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Survey Launched to Help Address Causes of Spouse Unemployment

  • September 23, 2013
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In an effort to better understand the factors making it difficult for military spouses to find jobs, the Military Officers Association of America and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) last week launched a military spouse employment survey. The study will focus on the employment pattern of all military spouses — including National Guard and Reserve, veteran and surviving spouses — especially related to their long-term career trajectories …

Labor Department Provides Aid to Workers at Texas Bases

  • September 20, 2013
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The Labor Department is providing a National Emergency Grant worth up to $4.1 million to provide re-employment assistance to about 1,120 workers affected by layoffs at Fort Hood in Killeen and the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana. The grant will provide job training for the former defense civilian workers and contractors. The grant was awarded to the Texas Workforce Commission to provide the affected workers with training and other services necessary to compete for high-demand occupations in their local areas. National Emergency Grants are part of the labor secretary’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. “Civilian workers, who often serve alongside military service members, play an important role in defending our nation and deserve our support when layoffs occur,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez.

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 …

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