Oklahoma Department of Corrections is an official member of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program
Story and Photos by Alex Gerszewski
Photo right -From left to right: SSG Gary Mabry, CPT James Davis, Cabinet Secretary of Safety and Security, Michael C. Thompson , LTC Jim Hill, Governor Mary Fallin, Director Joe M. Allbaugh
On August 2, 2016, in Oklahoma City, Governor Mary Fallin joined Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh, Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Thompson and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Jim Hill, Battalion Commander, Oklahoma City Army Recruiting Battalion, to announce a partnership between the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) and the U.S. Army.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections' core mission is to protect the public and increase public safety, promote a safe working environment for the staff and to encourage positive change in offender behavior by promoting successful reentry and rehabilitation. The Oklahoma DOC is the first state agency to utilize the PaYS program to recruit new employees, and the partnership will provide the DOC a steady line of qualified candidates to choose from. The Oklahoma DOC is approximately 30 percent understaffed for correctional officer positions while the state's prisons are in excess of 120 percent of rated capacity, two issues Corrections Director Allbaugh said are his top priorities to address.
Photo left -Governor Mary Fallin opening the ceremony.
Governor Fallin said the opportunity to employ military personnel while finding a way to get more correctional officers into state prisons is a win-win for the state of Oklahoma. "This partnership provides Soldiers with potential job opportunities while giving the corrections department a pool of talented individuals who are expertly trained and mentally tough," Fallin said. "Giving our military men and women, who have bravely defended our nation, a leg up in finding a career once they are discharge from service is the very least we can do to honor their commitment and sacrifice to our great nation. Those who served the nation will now have a better opportunity to serve the state of Oklahoma." The structured environment and training of soldiers in the Army are what Corrections Director Allbaugh said DOC recruiters look for in potential employees.
"As a department, we recognize and appreciate the value of Army training in corrections professionals," Allbaugh said. "Soldiers have a stellar work ethic, communications skills, and experience being able to adapt to adverse situations at a moment's notice. "Signing today's memorandum of agreement is a step in the right direction in employing more soldiers, getting more corrections professionals into critical positions and ensuring the safety of the state's prisons and the public."
Photo right -LTC Jim Hill and Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh
Signing the memorandum of agreement on behalf of the U.S. Army was LTC Jim Hill. "I am excited to be here to add the Oklahoma DOC on as another valued partner to this great program," Hill said. "Being a part of the PaYS program will allow this agency to become stronger with the quality and qualified individuals who come out of the U.S. Army. This is a great day for the DOC, state of Oklahoma and the U.S. Army." The Oklahoma DOC currently employs 81 members from the National Guard and Army Reserves.
Photo left -Oklahoma Recruiting Battalion Commander, LTC Jim Hill and Governor Fallin, signed the PaYS memorandum of agreement.
A Message from the Program Manager
Dear PaYS Partners,
Let's give a warm welcome to our newest PaYS Partners and a special thanks to all the Battalions that were involved in making it happen!
Nevada Builders Alliance -
City of Joplin -
Kansas City BN
City of Rock Springs -
Salt Lake City BN
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services -
Signing ceremonies with Brad Cole Construction, Reddaway Trucking, Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Sharp Transportation were held to publicly
recognize our partnerships. As the month comes to a close, we look forward
to other signing ceremonies with Montgomery Sheriff Department, Toys R Us,
Western Technical College, and Integrated Electronic Technology. Reach out
to your Regional PaYS Marketer for dates and location and join us if you're
in the area to welcome our new PaYS partners.
This month's issue also highlight our exciting outreach efforts at the
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Conference.
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Brad Cole Signing Ceremony
Story and Photos by PaYS Sr. Marketer, Damon Stinger, Southeast Marketer, Crancena Ross, and PaYS Social Media/Marketing Coordinator, Alisha Renau
Photo right -From Left to Right: Southeast Marketer Crancena Ross, CEO Brad Cole, Senator Mike Dugan, LTC Luis A. Parilli, Vice President Ron Cryer
On July 13, 2016, Brad Cole Construction and the Atlanta Recruiting Battalion held a formal signing ceremony at the University of West Georgia. Honored attendees included Brad K. Cole, Founder and President of Brad Cole Construction, Vice President Ron Cryer, Lieutenant Colonel Luis A. Parilli, Atlanta Recruiting Battalion Commander, members of the Army, Mark Albertus, Carrollton City Schools Superintendent, members of the Carrollton community, eight Jr. ROTC members, Senator Mike Dugan, who was instrumental in putting this partnership into action, and Mayor Hollingsworth.
Atlanta Battalion Recruiting Commander, LTC Luis Parilli, opened the ceremony by thanking everyone for attending and saluted the efforts of Brad Cole Construction and the Army PaYS program, "Today's PaYS signing partners two organizations grounded in discipline, values, and commitment. We must find and develop young talent to maintain today's Army who can live to the values of honesty and integrity. It begins right here at the University of West Georgia in the classroom then to the ranks of our Army then to the boardroom of corporate America."
Photo left -LTC Luis Parilli giving his opening remarks
Photo right - Atlanta Recruiting Battalion Commander, LTC Luis Parilli presents Brad Cole Vice President, Ron Cryer the PaYS plaque.
Vice President Ron Cryer added, "Our veterans share the same values as our company. Veterans have been trained, tested, and proven that they can get the job done. It's an honor to have given of themselves so that we can enjoy our freedom. It is also beneficial to the Army, as it provides a job interview and possible employment for Army personnel as they re-enter civilian life."
With over 35 years of experience and a track record of successful projects, Brad Cole's vision is to be a company where employees find fulfillment, customers find complete satisfaction and the community benefits from their existence.
"It is an honor to partner with the Army on this program because it is the right thing to do," said Chief Executive Officer Brad Cole.
Photo left -Southeast Marketer Crancena Ross, LTC Luis Parilli, Jr., ROTC Cadet, and Vice President Ron Cryer cutting the official cake
Photo right -Katlynn Bradshaw and LTC Luis Parilli
One of the highlights of the ceremony was our Southeast Marketer speaking with Katlynn Bradshaw the first female Infantry Soldier in the state of Georgia, and the fourth in the nation. This is a huge accomplishment as women were not allowed to enlist into combat jobs until December 2015. In a historic transformation of the American military, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said that the Pentagon would open all combat jobs to women. "There will be no exceptions." Katlynn was inspired to challenge herself. She said she knows the mental and physical part of the training will be a challenge, but she is ready for the task and has already begun to start putting forth the effort that is required to complete the training and become an infantry soldier. Katylnn will ship for her training in January 2017, and we will follow up on her progress.
The partnership between Army and Brad Cole Construction is just one example of how private sector companies and the US military can work together to improve the lives of veterans and the success of companies dedicated to fidelity, honor, and integrity. Here at Army PaYS we value each and every partner and look to celebrate more partnership signings and life changing connections.
Reddaway Trucking is committed to Hiring over 200 Soldiers in the Next Year
Story and Photos by Deanna Von Alt
Reddaway Trucking is officially opening its doors to future Veterans and committed to hiring over 200 Soldiers in the next year. In a signing ceremony on July 14, 2016, approximately forty employees and Soldiers were in attendance as Reddaway pledged their commitment to hiring Soldiers through the Army PaYS Program. Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Runkle welcomed guests to the signing ceremony for the collaborative official partnership between the United States Army and Reddaway. The ceremony marks the first time LTC Kevin Runkle participated and signed the agreement with a partner since taking command less than a month ago.
Photo left - Portland Recruiting Battalion Commander, LTC Kevin Runkle giving his opening remarks
Photo right -President and CEO TJ O'Connor
Reddaway has celebrated 95 years of service excellence and has built a long-standing industry-leading tradition of next-day and two-day delivery service. Founded in Oregon City, OR Reddaway has provided services to the western region since 1919. The company began as a premier service provider in the Pacific Northwest that has today grown to encompass all of western United States. With high on-time reliability and one of the lowest claim ratios in the West, Reddaway is a complete and formidable western service provider.
President and CEO, TJ O'Connor shared his remarks "I'm excited about the opportunity to hire more veterans. Our goal is to hire 200 veterans over the next year, and with our partnership with the Army PaYS program this will make it easier for us to accomplish. Reddaway values the skills and experience that Soldiers possess which is a good fit for the company's mission."
The signing ceremony concluded with LTC Runkle administering the Oath of Enlistment to eight Future Soldiers. The Future Soldiers lined up in front of a Reddaway 18 wheeler truck wrapped with the PaYS logo and "Reddaway is proud to partner with PaYS. Honoring all that have served. We owe our freedom to your service." In closing LTC Runkle states "We look forward to the mutual benefit resulting from our collaboration. Today the Army gains a valued industry partner and Reddaway gains quality experienced employees who will bring value to our company."
Photo below left- Eight Future Soldiers taking the Oath of Enlistment, administered by LTC Kevin Runkle
Photo center-LTC Kevin Runkle presents the PaYS Partnership certificate to President and CEO TJ O'Connor
Photo below right - Reddaway's 18 Wheeler Truck wrapped in the PaYS logo
Sharp Transportation is a proud partner of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success Program
Story by Mr. Jeff Ross,
Photos by Martin Taradash
Sharp Transportation has been in business for over 25 years with a long history of putting customers first. Sharp is committed to providing the latest tracking technology, along with excellent customer service, and safe drivers. In an effort to provide more employment opportunities to Veterans, Sharp Transportation teamed up with the U.S. Army through the Army PaYS Program and is the second company headquartered in Cache County Utah, to sign on as a partner.
The ceremony took place on August 4, 2016, at Sharp Transportation's corporate headquarters in Wellsville, Utah. Matthew Harmon, Commander of Salt Lake City Army Recruiting Battalion signed the agreement with Bo Sharp, Recruiter and Safety Manager. "Each year thousands of young men and women develop valuable skills and gain experience in a broad spectrum of Army jobs. They are motivated, have an unsurpassable professional work ethic and conduct of the highest standard. The Partnership for Youth Success program is a means in which we can help ensure our soldiers, particularly those along the Wasatch Front, continue to achieve success after exiting the Army." said Harmon.
Photo above - Members of the Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalion and Sharp Transportation's employees
Photo right - Bo Sharp, Recruiting and Safety Manager and LTC Matthew Harmon
As part of the enlistment process recruits sign a statement of intent to work for Sharp Transportation upon completion of their term of service or completion of their military training. As they near the end of their enlistments, or in the case of a local reservist when they complete their initial active duty training, the Soldiers will have the opportunity to interview with Sharp Transportation for a specific job at a specific location.
Sharp Transportation, has a long history of putting their customers first and committed to providing the latest tracking technology, excellent customer service, and safe drivers to make sure customer needs are met. "We are proud supporters of our armed forces and look forward to building a mutually successful working relationship."
Photo left - CO-Owners of Sharp Transportation: Zane Sharp, Vivian
Sharp and Bo Sharp are presented their PaYS certificate by LTC Matthew Harmon
The 2016 LULAC National Convention
Story and photos by PaYS Social Media/Marketing Coordinator, Alisha Reneau, and Northeast Marketer, Jay Morales
For the second year in a row, the PaYS team participated in the annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Convention held in Washington, DC. This year the PaYS team was represented by Jacinto Morales (Northeast Marketer), Antonio Johnson (Southwest Marketer), Keith Williams (Midwest Marketer), and the newest member of the team Alisha Reneau (Social Media/Marketing Coordinator). Events like LULAC allow us an opportunity to engage with companies who are current partners and pursue those that are not. When attending events like LULAC, our intent is to spread the word about PaYS to those that may not be familiar with the program.
Photo left - From left to right: Southwest Marketer Antonio Johnson, Northeast Marketer Jacinto Morales, Social Media/Marketing Coordinator Alisha Reneau, and Midwest Marketer Keith Williams
As the premier Hispanic convention, the LULAC National Convention draws over 20,000 participants from across the country each year including top leaders from the government, business, and the Latino community. The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.
The LULAC Convention is an exciting, history-making convention because it convenes the national delegates of LULAC to discuss issues, set policies, and elect the organization's national leaders. For this reason, the LULAC Convention makes news and is covered by national and local media. It is the only convention in which participants representing Hispanic communities from across the country determine the positions and strategies of a national Latino organization.
Throughout our time at the LULAC Convention, the PaYS team spoke with individuals from different organizations and took advantage of a few photo ops with PaYS partners that were in attendance. The PaYS Marketing team is looking forward to attending the 2017 LULAC convention in hopes of making more business connections and spreading the word about the Army's Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program.
A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their August PaYS Anniversaries:The Pepsi Bottling Group-16 years, LAPD-14 years, Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD-14 years, JX Enterprises, Inc-14 years, Washington State Patrol-13 years, Rockford Police Department-13 years, City of Naples, Florida-13 years, Richmond Police Department-13 years, Scottsdale Police Department-11 years, American Systems Corporation-10 years, New Jersey Basketball LLc d/b/a Brooklyn Nets Basketball-9 years, General Motors Corporation-9 years, Kansas Dept of Social & Rehabilitation Services-9 years, Community Asphalt Corporation-9 years, Canam Steel Corporation-8 years, Oshkosh Corporation-8 years, Life Time Fitness, Inc.-8 years, City of Riverside, CA-7 years, Citrus Heights Police Department-7 years, Hawthorne Machinery Company-5 years, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers of Southern California-3 years, Performance Contractors-3 years, HOLT CAT-3 years, Tesla Motors-1 year
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