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Big Hiring in the Federal Government

By Barbara Adams, CPRW, CEIP, CMRC, CFRW
www.militaryresumewriters.com and www.careerproplus.com

Right now is an excellent time to consider applying for a federal job position. Why? The government is going on a serious hiring binge Read More

Leaders to Honor Top Employers for Military Support

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2009 – Fifteen employers from across the nation will receive the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award tomorrow for their support of Guard and Reserve employees. Read More

Tourney Offers Disabled Vets Fun, Rehabilitation

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2009 – Jeremy LeGrand, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who returned home from combat safely only to suffer a brain injury in an off-duty car accident, is learning this week that some of the best therapy is delivered on the golf course and at the bowling alley. Read More

Robotic Rodeo Displays Future Help for Soldiers

By Christen N. McCluney
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2009 – Two seemingly different U.S. Army organizations gathered robotics experts, technologists, academics, soldiers and companies from across the country in search of solutions to help save soldiers’ lives. Read More

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Big Hiring in the Federal Government

By Barbara Adams, CPRW, CEIP, CMRC, CFRW
www.militaryresumewriters.com and www.careerproplus.com

Right now is an excellent time to consider applying for a federal job position. Why? The government is going on a serious hiring binge, planning to add over 273,000 workers in mission-critical roles over the next three years. Hiring in these fields will jump 40% in 2010 through 2012 compared to the three previous years. The majority of the hiring in these federal positions will be in professional categories including physicians and medical staff, security and protective services, compliance and legal services and program management. Of the 35 agencies involved a concentration of hiring will be found in Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department.

Leading the way in numbers of projected positions is the medical and public health occupations followed by security and protection and compliance and enforcement. These three categories alone account for half of the projected 273,000 positions up for grabs. Much of the demand is being caused by large numbers of retiring baby boomers along with Obama administration initiatives. If you are thinking of a career in federal service, remember that you will be well compensated and given the opportunity to grow in your field. Opportunities abound for careers in the Federal Government. The time to act is now.

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Leaders to Honor Top Employers for Military Support

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2009 – Fifteen employers from across the nation will receive the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award tomorrow for their support of Guard and Reserve employees.

The ceremony is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center here.

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden – whose son, Beau, has deployed as a Delaware National Guard officer – will join top Defense Department officials including Dennis McCarthy, assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, as well as members of Congress at the ceremony. The National Guard and Reserve members who nominated the recipients for the award also will attend.

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The award is given to employers in three categories: large business, small business and the public sector. A record 3,202 nominations for the award were submitted by National Guard and Reserve members or their families from across the nation.

The National Guard and Reserve make up nearly half of the total U.S. military strength. The Defense Department shares these citizen-warriors with their civilian employers; many provide their military employees with exceptional support. This year's honorees range from a small race-car wind tunnel business in North Carolina to major technology and pharmaceutical corporations to a local police department.

The recipients are:

  1. AeroDyn Wind Tunnel of Mooresville, N.C.;
  2. AstraZeneca International of Wilmington, Del.;
  3. Cambridge Fire Department of Cambridge, Mass.;
  4. Consolidated Electrical Distributors of North Charleston, S.C.;
  5. First Data Corp. of Atlanta;
  6. FMC Technologies of Houston;
  7. Jackson Parish Sheriff's Department of Jonesboro, La.;
  8. The Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien & Courtney law firm of Wilmington, Del.;
  9. Microsoft Corp. of Redmond, Wash.;
  10. Mid America Kidney Stone Association of Kansas City, Mo.;
  11. NetJets of Columbus, Ohio;
  12. Ohio Department of Public Safety of Columbus;
  13. Perpetual Technologies of Indianapolis;
  14. Santa Ana Police Department of Santa Ana, Calif.; and
  15. TriWest Healthcare Alliance of Phoenix.

Tourney Offers Disabled Vets Fun, Rehabilitation

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2009 – Jeremy LeGrand, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who returned home from combat safely only to suffer a brain injury in an off-duty car accident, is learning this week that some of the best therapy is delivered on the golf course and at the bowling alley.

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Jeremy LeGrand, a medically retired Army sergeant, tees off during the National Veterans TEE Tournament in and around Iowa City, Iowa. VA photo

LeGrand, who was medically retired as an Army sergeant and now lives in Earlville, Ill., is among disabled veterans of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan participating in the National Veterans TEE Tournament

The five-day golf-and-bowling rehabilitation program kicked off Sept. 6 in Iowa City, Iowa, and continues through the weekend at venues throughout the area.

About 150 participants in this year’s event served in conflicts from World War II to the current wars. All have visual impairments or other disabilities and receive treatment at Veterans Affairs Department medical facilities.

And as LeGrand attests, all refuse to live their lives as couch potatoes.

“I don’t want to just sit at home and play my games,” he said. “I’m an active person, and I want to get out there. I’m a worker.”

Today, LeGrand was putting himself to work at the Colonial Bowling Lanes in Iowa City. Yesterday, he tested his mettle against his fellow vets on one of several participating golf courses. That was a warm-up for the big tournament tomorrow.

VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki called the event --– in which TEE refers not just to golf, but also “Training, Exposure, Experience” -- a big part of veterans’ rehabilitation.

“Providing veterans the rehabilitation they need in order to lead a fulfilling, active life is what this event is about,” he said. “The courage of these veterans to overcome life's obstacles and soar above their physical limitations is an inspiration to all of us.”

The TEE Tournament is just one of many VA-sponsored sporting activities that use a therapeutic format to promote rehabilitation, fellowship and camaraderie among participants.

LeGrand said he gets a lot out of the time he spends talking to and learning from his fellow disabled veterans. But he makes no bones about it: he particularly enjoys the fun of competing against them in just about any venue.

He was among more than 650 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who participated in the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., earlier this year. He’s also looking forward to returning later this month to his second National Disabled Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, in San Diego.

“I am going to be in everything” offered there, he said, adding that he’s especially looking forward to building on the love of surfing he discovered there last year.

“I was laughing up a storm,” he said of his first experience on a surfboard. “I had a big smile on my face.”

As he anticipates that event, LeGrand is focusing this week on the bowling alley and golf course. He said he hopes to give his competitors a run for their money at tomorrow’s tournament.

“Yesterday I was pretty good, but not outstanding,” he said. “As for tomorrow, well, we’ll find out.”

The TEE tournament began in 1994 as a regional program for legally blind veterans, then went national last year.

“This is a really great program,” said Sandy Franks, who works at the VA Medical Center in Shreveport, La., and volunteered to help at the TEE Tournament. “It’s a real inspiration to meet these veterans.”


Robotic Rodeo Displays Future Help for Soldiers

By Christen N. McCluney
Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2009 – Two seemingly different U.S. Army organizations gathered robotics experts, technologists, academics, soldiers and companies from across the country in search of solutions to help save soldiers’ lives.

The 3rd Corps and U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, or TARDEC, based on Fort Hood, Texas, hosted the first Robotics Rodeo to showcase what’s new in the world of automation.

“The number one goal is to save the lives of our soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Barry “Chip” Daniels, 3rd Corps’ robotics project officer said in a Sept. 9 interview on “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military” on Pentagon Web Radio.

The rodeo was intended to foster better communication between soldiers and robotics developers. In this forum, soldiers can offer information on what they actually need in theater, and developers can share what technology is available in the development stage, as opposed to the fielding stage, Daniels said.

More than 30 exhibitors were on hand to display the latest in autonomous robotics, a capability that allows robots to function without a user interface, which helps in areas with limited communications or when soldiers have other tasks to focus on.

“There are a lot of enabling technologies and we saw a lot of examples at the rodeo,” said Jim Overholt, director of the Joint Center for Robotics at TARDEC. “Robots are still in their infancy. If we don’t have the robots keeping up with the operational tempo of what the troops are used to, they will leave the robots behind.”

Daniels advised thinking beyond common perceptions of what robots are capable of when thinking of how they might help the military.

“Often we fall victim to what Hollywood tells us a robot can do,” he said. “If they [soldiers] know what the robot is capable of doing, they can see the utility in having it fielded.”

Overholt said he is excited that technology developers who have been hearing the need for more mobile platforms, higher rates of speed and stability, are responding to the demand.

Soldiers’ feedback is valuable in updating technology and helps with the development phase in all areas, from design of robots to the size of battery packs, he said.

TARDEC also has embedded engineers in Afghanistan and Iraq to see firsthand how soldiers would use the equipment and get insight from the field on how to design it.

Because many of today’s soldiers grew up with gaming consoles, TARDEC designed many of the robots to be operated with joysticks.

“It's amazing, you give some of these soldiers robots that can be controlled from a game station or a simple controller and it’s not a matter of reading manuals, they are operating that robot in a matter of minutes,” Overholt said.

One of the main purposes of having the robots is to simplify capabilities so soldiers are not distracted from what is going on around them.

The robotic technology showcased at the rodeo was designed to help the military with four missions: route clearance, to allow robots to sweep areas instead of troops; logistic convoys, in which robots travel alone between different points; persistent stare, where the robots can observe an area with artificial intelligence alerts; and as future robotic wingmen to augment the current manned combat force, Daniels said.

"The learning that took place on both sides was wonderful to witness," Overholt said.

Daniels agreed that the collaboration between soldiers and robot developers must continue. “Until the systems are in the hands of the soldiers, we are not done," he said.

(Christen N. McCluney works in the Defense Media Activity’s emerging media directorate.)


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