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U.S. Army Aims to Hire 10,000 New Soldiers During Three-Day Event

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The U.S. Army is kicking off its first nationwide virtual hiring campaign [tentative dates June 30-July 2] with a goal of recruiting 10,000 new Soldiers to serve in 150 different occupations. Army National Hiring Days is an all-Army effort to inspire individuals across the nation to "Join Us."

As part of the three-day hiring event, Army leaders, operational units, recruiters and community partners across America will focus on encouraging individuals to explore the Army's career paths, ranging from traditional combat roles to support positions in logistics, engineering and technology. They will also highlight the benefits of military service, to include health insurance, retirement plans, training and education opportunities, and family support programs.

U.S. Army recruiters have focused heavily on virtual communications since mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a socially distant society. This new virtual hiring event will be the first time the Army has come together as a whole to leverage the digital space in a concentrated all-Army nationwide recruiting effort.

"The last three months have challenged America, and our Army has been part of the team working to fight this pandemic together," said Maj. Gen. Frank Muth, commanding general for U.S. Army Recruiting Command. "We are adapting our recruiting efforts to the current environment to ensure we can continue to protect and support our nation in the future. We believe Army National Hiring Days will help us find the right people who are ready to 'Join Us.'"

During Army National Hiring Days, interested individuals can visit to see if they meet the qualifications, learn about job opportunities and associated hiring incentives, and connect with a recruiter in their area.

"The Army has a career for every interest, and many people aren't really aware of that," Muth said. "You'll receive the technical training to succeed in your field and then have access to education benefits to go even further."

To become an enlisted Soldier in the U.S. Army, individuals must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be 17-34 years old; achieve a minimum score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test; meet medical, moral and physical requirements; and be a high school graduate or equivalent.

Qualified applicants are eligible for bonuses up to $40,000 or student loan reimbursement up to $65,000, depending on the selected occupation, ASVAB scores, contract length, and timeline for shipping to basic training.

For more information about Army opportunities and to find a local recruiter, visit

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PaYS Partner Spotlight -
The Cooper Health System

Story by: Cooper University Health Care

The PaYS Team is excited to announce The Cooper Health System (#906) as one of our newest PaYS partners. The article below highlights some of the outstanding work being done in their health system as well as Cooper's support for our Military and Veterans.

Cooper University Health Care is the leading academic health system in South New Jersey. Cooper includes South New Jersey's only Level I trauma center (Cooper University Hospital), a leading cancer center (MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper), the only Level II pediatric trauma center in the Delaware Valley (Children's Regional Hospital), one of the largest physicians group in the region, four urgent care centers, and more than 100 outpatient offices throughout South Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Due to their expertise in trauma, surgery, and critical care, Cooper provides a wide range of military, diplomatic and field surgical affairs training programs and in 2019 - became the only hospital in the U.S. that has trained elite medical providers from every military branch, multiple local, state and federal government agencies, and international partners. Cooper has become the premier academic health system training the military with new programs, including:

    - Cooper is first in the nation to provide advanced surgical trauma training to U.S. Army under the Army Medical Department Military-Civilian Trauma Team Training (AMCT3) Program

    - Cooper provides readiness training for Active, Guard and Reserve medics, part of Operation SMART (Strategic Medical Asset Readiness Training).

    - Cooper hosts the Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) Clinical Field Internship that is based out of Fort Bragg, NC.

    - Department of Justice Advanced Capability Paramedics and Physician Assistants & U.S. Department of State, Operational Medicine Bureau of Medical Services medical staff rotate at Cooper University Healthcare due to the high volume of trauma and world class training from an experienced learning institution.

    - Cooper hosts several U.S. Navy Senior Anesthesia Residents annually.

The PaYS Team would like to thank The Cooper Health System for partnering with the U.S. Army and Army PaYS in an effort to offer transitioning Soldiers another viable career opportunity. We look forward to a great PaYS signing ceremony in the near future and a successful partnership long term.

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Willy Street Co-op: A Brand New Partner Faring through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by: Brian Wolhaupter, HR Director, Willy Street Co-op
Picture by: Willy Street Co-op Images, Bing

"We are a cornerstone of a vibrant, equitable, supportive, and well-nourished community in south-central Wisconsin." That is the vision statement for Willy Street Co-op. seemingly in an instant, with the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic the Co-op went from being a unique but often overlooked business to one of the key essential businesses serving a city under siege by the virus. Willy Street logo

The advent of the pandemic brought with it a host of changes for the Co-op and its day to day routine. Willy Street Co-op led the way in making changes to its operations among Madison retail grocery stores. As early as May 16th in the face of the spreading pandemic, but without official public guidance, the co-op took the initial steps of reducing operational hours to allow for more cleaning and less exposure of employees to infections. They also led the way by establishing occupancy limits for customers entering the stores, and physical distancing marking at registers to enhance customer safety.

The impact of restrictions quickly became much farther ranging than these simple steps. The Co-op had to discontinue deli service, self-service hot and salad bars, self-service bulk item sales, and fresh meat and seafood case operations. These all represented key pillars of the Co-op's local and organic grocery focus but were critical steps to take to protect the public and employees.

The impact on employees did not stop there. With the passing of many COVID-19 related legislative packages the Co-op engaged in emergency bargaining with the union representing its employees to establish collaborative policy and contract modification. Leave for COVID-19 quarantine, leave for those that were at risk but not sick, the eventual shutdown of our off-site kitchen due to reduced demand, and the shifting of employees from the kitchen and other sites to support a nascent but exploding program for e-commerce online ordering, delivery and pickup all were response taken in the first days and expanded as the pandemic has continued.

Willy Street Co-op has embraced these challenges as the organization's commitment to the Madison community as an essential business, and one of the important tethers to the "normal" world we have left behind. This perseverance and dedication is just another example of the incredible strength and character of the many organizations that are PaYS partners.

Willy Street Co-op is incredibly excited to be a member of the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) network. HR Director, Brian Wolhaupter, found that the Co-op had no deliberate or effective way to reach out to veterans, traditional reservists and guardsmen, and separated service members to invite them to join the Co-op team. PaYS became a perfect fit for the Co-op as it began to build and develop an effort to increase our diversity by connecting us with exactly those military populations. As a new partner, Willy Street Co-op is just beginning to explore the many ways PaYS will benefit and support both the organization and the Army service members that might like to seek employment or a career with the Co-op.


Ms. Angela Byrd, PaYS Program Manager

Dear PaYS Partners,

It's been a challenging couple of months for us all. We are looking forward to slowly getting back to a place of normalcy. The Army appreciates your support during this time and would like you and your employees to know that we too would like to help those who are without employment. Stay tuned for more on our Army National Hiring Day event...

Let's welcome our newest PaYS Partner!
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We are having our first PaYS virtual signing ceremony with Aldevra, LLC. - 14 June 2020!
Contact your PaYS Regional Marketing Analysts for more information.

Regional Army PaYS Marketing Analysts:

Antonio Johnson (Northeast Region)
(502) 378-8054

Samuel Armstrong (Southeast Region)
(301) 717-8508

Davin Bentley (Midwest Region)
(614) 886-0270

Donna Morales (Midwest Region)
(571) 338-2327

Crancena Ross (Southwest Region)
(410) 206-0413

Anthony Velasco (Southwest Region)
(757) 270-6556

Corin Gillens (West Coast Region)
(843) 909-6037


Happy PaYS Anniversary Charity and Donna!  Welcome Brandon, Austin and Audra!

Remember to annotate your PaYS Soldiers hires and interviews into the PIX database, visit and like our Facebook page,, follow us on Instagram @armypaysprogram and all our social media platforms to share in all of our events. Send us your good news stories, job vacancies, etc., and we will highlight, at no cost, on all our social media sites. To participate in any Army recruiting event, don't forget to reach out to your regional PaYS marketing analyst.

For more information on PaYS program, visit our website at

It PaYS to partner with the US Army!

Angela R. Byrd

PaYS Program Manager

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Military Service Decals for J.B. Hunt Drivers

Story and Photos By: Eric Airola, Sr Manager, Military & Veteran Programs

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As a long-time partner of PaYS, J.B. Hunt Transport recognizes the value of having veterans on our team. Veterans make up almost 15% of our workforce, and we were founded by an Army veteran, Johnie Bryan Hunt in 1961. Today we're a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America.

Recently we made an investment in our military veteran drivers because we're very proud of them and wanted to help them show their military pride. After hearing feedback from our drivers, the J.B. Hunt Driver Experience Team began working to create new truck decals for our veterans. This two-year long process was a labor of love for the team and we are excited to be able to celebrate our drivers in this way. We also took a fresh look at showcasing our drivers who've achieved the impressive safe driving milestone of driving 1 million or more miles without preventable accidents. Drivers who are million-milers and are also veterans have a special decal to go on their trucks, highlighting both accomplishments! Our Experience Team also created uniform patches to go along with the decals.

J.B. Hunt is committed to hiring veterans. This spring, Chief Operating Officer Craig Harper unveiled the new decals on our Driver Facebook Page, thanking our drivers for their dedication to our country and our company. The new decals and patches come on the heels of another company accomplishment that we reached in December 2019 - a six-year campaign to hire 10,000 veterans by 2020. J.B. Hunt values the character and skills that veterans bring to the transportation industry and it was a company-wide effort to reach our goal. For thirteen consecutive years, we've been named as a Top Military Friendly Employer, and we've received two prestigious Pro Patri Awards from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). We offer extended benefits for employees called to active duty, including make-whole pay. Other ways we are dedicated to the success of our veterans are:
- J.B. Hunt Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG)
- Differential Military Pay Policy
- Observing veteran holidays and events, such as Wreaths Across America and the Arkansas Run for the Fallen

J.B. Hunt employs more than 30,000 people in 500 facilities across the lower 48 states, including our corporate office in Northwest Arkansas. We offer a wide array of job opportunities including driving positions, mechanic positions, supply chain management, operations and more. View career opportunities here

As a proud supporter of the U.S. Army, we thank you for your service!

PaYS Partner Spotlight: Dot Foods DOT truckDOT logo

Written by: Donna Morales
Pictures: Dot Foods Website, Ciera Umberger and Donna Morales

Dot Foods has been a PaYS partner since 2011 and prides themselves on their Veteran hires and community service. Headquartered out of Mt. Sterling, Illinois, Dot Foods has 13 locations across the country. Being the largest foodservice redistribution company in the United States, they are glad the current pandemic has not slowed them down.

In response to the community's need for food during these trying times, Dot Foods has donated 275,000 cases of product valued at over $3.1 million to non-profit organizations assisting those in need. The #CaringForOurCommunities campaign is what drives this service, but it doesn't stop at giving food. Dot Foods continues to work with other charitable groups and activities.
VERG tiny home Dot Foods has several Veteran programs, one of them is called the Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG). This group from Dot helps to recruit, retain and improve the opportunities for Veterans working for the company. They also help those Veterans in and around the community by means of community service. VERG has partnered with 2X4s for Hope, a company that builds tiny homes for Vets in need of housing. VERG raised $1800 for tiny homes at a 2X4 signing event last Fall. Many Dot employees were also at the event to help with the build. These 2X4 signing events help raise money and materials for the tiny home build. It takes 85 2X4s for a complete tiny home and each house costs approximately $20,000. The VERG has helped to build two tiny homes so far!

PaYS Marketer, Donna MoralesCiera Umberger, the PaYS point of contact for DotDot Foods is a known name and a respected company. Ciera Umberger, the PaYS point of contact shares with the PaYS Marketer, Donna Morales, that many employees have multiple family members working for the company. Ciera's mother is also an employee. She continues to say, "Donna, put this into perspective...this city only has 2,000 residents, but our company (speaking about the headquarters location alone) has almost 3,000 employees!"

Photo left - PaYS Marketer, Donna Morales

Photo right - Ciera Umberger, the PaYS point of contact for Dot

PaYS Partner Licking Memorial Health Systems Leads the Way in COVID-19 Response

Story By: Michaela Sumner (Neward Advocate) with contribution from PaYS Midwest Marketer Davin Bentley Licking Memorial Health Systems logo

NEWARK, OH - PaYS Partner Licking Memorial Health Systems began testing its employees for COVID-19 antibodies over a week ago, according to LMHS President and CEO Rob Montagnese.

About a week and a half ago, Montagnese said they acquired about 2,000 antibody tests, which are used to determine if someone has been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Montagnese said the tests were made available to their staff, but not required and they hope to determine how prevalent the antibodies are in LMHS employees.

Craig Cairns, vice president of medical affairs at LMHS, said 1,074 employees were tested as of Thursday. And of that number, the health system has received 12 positives for antibodies, giving the virus a prevalence rate of 1.1% in LMHS employees.

Cairns explained LMHS believes their employees are likely representative of the community at large, noting most of their employees also live in Licking County.

Based on the most recent Census recording 166,492 residents in Licking County and the prevalence rate at LMHS, Cairns said that would mean there may be 1800, or as many as 2,800, in the community who would be positive for the antibody.

Montagnese and Cairns said they haven't been surprised by the results.
LMHS CEO and President Rob Montagnese
"We have not seen significant numbers in the community. I think the latest numbers from the Ohio Department of Health show around 118 or 124 (confirmed cases)," Montagnese said. "Our numbers are pretty consistent with what we've seen in our community."

Although some may believe the virus to be more common among healthcare workers, Montagnese said he thinks the numbers are a reflection of their employees doing what they need to do in terms of using the proper personal protective equipment and using proper patient care protocols.

Cairns cited an article from Stanford University looking at Santa Clara County in California, noting their prevalence rate there was about 1.5%, which would be consistent with LMHS numbers.

According to Cairns, there aren't any antibody tests that have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. He noted the virus is so new and takes time to get FDA approval, however he said the FDA has granted "emergency use authorization" for the test LMHS is using.

The PaYS program is very excited to call Licking Memorial Health Systems a partner. As one of the newest PaYS partners in Ohio, Licking Memorial has already generated much interest among the area's Army Veteran population as an option for gainful employment. Additionally, the LMHS is actively interviewing PaYS Soldiers to join their ranks in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Newark Advocate,

Photo right - LMHS CEO and President Rob Montagnese

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PaYS Battalion of the Month: Albany Recruiting Battalion

Story by: Alisha Reneau

Geographically, the Albany Recruiting Battalion is the largest Recruiting Battalion in USAREC. Their area of operation includes the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, the European Continent, North Africa and the Middle East.

LTC Martin J. DeBock Commanded by LTC Martin J. DeBock, the Albany "Eagles" Recruiting Battalion conducts decisive recruiting operations to inspire the highest qualified men and women in the northeastern United States and Europe to enlist in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves, enabling the Army to fight and win.

The U.S. Army Albany Recruiting Battalion is a team of proud professionals where all team members understand the importance of sustaining The All-Volunteer Army for our Nation and are empowered and committed to doing their part to accomplish the recruiting mission. Albany Battalion provides a positive recruiting experience to all personnel by taking care of Soldiers, civilians and families while maintaining the Public's Trust. These shared goals will inspire the highest qualified men and women to enlist into the Active Army and the US Army Reserve ensuring the security and readiness of our nation.

Photo left - LTC Martin J. DeBockStaff Sgt. ViMarie Pedro

Photo right - Staff Sgt. ViMarie Pedro

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New York recruiter recovers from COVID-19

"I was sicker than I've ever been in my life," Staff Sgt. ViMarie Pedro said. "I struggled to even get out of bed." There were hot sweats, cold chills and complete exhaustion. Two days later Pedro, a recruiter with Albany Recruiting Battalion's Bear Mountain Recruiting Company, was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Pedro's primary care provider advised her to go to a drive-through mobile testing site at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Center in Bear Mountain, New York. How she made it there being as sick as she was is a miracle, she says, but the mobile testing site confirmed what her provider suspected during their phone call. "I had the usual reported symptoms of coronavirus to include a dry throat, a dry cough and trouble breathing," she said. "I was also incredibly nauseous, had horrible stomach cramps, was vomiting like crazy, and had a migraine headache so bad behind my eyes, I couldn't handle bright lights." The Rockland County, New York, native said she wasn't the only one sick in her house, though. Her partner, Jennifer, was just as ill.

"It was crazy," Pedro said. "We were in the bathrooms throwing up at the same time," she said, "and when we weren't getting sick, we were so weak we could barely get out of bed." Pedro's fever lasted about four days and eventually broke with some acetaminophen. Zofran, an anti-nausea medicine, along with an antibiotic and over-the-counter medications helped with all her symptoms and allowed her to rest, something Pedro said she desperately needed.

"The fatigue I felt was unbelievable," she said. "I've never felt so exhausted in my entire life."

Coronavirus has impacted countries, communities and families on a global level and taken many lives. Pedro says being 27-years old and in excellent health probably made a difference in her recovery, but she knows just how devastating the virus is for the elderly in our world.

"I lost my grandmother a week ago to COVID-19," she said. "She was 73 and had preexisting and underlying medical conditions. She wasn't unlike so many in our aging population who couldn't fight and beat this virus."

Pedro and Jennifer have fully recovered and truly understand how important it is to follow all the health guidelines that communities are enforcing. Following the protocol can save lives.

"I don't leave the house now without a mask and gloves," Pedro said. "If everyone followed the rules, stayed home and only left their homes when absolutely necessary, we'd all be better off."

Memorial Day 2020:

SFC Zachary Bavender and Army Recruiters from New Haven Recruiting Station pose/run with flags along with U.S. Navy Chief SFC Zachary Bavender and Army Recruiters from New Haven Recruiting Station pose/run with flags along with U.S. Navy Chief

The U.S. Army Recruiting Station New Haven, CT represented the Army at the Ansonia Flag Run and Ceremony to honor our Fallen Soldiers for all their courage and ultimate sacrifice.

Photos - SFC Zachary Bavender and Army Recruiters from New Haven Recruiting Station pose/run with flags along with U.S. Navy Chief

Albany Recruiting Battalion creates new partnership!ANS logo

Headquartered in Albany, New York, ANS Advanced Network Services is a turnkey EF&I (Engineering, Furnishing and Installation) provider of telecommunications solutions. The services ANS offers to its customers are In-Building Wireless, Tower Services, Network Infrastructure, and DC Power Systems. The ANS product lines are run by dedicated teams of subject matter experts who ensure that each project is completed to customer specifications on-time and on-budget. With demonstrated success with small projects, all the way to multi-million dollar building expansions, raw land builds, and campus wireless deployments, ANS personnel have the specific experience needed for whatever mission critical communications project you may have. The company also provides communications system and DC power system test and turn up, and 24-7 maintenance and monitoring services.
Antonio Johnson and Ericia Mullens review the PaYS database

PaYS Senior Marketing Analyst, Antonio Johnson visited the ANS headquarters during a trip to Albany, NY earlier this year. He met with Ericia Mullen, Human Resource Manager and they reviewed the PaYS database and loaded jobs for transitioning Soldiers. ANS currently has over 100 jobs available for 2020 and offering career opportunities to Soldiers with IT and communication skills. ANS is also looking forward to a PaYS signing ceremony later this year.

Photo left - Antonio Johnson and Ericia Mullens review the PaYS database

The PaYS Team congratulates the Albany Recruiting Battalion on being featured as the PaYS Battalion of the Month. Your hard work and commitment does not go unnoticed and we look forward to more great stories and events from your team.

Current Albany Battalion Partners:

Bast Hatfield, Kubricky Construction Corp., New York State Police, Reliant Medical Group, Shipmates Printmates, Town of Enfield Connecticut, Vermont State Police, Yale New Haven Hospital and ANS Advanced Network Services BN PaYS Partners

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Duke Energy Foundation donates $150,000 to agencies in South Carolina helping pay energy bills during COVID-19 crisis

Story by: Duke Energy

The Duke Energy Foundation has announced a $150,000 donation to support low-income customers in the Palmetto State who are struggling to pay their utility bills during the COVID-19 crisis. This additional funding will significantly increase the assistance available through the Energy Neighbor Fund and Share the Warmth programs to provide help to about 550 households with their utility bills. Funds can assist with heating or cooling costs. "The pandemic has put a financial strain on many utility customers across the state," said Mike Callahan, Duke Energy's South Carolina president. "We are determined to help our neighbors in South Carolina through these challenging times. "The Energy Neighbor Fund (Duke Energy Progress) and Share the Warmth (Duke Energy Carolinas) programs are long-standing initiatives of the company and provide heating and cooling bill assistance to utility customers during the year through various social service agencies and nonprofit organizations. The $150,000 donation will be evenly split between the two programs.

"Duke Energy has been a valuable AIM partner for 30 years, helping us provide energy assistance to thousands of under-resourced households," said Kristy King-Brock, AIM executive director. "Again, Duke Energy has stepped up to help us provide a helping hand to the most vulnerable in our community. We are very thankful for their commitment to helping organizations like AIM during these very challenging times."

In addition to the Duke Energy programs, federal initiatives like the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) also provide home energy assistance to help eligible low-income households meet their home heating and/or cooling needs. These federal funds recently received hundreds of millions of dollars as part of the federal stimulus initiative.

"Record unemployment is sure to last through what is predicted to be a very warm summer," said Madeleine McGee, president of Together SC, an alliance that brings nonprofit organizations and their staffs together to help strengthen the state's nonprofit community. "These additional funds will enable nonprofits working on the frontline to keep families in their homes and provide the safety net we all want to know is there for us.

"The Duke Energy Foundation announced an initial $1.3 million in support of COVID-19 relief across the company's jurisdictions, including $250,000 to support hunger relief and help local health and human services nonprofits in South Carolina. With this additional investment in bill assistance, the Duke Energy Foundation has invested more than $400,000 in direct COVID-19 relief in South Carolina. The Foundation has also provided flexibility for grantees to apply program-specific grants to their emerging COVID-19 needs.

In addition to support from the Duke Energy Foundation, the company has already announced several steps it's taking to relieve the financial burden of COVID-19 on all customers, including suspending disconnections due to nonpayment, waiving late-payment charges and waiving returned payment/check fees, among others.

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The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit's regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states - North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and micro grid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2020 "World's Most Admired Companies" list, and Forbes' 2019 "America's Best Employers" list. More information about the company is available at The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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Community Steps Up to Support Cedars-Sinai Amid COVID -19

Story by: Cedars-Sinai

The Los Angeles Clippers and Subway recently treated Cedars-Sinai staff to lunchDuring one of the nation's most trying times, Cedars-Sinai supporters are stepping up to expand care for patients and families in crisis. This generosity allows the health system to remain a vital resource for timely treatment and care.

"We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the number of people offering to donate financial gifts and critical medical supplies in support of our patients, the medical center, Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital and our employees," said Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai. "These gifts, ranging from sanitizer and new masks to $150 individual donations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate matching gifts, allow us to provide the best possible care for our diverse community and beyond."

And while hundreds of donor's to-date have made a tremendous impact on Cedars-Sinai, the need for resources continues. Several emergency response funds are now in place to support Cedars-Sinai's immediate response.

Photo left -The Los Angeles Clippers and Subway recently treated Cedars-Sinai staff to lunch

These emergency response funds are used for things like COVID-19 related research, training for nursing staff and employee needs, as well as to purchase supplies like new hand sanitizers, sanitizing wipes, latex-free gloves, clinical gowns, shoe covers, isolation masks and N95 masks. A complete list of needed personal protective equipment (PPE) can be found here.

Mike Singer, a Calabasas resident and CEO of Careismatic Brands Inc. - the makers of clothing brands like Cherokee, Dickies and Infinity scrubs - is one of Cedars-Sinai's most recent donors, providing scrub pants, tops, jackets, hats and masks to the medical center. Singer also made a generous individual donation to the hospital in support of the nursing staff.

"This is a challenging time in history and our company has seen and heard first-hand the dire need for personal protective equipment, as well as the need for scrubs for frontline healthcare workers," said Singer. "We know and trust the care Cedars-Sinai is providing to the most critical patients and consider it a privilege to support them in a time of great need."

Singer has expanded his company's donations beyond Cedars-Sinai to hundreds of other hard-hit hospitals across the nation.

"We care deeply about the brave healthcare workers and believe every one of us has to do our part to limit the spread, protect these frontline workers and, ultimately, help save lives," said Singer.

In addition to Singer, local sports teams are among the organizations who have stepped-up to support Cedars-Sinai.

The Los Angeles Rams, in partnership with apparel partner Buddy's All Stars, donated 1,000 non-surgical masks made from an unused stock of last season's jersey material. And, the Los Angeles Clippers, in conjunction with Subway, donated 500 meals to staff over the course of two days, as well as 500 gift cards.

Other notable acts of generosity have come Cedars-Sinai board members who have donated significant monetary donations, as well as tens of thousands of masks and other supplies. The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, SLS and Peninsula Hotel have donated toiletries for Cedars-Sinai staff to be able to shower onsite and both the Elan Hotel and Sofitel have offered free and discounted room rates for frontline employees. And, more than 130 offers of meal donations have been made to the medical center.

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New York National Guard delivers 16.6 million meals

By New York National Guard

New York National Guard thank youLATHAM, N.Y. - Eighty-two days into the COVID-19 pandemic response mission, New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have helped test 285,659 New Yorkers for the coronavirus, delivered 16,643,740 meals and assembled 1,399,580 test kits.

The New York National Guard has 2,816 Soldiers and 429 Airmen on the mission. There are 157 members of New York's state forces - the New York Guard and the New York Naval Militia - who are on state active duty supporting the mission.

"We're turning the page on the COVID-19 pandemic and we're focusing on two tracks going forward - monitoring the reopening and supercharging the reopening," New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.

By May 28, nine of 10 regions in New York had begun to reopen while New York City, the final region, was still working to meet the opening metrics for available hospital bed space and available contact tracers for potential new outbreaks.

New York National Guard missions are supporting that process from Long Island to Niagara Falls, working in six geographic task forces and two logistics task forces.

National Guard members are most visible at 15 New York State-run COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites across New York. Army medics and Air Guard medical technicians have helped take tests, but most Guard elements at these sites are providing administrative and logistical support.

The testing is important during reopening for workers returning to jobs in construction, retail or other essential functions.

Soldiers and Airmen are also assisting at five antibody test sites run by the New York State Department of Health. The antibody tests can determine if somebody was exposed to the COVID-19 virus already.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Guard Soldiers assembled 350,000 COVID-19 test kits, which were shipped to nursing homes across the state.

Soldiers in New York City assigned to the 369th Sustainment Brigade delivered some of those kits to 136 nursing homes and adult care facilities in the Bronx and Queens May 26. Working at The Armory at Sage Colleges in Albany, a former New York National Guard facility, Guard Soldiers and Airmen worked in shifts of 50 to assemble the testing kits. The kits are composed of the vials to hold the sample, the nose swab, cotton swabs, labels and a hazard bag to hold materials.

Photo right -Soldiers in New York City assigned to the 369th Sustainment Brigade delivered some of those kits to 136 nursing homes and adult care facilities in the Bronx and Queens May 26.

Guard medics are also going to be conducting COVID-19 testing at nursing homes and adult care facilities as part of a statewide effort to monitor the disease.

In Brooklyn, the 24th Civil Support Team is testing staff and patients at the Veterans Administration's Brooklyn Campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System.

New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Michel Natali, the assistant adjutant general, Army, continues to head a dual status command that integrates active and reserve military medical personnel with New York National Guard efforts in New York City.

As of May 28, there were 288 military medical personnel working at four New York City hospitals to relieve pressure on the hospital staff managed by the Army's 531st Hospital Center.

Guard Soldiers and Airmen are working at 11 locations across the city to load meals provided by New York City into cabs and hire cars to be delivered to individual destinations. As of May 28, 16,643,740 meals had been delivered to New York City residents. New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen continue to operate six warehouses at locations in the Mohawk Valley, the Albany area, the Hudson Valley and New York City.

Troops are also conducting logistics support missions across the region. In May, New York National Guard operators delivered more than 8.5 million masks, 5.5 million gloves, and 950,000 surgical gowns to end users, along with 64,234 gallons of hand sanitizer.

The Army's 54th Quartermaster Company, which specializes in mortuary affairs, supported the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Before ending their mission May 24, these 70 Soldiers helped process 10,110 human remains.

The New York Army National Guard's 369th Sustainment Brigade also provided 200 Soldiers and Airmen to assist in the dignified recovery of the remains of 2,800 people who died in their homes. Assistance is also being provided to medical examiners in Westchester and Orange counties. Alongside the COVID-19 mission, the New York Army National Guard's Honor Guard teams continue to provide military funeral honors. But changes have been made to reflect Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on dealing with the pandemic.

The Army Service Uniform worn by Honor Guard members now includes a black cloth mask, and no more than three Soldiers will provide funeral honors.

Michigan National Guard

Michigan National Guard saves 80,000 items from library

Story By: Victoria Ritter ,
Published 12:21 pm EDT, Sunday, May 24, 2020

Michigan National Guard assists library

About 80,000 items removed from flooded lower level Thanks to the efforts of the Michigan National Guard, the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library has saved the majority of its collection that was housed in the lower level. The library staff has kept track of the situation since Tuesday night when the heavy rains passed through. "Miriam stayed throughout the night to keep track of where the water was," said Kathy Brown, supervisor of youth services at the library.

By 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, staff members were present, removing books from the lower shelves, attempting to divert water to the pump room, and raising furniture. City of Midland employees came in around 8 a.m. that morning and stayed through the day to help where they could.Thank you

As the situation worsened, the library was in need of extra help. The Michigan National Guard arrived on Thursday afternoon and transported all of the library's 80,000 items from the lower level to the main level, all without the use of an elevator since the elevators were out of service at the time. "There's no way we could have done it without them," said Terrie Ahlers, supervisor of adult services at the library.

The library also is grateful for the assistance offered by United Way of Midland and residents who have stopped by to see what can be done. Apart from the downstairs carpeting and about 120 waterlogged books, the vast majority of items were salvageable. By Friday, the saved items were placed on tables on the main floor. Over the weekend, library staff will focus on dehumidifying the lower level and organizing material in hopes of opening up curbside pick-up once restrictions are lifted.

"The community has been just wonderful. We're going to get there. We've done it before and we'll do it again," Ahlers said.

245 years of America's Army

U.S. Army's 245th Birthday

Provided by Office of the Chief of Public Affairs Friday, June 5, 2020

What is it?

The U.S. Army was established June 14, 1775, and this year marks 245 years of the Army's legacy of service to the nation.

During the Army Birthday observance, the Army focuses on its people and their accomplishments. This year, the tagline is, America's Army: When We are Needed, We are There. It provides an overarching framework to champion stories of bravery, patriotism and legacy of service.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

Since its establishment, the Army has played a vital role in the defense and protection of America.

The Army remains committed to upholding the Army Values, serving with honor and making a difference in communities throughout the nation. Through the Army's steadfast dedication to the mission and its core values, the Army safeguards the hard-earned trust and confidence of the American public.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The Army continues to increase and strengthen its readiness to fight against any threat in an increasingly complicated global security environment by:
- Training to shape the ready Soldier of the future.
- Modernizing concepts, equipment and training to be ready for any challenge ahead.
- Developing interoperability with allies and partners to make coalition operations stronger, more efficient and more effective.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is America's first national institution. It was established before the Declaration of Independence was signed and before the Continental Congress approved the design for the first U.S. flag. There is a deep and powerful bond between the Army, the flag and the nation.

Soldiers, Army Civilians, veterans and retirees embody the Army Values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

Caribbean American Heritage Month

Celebrate June...Caribbean American Heritage Month

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Caribbean immigrants have been contributing to the well-being of American society since its founding. Alexander Hamilton, the First Secretary of the Treasury was from the Caribbean island of Nevis. We count among our famous sons and daughters, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Cicely Tyson, W.E.B Dubois, James Weldon Johnson, Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier to name a few. ICS' effort began in 1999 with a petition to President Bill Clinton for the recognition of a Caribbean American Heritage Month.

In 2000, ICS began leading activities in celebration of June as Caribbean American Heritage Month in Washington DC, building on efforts started by a now defunct ad-hoc group of Washington DC residents to have a Caribbean Heritage Month designated in Washington DC in 1999.

The official campaign for a National Caribbean American Heritage Month began in 2004 when a legislative bill was tabled in Congress by Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Language was provided by ICS Founder and President Dr. Claire Nelson. The Bill was reintroduced and passed the House in June 2005 and the Senate in February 2006. A Proclamation making the resolution official was signed by President George W. Bush on June 5, 2006.

In 2006, actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph and basketball great Rick Fox were named official spokespersons for National Caribbean American Heritage Month. Learn more at

Each year, ICS works with our partners at a number of organizations to present a parade of events for varied palates. Learn more about this year's events at

A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their June PaYS Anniversaries:

General Dynamics Land Systems 5-Jun-00 Monro Muffler Brake, Inc. 2-Jun-03 Arkansas State Police 21-Jun-03 Little Rock Police Dept. 21-Jun-03 Warren Cat 3-Jun-04 Time Warner Cable 30-Jun-04 Crown Equipment Corporation 13-Jun-05 Systems Application & Technologies, Inc. 13-Jun-05 Havertys Furniture, Inc. 21-Jun-05 NASSCO 21-Jun-05 Clearwater PD 14-Jun-06 Banco Popular de Puerto Rico 14-Jun-06 Alion Science & Technology 14-Jun-06 Travis County Sheriff's Office 23-Jun-06 Kansas Highway Patrol 25-Jun-07 Hyatt Hotel and Resorts 25-Jun-07 Gate Gourmet, Inc. 17-Jun-08 GSI Group, Inc. 17-Jun-08 Valiant Mgmt & Holdings 17-Jun-08 Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services 17-Jun-08 Tennessee Valley Authority 1-Jun-09 Louisiana Department of Transporation and Development 3-Jun-09 Concurrent Technologies Corporation 3-Jun-09 Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc. 19-Jun-09 San Antonio Fire Dept. 19-Jun-09 Phacil, Inc. 19-Jun-09 A. Schulman, Inc. 11-Jun-10 City of Akron 28-Jun-10 Broe Management Company, LLC (Omni Trax) 16-Jun-12 Con-way Truckload, Inc. 19-Jun-12 Town Sports International, LLC 26-Jun-12 Doerle Food Services, LLC 3-Jun-13 Mercury Marine 3-Jun-13 Pace Diversified Corporation 3-Jun-13 Exelon 3-Jun-13 Multiband Corporation 12-Jun-13 National Carriers, Inc. 12-Jun-13 Arizona Dept. of Transportation 17-Jun-13 Farmland Foods, Inc. 17-Jun-13 Watco Companies, LLC 19-Jun-13 Cerner Corporation 11-Jun-14 E&B Natural Resources Mgt. Corp. 11-Jun-14 Cheyenne Regional Medical Center 12-Jun-15 FDM Group 12-Jun-15 CB&I 15-Jun-15 Speedway 25-Jun-15 Renown Health 14-Jun-16 Toys "R" Us 14-Jun-16 U.S. Xpress 14-Jun-16 American Electric Power 14-Jun-16 Western & Southern Financial Group 14-Jun-16 Montgomery County Sheriff's Office 20-Jun-16 Oklahoma Department of Corrections 20-Jun-16 Stormont Vail HealthCare 20-Jun-16 Western Technical College 20-Jun-16 Integrated Electronic Technologies, Inc. 27-Jun-16 Gundersen Health System 30-Jun-16 Tyson Shared Services, A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. 9-Jun-17 Monterey County Sheriff's Office 12-Jun-17 Ace Truck Body and Trailer Repair, Inc. 15-Jun-17 Penn Mutual-Alabama Agency 15-Jun-17 Huffines Auto Dealerships 15-Jun-17 Bommarito Automotive Group 19-Jun-17 Avaniti Hospitals, LLC 29-Jun-17 JF Sobieski Mechanical Contractors Inc. 29-Jun-17 McIhenny Company 29-Jun-17 Lexington County Sheriff Department 29-Jun-17 Southeast Express, Inc. 1-Jun-18 Imperfect Foods, Inc. 1-Jun-18 Florida State Hospital 4-Jun-18 Firetrol Protection System 4-Jun-18 American Medical Response 4-Jun-18 City of Harrisonburg 4-Jun-18 Community EMS 4-Jun-18 Harfird County Sheriff's Office 4-Jun-18 Dowco, Inc. 20-Jun-18 Werner Enterprises, Inc. 20-Jun-18 South Carolina Department of Health & environmental Control 25-Jun-18 Admiral Beverage Corporation 25-Jun-18 MEHOP 25-Jun-18 Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation 25-Jun-18 Fire Department of the City of New York 25-Jun-18 City of Oswego 25-Jun-18 Godfrey Trucking, Inc. 25-Jun-18 Ferragon 25-Jun-18 Shaw Industries Group, Inc. 25-Jun-18 Black Hall Aerospce 25-Jun-18



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