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Hire America’s Heroes e-Newsletter

Spring 2014 | Volume 3, 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


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 a 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.

Aerojet Rocketdyne
Alaska Air Group
Blue Shield of California
Brocade Communications Chevron
Kaiser Permanente
MultiCare Health System
Northern California College of

Pacific Gas and Electric

Perkins Coie
Port of Seattle
Puget Sound Energy
Sleep Train
State Farm Insurance
Swedish Health Services
Thermo Fisher
ThyssenKrupp Aerospace NA
Trane Ingersoll Rand
University of Phoenix
University of Washington
U.S. Bank
Volt Workforce Solutions
Westward Seafoods Weyerhaeuser


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Hire America’s Heroes® connects 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. We promote best practices and success strategies in military-to-corporate transitions, recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, and retention.

Spring is here at last! Spring is a time for new beginnings, and at Hire America’s Heroes (HAH) we are enjoying some new beginnings of our own. On January 6 we welcomed three new full-time employees: Andrea Nelson moved from contractor status to full-time Events Manager; Andy Jasaitis came onboard to manage our Pipeline Program in Washington; and Charles Loftland was hired to manage our operations functions. Then on February 3 Juliana Mercer joined the team as Pipeline Program Manager in California. On February 21 we moved into our new office space in a wing of the Tioga Library on the campus of the University of Washington, Tacoma. These are exciting times for Hire America’s Heroes, and we all feel the energy of this new growth!

Hire America’s Heroes has eleven events planned for 2014—some to be delivered in Washington and some in California. On January 24 Madigan Army Medical Center, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington, welcomed 47 representatives from 23 healthcare employers to the Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) for the 2014 Healthcare Industry Forum. Participants learned how the Army prepares its medical personnel to take care of Soldiers today while preparing for civilian careers following their service.

A month later, on February 28, Hire America’s Heroes opened the doors at CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, to over 800 job-seeking members of the American Military Family. Forty-four employers attended, bringing with them over 200 recruiters and booth participants. We are still collecting employment results, but the comments of exiting employers were consistent with HAH’s previous Career Day events: the Job Seekers were professional, well-prepared, and well-qualified for the careers employers offered.

Hire America’s Heroes was excited to offer our first Symposium at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California, on April 4. Our action-packed agenda included opening remarks from Brigadier General Bullard, Jr., Commanding General of MCIWEST – MCB CAMPEN; a visit to the Infantry Immersion Trainer, a mixed-reality facility designed to replicate the stressors and physiological responses that Marine Riflemen and Small Unit Leaders might face in combat; and a Reverse Career Fair that allowed employers to visit with Marines and Sailors interested in careers in Aviation, Healthcare, IT/Communications, and Logistics/Engineering.

As you read though this Spring issue of HAH’s newsletter, you can see a list of upcoming events, access in-depth information about each event, and learn more about this year’s Industry Forums, which are part of our ever-expanding Pipeline Program. Spring is here, and at Hire America’s Heroes we’re just getting warmed up!

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

Hire America's Heroes Retail Industry Forum

Friday, May 9, 2014 at Camp Murray (WA)

Hire America’s Heroes is hosting four industry forums in 2014, each of which will showcase military-trained skills unique to a featured industry: Healthcare (held in January, see After Action Report below), Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Retail. These forums are part of the Hire America’s Heroes Pipeline Program, which is designed specifically to serve personnel out-processing through military transition programs, including the Army and Air Force Career and Alumni Programs (AACAP) and the Transition Assistance Programs (TAP) from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve components. Through this unique program, HAH Pipeline Program members work with transitioners to personally assist them as they move from the military to the civilian workforce in pursuit of competitive-wage jobs with our Sponsors and Supporters.

You can register for this event today at www.hireamericasheroes.org/2014-rif-event.

HAH Partners with Regional Leadership Forum to Assist Transitioning Military Personnel

Translating Military Leadership Into Industry Language

In 1775, George Washington, the first General of the United States Army, stated, “When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.” This quote from America’s first chief executive officer resonates true today. As our service members transition into civilian life, Hire America’s Heroes® (HAH) facilitates the connection of Military Job Seekers to industry organizations. One example of HAH’s facilitation efforts is their partnership with the Society for Information Management (SIM) and its leadership incubator, the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF). The RLF is an intensive, ten-month leadership development program focused on creating authentic leaders.

Steve Brilling, Account Manager for the RLF, has a warm spot in his heart for Veterans. Although he has never served, his son-in-law is a 30-year retired Marine. Through his son-in-law’s and others’ experiences, Brilling became familiar with the challenges of transitioning service members.

“There is a confluence of circumstances surrounding a military member’s transition. It sometimes conflicts with industry expectations,” noted Brilling. “Military language and styles are very different than industry, and there is a need to bridge that gap,” he added.

Brilling began a partnership with Hire America’s Heroes after meeting with Executive Director Marjorie James almost three years ago. He was impressed with the organization’s mission and accomplishments and wanted to partner with their efforts to “give back” in assisting Veterans. With the backing of SIM, the Regional Leadership Forum was able to provide a scholarship to a transitioning service member to help bridge the gap of leadership styles and processes between the military and American business.

To read the rest of this story and learn about the first two people to receive RLF support as a result of HAH’s involvement, please go to our website: HAH Partners with Regional Leadership Forum.

Successful Hires: Stories from Our Heroes

The Solomon Gilbert Success Story

Hire America’s Heroes (HAH) is pleased to share one of the first success stories from the HAH Pipeline Project Pilot conducted during the first six months of 2013.


Solomon Gilbert, a Master Sergeant retiring from Joint Base Lewis-McCord (JBLM), was introduced to HAH Executive Director, Marjorie James, though the HAH Pipeline Program in May of 2013. At that time his terminal leave date for leaving the military was eight months away, on January 11, 2014. Sergeant Gilbert had served the nation in the United States Army for more than 21 years.

Application and Job Search

Sergeant Gilbert’s resume was developed through the Army and Air Force Career and Alumni Program (AACAP.) He also learned basic job-search skills, interviewing techniques, and an overall approach to his next career through classes at AACAP. Sergeant Gilbert was introduced to Hire America’s Heroes and the Pipeline Program through the organization’s partnership with AACAP.

We encourage you to read the rest of this story—including Sergeant Gilbert’s interviews and job offer—online: Hire America's Heroes Shares Successful Hire Story.

If you have a press release or other news that you think would be appropriate for the HAH website, please share it with Liesl, our Communications Specialist (liesl@hireamericasheroes.org).

Hire America’s Heroes 2014 Healthcare Industry Forum

January 24, 2014 at the Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC), JBLM (WA)

The 2014 Healthcare Industry Forum was the second of five industry forums HAH is hosting to showcase military-trained skills unique to these featured industries: Energy, Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Retail. Of the 119 people who attended, 53 were Transitioning Service Members, 47 were Representatives from 23 corporate Health Care Employers, 11 were Representatives from 5 Military Support Organizations, and 8 were Volunteers or HAH Team Members.

Highlights of the 2014 Healthcare Industry Forum included the following presentations and activities: the Military Training and Crosswalk presented by Tommy Simpson, Military Programs Manager, Washington Department of Health; a Tour of the Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) led by Thomas Pingel, QAR/Course Director, MSTC; a Reverse Career Fair featuring one-on-one time with representatives from several Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) skill sets, a panel presentation on Market Demands, Challenges and Opportunities comprised of healthcare employer representatives from Providence/Swedish, MultiCare, UW Medicine, and others; and a presentation by Lourdes “Alfie” Alvarado, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, addressing “Where Do We Go from Here?”

For additional photos and details about this program, see our 2014 Healthcare Industry Forum Event Summary.

Watch for the After Action Report for the 2014 California Symposium at Base Camp Pendleton in the next issue.

Photos © Hire America’s Heroes / Stephen Giang Photography

2014 Washington Symposium – Air Force

Friday, June 20, 2014 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

Career Day 2014

Hire America’s Heroes’ Symposia are immersion events held on military bases to allow corporate leadership a chance to engage with military men and women still in service to the nation. Mark your calendars now to join us for this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

For more information about this event, contact Andrea Nelson at andrea@hireamericasheroes.org.

Senior Airman Chase Vento, Senior Airman Paul Gonzalez, and Senior Airman Curtis McWoodson, 627th Security Forces Squadron Phoenix Raven members, strike a pose March 13, 2014 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Whether in a remote airfield in Africa or a battlefield in Iraq, Ravens are prepared for sudden violence at any moment. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jacob Jimenez

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 Military Family. 

Hire America’s Heroes is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation. The organization connects 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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