Tuesday, March 22, 2011

BE A HERO, HIRE A HERO Veterans Career Expo 2011

We are "Mobilizing" Service Academy Grads to seek their company's support for the BE A HERO, HIRE A HERO Veterans Career Expo 2011 being conducted in New York City by Hire Disability Solutions, Academy Recruiters LLC, Veterans Across America, the New York Times and several Wounded Warrior support organizations in May and November. Each Expo is open to all Veterans and Active Duty personnel with specific attention given to our Wounded Warriors. Conducted a few years ago, this program was attended by 7,000 Veterans and 122 Companies and resulted in the placement of over 500 veterans. Attached is our ad for the Veteran Expo.
Veterans attending the Expos will include the following:

+  West Point, Annapolis and Air Force Academy Graduates
+  Active Duty Junior / Senior Officers and Non-Commissioned officers
+  Technical &Non-Technical Enlisted Personnel
+  Wounded Warriors
+  Military Veterans
A Resume Database of all Veterans attending the Expo will be available to companies both during and after the program.

The dates for the two Expos:
Tuesday, May 24 - New Yorker Hoteland Monday, November 7th - Intrepid Sea &Space Museum

To Register:
Companies &Vendors: Email / call Ken Williams, USMA '69 at KenWilliams@Academy-Associates.com / (203) 798-6029
Candidates:  Log on to www.hireds.com and click on the Expo icon to register and upload your resume.

The Problem We Need to Solve

Today's soldier has great difficulty in finding civilian employment, especially those that have been wounded in combat and are physically challenged. Unfortunately, the government has been of little assistance in helping our combat veterans to find career opportunities. Additionally, many of today's company Executives, Managers and Human Resources professionals have little, if any, experience hiring military personnel and will routinely exclude military personnel from employment consideration.

The Objective of these Expos is not only to bring together companies and military service members, but also to provide companies the opportunity to better understand the true value of these individuals as future employees. As part of this program, a percentage of the proceeds will be given to Veteran / Wounded Warrior support organizations. It's now our turn to give back!

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Next Steps: Please forward this email to anyone that may be interested in reviewing this information. If your company is interested in supporting and/or participating in these events, I would appreciate a contact person who we can call once our plans have been finalized.

"Kick-Off" Breakfast is scheduled for April 6 at the New York Time Building for Companies interested in participating in our Expo programs.  The address is 620 - 8th Avenue, 15th floor, NYC from 8:00-10:00 AM.

Please email / call me at KenWilliams@Academy-Associates.com  / (203) 798-6029 for additional information.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Ken Williams, LT. Colonel, USA, Ret
West Point Class of 1969
Email: KenWilliams@Academy-Associates.com
Phone: (203) 798-6029

Web Site: www.AcademyRecruiters.com

About Academy Recruiters LLC
Established by West Point Graduates in 1977 to assist Vietnam Veterans leaving the military, our firm today provides Program / Project Management Staffing and Executive Search services. We specialize in finding C-Level Executives, Managers and Technical Engineering “Leaders” (Grads &Non-Grads) for our corporate clients.

Our industry focus currently includes Defense, Consulting, Manufacturing, Construction, Energy, Medical, Financial and High-Tech. We have 10 professional Recruiters on staff and a network of over 100 specialty recruiting firms.

Our typical searches are listed below;

+    Presidents / Vice Presidents / Directors / Board Members & Executive Coaches
+  Partners / Principals / Senior Consultants
+    Business Developers / Capture Managers / Technical Sales
+    Program / Project Managers
+    Acquisitions / Purchasing / Contract Specialists
+    Financial Professionals
+    Contract Project Managers (Short-Term)
+    Technical / System Engineers (EE, ME, IE, Civil, Nuke, Aero)
+    Operation Managers
+    Junior / Senior Military Officers / Non-Commissioned Officers
+    Wounded Warriors (Combat Veterans)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Forgotted Founder?

Victor Madeja, USMA ‘70 Reminds us (and offers....)
This is about founders who might be forgotten, in case you wish to remind others.

The obvious physical founder was Thaddeus Kosciuszko. He returned to Poland to help defend the world’s second written Constitution. After the country was occupied, he “declared independence” from Prussian and Russian occupation to again fight for freedom. He repeatedly urged his friend Thomas Jefferson to create a professional military school. Both men were also friends of Thomas Paine, who was instrumental in building the foundation for this country’s independence, without which there would have been no need for a military academy. There is more information about relevant Polish history on the "Newsletter" page of my website (www.valorww2.com) and the Home Page has enough to make you an expert on Thomas Paine (corrections on either are always welcome).

Why now? In January, I was voted director of the Thomas Paine Friends organization (see http://www.thomaspainefriends.org/) and in the next year I hope to add a few good ones.

Founders Day best wishes,
Victor Madeja
USMA ‘70+

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Local member Hosts Radio show

Live Thursdays 2-3PM MST

Show Debuts March 31, 2011

The show will be titled, MILITARY MATTERS - The Voice of Encouragement for the Military & Their Families.  It will "air" on CASTLEROCKRADIO.COM at noon on Wed, tho' the programs can be downloaded & listened to anytime.  Live broadcasts will be from Castle Rock, but I can interview anyone from anywhere by phone.
Wish me success & thx for your help!  Maybe I can interview you?
DAVID KOTZEBUE, OWNER                   

Welcome Home Wounded Marine at DIA

Ground combat soldiers interviewed recently said that there are two things they would like the citizens back home to do as a way to feel less detached from the troops serving in combat zones - serve others and sacrifice something. Ever since WWII, American citizens have been detached from their military serving in combat; we've been able to enjoy a normal life while our troops serve their country in harsh, hostile conditions, sacrifice the good life back home for the misery of the battlefield, and sacrifice their lives and limbs for their buddies on the left and right. They grieve alone for the remainder of their lives for their buddies who never came home. We'd like to encourage everyone to sacrifice a few hours this Saturday, March 12, to honor a Golden, Colorado Marine that none of us know who was severely wounded in Afghanistan in December by an Improvised Explosive Device. Let's show him and his family that Colorado families appreciate his service and sacrifice by honoring him with a large turnout.
Lance Corporal Daniel C. W. Riley lost both legs and several fingers on his left hand, among other external and internal injuries. He has been in military hospitals since then, just got fitted for his "Stubbies," and took his first steps last week. He has been granted two weeks of recuperation leave at home, after which he will return to San Diego for about six months of additional rehabilitation and therapy. To follow him on his family's blog see http://danielcwriley.blogspot.com/2011/03/walking.html
Daniel's flight (United 0342) is scheduled to arrive at DIA at 2:50 PM Saturday (you can track it on United's website before you leave home to be sure it's on time). Family, friends, the Patriot Guard Riders, and others will welcome him home at the usual spot for greeting visitors on Level 5 at the top of the escalator leading up from the train platform. Bring an American flag and/or a Marine Corps flag, your kids and grandkids, and tissue.
And, please remember to pray for Daniel and his family, who will need much prayerful support for the indefinite future.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

USMA needs an RV

USMA has the need for a donation of a self-propelled RV of at least 37 feet in length.  Must be in good condition and running order.  The vehicle would be modified for use as a mobile event operations center.

Please contact Elena Meskill '99, WPAOG's Director of Class & Annual Giving, if interested:  Elena.meskill@wpaog.org or 845-446-1536.