Facebook, Inc. is PaYS 500th Partner!
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
Photo right - Amanda Talbott, Recruiter, Veterans Programs and Initiatives, Facebook Inc. and General Robert W. Cone, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
Photo below - General Robert W. Cone makes a presentation to Ms. Amanda Talbott during the signing ceremony
The PaYS Program celebrated the 500th Partner in a ceremony held at the All America Bowl on 3 January 2014. General Robert W. Cone, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and Ms. Amanda Talbott, Recruiter, Veterans Programs and Initiatives, Facebook Inc. signed the official Memorandum of Agreement during a Center of Influencer working group. Facebook Inc. is the 500th partner to join the program since its inception in 2000.
Watch for a detailed account of the 500th signing ceremony and All America Bowl festivities in the February issue of The Partnership Connection.
Holt CAT Signs On to U.S. Army PaYS to Hire Veterans
By Construction Equipment Guide.com
Photo left - Holt CAT and PaYS commemorate their new strategic partnership. (L-R) are Bruce McIntyre, technical recruiter; Patty Dooley, director of employment and employee relations; Ron Craft (C), Holt's vice president of the machine division; LTC Rob Patton, Battalion Commander; and CSM Torrey Vap, Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
Holt CAT, the Caterpillar dealer of south, central, north and east Texas, has partnered with the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program to provide priority interview consideration to soldiers who have completed one term of enlistment.
Through the PaYS Program, Holt CAT will have access to a talent pool with valuable skills, leadership qualities and discipline through U.S. Army training.
“What veterans bring to the table is what every American company needs: strong values and a core work ethic. At Holt, our values-based leadership culture leads to successful careers for our employees, and that is something we take pride in,” said Peter John Holt, general service manager of the machine division.
Approximately 17 percent of Holt's employee base is former military and the company is a strong supporter of veterans in the workforce.
“PaYS is proud to be partnering with Holt CAT to provide employment and training opportunities for our veterans,” said LTC Rob Patton, commander of Dallas Army Recruiting Battalion. “Holt CAT's commitment to the military is a prime example of what it means to care for our heroes when they leave service. That's what we look for in our valued partners.”
Through the PaYS Program, Holt can load job opportunities onto the PaYS job board database, review resumes of soldiers who show interest in the positions, and guarantee them interview opportunities.
“This unique public-private partnership will help Holt fill more positions with individuals who bring expertise, training and strong values to the organization,” said Bruce McIntyre, Holt recruiter and retired Navy Petty Officer.
“Holt's culture appeals to veterans because of the leadership model we implement into our business operations.”
To commemorate the signed Memorandum of Agreement, Ron Craft, Holt's vice president of the machine division, met with PaYS representatives LTC Rob Patton, Battalion Commander and CSM Torrey Vap, Battalion Command Sergeant Major in a private ceremony on Nov. 12.
For more information, visit http://www.holtcat.com/careers.
New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California Teams Up with the PaYS Program
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
Photo right - Kevin Landry, New Horizons CEO and CPT Ann Ayers sign the PaYS MOA
Southern California Recruiting Battalion, Fullerton Recruiting Company Commander, hosted a PaYS signing media event with newest PaYS partner New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California at their Anaheim headquarters on 3 December 2013.
New Horizons has trained more than 30 million students worldwide and is the world’s largest independent IT training company. With 300 centers in 70 countries, they provide training and certifications for mega companies like Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and VMware. CEO Kevin Landry said “Veterans bring skills that are a perfect fit for our trainers.” They will offer opportunities additionally as system administrators and SharePoint developers.
“We have always valued veterans, in fact we offer a free LinkedIn class to help them acclimate to the civilian job search process” Mr. Landry explained. The LinkedIn Veterans Class was created specifically for veterans and veterans associations, providing an opportunity to learn how to leverage military skills and training to succeed in job searches, within the online professional network.
After the ceremony, Cindy Sutherland, the Director of Career Development, invited Phillip Mucker, the PaYS Northwest Marketing Analyst, and the Fullerton Army recruiting officials to tour the learning facility. “I was impressed at the wide range of learning methods they offered. Classrooms filled with students, VTC technology that reaches multiple countries, they do it all!” Phillip remarked.
Photo left - SFC Brown, SSG Rojascotto, Mr. Landry, CPT Ayers, SSG Clark
Fresno Army Recruiting Battalion Starts a Grassroots Initiative
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
The Fresno Army Recruiting Battalion invited local business and community leaders to gather and explore starting a Grassroots program in the Fresno footprint. Army PaYS partner Cisco Systems attended and pledged their support, volunteering as a board member for the Grassroots Initiative. The dinner sponsored by the Army was a perfect venue for invited guests to learn about the many Grassroots initiatives accomplished by other Grassroots programs throughout the recruiting command.
Ann Winblad, the Manager Director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, was the guest speaker for the event. She shared her positive experiences with the Army’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. Also speaking was the California (South) Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Mr. William G. Gang.
Photo left - CPT Matthew Krog, Company Commander, South Bay Recruiting Company speaks to the group
Photo below - Ann Winblad, the Manager Director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, was the guest speaker for the event
The PaYS representative, Phillip Mucker, spoke individually with the guests and introduced the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Professor of Military Science for Santa Clara University, Lieutenant Colonel John Tao.
Army Reserve Ambassador Finley Brewster Speaks at the San Antonio Army Reserve Partnership Zone Conference
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
US Army Reserve Ambassador Finley Brewster spoke on 4 December 2013 at the Army Reserve Partnership Zone Conference (PZC). Ambassador Brewster gave the group some helpful information to use while working with their reserve units. The council works together to address recruiting issues and synchronize recruiting efforts for the Army Reserve.
Mr. Olin F. Brewster was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised on the family ranch north of Temple, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1966 with a B.S. in Animal Science, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Immediately following graduation, he spent two years on active duty, and was promoted to First Lieutenant.
Upon completion of active duty service, Mr. Brewster moved to the U.S. Army Reserve program. In the private sector he built Brewster Investments, which consisted of a real estate and home construction company, along with a chain of fast food restaurants (Dairy Queen and Popeye's Fried Chicken).
In July 1987, he sold the company and entered Civil Service as a military technician. In October 1988, he assumed the positions as Command Executive Officer/SSA/ SLMS of the 90th U.S. Army Reserve Command, which he held until his retirement, 22 May 2006. As Command Executive Officer of the 90th ARCOM, Mr. Brewster's acted on behalf of the Commanding General overseeing approximately 1100 full time employees and approximately 12,000 reservists.
Photo above - Ted Groholske, PaYS Southwest Marketing Analyst, and Todd Nelson, USAA, gave a PaYS program overview at the San Antonio Battalion Reserve Partnership Council
Ted Groholske, Southwest Marketing Analyst, along with Todd Nelson from USAA, gave a PaYS program overview. Ted talked about the relationship portion of the program and different ways to engage PaYS partners and encourage them to assist in local unit employment incentives. He mentioned how some partners have visited battle assembly weekends and set up recruiting tables, offers for resume writing or interview tactics. He then talked about the unit's ability to log into the Soldier Look-up on the PaYS website to verify the PaYS status of a Soldier and provide the PaYS partner information to those Soldiers aligned with a PaYS partner. Providing PaYS information to new Soldiers who are in-processing can encourage them to contact their PaYS partner for interviewing instructions. Todd reiterated several of the points Ted made, as well as encouraging the audience to use all their assets and network. Todd spoke of areas he (or other companies) may have community influence, but it is only effective if a unit contact is willing to reach out to him.
Marilyn Troxle -
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
Marilyn grew up just 50 miles from Fort Knox in Hardinsburg Kentucky. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 38 years. After graduation from high school she received her cosmetology license and briefly worked as a hair dresser. She worked as a Production Fabrication Technician for over 10 years at the Gates Rubber Company, which supplied drive belts for Harley-Davidson motorcycles and Boeing airplanes. She joined the Army Simulated Networking (SIMNET) team on Fort Knox as an administrator before joining the PaYS team in 2000.
"I remember my first weeks at Fort Knox, Soldiers holding the door open and addressing me as Ma'am. It was a culture shock for me coming from a civilian/factory environment. I was amazed at how courteous the military was" Marilyn said.
As the program administrator Marilyn processes the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for all new partners working closely with both Recruiting and Cadet Command staff. She is relied upon frequently for her ability to find any document going all the way back to the very beginning of the program.
Marilyn has two sons, the youngest serving three years in the Army as an Infantry Soldier. Together Marilyn and her husband have three grandchildren and two step grandchildren. She enjoys camping, world travel and spending time with family.
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Hiring MBAs? You Should Be Looking at NCOs
By Col. David Sutherland (Ret.), who commanded a combat brigade in Iraq, has served as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and is co-founder and chairman of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services, an enterprise of Easter Seals
Photo right - Soldiers recite the creed of the non-commissioned officer during an NCO induction ceremony in Iraq. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When I speak to corporate leaders I explain that the difference between a master sergeant and an MBA is that the master sergeant has been doing it for 20 years.
Companies that hire MBAs planned to take on an average of 14.6 of them in 2013, up from 11.4 in 2012, according to a Graduate Management Admission Council survey of corporate recruiters. But why do consulting firms, financial service corporations, and energy giants look to hire more than 100,000 newly-minted MBAs when more than 1,000 soldiers leave the military every day and bring as good, if not better, skills to the table?
The GMAC survey said that U.S.-based companies planning to hire MBAs are focused on both growth and efficiency. But you won't find anyone more qualified and with more experience than a non-commissioned officer. These are senior enlisted personnel, truly the backbone of the U.S. military, including master sergeants and chief petty officers, and they typically have a minimum of eight years of experience under their belt. NCOs know how to problem-solve, under deadlines and often in the throes of crises. They have managed large teams of varying ages and skills while ensuring that multi-million dollar equipment stays in fighting order.
Here's what NCOs bring to a business through hard-fought experience:
• As an extension of senior leaders, they ensure that the job gets done. An NCO ensures that the officer's commands are carried out correctly. My brigade command sergeant major in Iraq, Don Felt, expanded my decision-making ability and command in the field. He got the job done before he was ever told to do so.
• They are a vital link between top leadership and the factory floor. Regardless of the commander's physical location, the NCO makes sure work is done to the standards prescribed and that resources are available. A master sergeant holds responsibility for thousands of people and serves as an essential mentor. How many recently graduated MBAs can say as much?
• They ensure a solutions-driven approach. The NCO serves as a senior adviser to the commander, determining the causes of the obstacles between the present problem and the desired outcome. The NCO then comes up with the solution to achieve the desired result. I have witnessed NCOs in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the sergeant for whom my nonprofit is named, uncovering intelligence and taking action to protect the force. Often this means putting themselves at risk, saving another's life while giving their own. What other employee in the world guarantees their job with their life? And what CEO wouldn't prize a manager with such critical thinking and loyalty?
• They provide feedback that translates into opportunities. The dreaded annual performance review in the private sector is an everyday responsibility for an NCO, who is responsible for developing subordinates to take his or her place on the battlefield. NCOs are the ones who develop the bench of future on-the-ground leaders.
• They are motivated by incentives beyond money and instill the same motivation in others. In both the private sector and in the Army, gone are the days of bonuses or performance-based compensation. What, then, motivates a person to show up for work? In the military, it's a commitment to the team and a loyalty that has been ingrained in the organization by the NCO. Regardless of the means, the NCO knows how to boost morale beyond monetary compensation.
The Army NCO creed begins with the line, "No one is more professional than I." It's not just talk. It's living. To all hiring managers considering an MBA, I ask that you consider an NCO. Don't fall into the trap of tossing aside a résumé because the service member lacks the pedigree of an MBA. There is a powerful case for hiring NCOs like CSM Felt. And there is no better day to start than today.
Points to Ponder for Employing Veterans
By Hanah Cho
The Dallas Morning News
Photo right - Veteran Job Fair
Banking executive Sanjiv Yajnik talked about ways small businesses can "onboard" military veterans into their organizations.
Yajnik is the Plano, Texas-based president of Capital One Financial Services and a member of Capital One's executive committee. He is also Capital One's south-central regional president, overseeing community relations for Capital One in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana
• Veterans have job-ready skills: The skills that make our nation's veterans outstanding assets in the military can invigorate the American workforce and drive businesses forward. While in the military, service members work in a variety of occupations and develop skills – veterans have great IT skills, for example – that translate directly to the needs of civilian employers today.
• Veterans enhance workforce culture: Veterans are problem-solvers, accustomed to finding flexible solutions in an ever-changing environment. They are task-oriented. They have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with people whose backgrounds and experiences differed sharply from their own. These talents, insights and experiences strengthen the labor and management ranks in the private sector.
• Know where to find veterans: Smart businesses make it loud and clear in ads that they hire veterans. That sends a clear welcome message. Educate your company about available resources and ways to find veterans. You can receive help through your local Veteran Service Organizations and the American Job Center near you (servicelocator.org).
• Hire for aptitude and experience: Military work is fast-paced and detail-oriented. A veteran with six months in an occupation in the service might actually have more hands-on experience than a civilian with years on the job. Veterans have the training and ability to perform jobs under different scenarios.
• Make veterans feel at home: Besides hiring veterans, it's important that businesses create an atmosphere that helps retain them. That means engaging veterans in ways that let them know they are a valued part of your company. Capital One maintains a Military Network to provide veterans in our ranks with a way to stay actively connected.
ROTC Cadets Face Ranger Challenge
By Tim Oberle
U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs
While many service members had the weekend off to celebrate Veterans Day, Reserve Officers' Training Corps Cadets from ten different ROTC programs around the country took advantage of the long weekend to take part in the Bold Leader Challenge, a two-day military skills training event at Fort Knox.
United States Army Cadet Command hosts the event each year to provide participating teams with a demanding and rewarding military skills challenge that enhances their leadership qualities, professional development, and military excellence in preparation for the Sandhurst Competition at the United States Military Academy.
Photo right - Cadets carry a litter as part of the Ranger Challenge
Over the course of the event, teams took part in land navigation, basic rifle marksmanship, an obstacle course as well as many other team building exercises. The two-day event culminated in an awards dinner where Texas A&M University took home first place for the entire event, followed by the University of North Georgia and Norwich University (Vermont). As the first place finisher, Texas A&M University will now move on to take part in the Sandhurst Competition next year, which features international teams from around the globe competing in similar challenges.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
The Army invests in educational initiatives that support and further STEM. This month we will highlight the Technology proficiencies that PaYS Soldiers in these fields bring to their post Army civilian employers.
Enlisted Technology Military Occupational Specialties
Computer/Detection Systems Repairer (94F) -The computer/detection systems repairer performs maintenance and repair on a variety of critical systems and equipment, including microcomputers and electromechanical telecommunications equipment, field artillery digital devices, Global Positioning System receivers, night vision devices/equipment and laser and fiber optic systems.
Cryptologic Linguist (35P)- A cryptologic linguist is primarily responsible for identifying foreign communications using signals equipment. Their role is crucial as the nation’s defense depends largely on information that comes from foreign languages.
Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist (35Q) -A Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist performs initial cryptologic digital analysis to establish target identification and operational patterns; identifies, reports, and maintains Intelligence information in support of Commander’s Intelligence Requirements; uses technical references to analyze information.
Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (35G)- The geospatial intelligence imagery analyst is responsible for analyzing overhead and aerial imagery developed by photographic and electronic means. They provide Army personnel with critical information about enemy forces, potential battle areas and combat operations support.
Information Technology Specialist (25B)- Information technology specialists are responsible for maintaining, processing and troubleshooting military computer systems/operations.
Intelligence Analyst (35F)- The intelligence analyst is primarily responsible for the analysis, processing and distribution of strategic and tactical intelligence. They are integral to providing Army personnel with information about enemy forces and potential battle areas.
Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer (25P)- Microwave systems installer-maintainers are primarily responsible for installing, operating and maintaining microwave communications systems. They also work with associated antennas, multiplexing and communications security equipment.
Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator (35T)- The military intelligence systems maintainer/integrator is primarily responsible for maintaining intelligence computers and networks used by Military Intelligence Soldiers.
Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer (25Q)- A multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer works directly on equipment that communicates through more than one channel. They are responsible for the maintenance check of these devices, antennae and associated equipment.
Multimedia Illustrator (25M)- Multimedia illustrators are primarily responsible for operating multimedia-imaging equipment in order to produce visual displays and documents. They produce graphic artwork that is used in Army publications, signs, charts, posters, television and motion picture productions.
Network Switching Systems Operator-Maintainer (25F)- Network switching systems operator-maintainer performs maintenance on electronic switches, control centers, combat radios and other equipment associated with networks. They also use computers to troubleshoot the system when errors occur.
Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer (25N)- The nodal network systems operator-maintainer is responsible for making sure that the lines of communication are always up and running. They maintain strategic and tactical nodal systems.
Radio and Communications Security (COMSEC) Repairer (94E)- The radio/communications security repairer performs or supervises field and sustainment level maintenance on radio receivers, transmitters, communication security equipment, controlled cryptographic items and other associated equipment.
Radio Operator-Maintainer (25C)- Radio operator-maintainers are responsible for the maintenance of radio communication equipment. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.
Satellite Communication Systems Operator-Maintainer (25S)- Satellite communication systems operator-maintainers are responsible for making sure that the lines of communication are always up and running. They maintain the multichannel satellite communications for the entire Army.
Signal Support Systems Specialist (25U)- Signal support systems specialists are primarily responsible for working with battlefield signal support systems and terminal devices. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.
Signals Collection Analyst (35S)- The signals collector/analyst is primarily responsible for the detection, acquisition, location and identification of foreign electronic intelligence. They exploit non-voice communications and other electronic signals to provide strategic/tactical intelligence.
Signals Intelligence Analyst (35N)-A signals intelligence analyst examines foreign communications/activity and relays that information by producing combat, strategic and tactical intelligence reports.
Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Maintenance Support Specialist (94H)- Distance, pressure, altitude, underwater depth — they’re all measured by precision instruments. The test measurement and diagnostic equipment support specialist keeps all the Army’s precision instruments in top condition.
Air Defense Battle Management System Operator (14G)- The air defense battle management system operator operates with equipment systems that guard against aerial and space attack. They play an important role in the Army’s air defense artillery team.
Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data System Specialist (13D)- A field artillery automated tactical data systems specialist is primarily responsible for operating the data systems for the Cannon and Multiple Launch Rocket Systems. They play a critical role in the delivery of fire support for infantry and tank units during combat.
Field Artillery Firefinder RADAR Operator (13R)- The field artillery firefinder radar operator is responsible for detecting enemy forces and alerting the units in the Army. Using a “firefinder” — which are highly specialized radars — they can detect various objects and their locations.
Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer (25L)- Cable systems installer-maintainers are primarily responsible for the maintenance of cable/wire communications systems, communication security devices and other associated equipment. This equipment needs to consistently work in order for the Army to direct the movement of its troops.
Officer Careers in Science
SIGNAL OFFICER (25)- The signal officer leads the Signal Corps, which is responsible for the Army's entire systems of communication. Officers plan and execute all aspects of communication on a mission and are critical to the Army's continued success.
Chicago's National Veteran's Art Museum Pays Tribute to Vietnam Veterans
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
When visitors first enter the National Veteran's Art Museum, in Chicago, Illinois, they will hear a faint rustling that sounds very much like wind chimes. The sound comes from overhead and at first glance it does indeed look like a beautiful array of metal chimes. Closer inspection reveals that the metallic art piece is really a rare and beautiful memorial to our veterans who were lost in the Vietnam War.
Hanging from the ceiling of the two-story high atrium are Dog-tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War. It was installed on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above and Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Stein.
The metal Dog-tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents. Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative.
Photos above and left - Chicago's National Veteran's Art Museum tribute to Vietnam Veterans
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