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Hire America’s Heroes e-Newsletter

Spring 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 2

For Job-seeking Members of the American Military Family

In This Issue

Upcoming Events
News You Can Use
After Action Report
Hope to See You There
Bonus Feature


Hire America’s Heroes is grateful to our Current Sponsors (below), and we welcome additional support. Our corporate sponsors take an active role in the operation of the organization, including financial support, committee involvement, and participation on the Board of Directors. To find out how your company can assist with our mission, please visit the following page on our website: Become a Sponsor.

Alaska Air Group
Blue Shield of California
Impact Recon
Life Technologies
MultiCare Health System
Northern California College of

Pacific Gas and Electric

Perkins Coie
Port of Seattle
Puget Sound Energy
Seattle Genetics
State Farm Insurance
ThyssenKrupp Aerospace NA
TLG Learning
T-Mobile Careers
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
University of Washington
US Bank
Vigor Industrial
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Volt Workforce Solutions
Wimmer Solutions


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Hire America’s Heroes connects corporations with the rich skills and abilities of military service members and their families for the purpose of employment in the corporate workforce. We promote best practices and success strategies in military-to-corporate transition: sourcing, recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, supporting and retaining Veterans, Guard members and Reservists in the corporate workforce.

The year is off to an exciting start for Hire America’s Heroes. Nearly 1,000 people participated in our February Career Day at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, including close to 600 Job Seekers and representatives from 43 different Employers. One Job Seeker commented that the event “opened my eyes to opportunities I had not considered before.” Another said, “All the activities were helpful and the employers were friendly and encouraging.” A common theme among the Employers was their delight with Career Day as “a great forum for meeting a large number of qualified candidates.”

The California Chapter of Hire America’s Heroes is growing in both the San Francisco Bay Area and in San Diego. Seven corporate Sponsors have begun to build out the Chapter’s infrastructure and programs and are bringing in more companies to join the activities. Following the Washington model, California will deliver a Symposium and a Career Day this calendar year. Symposium locations under consideration include the Alameda Island Coast Guard Station in the San Francisco Bay Area and Camp Pendleton near San Diego. Of course, just as California companies are invited to attend Puget Sound Area programs, Washington-based companies will also be invited to attend activities and events held in California. We will alert you as dates and locations are confirmed.

Preparations are now underway for our 2013 Symposium celebrating Washington’s Army and Air National Guard and Reserve component service members. This event will be held May 10 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will feature visits to the 66th TAC Readiness Center, 66th Aviation Facility, Combined Maintenance Support Facility, and the Western Air Defense Sector.

Plans are underway for our 2013 Career Day at Safeco Field on August 9. We are excited to be partnering with the Marine Corps as they host “Night at the Ballpark” on August 9, following our Career Day event at Safeco Field. For preliminary details about these activities and Seattle’s first “Marine Week,” be sure to refer to Hope to See You There below.

Speaking of Marines, you might also enjoy reading about my recent experience at the Marine Corps Educators Workshop in San Diego, where I was embedded with recruits for four days. That article—and links to videos and photos taken during my time there—is included in the new Bonus Feature section at the end of this newsletter.

Educators and community influencers from RS Seattle pose for a group shot at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. On this final day of their workshop, they watched a company of Marines graduate from boot camp and be reunited with their families. Marjorie is the first person on the left in the second row of workshop participants. SSgt. Jackson is standing, third from left, in the classic campaign cover worn by Marine Corps Drill Instructors. (Photo by Sgt. James A. Hall)


Marjorie A. James, Executive Director
Hire America’s Heroes

Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Symposium
Washington National Guard and Reserves

Honoring America’s Citizen Soldiers and Airmen
and Reservists

Featuring the emergency response and national defense services provided by
the Washington Army and Air National Guard and Reserve component military service members

May 10 at 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Washington National Guard is proud to host the Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Symposium. Sponsors will join their colleagues for a rare invitation-only chance to explore 66th Theater Aviation Command aircraft, including a Boeing CH-47 Chinook and a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. The day will also include tours of the Combined Maintenance Support Facility and Western Air Defense Sector (WADS). Following are more event highlights:

Continental Breakfast provided by the USO

Music courtesy of the 113rd Army Band

Featured Speakers:

  • Governor Jay Inslee, Commander in Chief, Washington National Guard (invited)
  • Tay Yoshitani, CEO, Port of Seattle
  • Lourdes E. Alvarado-Ramos, Director, WA State Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Army (retired)
  • Major General Bret D. Daugherty, The Adjutant General (TAG)
  • James M. Collins, Major General, U.S. Army (retired) and Board Chair, HAH
  • CSM Robert Sweeney, Senior Enlisted Leader, Washington Army and Air National Guard
  • Robert DeWald, State Chair, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Lunch at the 66th TAC Readiness Center prepared by some of the nation’s best field cooks (competition-ready personnel!)

Exclusive Open House Tours featuring personnel and programs of the Washington National Guard and Federal Reserve component; attendees will interact with citizen soldiers and airmen as they showcase the diverse ways in which they serve our state and country, the skills they use, and the unique programs they staff.

You can learn more about this invitation-only event on our website at Hire America's Heroes Hosts 2013 Symposium. If you or your company would like to learn more about sponsorship, please visit our Become a Sponsor page.

Hire America’s Heroes continuously works with partners and allies in Puget Sound and beyond to bring together private sector employers and the military community. Through our Annual Symposia, sponsoring supporters have an opportunity to visit local military bases and experience life inside these “gated communities,” gaining a greater understanding of military personnel and the value they bring as employees in the corporate workforce.

Starbucks Armed Forces Network Hosts Medal of Honor Recipient, SFC Leroy Petry

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry talking with Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz following the event

On February 20, Howard Schultz and the Starbucks Armed Forces Network (AFN) hosted Sergeant 1st Class Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor recipient. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government. Presented by the President of the United States in the name of Congress, it is conferred only upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.

Sgt. Petry was joined by his wife and oldest son for a one-hour event to share his experience as an Army Ranger, specifically his story as it unfolded in the rare daylight raid on a Taliban target in Afghanistan. The event was followed by questions and a challenge by AFN member Rob Porcarelli (Director, Law and Corporate Affairs) to bring veterans to the table when considering hiring decisions. HAH Board Chair, General Jimmy Collins attended the event with his wife Linda and representatives of local military commands.

Shortly after meeting Sgt. Petry, Howard Schultz provided a moving introduction to the event. According to one AFN member, Schultz “challenged the attendees that sometimes we as Americans take our freedom for granted.” The event closed when Mick James, president of the AFN, presented Sgt. Petry with an AFN “challenge coin,” recognizing and thanking Sgt. Petry on behalf of Starbucks Coffee.

Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry with Mick James, who presented him with a Starbucks Armed Forces Network “challenge coin”

Sgt. Petry earned the Medal of Honor for actions in 2008 during Operation Enduring Freedom. On May 26, 2008, during his seventh deployment, Sgt. Petry was a member of a team on a mission to capture a Taliban target in Paktia Province, Afghanistan. Despite being wounded in both legs and continuing to be under accurate enemy gunfire, Sgt. Petry led a fellow Ranger to cover. When a grenade landed between him and two other soldiers, Sgt. Petry attempted to throw it away from them, and it detonated. He saved the soldiers' lives, but the explosion severed his right hand.

Sgt. Petry now wears a high-tech, robotic artificial hand. When he received the award from President Barack Obama in July 2011, he became the second living recipient of the medal since the Vietnam War. He is one of only ten service members to have earned the medal during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.He has since reenlisted and remains on active dutyin the Army, where he assists wounded soldiers and their families. Sgt. Petry is currently stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, where he serves as a liaison officer for United States Special Operations Command's Care Coalition Northwest Region. He and his wife Ashley have four children.

The Starbucks AFN is dedicated to supporting military partners, supporting transitioning military and creating a veteran friendly workplace at Starbucks.

Mick James submitted this article. If you or your company would like to share a story in the next newsletter or on the Hire America’s Heroes blog, please send it to our Communications Specialist at Liesl@hireamericasheroes.org.

Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Career Day at CenturyLink Field

Hire America’s Heroes’ Career Day events are designed to provide a venue to connect Military Job Seekers with Corporate Employers, discuss specific employment opportunities, learn about corporate employment procedures, and improve job-search skills.

The CenturyLink Field event in February featured a variety of transition assistance activities, including career coaching by “been there done that” veterans who are now employed in corporations. Accenture hosted “Skills to Succeed” workshops in the form of videotaped practice interview sessions and LinkedIn workshops, while recruiting and hiring activities featured access to the Futures Inc. resume-matching database and a networking workshop powered by ProLango. Additionally, Job Seekers were invited to attend presentations on “Navigating Careers at Boeing,” and Military Spouses were encouraged to go to a Military Officers Association of America career seminar tailored specifically for them.

2013 Career Day at CenturyLink Field: Participation by the Numbers

Exhibitors: 250 people representing 43 employers
Job Seekers: 595 members of the American Military Family
Volunteers: 60 people who contributed a total of 120 hours of service
Total: 905 participants

Successful Hires: We know that at least 5 Job Seekers have been hired by Career Day Employers since this event.

Military Branch of Service Represented by Job Seekers in Attendance:

Air Force 38
Air Force Reserves 20
Army 237
Army Reserves 35
Coast Guard 35
Marine Corps 11
Navy 106
National Guard 27
Dependent 1
Spouse 24
Not Specified 61
Total Number of Attendees 595

To see photos and a video of Career Day at CenturyLink Field, check out the Recap on our website at http://hireamericasheroes.org/2013/02/15/2013-career-day-at-centurylink-field-recap/.

For more details about this Career Day, refer to our Event Summary (PDF).

Marine Week, Marine Night and Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Career Day at Safeco Field on August 9, 2013

Hire America’s Heroes 2012 Career Day at Safeco Field (Photo © HAH / Stephen Giang Photography)

This August Hire America’s Heroes will partner with the United States Marine Corps as “Marine Week” is celebrated in Seattle for the first time. Marine Week will be August 5-11, extending Seattle’s Seafair celebrations and offering Seattle residents an opportunity to learn more about the roles Marines play in national defense.

On Friday, August 9, Safeco Field will host Hire America’s Heroes’ Career Day during daylight hours and “Marine Night” in the evening as the Seattle Mariners take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Come join 1,000 Job Seekers from the American Military Family and 70 exhibiting companies for Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Career Day at Safeco Field!

As a Sponsor of Hire America’s Heroes, the booth space for Career Day is included in your annual membership package. Table space is $1,200 for non-members. To register or learn more about Career Day, contact us at andrea@HireAmercasHeroes.org.

In anticipation of Marine Week, the Marine Corps reached out to the Seattle Mayor’s Office, the Seattle City Council, and to our corporate Sponsors, inviting representatives to a first-hand experience through the Marine Corps Executive Forum (MCEF), which was held March 7-8 at Camp Pendleton. See “Marine Corps Educators Workshop” (below and on our blog) by our Executive Director, Marjorie James, for a taste of the experience.

Learning the Ropes (and Much, Much More)

Marine Corps Educators Workshop, March 2013

By Marjorie A. James, Executive Director
Hire America’s Heroes

Educators and community influencers from RS Seattle and RS Portland learn about and get to view up close various aircraft at MCAS Miramar, California. During their workshop in March 2013 they were shown what it takes to become a Marine and what happens after boot camp, from recreational activities to various jobs given to Marines in the fleet. Marjorie James is in the front row, third from left. (Photo by Sgt. James A. Hall)

“Get off my bus!” our Drill Instructor was shouting at us, as usual. It was our third day embedded with the recruits at Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD) in San Diego, CA, and by now we were used to Staff Sergeant (SSgt.) Jackson. We were headed into the Marine Corps Museum where we would learn about major Marne Corps battles and would visit the gift shop to pick up a few souvenirs before heading back to the Pacific Northwest. We scrambled off the bus and lined up in formation in front of the museum. “Ears!” he shouted and we responded, “Open Sir!” which meant that we were listening for the next instruction. “Take the building!” We responded with “Aye, aye, Sir!” and ran toward the Museum, shouting a battle cry in unison, “Aaaaaaye!” 

We were a group of 76 educators and community “influencers” from Seattle and Portland and were being introduced to Marine Corps life from the beginning—as though we were recruits. By Marine Corps recruit standards we were a motley bunch. Middle-aged and older, our formations were a disgrace compared to the crisp platoons of young men surrounding us. Our marching was out of step, our turns twisted and disorderly. We were getting a taste of what these recruits were experiencing, and it was sobering.

Educators from RS Seattle and RS Portland participate in a mock Combat Fitness Test on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller)

On Monday, March 4, we arrived in time for a dinner together and instructions for the following four days. We were issued notebooks, 32-oz. water bottles (referred to as “sippy cups” by SSgt Jackson) and a sling sack in which to carry these items. “Take a drink out of your sippy cups now,” SSgt Jackson chided from time to time. “We don’t want you getting dehydrated.”

On Tuesday morning we stood in rows, just like the brand new recruits, on the Yellow Footprints that had launched the Marine Corps careers of thousands of young men at the MCRD. (Female recruits train at Parris Island, SC, not at the MCRD.) The Yellow Footprints show every new recruit how to stand, heels together and toes apart. From this moment on a recruit’s every action is controlled—when to eat, when to sleep, how to march, what to say, when to speak, when NOT to speak... even when to drink water.

After the Yellow Footprints, we were marched to the intake area where we stood in front of red-painted bins and turned over our coats, sweaters, backpacks, purses—all personal possessions—and emptied our pockets of “contraband” like pocket knives, cigarettes, cell phones, etc. We were then sent to telephones hanging on the wall next to signs printed with the exact text we were to read to the parent or family member who received our call. The script was specific and was to be shouted into the phone. It read something like, “Hi Mom! I’m safe here at the MCRD! I love you! Good-bye!” We were then to hang up the phone without waiting for a response from the other end. And then it was off to 13 weeks of Marine Corps Boot Camp.

During the week we attempted the Combat Fitness Test (CFT), which every Marine recruit is required to successfully complete. We followed the young recruits through the many obstacles of the Bayonet Assault Course, and we worked in teams on the logic tasks of the “Twelve Stalls” that present challenges such as rescuing an injured fellow Marine, ferrying supplies over a river, mounting a wall too high to climb alone, etc. We learned the core values of the Marine Corps: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. We learned the three Marine Corps missions: to make Marines, to win our nation’s battles, and to return quality citizens who will strengthen the fabric of our society.

Educators from Recruiting Station Portland learn about basic marksman ship with the M16A4 service rifle at Edson Range on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Rebecca Eller)

On Thursday morning we departed our hotel at 4:15 a.m. to join a group of 237 young recruits who were completing the final test of Boot Camp, the “Crucible.” This 54-hour ordeal includes a 40-mile march during which Marine Corps recruits are issued only three meals, allowed only three hours of sleep each night, and complete eight war-fighting challenges in teams. The Crucible ends in a steep climb called “The Reaper.” Not all recruits complete the test. But those who do arrive at the top of the hill at dawn exhausted and hungry but filled with the pride of accomplishment. Now the recruits are welcomed into the brotherhood by their Drill Instructors. Each is given the coveted Eagle, Globe and Anchor—a pin that signifies their success. And now the recruits are, for the first time, called “Marines.”

At noon on Friday, March 8, 76 educators and community influencers departed the Parade Grounds at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot following an impressive and emotional Basic Marine Graduation Ceremony. The recruits’ cheering families were in the stands, welcoming back the utterly changed sons, brothers, nephews, and cousins that they had dropped off at the MCRD only 13 weeks earlier. The recruits were now distinguished by their physical fitness, accomplishments, discipline, and proud bearing. They were now United States Marines.

It was an honor to have accompanied them, even in just a small way, on their journey.

For more photos, see the Educators Workshop RS Portland and RS Seattle 2013 album on the 12th Marine Corps District Facebook page: view now.

To see videos taken on the last day of our workshop, click on these links from KING 5 News:
GI Johnson: Colors Ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Seattle recruit completes long journey to become a Marine

Hire America’s Heroes works to influence the ecosystem for increased employment of military service members as a category. Our services are directed toward educating and informing stakeholders in order to raise their understanding of relevant issues, connecting the players who can influence the issues, and promoting action that will result in family-wage jobs for members of the American Military Family.

Hire America’s Heroes is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation. The organization seeks to connect America’s major corporations with the rich skills and abilities of military service members and their families for the purpose of employment in the corporate workforce.

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