Why It PaYS to Partner…and support our Soldiers

Story by Darline Goyea
Social Media/Marketing Coordinator

SPC DeAngelo Jones
Photo - SPC DeAngelo Jones, US Army Reserve, and Alabama Power Apprentice Lineman

When goals, determination and the perfect opportunity are factored in with the desire to succeed, in the end, success will always be the result.

SPC DeAngelo Jones, 26, is a Reservist in the United States Army who can attest to the above statement. Jones is one of the many triumphant stories of why partnering with PaYS is so important, and why checking off Option 50 in a Future Soldier's contract is so paramount. Jones is an Apprentice Lineman for Alabama Power—the second largest subsidiary of PaYS Partner, Southern Company; serving houses, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

Jones, who started approximately 10 months ago as a Utility Assist Line crew worker, rapidly climbed to the next phase of his career progression due to the skills he is learning in the Army Reserve. "Being in the Reserve prepared me mentally and physically for this job," explains Jones. A rigorous written and physical exam is required, and must be passed, in order to apply for a Utility Assistant position. On average, only 20 percent pass the exam.
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Jones put in the work, and a little knowledge from prior experience went a long way as well—Jones' grandfather retired from Alabama Power. Growing up, Jones knew the ins and outs of the position already. Aside from that, Jones researched the company and all it had to offer, and knew that is where he wanted to be. "Being an Electrician in the Army Reserve, and being physically fit for this job, just all fell into place for me," said Jones. "I'm very blessed." While serving his country and working for his chosen PaYS Partner—Southern Company, Jones is also attending college at Jacksonville State University online—majoring in Industrial Technology.

We stand by what we do at PaYS, and we support organizations and companies, such as Southern Company, who continue to support our Soldiers and Veterans!

Wyoming Medical Center partners with U.S. Army in recruiting programWyoming Medical Center Signing Ceremony

Article from the Casper Journal
May 14, 2015

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Cloud Peak Energy teams with U.S. Army to recruit Cloud Peak Energy signing ceremonyVeterans

Vets have discipline, experience, leadership skills

Wyoming Business Report
By Kim Phagan-Hansel
May 6th, 2015

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A Message from the Program Manager….

Dear PaYS Partners,

Let's give a warm welcome to our newest PaYS Partners!

Parkview Medical Center (6th Medical Recruiting Battalion),

Interstate Construction Services, Inc (Des Moines Battalion)

This month we celebrated 2 partnership signing ceremonies, 1-800-Got Junk and Wyoming Medical Center. Thank you Pittsburg and Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalions for including us in your planning efforts to make each ceremony a successful event.

To our PaYS Partner, Southern Company, we salute you! Interviewing and hiring our PaYS Soldier, SPC DeAngelo Jones, is a testament to your partnership with the US Army to help future Soldiers and Veterans find employment. He acknowledges that the Army Reserves fully prepared him for working with your Organization and the skill sets he brings will be a win-win situation for all.

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

Angela Byrd

Ms. Angela Byrd, PaYS Program Manager

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Job Postings

Job Fairs and Assistance

A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their May PaYS Anniversaries: Walgreen Co.-11 years, Bell Ambulance, Inc.-10 years, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office-10 years, City of Cambridge Massachusetts-10 years, San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. -9 years, Turner Corporation-9 years, Infotech Solutions DBA Avysion IT-9 years, Critical Intervention Services, Inc.-9 years, Houston Police Department-9 years, Scotts LawnService-9 years, Ring Power Corporation-8 years, Eastman Chemical Company-8 years, Dresser - Rand -6 years, Centro Medico del Turabo, Inc.-5 years, Casey's General Store, Inc.-5 years, City of Chicago-5 years, City of Indianapolis-5 years, Cleveland County Sheriff's Office-4 years, Banner Health-4 years, Patrick Cudahy, Inc.-4 years, Time Customer Service, Inc.-4 years, Aaron's, Inc.-4 years, McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii, Inc.-3 years, The Los Angeles Film School-3 years, Bridgepoint Education-3 years, Quicken Loans-3 years, Cuyahoga County-3 years, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA)-1 year, MOAC Mall Holdings, LLC-1 year, Kappler, Inc.-1 year, Prairie Quest Consulting (PQC)-1 year

Wyoming Medical Center partners with U.S. Army in recruiting program

Casper Journal
May 14, 2015

Wyoming Medical Center and representatives of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command will sign an agreement to provide priority hiring status to qualified soldiers participating in the Partnership for Youth Success Program. The signing ceremony is at 2 p.m. Friday, May 15 in the McMurry West Tower conference rooms.

PaYS is a strategic partnership program between the Army and a cross section of U.S. corporations and public sector agencies designed to help the Army attract, train and deploy talented young people who want to serve their country but also want to pursue their careers once their service is complete. Wyoming Medical Center is the first health care provider in Wyoming to sign on as a partner.

Photo below - Ms. Vickie Diamond, President, Chief Executive Officer, Wyoming Medical Center, and Major Traci J. Yamada, Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalion

Ms. Vickie Diamond, President, Chief Executive  Officer, Wyoming Medical Center, and Major Traci J. Yamada, Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalion"Wyoming Medical Center has a long history of supporting the military and veterans. In our continuous commitment to improve our support of the military, we are very pleased with the opportunity to establish a strategic partnership with the U.S. Army via The Partnership for Youth Success Program," said Vickie Diamond, president and CEO of Wyoming Medical Center.

Maj. Traci Yamada, executive officer of the Salt Lake City Army Recruiting Battalion, will sign the agreement on behalf of the Army Recruiting Command.

"The U.S. Army is excited to add Wyoming Medical Center to its invaluable team of corporate/government agencies in the Partnership for Youth Success program," Yamada said. "It is very fulfilling to have such partnerships that provide this service to our recruiters to offer applicants quality employment opportunities during and after their Army service."

Under terms of the agreement, enlistees interested in gaining specific job qualifications will receive that training while in the U.S. Army. Recruits will sign a statement of intent to work for Wyoming Medical Center upon completion of their term of service or completion of their military training. As they near the end of their enlistments, the Soldiers will have the opportunity to interview with Wyoming Medical Center. Hospital jobs will be available in the Army's PaYS database soon.

"This partnership will not only create avenues for men and women to find gainful employment after their service to their country, it will allow Wyoming Medical Center to build a pipeline of qualified candidates for our organization, thus enabling us to continuously improve the care we provide our community," Diamond said.

The Army now has more than 500 partner corporations and public sector agencies across the nation, including General Motors, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard Company, JP Morgan-Chase, Wells Fargo,, Caterpillar; Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Company, Schneider National, Inc., Union Pacific Railroad Company; Johnson Controls, Facebook, Inc. and Cloud Peak Energy.

For more information, interested applicants may visit their local recruiter or log on to

Cloud Peak Energy signing ceremony
Cloud Peak Energy teams with U.S. Army to recruit Veterans

Vets have discipline, experience, leadership skills

Wyoming Business Report
By Kim Phagan-Hansel
May 6th, 2015

Gillette-based Cloud Peak Energy recently became one of the newest companies to partner with the U.S. Army to create jobs for military veterans.

One of the largest coal producers in the country, Cloud Peak Energy, signed a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Army to participate in the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, which launched 15 years ago to give servicemen and women job opportunities once they complete their military service. Since the program's inception, 535 companies have joined PaYS.

"It's a free partnership that we create a pipeline to jobs for qualified soldiers," said Samuel Armstrong, marketing analyst for the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success Program. "It's setting our veterans up for success."

So far more than 185,000 military members have gone through the PaYS program. As part of the program, employer partners are required to offer job interviews to PaYS participants; however, they are not required to hire them.

"We're looking for companies willing to give our veterans an interview on completion of training," Armstrong said. "These companies are invested in our veterans."

Because many of the former soldiers have gained highly skilled job training while in the military, as well as learned important life skills such as discipline and leadership, they become assets to businesses, Armstrong said.

"They come with their discipline, work experience and leadership skills," Armstrong said. "They bring all of those intangibles."

For that reason, Cloud Peak Energy officials said they hope to recruit veterans who possess those various characteristics that translate to quality employees. Already employing a number of veterans, the program provided a new funnel for prospective employees from the military.

"We were approached by the Army last summer about joining the program," said Emily Arthun, director of talent management for Cloud Peak Energy. "We're in the early stages of the program identifying positions."

Cloud Peak Energy Systems Manager Dave Traverso said that the discipline, integrity and other skills he learned in the military are skills he leans on daily. With positions requiring skilled training, such as welders, electricians and mechanics, Cloud Peak is in need of well-trained and qualified employees.

"It's critical to have skilled labor," Traverso said. "We can train anybody for a job, but integrity and discipline are tough to teach."

Not only will the partnership provide skilled labor for Cloud Peak Energy, it will also allow the company to support military members with high-paying, stable employment with benefits. As military members have moved into civilian life, some have struggled to find work. Cloud Peak Energy officials said they hope to provide those employment opportunities veterans are looking for.

"Transition into the private sector after being in the military is challenging," Traverso said.

For more information on the PaYS program, visit

Pittsburgh Company Commander, Captain Jonathan Schwarz and 1-800-Got-Junk General Manager, Jeremy Stark
1-800-GOT-JUNK? Joins the US Army PaYS Program

Photos of signing ceremony - Pittsburgh Company Commander, Captain Jonathan Schwarz and 1-800-Got-Junk General Manager, Jeremy Stark

1-800-Got-Junk ceremony

1-800-Got-Junk ceremony

Marketing Analyst, Damon Stinger PaYS visits to West coast Partners

Photos of his visits to Sony, Securitas, and E & B Natural Resources




E & B Natural Resources

Global Marketing Solutions, Government with Facebook, Daisy Wolf, and PaYS Social Media/Marketing Coordinator, Darline Goyea
PaYS Partner: Facebook Visit

One of the coolest benefits of being the Social Media/Marketing Coordinator for the Army PaYS Program—aside from helping connect transitioning Soldiers and great Partners—is being able to learn the ins and outs of the companies and come back and share with all of you! During my visit I was given a tour of the facility, great training and tips to sharpen my social media skills, and sign the Facebook "Write Something" Wall.

Photo right - Global Marketing Solutions, Government with Facebook, Daisy Wolf, and PaYS Social Media/Marketing Coordinator, Darline Goyea

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Darline Goyea signing the “The Facebook Wall”

Darline Goyea signing the The Facebook Wall

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