US Army ROTC Cadet: Robert Russell says PaYS helped lead him
to Law Enforcement Future
Story by Darline Goyea,
Social Media/Marketing Coordinator
Photos provided by Cadet Robert Russell
Photo right -Cadet Robert Russell
Where most college graduates are struggling to not only find a job, but one in their field is typically an unlikely easy triumph; Robert Russell, 21, is starting his career off on the right foot. Russell is in his last year at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY as a U.S. Army ROTC Cadet. Russell will be commissioning into the United States Army Reserve this spring as a 2nd Lt. and will graduate from St. Bonaventure as a Military Intelligence Officer - and he’s doing all this while helping his fiancée plan their wedding!
Following in his father’s footsteps, Russell knew that he wanted to go into law enforcement at a young age. “I have always looked up to my dad as a role model, and he was a great provider as I grew up. I knew that when he went to work every day that he was trying to make a difference and ensure everyone's safety, and I knew I wanted to do that”, explained Russell.
While surfing the cadet portal, Russell stumbled upon the Army PaYS link. As he clicked away, he found himself on an alternate route to securing his future but was not quite sure where this road would take him. “I looked at it [PaYS website], and the more I researched it, I realized that this was an absolute resource to keep in mind,” explained Russell.
After thoroughly researching the site, Russell chose PaYS Partner: Harrisonburg Police Department in Harrisonburg, VA. He immediately contacted Sgt. Todd Miller, the PaYS Point of Contact for the Harrisonburg Police Department. Over the course of several weeks, the two spoke several times via telephone before finally making arrangements for Russell to visit the police department. While there, Miller gave Russell and his fiancée a city tour. Miller dedicated hours to answer all the questions Russell had about his upcoming transition from New York to Virginia and from the Army to civilian life.
Russell has already been accepted to the Harrisonburg police academy (he starts in July). Shortly after commissioning and graduating from St. Bonaventure, he and his fiancée will be moving to Harrisonburg, VA the last week of May. “I feel like I have been very blessed in my life, and I've always wanted to give back, and both joining the military and the police department is part of me giving back. Both my dad and my mom raised me with great values and taught me the importance of looking out for others, and I want to make a difference, even if it is only for one person, or even if it is only one day at a time.”
Photo above -Cadet Robert Russell and his fiancée, Melissa Misenheimer
Russell’s story demonstrates the success of this Program and its effectiveness. The PaYS Program was able to prepare Russell to gain control of his future without having to go through traditional channels of employment search. With just a little research and future goals in mind, there is nothing holding prosperity back.
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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!
HSS - Denver Recruiting Battalion
Duke Energy Corporation - Raleigh Recruiting Battalion
Reddaway - Portland Recruiting Battalion
Global Aviation Services - Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion
Allied Barton Security Services - Dallas Recruiting Battalion
This month, signing ceremonies were held to publicly recognize our
partnership with Horizon Health Care, Inc., and the City of Orangeburg, SC,
St. Joseph Healthcare and the GEO Group Inc.
Congratulations goes out to Army ROTC Cadet Robert Russell who enrolled in
the PaYS Program and selected the Harrisonburg Police Department as his PaYS
partner. Cadet Russell will be commissioned to a 2LT and graduate at the
end of the Spring semester. In July, he starts his training in the
Harrisonburg Police Academy! Way to go Cadet Russell and congratulations too
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Horizon Health Care first SD business to join Army employment program
By Jake Shama on Apr 14, 2016 at 5:45 p.m.
The Daily Republic, Mitchell, South Dakota
Photo above -Lt. Col Pat Staley, left, signs an agreement that makes Horizon Health Care the first South Dakota company to join the U.S. Army PaYS program. Horizon CEO John Mengenhausen, right, signed the agreement moments before.
Photo left -Horizon Health Care CEO John Mengenhausen speaks at a ceremony Thursday at the Howard Hotel and Conference Center.
HOWARD - An area health care provider became the first South Dakota company to join a program that connects U.S. Army service members with jobs after their service ends.
Veterans, ROTC cadets, Howard community members and state officials gathered Thursday at the Howard Hotel and Convention Center to witness the formalization of an agreement that makes Horizon Health Care the first South Dakota company to join the U.S. Army's Partnership for Youth Success program.
After welcoming guests to the "booming metropolis of Howard," Horizon CEO John Mengenhausen said it was a great day for his company, but he also felt disappointment.
"I'm a little disappointed Horizon is the first organization, and is still the only organization, to join in South Dakota," Mengenhausen said.
Mengenhausen praised the partnership, saying it will help veterans find employment upon their return to the United States, and it will help Horizon Health Care find qualified applicants with experience in their fields.
"This partnership is one way in which we can help ensure that our soldiers continue to achieve success after leaving the United States Army," Lt. Col. Pat Staley said at the ceremony.
To close the ceremony, Mengenhausen and Staley signed the contract, marking the official beginning of the partnership.
Photo right -Lt. Col. Pat Staley, left, and Horizon Health Care CEO John Mengenhausen, right, shake hands after signing an agreement that made Horizon Health Care the first company in South Dakota to join the U.S. Army PaYS program.
Photo below -Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch, left, Horizon Health Care CEO John Mengenhauser, center left, South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, center right, and Lt. Col. Pat Staley, right, pose for a photo following a ceremony Thursday at the Howard Hotel and Conference Center.
Attendees included South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Timothy Reisch, District 8 Rep. Mathew Wollmann and Howard Mayor Andrew Dold, along with members of the American Legion's Howard chapter and cadets from South Dakota State University's ROTC program, who presented the colors before the ceremony. Representatives of Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and Rep. Noem also attended.
The partnership program between the Army and more than 460 partner corporations across the nation helps veterans find employment when their term of service is up. The Army will train a service member during his or her time in the military as long as the individual agrees to work for a specific partner organization when he or she is released.
After a soldier is discharged, he or she will have the opportunity to interview with the organization for a specific job at a specific location.
Horizon Health Care supports 24 medical and dental clinics across the state in small communities and in Huron and Aberdeen. Of its 250 employees, 3 percent are veterans, but Mengenhausen said he hopes to raise that number to between 6 and 10 percent within one to two years.
"The opportunities are there, and our goal is to make that happen," Mengenhausen said.
Full story with more photos, click here.
City, Army ink deal to help employ vets
Staff Writer Princess Williams
Photo by Christopher Huff, T&D
The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, SC
Photo right - Orangeburg Mayor Michael C. Butler, right, and Lt. Col. Robert Garbarino, commander of the Columbia Army Recruiting Battalion, shake hands after signing the Partnership for Youth Success agreement before Tuesday night's city council meeting.
Orangeburg is partnering with the U.S. Army to give students and soldiers the opportunity to serve their country as well as their community.
Mayor Michael Butler and Lt. Col. Robert Garbarino, commander of the Columbia Recruiting Battalion, signed a partnership Tuesday making the city of Orangeburg a partner in the Army's national Partnership for Youth Success program.
"It was developed by the Army to attract, train and deploy talented young people who want to serve their country, but also want to help secure their future success once their Army service is over," Garbarino said.
The PaYS program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross-section of corporations, companies and public sector agencies. It provides assistance to transitioning soldiers, giving them real-world opportunities to use the skills and practices they trained for in the Army to better serve their communities.
Under the terms of the agreement, enlistees interested in gaining specific job training qualifications will receive the training while in the U.S. Army.
"As part of the enlistment process, recruits sign a statement of understanding of intent to work for the city of Orangeburg upon completion of their term of service," Garbarino noted.
As soldiers near the end of their enlistments, they will have the opportunity to interview with the city of Orangeburg for specific jobs. However, the city reserves the right to determine whether to hire the PaYS soldier.
For more information, interested applicants may visit their local recruiter and log on to the Army PaYS website, https://www.armypays.com.
See original story here.
Sacramento Recruiting Battalion: Recruiting Reserve Partnership Conference
Story by Darline Goyea
Social Media/Marketing Coordinator
Photos provided by Damon Stinger
Senior Marketing Analyst
Photo right -Damon Stinger,
PaYS Senior Marketing Analyst
As a marketer, Damon Stinger had always established a good rapport with the PaYS partners and military personnel in his region - the northeast region.
Now, as the senior marketer, he is less traveled than the other marketers. Stinger was granted one last opportunity to speak about PaYS amongst those he had gotten to know for over a year! Back in January of this year, he was invited to attend the Sacramento Recruiting Battalion's Reserve Partnership Conference (RPC) which was held at the Delta Breeze Club on Travis Airforce Base. The RPC is a forum to discuss, define, and develop actions that will ensure success in meeting mutual objectives toward Army Reserve recruiting and Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. (ROTC) activities. As a joint venture, the Fresno Recruiting Battalion were also invited to participate during the RPC.
Stinger was there to represent PaYS, "It was mind-blowing to see how receptive and engaged the Soldiers were," explained Stinger. After the PaYS Program presentation, Stinger opened the floor up for discussion and a question and answer session, "Many of the audience members had never heard of PaYS, so this was an immense opportunity to speak". During his briefing, he was able to include the current report numbers and answer these questions for the Reservists:
PaYS Weekly Report (as of 16 April 2016):
Since 2000 we've had 596 companies join the PaYS Program, out of those 596
partners 78 are: Fortune 500, 9 Global 500, 10 Fortune 1000, and 57 DOD
38,486 Army Reserve Soldiers have selected Option 50 in their enlistment contract.
Today there are 1,044, 387 jobs loaded in our PaYS Information Exchange
(PIX) Database for Army Reservist alone.
Some of the questions fielded were:
Q: Can Soldiers who did not select option 50 (Army PaYS) during enlistment sign up for the Program now?
A: No, PaYS is an enlistment option presented during the enlistment process.
Q: How soon can a Soldier schedule their interview?
A: Immediately upon successful completion of (Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training- AIT)
Q: Can PaYS Soldiers change partners?
A: Yes it depends on the situation. (Partner goes out of business,
Soldier relocates, Soldiers job changes while they are serving)
Q: What's the difference between Work for Warriors and the PaYS Program?
A: The Work for Warriors Program is intended to reduce the unemployment rate among California Service Members (SMs) in the Guard and Reserve by directly placing them into full-time employment. PaYS is a recruiting initiative that also helps Soldiers gain meaningful careers after transitioning from the Army.
Guest speakers and subject matter experts who were present: Joseph Sweeny, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA); Maj. Aaron Raggow, Work for Warriors; Maj. Anthony Apichino, University of California - Davis Representative, were all in attendance and addressed the room of approximately 55 individuals which comprised of USAREC leadership and Reserve Unit representative in the Northern-Central area.
A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their April PaYS Anniversaries:Ruan Transportation Mgt. Sys. Inc.-14 years, Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health Systems-14 years, New York City Police Dept.-13 years, Stewart & Stevenson-13 years, Arizona Dept. of Public Safety-13 years, Ohio State Highway Patrol-13 years, Vermont State Police-13 years, Benning Construction Company-13 years, City of Harrisburg, PA-13 years, D. M. Bowman, Inc.-12 years, Cincinnati Police Department-12 years, Cintas Corporation-12 years, Walgreens-12 years, Bell Ambulance, Inc.-11 years, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office-11 years, City of Cambridge Massachusetts-11 years, San Diego County Sheriff's Dept.-10 years, Turner Corporation-10 years, Infotech Solutions DBA Avysion IT-10 years, Critical Intervention Services, Inc.-10 years, Houston Police Department-10 years, Scotts LawnService-10 years, Ring Power Corporation-9 years, Eastman Chemical Company-9 years, Dresser - Rand-7 years, Centro Medico del Turabo, Inc.-6 years, Casey's General Store, Inc.-6 years, City of Chicago-6 years, City of Indianapolis-6 years, Cleveland County Sheriff's Office-5 years, Banner Health-5 years, Patrick Cudahy, Inc.-5 years, Time Customer Service, Inc.-5 years, Aaron's, Inc.-5 years, McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii, Inc.-4 years, The Los Angeles Film School-4 years, Bridgepoint Education-4 years, Quicken Loans-4 years, Cuyahoga County-4 years, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA)-2 years, MOAC Mall Holdings, LLC-2 years, Kappler, Inc.-2 years, Prairie Quest Consulting (PQC)-2 years, Interstates Construction Services, Inc -1 year, Monster Worldwide Incorporated-1 year, JLB Trucking Company, Inc-1 year, Price Pump-1 year, 84 Lumber-1 year
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