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DOD SUICIDE INTERVENTION ACE
TOYS "R" US IS 600TH PaYS PARTNER
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF PARTNERS
US EXPRESS DELIVERS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
WESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE JOINS PaYS
THE PaYS TEAM THANKS YOU
MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM MANAGER

PaYS PARTNER ANNIVERSARIES

Job Postings:
LOGISTICS HEALTH
JOHNS HOPKINS
LITTLE ROCK POLICE DEPARTMENT
MTA METRO-NORTH RAILROAD

Job Fairs and Assistance:
BRONX VA MEDICAL CENTER JOB FAIR
RECRUIT MILITARY AUSTIN HIRING EVENT
VETERANS WITH MBA VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR
RECRUIT MILITARY CHICAGO JOB FAIR
MILITARY JOB FAIRS & OUTREACH EVENTS
ACAP (SFL-TAP) JOB FAIRS

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Toys "R" Us mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe

Congratulations Toys “R” Us, You’re our 600th PaYS Partner

Story and Photos by Alisha Reneau

Photo left -Toys "R" Us On Stage: Company Commander Amir Abu-Akeel 
Seated at the table from left to right: Lieutenant Colonel (P) Ed Croot, Chairman and CEO David Brandon, and Brigadier General (P) Troy Kok
mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe

On August 23, 2016, in Fort Wayne, NJ, Toys "R" Us, Inc. became the 600th company to join the US Army PaYS Program. The PaYS Program became an enlistment option for the Army in Fiscal Year 2000. Since the program's inception there have been over 600 companies to join the partnership. A formal signing ceremony took place with the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion at the Toys "R" Us Corporate Headquarters. Approximately 35-40 employees and military personnel were in attendance as Toys "R" Us pledged their commitment to hiring Veterans through the US Army PaYS Program. Commander, Newark Recruiting Company, Amir Abu-Akeel welcomed guests to the signing ceremony and initiated the official partnership between the US Army and Toys "R" Us.


Founded in 1948 as a baby furniture store, Toys "R" Us, Inc. has grown to Fortune 250 status, and today has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 team members worldwide. Toys "R" Us, Inc. is relentlessly striving to be the best toys and baby products retail company in the world. It has solidified its position by offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family brands.

CPT Amir Abu-Akeel asked Brigadier General (P) Troy Kok (USAREC Deputy Commander General Support), Lieutenant Colonel (P) Ed Croot (Mid Atlantic Battalion Commander), and David Brandon (Chairman and CEO) to take a seat at the table before the ceremony began and the program proceeded with remarks from LTC (P) Croot and BG (P) Kok. Both gentlemen expressed their full support for the US Army PaYS program and how the program can work better in partnership with Toys "R" Us. Chairman and CEO David Brandon stated, "I am very much honored to participate in the PaYS program. I feel this partnership will help our company continue to embrace hiring more veterans. We are very proud of what we have been able to accomplish so far and thrilled to continue to build." Future Soldiers after receiving the Oath of Enlistment

Photo above right -On Stage: Company Commander Amir Abu-Akeel Seated at the table
from left to right: Lieutenant Colonel (P) Ed Croot, Chairman and CEO David Brandon, and Brigadier General (P) Troy Kok

Photo right -Future Soldiers after receiving the
Oath of Enlistment

After the official signing of the MOA, two VIP guests Michael Short, Executive VP and CFO, (US Navy Veteran) and Joe Venezia, Executive VP, Global Store Ops, (US Army Veteran) were recognized and asked to stand. The ceremony closed with the administering of the Oath of Enlistment to ten future Soldiers led by BG (P) Kok. After the ceremony there was a small reception with refreshments, photo ops and the cutting of the cake.

Photo below left-Talent Acquisition Manager Meggan Bird, BG (P) Troy Kok, Geoffrey, and LTC (P) Ed Croot

Photo below right-CEO David Brandon and Brigadier General (P) Troy Kok

Talent Acquisition Manager Meggan Bird, BG (P) Troy Kok, Geoffrey, and LTC (P) Ed Croot CEO David Brandon and Brigadier General (P) Troy Kok


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!


National Association of Community Health -
Baltimore BN

Central Bank -
Cleveland BN

Correction Corporations of America -
Nashville BN

Perdue Farms Inc. -
Baltimore BN

Willis-Knighton Health System -
Baton Rouge BN



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.


Thanks to Brigadier General (P) Troy Kok (USAREC Deputy Commander General Support) for officiating our PaYS signing with Toys R Us.

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The US Army values our partnership with all our partners. Thank you all for your support in hiring our Army Veterans.



Angela Byrd
PaYS Program Manager


Ms. Angela Byrd, PaYS Program Manager
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Montgomery County Sheriff's Department Joins the Army

Story by: Keith Williams and Alisha Reneau
Photos by: Regina Walker

Future Soldiers, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Staff, and Military personnel

Photo above -Future Soldiers, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Staff, and Military personnel

Friday, Aug 19, 2016, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office announced their partnership with the US Army with a signing ceremony that took place in Montgomery, Alabama. The ceremony opened with CPT Vernon Williams, Commander, Montgomery Recruiting Company greeting all guests in attendance and introducing the singer of the National Anthem, sung by Ms. Lisa Crenshaw of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Derrick Cunningham and LTC Keyes Metcalf
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is a military friendly organization striving to build bridges with their communities. The organization opened its doors in 1817 a year after Montgomery County, one of the oldest counties in the state, founded in 1816. The mission of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is to provide the best possible law enforcement protection and service for Montgomery County.

Photo left -Sheriff Derrick Cunningham and LTC Keyes Metcalf

"The US Army PaYS program is one of the most important yet least known programs the Army has to offer. The US Army is all about our people and our values. The Montgomery County Sheriff's mission statement service, honor, integrity and personal courage are very closely aligned with what you would want from a law enforcement officer. Our values, trust and training for our Soldiers are closely paralleled to what you want from law enforcement," stated, Lieutenant Colonel Metcalf, Commander, Montgomery Recruiting Battalion.
LTC Metcalf administering the Oath of Enlistment to future soldiers




Sheriff Cunningham stated, "We at Montgomery County Sheriff's Office are honored to partner with the US Army, and it is our duty to commit to veterans to give them a place to work as they leave the Army. These are trying times and with the recent turmoil in our country surrounding law enforcement, it's been difficult to recruit, making PaYS an ideal partnership." The ceremony concluded with LTC Metcalf administering the Oath of Enlistment to 12 Future Soldiers from the Montgomery Recruiting Company.

Photo right -LTC Metcalf administering the Oath of Enlistment to Future Soldiers






US Xpress, Inc. Delivers Truckloads of Job Opportunities for PaYS Soldiers

Story by: Alisha Reneau
Photos by: Alisha Reneau and Astin Downey

On August 16, 2016 in Chattanooga, TN, U.S. Xpress, Inc. (PaYS partner # 601) became a PaYS Partner in an effort to hire more veterans. The ceremony opened with Peter L. Ahching, Company Commander, Chattanooga Recruiting Company, thanking everyone for attending the ceremony followed by the introduction of Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Shrein, Battalion Commander, Atlanta Recruiting Battalion. Eric Fuller, President and COO expressed how excited he is in providing more job opportunities for veterans in the workforce and that U.S. Xpress partnering with the PaYS program ties into their mission and beliefs of their company.

(From left to right) Southeast Marketer Crancena Ross, Mayor Andy Burke, LTC Gregory  Shrein, and CPT Peter L. Ahching
Photo left - (From left to right) Southeast Marketer Crancena Ross, Mayor Andy Burke, LTC Gregory Shrein, and CPT Peter L. Ahching

Photo right - LTC Gregory Shrein and President and COO Eric Fuller signing the PaYS MOA LTC Gregory Shrein and President and COO Eric Fuller signing the PaYS MOA

Founded in 1985, U.S. Xpress, Inc. is the nation's second largest privately owned truckload carrier, providing a wide variety of transportation solutions throughout North America. U.S. Xpress has a fleet of over 6,500 tractors today and began operations with 48 trucks, 30 years ago in 1986.


Also in attendance was the 65th Mayor of Chattanooga, Andy Berke. Mayor Berke stated "U.S. Xpress has been a big part of our community and the jobs that they provide are the driving success for people in Chattanooga. Utilizing the skills and abilities of veterans will continue to grow their community." President and COO Eric Fuller and Southeast Marketer Crancena Ross
President and COO Eric Fuller, Future Soldier, and Command Sergeant Major, Keith Singleton
Following the PaYS MOA signing and plaque presentation, four Future Soldiers were there to represent the US Army PaYS Partnership Program. The ceremony concluded with the youngest Future Soldier, Mr. Eric Fuller (President and COO) and Keith Singleton (Atlanta Battalion Command Sergeant Major) cutting the cake with the saber.

Photo left - President and COO Eric Fuller, Future Soldier, and Command Sergeant Major, Keith Singleton

Photo far left - President and COO Eric Fuller and Southeast Marketer Crancena Ross










Western Technical College Has Joined Forces with The Army

Story and photos by Arizve Pena
Allan Sharpe, President, Western Technical College and LTC Kevin D. Bouren, Commander, San Antonio Recruiting Battalion

A formal signing ceremony was held at Western Technical College in El Paso, TX, approving the college to participate in the US Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. The ceremony was attended by special guests such as the Ft. Bliss Garrison Commander, representatives from the Army PaYS Program, and veteran employment-related organizations.


The US Army PaYS Program provides America's youth with an opportunity to serve their country, and prepare for their future. Antonio Johnson, Marketing Analyst, US Army PaYS Program says, "PaYS is a unique program designed to prepare, train, and connect Soldiers to future employers. PaYS Soldiers are guaranteed a job interview with two PaYS partners of their choice after completing their training or their first term of service."

Photo right - Allan Sharpe, President, Western Technical College and LTC Kevin D. Bouren, Commander, San Antonio Recruiting Battalion

President Allan Sharpe

Photo left - President Allan Sharpe

Allan Sharpe, President of Strategic Partnerships at Western Tech says, "We are happy to be part of the PaYS Program where we grant signing Soldiers employment interviews while providing the opportunity to mentor honorably discharged Soldiers, Army Reserve Soldiers and newly commissioned Reserve and National Guard Officers as they transition to private employment. It aligns perfectly with our mission to support military and veterans in our community."


The PaYS program allows companies like Western Technical College (a veteran friendly school/employer) to show support and allow military enlisted and veterans to work alongside Army Recruiters and local ROTC programs. Local community relation initiatives sends the message of staying in school, setting goals, choosing appropriate friendships, leading a values-focused life and staying off drugs. Western Technical College believes that whether you're active duty, a veteran, or soon to retire from active service, our education can help you turn your passion into a successful career.


Future Soldiers being administered their Oath of Enlistment

Photo above - Future Soldiers being administered their Oath of Enlistment



The US Army PaYS Team Salutes and Thanks All Advertising and Public Affairs Chiefs and Specialists

Story by: Damon A. Stinger, Senior Marketing Analyst and Samuel I. Armstrong, Northwest Marketing Analyst
Photos by: Al Villa and Alisha Reneau

Damon Stinger (Senior Marketer), Antonio Johnson (Southwest Marketer), Keith Williams (Midwest Marketer),  Jacinto Morales (Northeast Marketer), Samuel Armstrong (Northwest Marketer), Alisha Reneau (Media Coordinator) (not pictured-Crancena Ross-Southeast Marketer)The US Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program started in FY 2000 as an enlistment incentive for Regular Army enlisted Soldiers. On October 1, 2002, the Program expanded to include Army Reserve Soldiers. On January 1, 2008, the Program expanded again this time to include Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), Reserve Component Cadets and in September 2012, those same benefits were extended to ROTC Cadets who incurred an active duty commitment.

Photo left - Damon Stinger (Senior Marketer), Antonio Johnson (Southwest Marketer), Keith Williams (Midwest Marketer), Jacinto Morales (Northeast Marketer), Samuel Armstrong (Northwest Marketer), Alisha Reneau (Media Coordinator) (not pictured-Crancena Ross-Southeast Marketer)

6th Brigade A&PA Chiefs in attendance at their A&PA ConferenceThe PaYS Program has an existence because the Army has a recruiting mission, Soldiers expect to work after completing their first term of service, and companies have a desire to employ Army veterans. Let's take a moment to acknowledge some individuals that are behind the scenes but have an enormous impact on the US Army PaYS Program. The individuals I'm speaking of are part of the Recruiting Battalion (BN) staff and at times wear multiple hats within the BN; they're asked to be in several locations at the same time; and on top of all their other day-to-day activities, they find time to support the US Army PaYS Program. During this month's newsletter, the PaYS team would like to salute all of the Recruiting Brigades and Battalions Advertising and Public Affairs (A&PAs) Chiefs and Specialists for all of their support and efforts they contribute on a regular basis. A&PA Chiefs play a critical role in developing the relationship between the battalion and PaYS partners. It's the A&PA Chiefs that are out in the community speaking with business owners, CEOs, and community leaders about the Army and the US Army PaYS Program. The PaYS Team receives new leads on a consistent basis because of the efforts of the A&PA Chiefs and for that we say thank you.

Photo right - 6th Brigade A&PA Chiefs in attendance at their A&PA Conference

Ceremonial signings are important to the PaYS partners; it cultivates the working relationship between the Army and the PaYS partner immediately. Without the dedication and commitment of the A&PA Chiefs, signing ceremonies would not be as meaningful or impactful as they are. It does not matter if a company is a Fortune 500 company or a "mom and pop shop", A&PA Chiefs make the difference when it comes to the ceremonial signings. The PaYS marketing team consists of five dedicated marketing analysts and each marketer covers one brigade which in turn is responsible for 38 recruiting battalions. Since the inception of the PaYS Program, over 600 companies have become partners; therefore the PaYS team wants to express its gratitude by saying thank you to each and every one of you for all of your unwavering support. Seattle BN A&PA Chiefs Thomas (Tom) Conning (Outgoing) and Nicole Celestine (Incoming)

On 24 August 2016, 6th Brigade Advertising and Public Affairs (A&PA) Chiefs assembled at the 6th Brigade headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada for a three day conference. During the conference the A&PAs received training and updates from various personnel throughout the Army. PaYS Northwest Marketer, Samuel Armstrong spoke to attendees about the updates within PaYS and granted an opportunity for everyone to share other new updates within their areas. PaYS partner Reddaway was recognized for an excellent job on what they were able to accomplish since recently becoming a PaYS partner. Samuel encouraged the A&PAs to foster a better relationship with the partners during the entire partnership process.

The US Army PaYS Team would like to welcome 6th BDEs newest A&PA Chiefs: Nicole Celestine (Seattle Battalion), John Morgan (Portland Battalion), and Antoine Clemeton (Los Angeles Battalion).

Photo left - Seattle BN A&PA Chiefs Thomas (Tom) Conning (Outgoing) and Nicole Celestine (Incoming)





A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their September PaYS Anniversaries:State Farm Mutual Insurance-16 years, Lockheed Martin-15 years, Caterpillar-15 years, Penn United Technology, Inc.-13 years, Tulsa Police Department-13 years, Boston Fire Department-12 years, Liquid Transport Corp-11 years, Missouri State Highway Patrol-11 years, Hyundai Motor America-10 years, Georgia Department of Corrections-10 years, Sentinel Transportation, LLC-10years, Bluegrass Cellular, Inc.-9 years, Century 21 Real Estate, LLC-9 years, Jenkins Brick Company-9 years, Milan Express Company, Inc.-9 years, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office-9 years, Connect One Security previously "Ranger American"-9 years, Texas Department of Public Safety-9 years, Anderson Equipment Company-9 years, Sleepy's LLC-8 years, Eaton Corporation-8 years, Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections - Corrections Services-8 years, Pierce Distribution Services Company-8 years, Navistar, Inc. formerly "International Truck & Engine Corporation"-7 years, Metro Pavia Health System-7 years, Combined Insurance of America-5 years, City of Coronado-4 years, Thompson Metal Fab, Inc.-4 years, P. I. & I. Motor Express-4 years, Monarch Beverage Company-4 years, American Income Life Ins. ALTIG-3 years, Hays County Juvenile Center-3 years, Progressive Casualty Ins. Co.-3 years, Fenner Dunlop Americas-3 years, Nestlé, USA-3 years, Ophir-Sphiricon, LLC-1 year, Global Repair Group-1 year, First Transit, Inc-1 year



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