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Network Extends Reach of Military Spouse Career Programs

  • September 8, 2013
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The Spouse Ambassador Network, DOD’s newest initiative to support the employment of military spouses, will expand available opportunities for spouses by combining the efforts of an array of military support organizations and 200 partnering companies, according to a defense official. The ambassador program, “a network of networks,” will prepare military spouses for careers through the efforts of organization such as the Military Officers Association of America, the National Military Family Association, Blue Star Families and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …

Navy Moves Cyber Forces to Former Joint Forces Command HQ

  • August 21, 2013
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Navy Cyber Forces, made up of 1,578 personnel, is moving across Hampton Roads, Va., to the former headquarters for Joint Forces Command in Suffolk. The Pentagon disestablished that command in 2011, taking 1,200 workers out of Suffolk. The latest move, from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, is scheduled to be completed in September, reported WVEC. Navy Cyber Forces was created in February 2010.

Texas Launches Pilot Program to Help Recent Army Veterans Find Jobs

  • June 16, 2013
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The state of Texas is launching a pilot program to help returning Army veterans find employment more quickly, particularly in growing industries such the medical, energy and technology fields, the Texas Workforce Commission announced last week. The State of Texas Soldier Employment Initiative, funded through a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is intended to develop new approaches to enhance outreach and re-employment services for Army unemployment compensation claimants …

Contractors Not Exempt from Spending Cutbacks, Hale Says

  • June 11, 2013
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The $37 billion in sequester cuts the Pentagon is taking in fiscal 2013 likely will result in a “sharp drop” in contractors, Comptroller Robert Hale told the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Tuesday. “The majority of [the sequester] is going to come out of contractors — about $2 billion will come out of furloughs,” Hale told lawmakers, reported American Forces Press Service. That means a drop in the number of contractors in the department. “I don’t know yet how much, because the year isn’t over, but I think there will be a sharp drop,” Hale said. He told the subcommittee that about 700,000 contractors work throughout DOD.

‘Helmets to Hardhats’ Offers Veterans a Career in Construction

  • March 27, 2013
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A national program offering veterans multi-year apprenticeships in the construction industry has proven to be a good fit for transitioning service members. The Helmets to Hardhats program, run by a nonprofit, matches veterans with skilled training programs for the gamut of construction trades. At the training center for the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 19 in Philadelphia, apprentices enter a four-and-a-half-year program with a starting pay of $17.86 per hour …

Altus AFB Harvests Aircraft Mechanics through Internship Program

  • February 24, 2013
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Since 1999, the 97th Maintenance Squadron at Altus Air Force Base has hired 112 students through an aircraft maintenance technician internship program it participates in with a training academy in the city of Altus, Okla. The Southwest Technology Center provides the initial aircraft technical training courses in airframe and aircraft engine skills to the mechanic candidates. And the 97th Maintenance Squadron provides hands-on experience to the soon-to-be aircraft mechanics …

Veterans Employment Initiative Rolled out in Dallas

  • February 7, 2013
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Workforce groups in Dallas this week launched a new initiative intended to put a dent in the high rates of unemployment among military veterans and the long-term unemployed. The Dallas effort — sponsored by Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas and the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas — is the first community to benefit from the national expansion of the Platform to Employment program, which was started in Connecticut by The WorkPlace, a regional workforce development board in Bridgeport …

Authorization Bill Retains Language Trimming Civilian, Contractor Positions

  • January 2, 2013
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Thousands of DOD civilians and contractors would be eliminated under a provision in the final version of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill calling for a reduction of about 5 percent in those workforces. The provision, section 955, directs the department to reduce the civilian and service contractor workforces from fiscal 2012 through FY 2017 to achieve at least the same amount of savings from planned cuts in military personnel …

Aberdeen Proving Ground Strengthens Partnership with Local Schools

  • December 19, 2012
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In an effort to boost the number of students seeking high-tech careers, eight major tenant organizations at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., last week agreed to expand educational outreach efforts in science, technology, engineering and math with Harford County Public Schools. The partnership is intended to increase participation and improve students’ performance in STEM. “We are committed to tomorrow,” said Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, commanding general of Army Communications-Electronics Command and senior installation commander. “We are providing an opportunity to ensure that we have the right resources with the right intellect and energy …

Budget Pressure Prompts Air Force to Slash Staffing on Remote Island in Azores

  • December 16, 2012
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In what it is describing as a cost-cutting measure, the Pentagon announced last week it will eliminate the positions of more than 400 military personnel, along with 500 family members, at Lajes Field on the Portuguese island of Terceira in the Azores. The move will shrink the current workforce of 1,100 U.S. and Portuguese personnel at the base by at least half by October 2014, officials said. Airmen assigned to Lajes in the future will serve one-year, unaccompanied tours …

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