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Air Force Association honors Sandia employee reservist

Albuquerque, NM – A Sandia National Laboratories employee, Andy Anderson, has been named the Air Force Reserve 2013 Citizen Airman of the Year. Sandia was named Air Force Reserve Employer of the Year.

“This is an incredible way to end a career,” said Anderson, who leads a team in Sandia’s Nonproliferation and Cooperative Threat Reduction Center. He retired May 1 from the Air Force Reserve as a colonel after thirty-seven years of service, including four on active duty.

Citations accompanying the award recognize Anderson’s service, particularly his most recent deployment to Afghanistan, and Sandia’s support to him and his family.

The Air Force Association, which sponsors the awards, presented plaques to Anderson and Sandia on the opening day of the association’s September Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, MD.

“Sandia is profoundly honored by this recognition and proud of Andy Anderson and his service to our nation,” said Michael Hazen, Sandia VP for infrastructure operations, who leads Sandia’s military support committee and is himself a lifetime member of the Air Force Association. “We feel privileged to receive such a significant award. It is special both for Col Anderson and for Sandia, which values our veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard.”

“It is a tribute to the outstanding support Sandia has provided me, my wife and family and the many other Sandia military members,” Anderson said. “I am pleased that Sandia has been recognized nationally for all it does to support our military personnel and their families.”

He said he was “hugely appreciative” of his military unit and command who nominated him, and singled out Rick Bacon and Rod Simmons of the Air Force North National Security Emergency Preparedness (NSEP) directorate at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. Anderson was based at Tyndall but attached to his home state as emergency preparedness liaison officer for New Mexico, supporting state officials by providing requested Air Force resources during disasters.

Anderson’s most recent deployment was to Afghanistan for nine months beginning in July 2011, as senior military advisor to the Afghan National Army’s general staff. Other deployments included the Persian Gulf in 1991 for Desert Storm and Qatar in 2005-2006 with the 302nd Maintenance Group from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO.

He and his wife, Ellen, a senior management assistant at Sandia, were among the Sandians who nominated Sandia last year for the U.S. secretary of defense’s Employer Support Freedom Award. Sandia was a finalist in 2012 and 2013 for that award, the highest DoD recognition for employers who support employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corp, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, NM and Livermore, CA, Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.


CSC commits to hiring 2,000 wounded warriors and military spouses by May 2014

Falls Church, VA – This May, Mike Lawrie, president and CEO of CSC, made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama to hire 2,000 wounded warriors and military spouses over the next twelve months, as part of the Joining Forces challenge (www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces).

On April 30, Obama announced that the Joining Forces program had generated pledges from businesses to hire or train 430,000 veterans over the next five years. Since August 2011, participating companies have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses under the Joining Forces program. CSC signed the challenge in 2011.

CSC develops smart, technology-enabled solutions for its clients. It employs 90,000 professionals to serve its customers in over seventy countries. U.S. military veterans and military spouses make up more than 25 percent of CSC’s North American public sector U.S. workforce.

CSC launched its military program in 2003 in partnership with the national Military Spouse Employment Partnership (msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil). The CSC program has expanded to include assistance for veterans, military spouses, wounded warriors and wounded warrior caregivers. The CSC military program team’s mission is to assist these constituents during their transition to civilian life and help them realize their professional aspirations.

The program attracts and retains veteran and military spouse talent through its veteran community outreach, networking and employment opportunities, and collaborative partnerships with other industry leaders, civilian organizations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations with the same mission.

“As a retired veteran myself, it’s a pleasure to serve other veterans during their transitions, particularly in an uncertain job market,” said Thomas Jones, CSC military programs manager. “I’m proud that CSC honors our military with dedicated programs and makes them a top priority.” CSC provides career portability assistance for CSC military-affiliated employees whenever possible. The company has developed a dedicated landing page, www.csc.com/salutes, for military-affiliated job seekers to learn about CSC’s programs for veterans.


DynCorp International earns Champions of Veteran Enterprise award

Falls Church, VA – DynCorp International has earned a 2013 Champions of Veteran Enterprise award from the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) for the second consecutive year. The award was presented at the VETS2013 Awards Luncheon in June in Reno, NV.

DynCorp is a global government services provider that delivers support solutions for defense, diplomacy and international development.

The award recognizes federal agencies and prime contractors that meet or exceed the 3 percent goal of providing opportunities to veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs). DynCorp significantly exceeded those targets, with 21.1 percent VOSB and 6.1 percent SDVOSB suppliers.

“Veteran-owned and service-disabled small businesses play an integral role in our global supply chain,” said Steve Gaffney, chairman and chief executive officer of DynCorp. “Their unique experiences with and understanding of many of our customers’ needs help our business succeed.”

See nvsbc.com for more info.


JPMorgan Chase receives 2013 Work Life Legacy Military award

New York, NY – JPMorgan Chase & Co, a global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide, has received the 2013 Work Life Legacy Military award from the Families and Work Institute (familiesandwork.org) for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes the company for its support of transitioning service members, veterans and their families.

“The Work Life Legacy award was created to address a critical economic and societal need. Approximately 1,000 service men and women transition out of the military every day, and only 100 are getting jobs each day. The purpose of this award is to increase these numbers by highlighting best practices in hiring and supporting veterans and their families. Congratulations to JPMorgan Chase for being among the four best-in-class winners,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of the Families and Work Institute.

Within its own ranks, JPMorgan Chase has hired more than 5,500 veterans since 2011. The company’s approach includes a centralized military recruiting team and innovative internal training programs to bridge the knowledge gap between military and civilian cultures. “Military 101” is a training program for hiring managers and recruiters to educate them about the unique training and experience that service members gain through military service. “Body Armor to Business Suits” is for veteran employees, and helps them assimilate into corporate culture and make their transition into the company as smooth as possible.

“Our nation has been at war for almost twelve years, and almost three million brave men and women volunteered to serve,” said Maureen Casey, managing director of military and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase, at the Families and Work Institute award ceremony on June 3. “We are committed to our mission of hiring transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses, and positioning them for long-term success.”

JPMorgan Chase is a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of 102 companies committed to hiring veterans and sharing best practices. The 100,000 Jobs Mission companies have collectively hired 64,628 veterans through the first quarter of 2013.

Through a partnership with Syracuse University, the firm also co-founded the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), the first national center in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. In addition to publicizing leading practices on veteran employment, IVMF offers educational programs for transitioning veterans and families, including the tuition-free veterans career transition program and entrepreneurship boot camp for veterans with disabilities.

For more info about JPMorgan Chase’s military and veteran programs, go to chasemilitary.com.


Aetna launches career microsite for veterans

Hartford, CT – Aetna is reaching out to military veterans to make it easier for them to find positions with the company.

Aetna recently launched a career microsite, aetna-veterans.jobs, dedicated to helping military veterans transition into the civilian workforce. The site has dedicated search engine optimization for veterans, and includes a military translator, a “crosswalk” job tool that matches military occupational codes with open jobs on the site that require transferable skills.

Loren Jenkins, Aetna diversity recruiting lead, notes that the site gives the company “the opportunity to gain a greater reach out to the veteran community. We can provide them with the resources and tools to learn about Aetna and get them excited about a career here. Aetna has some of the best employment-related policies and programs that support veterans, and National Guard and Reserve members and their families, like leave and pay policies that go beyond the legal requirements, an employee resource group for veterans, and philanthropic activities.”

A number of the jobs listed on the site are tech-focused: project managers, business analysts, application developers, IT architects, IT security advisors, IT engineering team leads, quality assurance analysts and web engineers.

Aetna recruiters also participate in Veteran Recruiting Services’ virtual career fairs at veteranrecruiting.com.

“Aetna is about more than just doing a job,” Jenkins says. “We have an opportunity to re-shape healthcare for America and across the globe. We are developing solutions to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. What we do will benefit generations to come.

“At Aetna we care about each other and our customers. We are inspired to make a difference, and we are committed to integrity and excellence. Together we’ll empower people to live healthier lives. Helping people live healthier lives is something worth fighting for.”

Aetna provides healthcare, dental, pharmacy, group life and disability insurance, and employee benefits.



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