After a 26-year military career that spanned both active and reserve duty, I’m convinced that experience is the hardest teacher since it gives the exam before any lessons are taught. Here are some of the important lessons I’ve learned over the past two decades in uniform and from my experiences in public service and the private sector. Continue reading →
The granting of a security clearance is a serious and involved [process. Many do not understand the process or the requirements. There are 13 primary considerations that guide the process. Continue reading →
We are excited to welcome our first AWS Worldwide Public Sector Military Apprentice Cohort. The team graduated from the instructor-led training portion of their curriculum delivered by Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and are now starting the next phase of the Technical Development Program (TDP) under the AWS Intelligence Initiative (AI2).AI2/TDP centralizes the onboarding, training, and development of new hires waiting to obtain their security clearance as a long-term solution to staff technical positions supporting AWS air-gapped government regions. AI2/TDP is an accelerated career development program for early career technical professionals (Cloud Associates) consisting of a curriculum-based residency in Herndon, VA, interspersed with rotational assignments over a six-month to one-year period to prepare employees for a customer-facing technical role supporting National Security and U.S. Department of Defense customers. Amazon now employs more than 17,500 veterans and military spouses across the United States and expects to hire over 10,000 more by 2021.
At Amazon, we’re constantly looking for leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action, and deliver results on behalf of our customers. These principles look familiar to the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces – and also to their spouses.
Today, veteran employees fill roles across the company – from cloud computing positions at Amazon Web Services to virtual customer service roles.
In addition to working alongside our veterans, we are committed to providing the tools to strengthen the skills of transitioning service members through access to cloud computing resources and other technologies, such as the Amazon Echo and the Kindle.
AWS Educate for Veterans: U.S. based veterans and their families are eligible to create an AWS Educate account, which gives them access to resources that can accelerate cloud-related learning endeavors to help power civilian career success. We’re pleased to announce a new program benefit available to AWS Educate veteran members. When you complete a Cloud Support Associate or Cloud Support Engineer AWS Educate pathway, you will become eligible for a phone screen for an AWS Cloud Support Associate or Cloud Support Engineer job. Get started with AWS Educate today.
VA’s Brain Trust: Amazon is teaming up with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to extend the use of digital devices to help improve the lives of veterans with disabilities. Through this collaboration with VA’s Brain Trust, Amazon will donate 100 Amazon Echo devices with Alexa Voice Service units to VA’s Assistive Technology Labs. Amazon staff will also collaborate with VA experts to ensure Echo devices are programmed specifically to meet the needs of veterans. Beyond the Echo donation, Amazon will also collaborate with VA staff to expand the accessibility of Kindle reading programs to veterans and families staying at VA Fisher Houses.
AWS Certification Exam Reimbursement for Veterans: US service members returning from active duty can face many challenges as they transition to civilian life and embark on a new career. To help veterans succeed, we’ve worked with the VA to make AWS Certification exams eligible for VA reimbursement. Learn more and find answers to common questions here.
Whether you are currently transitioning out of the military or have been out for a while, whether you’re in school already have a degree, we’ve got something for you. Learn more here.
Go to www.TADPGS.com, click on the “Looking for People” tab, then view “Veterans Solutions”. To see more information for Veterans, please join our LinkedIn group, Veterans Hiring Solutions for Veterans at http://linkd.in/Sg346w. If you have specific questions, contact me at Ben.Marich@Adeccona.com
Occasionally you get very lucky. I am at a veteran’s hiring event in Colorado. The Marriott I am staying at in Pueblo is hosting the second annual gathering of Medal of Honor Recipients. There are 35-40 men here who received our nation’s highest honor for bravery under fire while standing on the wall of freedom to defend the freedoms we all enjoy today.
During the WW, the United States were in a serious shortage of pilots so the government created an experimental paramilitary aviation organization – the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Continue reading →
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are trying again – this time with support from the Department of Veterans Affairs – to give the VA secretary more power to fire, demote or suspend poor-performing employees and recoup their bonuses. Continue reading →
Best known as Punky Brewster’s cantankerous foster father and the comically clueless Commandant Eric Lassard in the Police Academy movie series, George Gaynes had a personal military history that could easily have been classified as “too crazy to be true.” Born as George Jongejans to a Dutch father and Russian mother in Finland, Gaynes was a classically trained opera singer making a living in in France when the Germans invaded in 1940. Upon escaping the occupying German forces, he was arrested by the Francoist Spain police in the Pyrennes. After being released in 1942, Gaynes made his way to Britain, where he enlisted in the Royal Netherlands Navy. Because of his skills with languages (he spoke Dutch, English, French, Italian and Russian), he was detached to the Royal Navy in 1943 as a translator assigned to the convoy commodore HMS Hilary, which eventually took part in the Allied invasion of Sicily later that year. Later Gaynes was assigned to the destroyer HMS Wilton, which participated in the Battle of Anzio in 1944, and was promoted to Sergeant (Petty officer, 1st class). Continue reading →
Lawrence Manley Colburn, a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War who helped end the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers by U.S. troops at My Lai, has died. He was 67. Continue reading →
He might have been a Coastie, but Arnold Palmer had his own army. The golfing legend who inspired a devoted group of fans known as “Arnie’s Army,” Palmer was already a golf phenom when he enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1950, after dropping out of Wake Forest. As he later recounted, “I was at Wake Forest for three and a half years and my roommate got killed in an automobile accident and I was pretty distraught over that and decided that I needed to get away.” Palmer credits his service with helping him give his life some direction. “The knowledge that I gained, the maturity that I gained in the Coast Guard was unbelievable. It matured me,” he said. “It made me a better person… The military isn’t just restrictions and military duties. It’s learning and it’s very important that young people have that opportunity to learn and to know themselves a little better, and I think the military helps put that in the right perspective.” Continue reading →