A Military Family Awarded For Their Great Service To This Country -
On July 21st, two of our AFSC collegues, Patrick Brick, OWF Program Manager, and Katie Spencer had an opportunity to attend the National Military Family Association 2011 Leadership Luncheon which was honoring Jerry Broesch and his family. Katie has been working closely with SPC Broesch to coordinate an OWF internship for him in Coeur d'Alene,
Idaho. When he found out he was coming to Washington, DC to receive the Army Family of the Year award he invited Patrick and Katie to be a part of the celebration.
Operation Warfighter (OWF) candidate, Jerry Broesch, and his family are a portrait of military service and strength. SPC Jerry Broesch returned home from Iraq to his wife, Kim, and his two daughters Taylor and Isabella as a wounded warrior. While SPC Broesch was serving his country abroad, his family was doing the same in their own backyard. The Broesch family is heavily involved in Operation: Military Kids, the Army National Guard Military Youth Program and they continually find ways to help local families with deployed Service members.
As a result of their exemplary actions, the Broesch family received The 2011 Army Family of the Year Award. They were honored by several senior military leaders, as a strong military family who embraces their service to their country, are role models in their community and understand that together they are stronger.
AFSC Sponsors LTC Graduation Ceremony in Fort Knox, Kentucky! -
Each year, the Leadership Training Course (LTC) holds a ceremony that recognizes Cadets for Outstanding Performance. LTC is known as the premier leadership program of its kind in the US. An intense four-week introduction to Army life and leadership training of the Reserve Officers Training Corps, the aim of the course is to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the Senior ROTC program. It is designed for college students, typically between their sophomore and junior years. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in ROTC at their college as a third-year student in the four-year program. While attending LTC at Fort Knox, Cadets gain an experience that runs the gamut of Army life and the responsibilities of being an officer.
This year AFSC sponsored the U.S. Army Cadet Command graduation at the Leadership Training Course (LTC) in Fort Knox, KY. AFSC’s Director of Human Capital, Don Bartholomew, was present to recognize the Male and Top Female Cadets with the highest APFT scores within each company with a crystal trophy accompanied with the time honored tradition of honoring them with the AFSC 2011 military challenge coin.
Cadets Recognized Include:
Alpha company – Hannah Juergens, Middle Tennessee State University & William Taylor, University of Oregon
Bravo Company – Rachelle Boucher, Western Kentucky University (2nd from left- first row) & Tyler Erdmam, Shippensburg University (3rd from left- first row)
Charlie Company – Mailee Wilson, Gonzaga University & Matthew Martinez, Wentworth Military Academy
Delta Company – Mary Nelson, University of Virginia & Taylor Duncan, Marion Military Institute
Click on the links below for the pictures of the AFSC presentation at the graduation ceremony.
Deutsch Addresses Business Community Regarding Employment of Veterans -
“This one’s on us. Most veterans will come to the private sector for jobs.”
AFSC President and Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Deutsch moderated a panel discussion at the “Third Annual Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes” event sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. The November 10th event showcased programs used successfully by organizations that have made employment of veterans a priority.
Army Lieutenant General Daniel W. Christman (Ret.), counselor to the president of the Chamber, welcomed more than 200 business and civic leaders to the annual series of panel discussions. “There’s an important road ahead, and that is to increase the number of veterans being hired in this economy,” he said.
Marine Corps General James L. Jones, Jr. (Ret.) delivered the morning keynote address, stressing the nation’s sacred obligation to those who serve. He told the attendees why veterans make good employees, how employers can help, and outlined the public-private partnerships needed to ensure success. Jones said, “For the economic good of the country, we simply must capitalize on the enormous talent, professionalism and energy that some of our country’s best and brightest offer when they hang up their uniforms.”
Following the keynote address, Christman reviewed AFSC’s long legacy of service in his introduction of Deutsch. He noted AFSC's widely recognized leadership in providing services to the military community. Geoff, having spent nearly 25 years helping transform large systems for delivering health care and human services, is considered one of the great thinkers in optimizing the lives of warriors, veterans and their families.”
Deutsch introduced his panel by providing an overview of successful strategies for veterans’ employment. While acknowledging that government plays a critical role, Deutsch directly addressed the group of corporate leaders in the audience, saying “This one’s on us. Most veterans will come to the private sector for jobs and we need to move them to the front of the line. Good intentions aren’t enough. We need to plan and execute.””
Deutsch’s panel discussed available veterans’ employment ideas and resources. John Campbell, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy for DoD, discussed the issues from the perspective of his office as well as his perspective as a decorated Marine and senior business leader. Campbell said, “Employers should hire for attitude and train for skills.” Carol Roane, senior leader at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, addressed the importance of career selection and preparation and Susan Fallon, Senior Director at Military Advantage, Inc., spoke about the importance of mentoring.
Two additional panel discussions—“Hiring Veterans through Public-Private Partnerships” and “Leading the Way in the Private Sector”—followed. The Honorable Raymond Jefferson, Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) at U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), was another of the many distinguished speakers at the event. Jefferson discussed the recently launched 14-state pilot program between DOL VETS and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The pilot expands the Chamber’s 2008 “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative focused on the employment of Wounded, Ill, and Injured veterans transitioning from military service. The goal is to expand the program to all 50 states in 2011.
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AFSC supports program for Wounded Warrior Internships -
Nothing can be more important to a severely wounded warrior, than preparing for a successful second career. One program is providing growing numbers of soon-to-be veterans, internships within government that give them an enormous advantages when the active job search begins.
It took us weeks to schedule our interview with Patrick Brick, the AFSC program coordinator for Operation Warfighter (OWF). He’s always busy. His mission: look for meaningful internship activity for Active Duty Wounded, Ill and Injured (WII) Service members outside of the hospital where they are recuperating.
The OWF program was developed to positively impact the wellness and recovery of Warriors-in-Transition by using their free time as outpatients productively to prepare them for (re)employment, whether back to duty or into the civilian workforce. For Service members returning to duty, the program keeps their skill sets active and offers the opportunity for additional training and experience that can benefit the military and the Warfighter. For those transitioning out of the military, the program helps them build their resumes, explore employment interests, develop job and interview skills, and gain valuable federal government work experience. Click here to read full article.
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