November Newsletter Themes
Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America's Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham, AL on November 11, 1947. Raymond Weeks, a World War II Veteran, organized "National Veterans Day", which included a parade and other festivities to commend Veterans for their military service.
Source: History of Veterans Day
Native American Heritage Month
National Native American Heritage Month is celebrated each year in November, and it is a time to celebrate the traditions, languages, and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and affiliated Island communities and ensure their rich histories and contributions continue to thrive with each passing generation.
Source: U.S. Department of the Interior
National Aviation History Month
Flying high in the sky, each day more than 45,000 planes travel more than 29 million miles of airspace. Aviation History Month celebrates all the contributions and achievements made to the field of aviation and its development of mechanical flights - from the earliest attempts in kites and gliders to powered heavier-than-air, supersonic and space flights.
Source: U.S. Aviation History
PaYS Senior Marketer Salutes PaYS Team in honor of Veterans Day
By: LaQuyin Brock
This Veterans Day, LaQuyin Brock (left), Senior Marketer who served 25 years, would like to salute, and recognize the Veterans of the PaYS team who continue to serve. Collectively, the team has served more than 200 years in the Army. LaQuyin stated, "I am fortunate to work amongst this group of professionals because only 1% of the population serves in the military, and programs like PaYS help Veterans continue career success post military service."
Antonio Johnson (left), Program Manager, served 22 years. Upon retirement he served as a Marketer and Senior Marketer on the PaYS team. As a result of his tenacity and passion, he was selected as the Program Manager. He wanted to do more for Veterans and their quality of life. Under his leadership, he has revamped the program so all Soldiers in uniform can register for the program. This allows Servicemembers to select up to five of our partners for a guaranteed interview. Antonio said, "It is truly a blessing being a part of PaYS because I'm able to take care of Soldiers even though I no longer wear the uniform. I truly enjoy what I do."
Thomas Parker (right), Project Lead, served 24 years and deployed three times to the Middle Eastern Theater of Operation. He enjoyed his time in the Army, especially meeting great people from various corners of the world. He said, "Army PaYS is near and dear to me because I can continue to serve. Seeing our younger generation being afforded the opportunity of employment is amazing. I really appreciate the ability to do my part."
Samuel Armstrong (left), Marketing Analyst, served 24 years. He stated, "This is an exciting job that allows me to connect with organizations that are willing to provide career opportunities for our Soldiers. Regardless if it is a Fortune 500 company, police department or a local company, their willingness to invest in Veterans is commendable. Over the last year, I have had the pleasure of talking to five Soldiers who were hired by PaYS Partners. Taking care of Veterans who served after their tour of duty is what Soldier for Life is about."
Victor Fleming (right), Marketing Analyst, served 23 years. He enjoys the PaYS program because it gives opportunities to Army Veterans. He commented, "It also allows me to do my part and give back to an organization that has given me so much to be proud of."
Raymond Snow (left), Marketing Analyst served 33 years. Ray said," I will give back what I can to help Veterans until I can't do anymore."
Travis Carter (right), Marketing Analyst, served nine years. During Travis' interview, he said he joined PaYS to give Soldiers the opportunities he did not have. He said," I am blessed to have this job, but if I could have used PaYS during my transition it would have been a lot less stressful as I was exiting the Army. It's a great resource."
Crancena Ross (left), Marketing Analyst, served 29 years. "PaYS is important to me because it's a platform that provides partners with the best job candidates and Soldiers to choose the top companies in their industry. It's a win-win for all parties involved."
Matthew Green (right), Marketing Analyst, served 29 years. "As an Army retiree, it is an honor to continue to serving Veterans. Being an Army PaYS Marketer, allows me to assist Corporate America in finding employment for Soldiers while continuing to serve our Nation. The Army PaYS Program supports our Soldiers, employers, and communities throughout the United States.
Velvett Jenkins (left), Social Media Coordinator is a current member of the Army National Guard and has served for 11 years. Velvett said, "Interviewing can be intimidating. I admire that the PaYS Program takes the guess work out of what to do next, which gets our Soldiers one step closer to their career."
Gena Goldsmith (left), Web Content Manager served six years. She stated, "I believed in the PaYS Program since its inception. I have been with PaYS for over 23 years. Together, we created a program to help take care of Soldiers after their military careers. The program continues to evolve and grow to assist more Soldiers than we ever dreamed possible at the start. I am proud of PaYS and the ability to help those Soldiers who take advantage of the opportunity."
The PaYS team thanks all Veterans for their service. Direct sign-up is now available for all Soldiers currently serving on Active Duty, Army Reserves, and Army National Guard at https://www.armypays.com/PaYSReservations/auth/login. Soldiers can select up to 5 of 1200+ PaYS Partners for a guaranteed interview. Your next career is waiting for you!
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THE PROGRAM MANAGER...
Dear PaYS Partners,
Let's welcome our newest PaYS Partners and give a special thanks to the battalions' leadership and A&PAs for their support.
New PaYS Partners
Messer Construction - Columbus Battalion
HanlinRainaldi Construction Corp. - Columbus Battalion
San Bernardino Sheriff Department - Southern California Battalion
Metal Craft - Minneapolis Battalion
Allegiant Air, LLC. - Salt Lake City Battalion
United Airlines - Chicago Battalion
Atrium Health - Raleigh Battalion
Courtesy Automotive Group - Atlanta Battalion
Matson Navigation Company of Alaska, LLC. - Seattle Battalion
Upcoming Signing Ceremonies
6 NOV 23
United Airlines - Chicago Battalion
15 NOV 23
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Regional Army PaYS Marketing Analysts:
Delaney Apple and Calvin Schaeffer share their Native American/Alaskan Native Heritage with PaYS
By: Matthew Green and Travis Carter
In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, PaYS Marketing Analysts Travis Carter and Matthew Green interviewed Mr. Delaney Apple, Simon a Colas and Calvin Schaeffer, Alaska Department of Transportation, to share their stories growing up as a Native American and Alaskan Native.
Delaney Apple, Simon a Colas
Tell us about your background and heritage.
My name is Delaney Apple, and I am an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. I was born on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota where I grew up until I was 10 years old. My family moved to the Rapid City area, and I've lived here ever since. Growing up on the reservation was filled with activities like horseback riding, swimming, hunting, picking wild berries and country living. Our culture is much more prevalent on the reservation than in the city. We enjoyed singing at powwows, social gatherings and more. The Lakota language was spoken in the home and communities, but not as often in the city. Our ceremonies were easily attended because many of our elders and spiritual leaders live on the reservation.
What influence has your Native American culture played in your role with Simon a Colas Group?
I speak my language, sing our songs, attend our dances, social gatherings, and ceremonies still to this day and I appreciate my Lakota heritage. I appreciate the opportunities Simon offered me throughout my employment. I am a Site Supervisor with the company. My main responsibilities include overseeing personnel working on construction projects, while ensuring everyone adheres to workplace health and safety standards. My culture influence teaches me daily how to interact with others in a respectful and creative way to increase employee relations and morale, important to completing long/strenuous projects.
If you had the opportunity to talk to a younger you, what advice would you give yourself about a career with Simon a Colas Group?
If I could tell the younger me what to do differently, I would not change a thing. I will continue to grow and do well with all the support and guidance of my leadership and encourage others in the field to do the same. Try something new, work hard, and become the expert in your field.
Calvin Schaeffer, Alaska Department of Transportation
Tell us about your background and heritage.
I am an Alaska Native Inupiaq Eskimo, born and raised in Kotzebue Alaska - thirty miles above the arctic circle on the Northwest Alaska coast. Married 28 years with three children. Kotzebue is in the Northwest Arctic Borough. Our native corporation is NANA and our local tribe affiliation is the Native Village of Kotzebue. I spent most of 50 years living there until we moved to Nome, Alaska in 2017, where I am currently employed as a State of Alaska DOT M&O District Superintendent.
What influence has your Native American culture played in your role with the Alaska DOT?
As an Alaska Native I have been able to use my local knowledge of the land and people to help me communicate the transportation needs and challenges of Rural Alaska. I have been able to combine my heavy equipment operating skills, administrative experience, and small-town upbringing to advance my career with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation. It has made my job easier to manage and maintain the 49 airports and roads between the Yukon River and Point Hope, along the NW coast of Alaska. Being able to relate to each individual community and use the resources the SOA DOT has, our team has been successful at keeping airports open 365 days a year to support the movement of people and infrastructure.
If you had the opportunity to talk to a younger you, what advice would you give yourself about a career with Alaska DOT?
I would say, if you are not cut out for college, there are other career opportunities out there. Trades and Crafts, and vocational opportunities are also good fields. All branches of the military help with career planning; it can lead to a very successful career. Chase your dreams, follow your interests, and remember to always stay engaged in some form of career so you are gaining experience in the work fields because as you grow older experience does matter for a strong career path.
National Aviation History Month
In honor of National Aviation History Month, PaYS recognizes our partners Envoy, Southwest Airlines, Boeing, and most recent partners, Allegiant, United and Delta Airlines.
Thank you for supporting our Veterans.
PaYS recognizes Trooper Christopher Moore, Nebraska Army National Guard
By: Victor Fleming
Trooper Christopher Moore, currently serves in the Nebraska Army National Guard, shares his experience as an Aviator. He is also employed as a State Trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol.
Left - Trooper Moore is presented his wings as the newest pilot in the NSP Aviation Support Division
Right - Trooper Moore, Pilot during an exercise
Did you always dream of a career in Aviation?
Initially, I wanted to be an infantryman, and I was for about five years. For about 2.5 years, I was a part of Nebraska's Long-Range Surveillance (LRS) company, where I was a detachment leader and Executive Officer. Eventually, the Army disbanded the LRS, so I decided to try my hand at Aviation, and I later earned a spot with our UH-60 MEDVAC unit.
Has anyone in your Family had an interest in flight that inspired you?
I was the first in our Family to go into aviation, but during my time as an Infantry Officer, I always felt that if I could do anything else, it would be aviation. It always seemed that aviators looked happy to do their job, and they genuinely enjoyed flying.
When did you take your first flight? What was that experience like?
I took my first flight in the fall 2017 at Fort Novosel, previously known as Fort Rucker. We started our training by flying the UH-72 Lakota. Initially, I was terrified; my flight instructor just gave me the controls and said let's go. To say I had no idea what I was doing would be an understatement, but once the flight was over, I was hooked and couldn't see myself doing anything else.
Please share what your flight training was like.
Flight training was probably the most fun I've had when it came to any Army training. It consisted of a lot of studying. Typically, we would have classes one half of the day and fly the other half, and once you were done, you would go home and study for around 4-6 hours. We got to go to different airports and states during training. At many airports, the Fixed Base Operator (FBOs) were known to have good food ranging from breakfast burritos to homemade cherry pie. That was the best part.
How do you apply your Aviation experience in your daily life?
A good pilot is always learning and trying to better themselves. Every day, I try and learn something new and better myself in one way or another. Being in the military and having a leadership position has taught me patience and understanding when dealing with people, which goes a long way in Law Enforcement, especially the time I spent on the road.
United Airlines Takes Off with Army PaYS
By: Antonio Johnson
Last month, United Airlines announced their partnership with the US Army and U.S. Army Partnership for Your Success (PaYS) Program during a ceremony at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. This strategic initiative will add another one of America's top employers to a growing list of companies that want to hire transitioning Soldiers as well as those in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve.
Prior to the ceremony, over 75 people filled the event space, including the Chicago Recruiting Battalion's leadership, CASA Steve Hermann (Chicago) and a host of United Airlines employees. Representing the PaYS Team was Program Manager, Antonio Johnson and Marketing Analyst, Samuel Armstrong. At the request of United Airlines, the ceremony was conducted on the front-end of a RecruitMilitary Veterans Hiring event - a move that added value and increased sense of purpose to both events.
The ceremony began with a presentation of the colors by Wheaton College's Army ROTC Color Guard and the National Anthem was sung by SSG Anthony Oliveira of the Chicago Recruiting Battalion. Officiating the ceremony was BG David Foley, Deputy Commanding General, Army University. During his remarks, BG Foley stated, "What a terrific morning for the United States Army and United Airlines as we welcome the United Airlines Team to the Partnership for Your Success Family". Kate Gebo, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations, United Airlines provided remarks and added "We are really focused on recruiting, developing and retaining Veterans at United".
Guest speakers included COL Roman Cantu, Director, TRADOC G-3/5/7 Accessions; whose wife, Patricia is a United Airlines Flight Attendant and Hector Chahin, Managing Director of Operations, Planning and Analytics, United Airlines. After signing the ceremonial agreement and presenting the PaYS plaque and certificate, the entire audience participated in a ceremonial cake-cutting; solidifying the partnership. PaYS Program Manager, Antonio Johnson stated, "The ceremony was an awesome event and I look forward to a successful partnership. Thank you to all those who helped put this together!"
United is connecting people, uniting the world
* United has the most comprehensive route network among North American carriers
* A modern fleet which is the most fuel-efficient among U.S. network carriers (when adjusted for cabin size)
* Industry-leading loyalty program that provides more opportunities to earn and redeem miles worldwide
* Optimal hub locations, including hubs in the four largest cities in the United States
* Approximately 70,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world
PaYS attends the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Meeting & Expo in Washington D.C.
By: LaQuyin Brock
The United States Army held its annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference in Washington, DC on 9-11 October. In attendance this year from the PaYS team was Antonio Johnson, Program Manager, LaQuyin Brock, Senior Marketer, and Marketing Analysts, Crancena Ross, Travis Carter, and Samuel Armstrong.
AUSA supports Soldiers, their Families, and Army Civilians, providing a voice for the Army and honors those who have served. More than 33,000 personnel attended this year's expo. During the three-day conference, PaYS teammates were able to register Soldiers for PaYS, visit current partners, and build relationships with companies interested in hiring Veterans.
Right - LaQuyin Brock, GEN Brito, Antonio Johnson at the PaYS Booth
Below Left - Antonio Johnson assists LTC Jo Forry registering to become a PaYS Soldier
Below right - Samuel Armstrong, CASA Myra Trevino (Houston, TX), Antonio Johnson, Mark Benton (San Francisco, CA), LaQuyin Brock, Crancena Ross
GEN Gary Brito, Commanding General, TRADOC, visited the PaYS booth. He expressed his support for the program and wanted to know what he could do to better assist the program.
During the conference, Antonio and LaQuyin attended the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) meet and greet reception and met with CASAs from different states. CASA Trevino, CASA Benton, and CASA Eastman stopped by the PaYS booth with ideas and suggestions to enhance relationships in their community in order to create additional opportunities for Veterans.
Antonio Johnson assisted LTC Jo Forry, G9, Pentagon, with registering for PaYS. Josh Atkinson, Project Manager, ProLearn Company, visited the PaYS booth, and was interested in creating a partnership with PaYS to build a strategic initiative and better assist Veterans with certifications in Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, and Agile Certified Practitioner.
PaYS partners General Dynamics, BAE Systems, Boeing, Amentum were in attendance and Marketers had an opportunity to visits booths and provide updated changes to the program.
Senior Marketer, LaQuyin Brock stated, "AUSA is a great opportunity to educate Soldiers and Leaders on the PaYS program. This program is great because, as Soldiers transition with uncertainty of what lies ahead; registering with PaYS gives them access to our database and they can choose up to five partners to receive a guaranteed interview. I look forward to many more years of PaYS teammates attending the conference building potential partnerships and educating Soldiers on how PaYS can better assist."
PaYS Program Manager, Antonio Johnson said, "PaYS attending the AUSA Conference allowed us to network with stakeholders, Veterans, and members of the business community to spread awareness about the PaYS program. It's an awesome event and we look forward to attending every year."
PaYS Signing Ceremonies
TransChicago Truck Group
TransChicago Truck Group conducted a signing ceremony with the U.S. Army to announce its official role as a PaYS partner. PaYS Partners commit to establishing and maintaining connections with PaYS Soldiers who have selected their company and invite Veteran applicants to a guaranteed interview.
LTC David Culver, Commander, Chicago Recruiting Battalion and Joe Cleary, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), TransChicago Truck Group signed the ceremonial agreement to provide employment opportunities for Veterans and transitioning Soldiers. LTC Culver said, "This partnership is a win-win for all parties involved. Today's ceremony is truly a victory for our Soldiers and the TransChicago team. We are honored to participate and be part of the initiative."
Doug Cayce, President, TransChicago remarked, "This is a very exciting time for us, we appreciate the Army selecting TransChicago Truck Group and look forward to welcoming even more employees with Army backgrounds as a further effort to show our undying gratitude for their service. This moment proves the strengthening of our commitment, gratitude, and support for our Country."
TransChicago Truck Group offers a vast inventory of new Freightliner and Western Star trucks, as well as used trucks from all makes and models. Their services include onsite state-of-the-art maintenance in over 100 bays, mobile maintenance at your location, and access to their new Training & Innovation Center. With stock in over $15 million worth of parts, including Alliance, Detroit, and Cummins, their TruFit Truck Parts label provides additional options, and their Truck & Trailer Parts Store offers will-call support and all-makes parts. Their goal is to keep business running smoothly, from truck acquisition to long-term service.
Left -LTC David Culver, hands a plaque highlighting the PaYS partnership to Mr. Joe Cleary, TransChicago Truck Group Chief Operating Officer, following the PaYS signing ceremony.
Right - US Army and TransChicago Truck Group are (left to right); Ms. Gloria Wunschel, Director of Human Resources, TransChicago Truck Group, Mr. Derek Zeluff, Recruitment Business Partner, TransChicago Truck Group, Mr. Steve Herman, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Mr. Joe Cleary, Chief Operating Officer TransChicago Truck Group, LTC David Culver, Chicago Recruiting Battalion Commander, CPT Vaugn Johnson, Operations Officer Chicago Recruiting Battalion.
By: PaYS Staff
At its home office in Richmond, VA, CarMax hosted a signing ceremony announcing partnership with the U.S. Army in efforts to create employment opportunities for Veterans and transitioning Soldiers. Matthew Aman, Vice President Logistics, CarMax commented during the ceremony, "At CarMax, we share many of the same values that Soldiers possess - integrity, honesty, and respect. This partnership will be mutually beneficial for transitioning Soldiers looking for job opportunities and for CarMax to create a steady stream of military talent."
LTC Bowe Averill, Commander, Richmond Recruiting Battalion remarked, "Partnering with CarMax Enterprises is a great opportunity that provides Soldiers with unlimited employment opportunities."
Also in attendance, special guests CSM Luis Irizarry, Richmond Recruiting Battalion Command Sergeant Major, and Sonja Brewer, Army Reserve Ambassador, Virginia, witnessed the joyous occasion. Ms. Brewer was pinned with a PaYS lapel by PaYS Marketing Analyst Crancena Ross for her support of the program.
"CarMax is the Nation's largest retailer of used autos, driving integrity and transparency in every interaction across its retail, wholesale, and auto financing businesses. We never stop innovating on behalf of our customers, which enables us to deliver an iconic experience the only way CarMax can" said Bill Nash, President & CEO, CarMax.
With more than 240 locations around the country, CarMax strives to reach customers where they are. CarMax is most proud to have been recognized for 19 consecutive years as one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, and PaYS is thrilled about broadening these opportunities for Veterans.
Left -Ms. Brewer was pinned with a PaYS lapel by PaYS Marketing Analyst Crancena Ross
Above Right -Mr. Aman addresses the crowd
Right - (l-r) Crancena Ross, PaYS Marketing Analyst, Ja-Vell Bullard, PaYS Admin Assistant, Thomas Parker, PaYS Project Lead, Sonja Brewer, Army Reserve Ambassador, Virginia, Matt Aman, Vice President Logistics, CarMax, LTC Averill, Commander, Richmond Recruiting Bn, Antonio Johnson, PaYS Program Manager, Keith Fox, Senior Recruiter – Military Sourcing, CarMax, CSM Luis Irizarry, Richmond Recruiting Battalion, LaQuyin Brock, PaYS Senior Marketer, Velvett Jenkins, PaYS Social Media Coordinator
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
By: Samuel I. Armstrong
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works signed an agreement with U.S. Army PaYS program at a signing ceremony held in Bath, Maine. LTG Maria Gervais, Deputy Commanding General, TRADOC, and Mr. Charles Krugh, President General Dynamics Bath Iron Works hosted the ceremony.
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works is a full-service shipyard specializing in the design, building, and support of complex surface combatants for the U.S. Navy. BIW's rich history reflects a continuous pattern of innovation, new technology and process improvements.
They are revolutionizing naval shipbuilding by substantially reducing labor hours needed to build Navy warships and create highly outfitted modular ship units, some weighing nearly 4,000 tons, which are erected on state-of-the-art Land Level Transfer Facility. OpEx and Lean Manufacturing practices are widespread. The result is a highly capable and affordable product for the Navy that carries with it the renowned quality of a Bath-built ship.
During her remarks, LTG Gervais said. "I am excited about all the Veterans that this partnership will bring to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. It's about building relationships, being part of team and providing quality candidates to our partners."
Mr. Krugh said, "I speak from experience as an Army Veteran. After leaving the Army, I went back to my Army training, that experience allowed me to get my FAA certification for airframe and powerplant, which allowed me to come work for General Dynamics Bath Iron Work. Every day in my role it allows me to serve my country as if I was in the Army."
BG Douglas Farnham, The Adjutant General, Maine National Guard said, "Veterans are used to dealing with complicated environment every day. Safety is a driving force in the Armed Forces. They carry this with them when they join organizations such as General Dynamics Bath Iron Works."
Left - Brenda Pennels, CASA, Maine and Samuel Armstrong, PaYS Marketing Analyst
Right - LTG Maria Gervais, Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, TRADOC, and Mr. Charles Krugh, President General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
Nebraska State Patrol
By: Travis Carter
Nebraska State Patrol hosted a signing ceremony at its headquarters in Lincoln, NE and represented the official partnership between the U.S. Army and Sarpy County. The ceremony was hosted by BG Craig Strong, The Adjutant General, Nebraska National Guard and Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent COL John Bolduc.
During his remarks, COL Bolduc said, "The Nebraska State Patrol is excited about this opportunity that allows us to add quality recruits to our ranks who will come to us from the PaYS program which aligns with our organizational values. These individuals are equipped with skills that make great leaders and those committed to continuing service. The military is one of the most diverse institutions in the country, and this provides great recruiting ground for us to continue diversifying our law enforcement staff across the state. We already have a great partnership with the Army, and we look forward to partnering with them to find talent and build success for the future."
After COL Bolduc and BG Strong signed the ceremonial agreement, a cake cutting and reception was held where BG Strong shared, "It just seems like a natural fit. There's always been partnership between the State Patrol and National Guard, but this takes our partnership to a new level. What's great about this program is it's giving our Servicemembers an opportunity to be interviewed, guaranteeing that an actual human being will review their application and give them a shot."
The Nebraska State Patrol is a full-service law enforcement agency whose sworn and civilian employees are committed to providing the highest quality police services.
Photo top right - A joint color guard made up of Nebraska State Troopers and Cadets from the University of Nebraska post the Colors.
Left - COL Bolduc signs the Sarpy County ceremonial MOA, BG Strong awaits his turn to sign.
Right - COL Bolduc and BG Strong pose with the PaYS Ceremonial Plaque
SK Battery America
By: Samuel I. Armstrong
SK Battery America recently participated in a signing ceremony with U.S. Army. The signing ceremony was conducted at the SK Battery America headquarters in Commerce, Georgia.
SK Battery America is the global leading battery manufacturer for electric vehicles (EV). They aim to produce the safest, fastest-charging, and longest-lasting batteries to create a cleaner and more sustainable future across the United States. Since 2019, they have invested a total of $2.6 billion to build EV battery plants in Commerce, Georgia, and created over 3,000 highly skilled jobs. SK Battery America produces the world's safest, fastest charging and longest-lasting batteries which is installed in the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Volkswagen ID.4.As the leader of the world's most advanced high-nickel technology, SK Battery America began mass-producing the NCM9 from 2022.
The American Legion Post 56 Color Guard presented the colors, while the East Jackson Comprehensive High School Choir performed the national anthem. MG Thomas Carden, The Adjutant General, Georgia Army National Guard and Steven Jahng, Director, External Affairs, shared remarks. Jarrad Turner, VP Warrior Alliance, contributed his insights as the guest speaker.
During the ceremony, MG Carden stated, "This partnership is a win-win for the joint force. And the entire team at SK Battery America and all the leaders that made today possible." Steven Jahng, Director of External Affairs said, "SK is privileged to be working with the US Army to provide our Soldiers an opportunity to serve our great country while they prepare for their future. As PaYS Partners, we're dedicated to ensuring Soldiers secure interviews and employment opportunities upon completion of their service, fostering strong connections between our Nation and its military."
Building a new chapter in automotive history, SK battery is opening new possibilities and taking great pride in the talented people who drive growth.
Photo top right - (l-r) Steven Jahng and MG Thomas Carden
Left - (l-r) Steven Jahng and MG Thomas Carden cutting the ceremonial cake
Right - American Legion Post 56 Color Guard with MG Thomas Carden
Wolf and Company, P.C.
By: Crancena Ross
Wolf and Company and the New England Recruiting Battalion held their signing ceremony in Boston, MA. The National Anthem was sung by Ms. Jill Wennerstand, People and Total Reward Manager, Wolf and Company, P.C. LTC Diontanese Monroe, Commander, New England Recruiting Battalion and Mr. Gerald Gagne, Chief Executive Officer, Wolf & Company P.C. signed the ceremonial certificate.
Mr. Brian Concannon, Civilian Aide Secretary Army, (CASA) Boston, MA. was in attendance and rendered remarks as the guest speaker for the ceremony. CASAs work hand and hand with the Recruiting Battalions, the community, PaYS Partners, and the PaYS Marketers.
CASA Concannon said, "The PaYS Program provides five guaranteed job interviews to those Soldiers who register for the program. This is a win-win to all involved."
LTC Diontanese Y. Monroe, Commander, New England Recruiting Battalion stated, "Having the opportunity to participate in today's signing ceremony is a big deal."
LTC Monroe, and Mr. Gagne, Chief Executive Officer, Wolf & Company P.C. participated in the cake cutting ceremony where Mr. Gange said, "We are excited for the opportunity to participate in the Army PaYS Program and welcome Veterans to our firm."
Since 1911, Wolf & Company has blazed a trail through Boston and beyond, growing into a national and through our Allinial affiliation, an international presence with clients across myriad industries.
Photo top left - The National Anthem sung by Ms. Jill Wennerstand, People and Total Reward Manager, Wolf & Company
Left - (l-r) LTC Monroe and Mr. Gerald Gagne cut the cake following the ceremony.
Right - (l-r) Mr. Gerald Gagne, LTC Monroe and CASA Brian Concannon pose with the ceremonial plaque.
PaYS Marketing Trip -
PaYS marks presence in the San Antonio, TX area
By: Crancena Ross
PaYS Marketer Crancena Ross traveled to the San Antonio Recruiting Battalion area to meet with the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, (CASA) Mr. Joseph Bray, (San Antonio - South), LTC Patrick Cunningham, Commander, San Antonio Recruiting Battalion, and two Company Commanders to inform them of recent changes and updates to the PaYS Program.
Next stops included, Bexar County, to meet with Mr. Keith Williams, Executive Director of Military and Veteran Service, San Antonio Police and Fire Departments and conducted PIX Training with Senior Officer, Imelda Rjasko. The groups were excited to learn that all Soldiers were now eligible to register for the PaYS Program and had the chance to select these companies as potential employment opportunities. The recruiters shared that they look forward to the upcoming changes and believe it will benefit the recruitment challenges to include mentioning the PaYS partnerships---a great selling tool when speaking with parents.
Right - Ms. Ross with San Antonio Police Officers
Photos below from left to right - Ms. Ross and CASA Joseph Bray; Ms. Ross and Mr. Keith Williams; PIX training with Senior Officer Rjasko; Ms. Ross at the San Antonio Fire Department
PaYS Soldier uses resources to eliminate job search stress and scores aligned position with PaYS Partner, Southern Company
By: PaYS Staff
Jasmine Maddox, Georgia State University (GSU) Alumnae, attended a PaYS brief given by PaYS Marketing Analyst Samuel Armstrong at the GSU Army ROTC Department. With a graduation date fast approaching, Ms. Maddox of McDonough, GA, registered for the PaYS Program and utilized the resources to find her next career opportunity. She also serves as an Army Reserve Officer, 91L, Construction Equipment Repairer. Ms. Maddox is currently a General Apprentice Technician Above Ground at Southern Company. She agreed to interview and share her PaYS experience.
Here's her story:
Why did you join ARMY ROTC?
I joined the ARMY ROTC because I was inspired to make a difference as an Army Officer, who has a planning role compared to Army enlisted, those that execute planning. I immediately noticed a difference in the range of influence. Their comments can lead and influence a mission starting with the flow of information.
How did you learn about the Army PaYS Program?
I learned about Army PaYS through HRC as well as experiences shared by others. I spoke to my S1 and other Soldiers that have used the program. I was sold after attending a presentation through my college ROTC program. My first thought was if it would take a long time to align me with a rewarding career that was perfect for me. Those thoughts did not happen. It did take a little time, but not as long as expected. The process was clear, concise, and specific.
Share your experience in connecting with your PaYS partner.
My PaYS partner was very helpful. They kept me updated and helped with searching for an industry within my career range. What I was looking for was something hands-on and career growth. They considered my military training and experience to match me with Southern Company.
How was the transition from Army ROTC to Southern Company?
The transition was smooth as I had been out of the ROTC for a month or two. What helped with the transition process was the instructors at ROTC. They offered help and made themselves available anytime I find myself stumped.
What advice do you have for Soldiers reaching out to PaYS partners?
Start now on building your resume. There are resources through other Army programs such as Soldier for Life and TAP, that assist with resume writing and interview prep. The second thing, jot down a few ideas of what you imagine yourself doing. This helps narrow career fields that align with your future goals.
Tell us about what you do at Southern Company.
As a General Technician, in training, I am responsible for providing services for maintenance and repairs in accordance with company policies and procedures. I get to perform basic tasks including operating heavy equipment, using hand tools, basic leak investigation, assisting in mechanical joining, landscape maintenance, and traffic control.
Is there anything else you would like to add for the information of other PaYS Soldiers?
I am grateful for programs like Army PaYS because it streamlined the process of searching for a job. As a PaYS Soldier you don't have the fear of applying for a job then being rejected before even interviewing. The process was simple, register for PaYS, select up to 5 PaYS Partners, and interview. It's up to you to sell yourself. Good luck!
A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their November PaYS Anniversaries:
Schneider National, Inc. 14-Nov-00
Baltimore County Police Department 7-Nov-03
Colas, Inc. 7-Nov-03
Dakota Electric Association 25-Nov-03
Harley-Davidson Motor Company 25-Nov-03
State of Wisconsin 8-Nov-04
Austin Police Department 8-Nov-04
Superior Bulk Logistics, Inc. 29-Nov-04
NES Rentals Holdings, Inc. 1-Nov-05
Compressor Systems, Inc. 2-Nov-05
State of Maryland Dept. of Public Safety & Correctional Services 17-Nov-05
Kubricky Construction 17-Nov-05
Polk County Sheriff's Office 18-Nov-05
Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) 17-Nov-06
Martin County Sheriff's Office (Florida) 28-Nov-06
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. 18-Nov-07
Comfort Systems, USA 30-Nov-07
Tecta America Corp. 9-Nov-08
J. B. Hunt Transportation, Inc. 24-Nov-09
Louisiana Dept. of Revenue 24-Nov-09
Aultman Health Foundation 4-Nov-10
Cleveland Track Material, Inc. 4-Nov-10
Southern Company Services, Inc. 7-Nov-10
Booz Allen Hamilton 7-Nov-10
Fuel Delivery Services, Inc. 17-Nov-10
Groendyke Transport, Inc. 11-Nov-12
GE Healthcare 11-Nov-12
EAN Holdings, LLC 20-Nov-12
Summit County Sheriff's Office 20-Nov-12
Heartland Employment Services, LLC 20-Nov-13
MTA-NYC Transit 21-Nov-13
Columbia College Hollywood 21-Nov-13
MHC Kenworth 17-Nov-14
Custom Company, Inc. 17-Nov-14
Jax Home Health, Inc. 1-Nov-16
Trademark Metals Recycling, LLC 7-Nov-16
Westgate Resort 11-Nov-16
City of Warner Robins 29-Nov-16
BlueSky Communication 6-Nov-17
Quantum Research International 6-Nov-17
Chattanooga Police Department 6-Nov-17
RTST Express, Inc. 6-Nov-17
DynCorp International LLC 12-Nov-17
Anchorage Police Department 20-Nov-17
Olios Health and Affiliated Companies 20-Nov-17
Gurney Trucking, Inc. 20-Nov-17
M&G Jewelers, Inc. 29-Nov-17
Community Care Ambulance 29-Nov-17
Lafarge Holcim 29-Nov-17
RPM Transportion, Inc. 8-Nov-18
Dignity Health 8-Nov-18
Huntington Ingalls Industries 8-Nov-18
Raymond Handling Solution 11-Nov-18
Midwest Express, Inc. 16-Nov-18
Skyline MegaFest, LLC 16-Nov-18
Akima, LLC 26-Nov-18
Cedar-Sinai Medical Center 26-Nov-18
SWD Urethane Co. 26-Nov-18
City of Bluefield, West Virgina 8-Nov-19
Quality Manufacturing Corporation 8-Nov-19
Terrapin Beer Company, LLC 8-Nov-19
Waldinger Corporation 8-Nov-19
Finster Courier, Inc. dba Elite Express 8-Nov-19
Exide Technologies 8-Nov-19
Dominion Energy, Inc. 8-Nov-19
G & W Equipment 20-Nov-19
Butcher Air Conditioning 21-Nov-19
Unity Point Health 21-Nov-19
BMC-Corporate Services, Inc. 3-Nov-20
Merit International Inc. 3-Nov-20
Salute Inc. 3-Nov-20
Swift Transportation 3-Nov-20
Superior Plus Energy Services Inc. 3-Nov-20
Victorville Motors 3-Nov-20
Homeland Security Solutions 6-Nov-20
JCB, Inc. 6-Nov-20
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs 10-Nov-20
Chicago One Financial 13-Nov-20
Charles Rivers Laboratories, Inc. 13-Nov-20
MH Equipment Company 13-Nov-20
Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) 13-Nov-20
City of Downey 13-Nov-20
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health 13-Nov-20
Moffitt Cancer Center 13-Nov-20
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health 13-Nov-20
Moffitt Cancer Center 13-Nov-20
Skookum Contract Services 20-Nov-20
Buck Knives Inc. 20-Nov-20
Squaw Valley/Alpines Meadows 20-Nov-20
Potter County Sheriff's Office 20-Nov-20
Orange County, Florida 27-Nov-20
Toyko Electron U.S. Holdings, Inc. 30-Nov-20
Sprague Resources GP LLC 30-Nov-20
Twin City Fan Companies LTD 30-Nov-20
W.S. Daley Co. 30-Nov-20
Builders FirstSource 4-Nov-21
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works 3-Nov-21
Cobb County Sheriff's Office 8-Nov-21
Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc. 18-Nov-21
Morgan Olson, LLC 22-Nov-21
Mobile Police Department 23-Nov-21
Hampton Roads Regional Jail 3-Nov-22
Home City Ice 7-Nov-22
Communications & Power Industries 8-Nov-22
ABM Industries 10-Nov-22
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