"This was more fun than I ever imagined," said Cotton-Moya, who also caught six passes for 114 yards and was the Offensive Player of the Game. "This kind of game was made for me, Preston, Justin Cash (of Frontier), guys like that.
"We knew it would be a battle."
The difference was the Black team's efficiency. They scored on their first nine drives of the game and were 6-for-8 on third down. The first points of the game, fittingly, came on a 13-yard touchdown on third-and-10 from Richardson to Hodges. Richardson then scored on a 1-yard keeper on third down to make it 13-0.
Cotton-Moya answered with his electrifying return for the Gold team, but the Black team scored the next 22 points, on TD passes from Richardson to Liberty's Corbin Jountti and Centennial's Andrew Daughtery, a safety on a Brian McCullar (Garces) sack and Hodges' kickoff return.
Richardson then hit Cash, who had four catches for 91 yards, for a 29-yard TD just before halftime that made the score 42-14 at the break. By that point, MVP Richardson from small-town Taft had already accounted for five touchdowns.
"It was just really special being out here with these talented guys and to be named MVP," Richardson said.
The Gold team never drew closer than 20 points in the second half, but it sure put on a show keeping pace. Cotton-Moya scored on two long passes from Garces' Cruise Adams, who finished 16-of-25 passing for 197 yards and four touchdowns.
Cotton-Moya said he almost skipped the game like other major-college signees have done in years' past, but he decided to give his hometown and his high school career one last memory before heading off to Iowa State.
"I always thought that the Arena Bowl was where dummies played to get hurt (before college)," Cotton-Moya said. "But it was just us having fun. It was fun."
It was also the third straight victory in the game for Black team coach Eric Mahanke and his staff from the Terrio Edge facility, which included the Carr brothers — New York Giants quarterback David, Fresno State QB Derek and Bakersfield High assistant Darren.
"The coaches from the Edge really made it easy on me," Richardson said. "We had a good gameplan."
Joel Crosby - Northeast PaYS Marketing Analyst
Joel is the newest addition to the PaYS Marketing team taking over the Northeast region on February 20th, 2013. The Northeast region covers the 1st Army Recruiting Brigade and portions of the 2nd and 4th Reserve Officers' Training Corps Brigade.
Originally from Laurel, MS. Joel joined the Army as an Infantryman in 1986. His first tour of duty was in Wurzburg Germany for three years. His Infantry career then took him to Fort Campbell, KY followed by a tour to Schofield Barracks, HI. Joel volunteered with the Army Recruiting Command and spent three years as a detailed Army recruiter with the Atlanta Battalion.
After completing his tour in recruiting he returned back to the Infantry in 1996 and was once again stationed at Fort Campbell, KY. The Army Recruiting Command selected Joel to return to recruiting in 1999. He spent three years recruiting with the Great Lakes Recruiting Battalion headquartered in Lansing, MI and converted from Infantry to recruiting full time. Joel applied for and was selected to become an instructor for the Non-commissioned Officer Advanced Course located in Fort Jackson, SC where he taught for three years.
After teaching Joel took a position with the Army Recruiting Mission Support Battalion, Fort Knox, KY. Joel worked as an exhibitor driving the Army Adventure Van to high schools and community events across the country. His last assignment before retiring from the Army was at the Raleigh Recruiting Battalion where he worked as a Station Commander at the Greensboro, NC recruiting station.
His first civilian job after retiring in 2011 was with the Army Marketing and Research Group as a NASCAR Coordinator for the Motor Sports team. He worked with many of our PaYS partners as they supported the Army's Strength for the Future Education Outreach Program and attended the center of influencer program.
Joel studied Criminal Justice at Columbia Southern University while in the Army. His hobby is "fishing, anything to do with fishing" he stressed. Joel lives in Lexington KY, with his wife Lejean, and children Phylicia, Renee, Jaymal, Devon and Joel.
He used the PaYS program as an Army recruiter frequently; he said "PaYS gives partners a chance to give back to Soldiers and to their Army. It's a great tool for Army recruiters to show parents and potential applicants how the skills they acquire are valued by employers."
472 Gila County, Arizona - Phoenix Bn - Gila County, Arizona covers over 4,700 square miles and has a population of 53,000. Major industry is comprised of public administration, retail trade, accommodations, food service and mining. The County is interested in Veterans to compliment their Sheriff's Department and some administration positions. Gila County currently has a working relationship with the local Army Career Center and the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion.
473 Sprint Nextel Corporation - Kansas City Bn - Sprint Nextel Corporation is all technology and wireless communications. Sprint Nextel has several positions that match the Army CMF 25- Network Switching Systems, Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer, and Signal Support Systems Specialist. Their Recruitment Services Manager may have additional positions within the IT, administration, and finance departments for PaYS Soldiers. They are #90 on the F100 list.
474 Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group, Inc. - NYC Bn - Metro One Loss Prevention Services Group (LPSG) provides security services to clients in retail, commercial, industrial environments, and personal protection. Known for their intense supervision and management of personnel in the field, Metro One LPSG has a rigorous recruitment, screening and training program. They have 13 locations in eight different states. Veterans are a natural fit for uniformed officers, store detectives, undercover operatives, investigators, and armed officers.
475 Let's Ride Motorsports - Fresno Bn - This small motorcycle repair shop is a huge COI for the local recruiting company and is connected to larger companies for future PaYS referrals. This company would give many Soldiers an opportunity to return to the Bakersfield community with potential employment that does not exist currently. It also gives PaYS connections to 28 other businesses could help expand the PaYS program throughout Bakersfield.
476 Four Points by Sheraton - Fresno Bn - Four Points by Sheraton is a Starwood Hotels & Resorts hotel brand, targeted towards business travelers and small conventions. Four Points Pleasanton has career opportunities in human resources, IT, engineering, general maintenance and many more.
PaYS Partners Featured at Veteran & Community Career EXPO, Minnesota State University-Mankato
Students from Minnesota State University Mankato were encouraged to bring their resumes and meet with a dozen companies looking to hire from the April 25th EXPO held in the Centennial Student Union.
Photo right - Major Jerry Bohl, Minn. State Univ. Army ROTC enrollment officer, shared four ways to become an Army Officer with students visiting the Veteran & Community Career EXPO.
Photo left - Veteran & Community Career EXPO at Minnesota State University-Mankato
Veterans and spouses of veterans were invited during the first hour of the Career EXPO and the student population of more than 15000 students, alumni and the Mankato community scheduled for the remainder of the day.
PaYS partners dominated the event and included EOD Technology, Inc., Cintas Corporation, Iowa Department of Public Safety, Schwan's Shared Services, LLC, Union Pacific Railroad, Walgreen Co., Best Buy Co., Inc. and Target Corporation.
Photo right - Alisa Carmona, Senior HR Manager for CINTAS makes some suggestions for a student's resume during the Career EXPO.
Photo left - Rich Jones and Jeff Vorthems, Schwan's Shared Services, LLC. general managers in Owatonna, share career opportunities with visitors to the Career EXPO.
Army ROTC, enlisted Regular and Reserve Army recruiters were on hand to share Army opportunities featuring four ways to become an Army Officer. According to Ken Plant the Army Advertising and Public Affairs Specialist for the Minneapolis Army Recruiting Battalion, "it was a great lead-generator for three of our recruiting centers." The event was advertised in local media and positioned as a way to "Turn your degree into a direct commission with the Army Reserve."
Photo left - Erin Jenkins, Target Store Manager in Mankato, was pleased with the many students who took time to stop by the Career EXPO. Target store managers were on hand at the Career EXPO to speak with MSU Mankato students about store leadership positions.
Below - PaYS Partners at the Career EXPO
AAR Aircraft Services, Inc. and Vincennes University Host 'Tug and Tour'
AAR Aircraft Services, Inc. (AAR) has been a PaYS Partners since 2007 and is a global aerospace and defense contractor employing more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR's services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR's products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems.
Photo left - Mr. Greg Dellinger AAR of Aircraft Services, Inc. Director of Recruiting, welcomes the invited guests before the tour.
AAR and Vincennes University partnered for their "Tug & Tour" event April 18, which illuminated the local aviation industry with a guest list that included government and economic development officials, community leaders, educators, military veterans and recruiters. The day started with a tour of the two aircraft hangars at Vincennes University's Aviation Technology Center at Indianapolis International Airport. Students range from ages 18 to 60, including veterans transitioning into civilian life and displaced workers who are striving for degrees and licenses in aviation maintenance or flight.
Guests boarded the university's Boeing 737 airplane to taxi across the tarmac with an on board lunch service provided. The destination was neighboring AAR Aircraft Services at the Indianapolis Maintenance Center. There, they glimpsed the maintenance, repair and overhaul work that AAR performs on a wide range of commercial aircraft in a state-of-the-art, 1.6 million-square-foot facility.
Attendees learned about job and education opportunities and how they grew from 40 employees in December 2004 to around 1,000 today. AAR Aircraft Services in Indianapolis has openings for qualified mechanics, technicians and inspectors. Always interested in hiring veterans, AAR values the experience of military veterans, who make up about 20 percent their workforce. "This is a fun way for community leaders to get the inside scoop on the aviation industry's impact on the local, national and global economy," said Christine Wayne, Government Affairs Manager at AAR. "AAR's collaboration with Vincennes is a model for other industries."
AAR hires Vincennes students as paid interns even before they graduate, giving them hands-on, real-world experience. "That's really unheard of in the industry; most companies will only hire licensed airframe and powerplant technicians," said Joseph Lee, Director of Marketing for Vincennes' Aviation Technology Center. "But as the older workforce starts to retire, the need for a new generation of A&P technicians is greater than ever. AAR is wisely building the talent pipeline." Since Vincennes has a long history of working with veterans this makes hiring from their student population even more appealing.
The Indianapolis site complements AAR's MRO facilities in Miami, Oklahoma City, Duluth, Minn. and Hot Springs, Ark. All are part of AAR's award-winning 1MRO (SM) network, designed to leverage the company's vast maintenance, engineering and technical capabilities to offer airlines integrated, high-quality services that lower costs and turnaround times. Customers have voted AAR the Best Airframe MRO Provider — The Americas in 2012, Parts Supplier of the Year and one of the Top Five MROs in the world.
"In Indianapolis alone, we worked on more than 300 airplanes last year," said Troy Jonas, Vice President and General Manager of AAR Aircraft Services. "We've been talking with the airport authority on some improvements to the facility to increase capacity, which means more jobs." Every job at AAR generates another 0.635 jobs in the four-county area, and every dollar of AAR revenue drives 57 cents of additional revenue in the area, according to an economic impact study commissioned by AAR. "We now hire nearly 60 percent of the mechanic graduates out of Vincennes University," said Greg Dellinger, Director of Recruiting for AAR. "Every dollar AAR spends and earns ripples positively through the Indiana economy."
O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals in Houston TX
Mr. Scott Saddler, Senior regional Director for East TX Medical Center (PaYS partner since Feb 2009) attended the pre-race Army Center of Influence (COI) event alongside other community influencers and Army advocates. East Texas Medical Center works closely with the Houston Army Recruiting Battalion participating in Future Soldier functions and other Grassroots/recruiting events.
Photo right - Mr. Scott Saddler (striped shirt) listens as a crew member talks about the NHRA and Army Motorsports partnership
U.S. ARMY TEAMS OUT EARLY IN O'REILLY AUTO PARTS SPRING NATIONALS
HOUSTON, TX (April 29, 2013) -- Track conditions were the great equalizer Sunday in the 26th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston. Unfortunately for U.S. Army Racing drivers Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher and Antron Brown, the surface got the best of them in the first round and derailed their mission to conquer the Houston track once again. Despite possessing mental, emotional and physical strength reflective of the more than more than 1 million Army Strong Soldiers they represent, both Schumacher and Brown, like a majority of the field, smoked the tires trying to reach the finish first.
Schumacher, a two-time Houston winner (2005 and 2009), pushed Shawn Langdon early in the run, but he glazed the tires 750 feet down the 1,000-foot strip, and the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster of Don Schumahcer Racing (DSR) wasn't able to recover. His run of 4.666 seconds at 169.17 mph couldn't eclipse Langdon's pass of 3.846 seconds at 319.98 mph.
"Today was more about breaks than performance," said Schumacher, who came into Sunday as the 14th qualifier. "The right lane was not the place to be. It just didn't have what it took for a 10,000-horsepower car to get down it. We didn't perform well enough qualifying Friday to get lane choice, and that really hurt us today. This U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster is too good of a car to go out in the first round. With as tough as the competition is right now, I'm guessing everyone will have a weekend like this at some point. We struggled a little bit Friday, didn't get to run on Saturday, and we're going home earlier than we hoped."
Brown returned to Houston, the site of his first career Top Fuel victory in 2008, looking to claim his second Top Fuel triumph of the 2013 season. The reigning Top Fuel champion earned the fourth slot in the ladder with Friday night's qualifying pass in the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster of DSR. His run Sunday ended quickly after smoking the tires halfway through his match-up with Bob Vandergriff. Brown's pass of 4.902 seconds at 158.19 mph wasn't enough to defeat Vandergriff, who reached earned the win light with a run of 4.181 seconds at 260.71 mph.
"We're really disappointed," said Brown, who lost in the first round for the second consecutive weekend. "The track got really tricky for everybody. We went out there and thought we had slowed it down enough to run like a mid to high 3.80, which we were confident would get the job done. You can't take Bob Vandergriff or anyone in this class lightly. The car was trying to go way faster than we thought it would go. It left the line and felt like it was trying to go a high 3.70 instead of high 3.80. That's just what happens sometimes. The track just didn't come around and we just got beat."
Vandergriff defeated Langdon in the final to earn his first Top Fuel event victory of the season.
Despite the early exit, Schumacher continues to lead the Top Fuel point standings. He leads Brown by 70
Sacramento Police seek flag expertise from The Old Guard
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. (April 11, 2013) -- "It would be a tragedy if we lost an officer in the line of duty, but it is our job to be prepared to render that officer their due honors just in case the worst happened," said Sgt. Michael Lange, a member of the Sacramento Police Department Honor Guard [SPDHG]. "In order to provide the families with the best service, we had to learn how from the very best."
Soldiers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), trained the SPDHG on memorial affairs, Apr. 8-12. The police officers, who traveled nearly 3,000 miles, learned the details of flag folding, casket carrying and the duties of a firing party during the five-days of instruction on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.
Photo left - Sgt. Brent Austin (center), casket team leader, Honor Guard Company, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), teaches members of the Sacramento Police Department Honor Guard how to fold a flag on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Apr. 9.
"We are getting training that normally takes a few weeks in just a few days," said Lange. "When we head back, the goal is to be able to guide the rest of the team on what we learned here."
However, this wasn't the first time the Sacramento police department's honor guard sought the expertise of the Soldiers.
"Six years ago we came here for training, and I remember just how great it was," said Lange. "The guys with The Old Guard were very good and knowledgeable at what they do."
Old Guard Soldiers practice for many hours during the week in order to perform hundreds of funerals and ceremonies in the National Capitol Region and throughout the Nation.
Sgt. Brent Austin, casket team leader, Honor Guard Company, 3d U.S. Inf. Reg. (The Old Guard), said it means a lot that other agencies look to Honor Guard Company to prepare them for ceremonial and memorial events.
"It is humbling to see all these people seek us for this training, and it really pushes us to remain passionate and on our toes," said Austin. "It's great to meet people who are from other parts of the country. We all have the same mission: to honor the fallen and their families."
Austin has had the opportunity to teach various law and public services departments over the two and a half years he has been with The Old Guard.
"It blows me away that people see and appreciate what we do so much," said Austin.
He explained the importance of working with other organizations to help facilitate and improve their memorial affairs teams.
"If we can provide local responders with the tools to complete a funeral honorably, then I have done my job," said Austin. "It is really important that we recognize those who have given their all in the line of duty."
Throughout the week of training, the Sacramento Police Department spent nearly every moment soaking up the information the Soldiers had to offer.
"The most challenging part of the week was learning how to time the firing of the rifles just right," said Lange. "I know that these Soldiers didn't get this good overnight, so I know we have hope. We just have to continue to practice this."
Lange also said that during the lesson on flag folding, he realized all of the small details that go into getting the flag to look just right.
"The sequence has a lot of steps, but by the end of the day we basically had it down solid," said Lange. "I know with more practice we would be even better."
As the week of training came closer to the end, Lange said his team once again understood why these Soldiers are considered the best.
"The Old Guard really cares that we learn everything that we came here to learn," said Lange. "The Old Guard sets the highest standard when it comes to funerals, so we just want to emulate them."
White House Announces Veteran Information Technology (IT) Certification
Apr 29, 2013
Military.com | by Bryant Jordan
The White House on Monday announced a public-private partnership that the Obama administration said will put more than 100,000 veterans to work in the information technology sector over the next seven years.
The IT Training and Certification Partnership comes nearly a year after the White House directed the Pentagon to set up a task force to tackle the issue of smoothing the way for servicemembers to transition into civilian careers on the strength of their military training.
Under the program, exiting servicemembers will be able to take training courses to prepare for internationally recognized industry certifications at no cost.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced the new program Monday morning at the start of a series of roundtable talks among defense, veterans and industry officials to improve veteran transition to other career areas.
"These folks … are some of the most highly skilled, best trained, hardest working, diligent, dedicated, proud and smartest people we have in this country," she told those gathered in a small auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Servicemembers who worked in IT career fields in the military have had trouble getting related jobs or been forced to take classes on things they already knew because of "red tape, outdated rules, or simple lack of coordination," officials said.
The IT initiative was led from the industry side by Cisco Systems, working with Futures Inc., and other corporate partners. The new program will mean job opportunities for up to 161,000 veterans in a dozen high-demand IT professions between now and 2020.
The roundtable talks planned throughout the day are intended to also focus on three other employment sectors relevant to military training and experience: emergency medical services, healthcare, and transportation. Discussions will also center on ways to make it easier for veterans to turn their skills and training into academic credit.
"Today I hope that you will start working together to try to figure out where the gaps are and how we can work together to close those gaps," Mrs. Obama said. "If you have a program or a curriculum that's working at your school or hospital or company we really want you to share that information … If you think there are courses or cortication that our military should be offering t o better prepare members to transition or you think they need to revise what currently offering to make it more relevant, don't be shy. Speak up. Let them know."
It was these kinds of roundtables that resulted in the IT certification program announced today, she said. Mrs. Obama held up the IT program as "an outstanding example of what can happen when industry comes together with the armed forces on behalf of our veterans.
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PaYS Program on Twitter
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 over 6,000 fans. We are hoping for a similar response to our Twitter account, a consistent following. 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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