Thu, July 18, 2024

Military

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Connecting military families to loved ones

The Alliance for Fort Eisenhower teamed up with AT&T and Human I-T to provide laptop computers to students and families with the goal of providing active duty service members, E5 and below, with the tools to bridge the digital divide. “We do that in so many different ways, especially in K through 12, but in the Augusta area, with our military families being so important, we felt like it was very important to extend this type of a program to the military families out of Fort Eisenhower,” Stan Shepherd, Regional

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More than 80 employers hiring at Fort Eisenhower career fair

The annual Hiring Our Heroes Career Summit and job fair for military-connected job seekers starts tomorrow, June 27, at the Eisenhower Catering and Conference Center. More than 80 employers are looking to fill 100,000+ positions in the industries of cybersecurity/IT, defense contracting, administration and general management, and project management. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and the Fort Eisenhower Transition Assistance Program (TAP) hosts the event and while the hiring fair is primarily intended for military members transitioning out of the service and military spouses, it’s open to

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Luncheon thanks military personnel, honors local business

Savannah Rapids Pavilion was decked out in red, white, and blue as 375 attended an annual luncheon to honor local active duty and retired military personnel. A highlight of the program was announcing the recipient of The Patriot Award. It was presented by Ehrin Fairey of Southeastern Residential and a Major in the Air Force Reserve, who said the recipient shows unwavering dedication and support to the military community. She explained the company helps more than 1,000 families each year with relocation services, while also supporting the annual Fort Eisenhower

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Medal of Honor recipient addresses Chamber event

Editor’s Note: Former ABD contributor, Ret. Major General Perry Smith frequently wrote about lessons which can be applied to business from military leadership, especially Medal of Honor recipients. Today offers an excellent opportunity to hear from a winner. The Military Appreciation Executive Luncheon, sponsored by Piedmont Augusta, will feature Specialist Five James C. McCloughan, a distinguished Medal of Honor recipient. The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, North Augusta Chamber, Greater Augusta Black Chamber, and AUSA-Fort Eisenhower Chapter will host the event at Savannah Rapids Pavilion today, from 11:00 am until 1:00

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National cyber director gets Augusta tour

Georgia’s senior senator and the man who serves as principal to the President on cybersecurity policy and strategy spent Monday touring two hubs of Augusta’s cyber community. Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Ga) and Harry Coker, Jr., National Cyber Director, began their day at the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center just off 12th Street. National Science Foundation Assistant Director, Erwin Gianchandani joined them. Ossoff said the visit continues the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to growing Augusta as the nation’s cybersecurity capital. The push began last year when Augusta was named one of

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Fort Eisenhower’s impact on the CSRA

31,000 military and civilian employees are part of the Augusta River Region. The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce’s June 4 Power Lunch focused on the economic impact Fort Eisenhower has across the seven counties at the heart of the CSRA. Guest speaker was Dr. Tom Clark, Executive Director of the Alliance for Fort Eisenhower. Clark served in the U.S. Army for 32 years reaching the rank of Command Sergeant Major (CSM) before his retirement. Started in 2003 when then-Fort Gordon faced closing under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), the

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New laws support military spouse workforce

Gov. Brian Kemp (R) continues his near-daily flurry of bill signings to cap off the 2024 legislative session. The most recent set of bills is focused on supporting the military, from veterans to active duty and their families, as well as improving recruitment opportunities. Kemp was joined by Speaker of the House Jon Burns (R), members of the General Assembly, and state and local elected leaders. “Every day is a great day to support our military. And we’re proud to do just that, and recognize those achievements today,” said Burns

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Legislation to boost military spouse employment in the CSRA

“Georgia is home to 11 military installations that contribute more than $19 billion in economic impact annually to our state,” said Georgia Chamber President and CEO, Chris Clark in a news release. “The spouses of our active-duty service members deserve the opportunity to live, work, and raise their families here in Georgia without the burden of excessive wait times for their occupational licenses.” A bill that will have a far-reaching impact on the families of soldiers stationed at Fort Eisenhower is awaiting Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) signature. The Georgia House

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CSRA businesses help military spouses looking for work

No one would argue that military life is hard. It’s a commitment like few others. While service members know that no matter where they are sent, they will have a job, it’s very different for their spouses. A comprehensive Military Family Lifestyle Report (the largest annual study of military families, conducted by Blue Star Families) found that 20% of military spouses in the labor force are unemployed and actively seeking work. For perspective, the unemployment rate in Augusta/Richmond County is 4.4%. In partnership with Fort Eisenhower, the U.S. Chamber of

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Veteran wins big at Fort Eisenhower PX

Retired Staff Sgt. James Mabry uses his MILITARY STAR® card whenever he shops at the Fort Eisenhower Exchange because he likes earning rewards points on his purchases. A swipe of the card late last year led to an entirely different reward: having his entire card balance paid off. Mabry was randomly selected as one of five grand prize winners in the 10th Annual MILITARY STAR Your Holiday Bill Is on Us sweepstakes. He was presented with a mock check representing his $8,122.50 balance—now paid in full—during a celebration at the Fort Eisenhower

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