By Lt. Col. Jefferson Wolfe
Army Reserve Communications
ARLINGTON, Va. — Business leaders from around the country learned about the Army Reserve and discussed a new Private Public Partnership Initiative.
The business leaders sailed the Potomac River aboard an Army Reserve landing craft, toured the Pentagon and were special guests of Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, as the Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General of U.S. Army Reserve Command hosted a Twilight Tattoo concert at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Talley told the group it was his honor to be able to host the day’s worth of activities. The heroes in America are not just in the armed forces, he said, adding the public and private sector employers who hire reserve component Soldiers and veterans are, too.
“Thank you for what you’ve done for the United States and what, specifically, you’ve done for Soldiers and families,” he said.
P3i, as the Private Public Partnership Initiative is being called, intends to merge the best of Army individual and leader training with industry skill-building and professional development to enhance Soldier and civilian-acquired skills and experiences.
Talley envisions evolving the current Employer Partnership Office — which has more than 4,000 agreements in place — to help Soldiers expand their civilian-acquired skills under a private sector model. As for unit training, P3i proposes to work with private companies to pay for projects that reinforce Title 10 training.
“At P & G, we actively recruit veterans,” said Bill Andre, of Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. “As well, we want to support our Reservists.”
In trying to determine how to best support them, Procter & Gamble works with The Employer Partnership, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and is interested in taking part in P3i, Andre said.
“When it comes down to it, in a company you’re going to hire someone because they’re going to create value for your company,” he said. “We’ve found that with military veterans, you get that. It’s the whole package.”
One way Procter & Gamble has worked with Employer Partnership is to find Reserve Soldiers who are looking for a career opportunity, have technical skills and live near the company’s local facilities, Andre said.
Even with yearlong mobilizations, Procter & Gamble remains committed to working with employees who are Soldiers, he said. The company hires employees for the long term, and benefits from the skills and experiences they bring back from deployments.
“We appreciate the fact that you are committed to hiring veterans,” Maj. Gen. Glenn Lesniak, the Army Reserve’s Deputy Commanding General for Support told the group of business leaders before the boat tour, adding that Army Reserve Soldiers depend on their civilian employers as the full-time job they need to “put bread on the table.”
Creating a synergy between the civilian skills and leadership Soldiers learn in the military benefits the Army Reserve and the employer, he said.
During the tour, the business leaders saw an Army Reserve mission that may go overlooked: transporting supplies and personnel from ship to shore. The 464th Transportation Co., from Fort Belvoir, Va., provided three LCM-8 “Mike” landing craft for the hour-long Potomac River tour.
“At one point, the Army had more vessels than the Navy and more aircraft than the Air Force,” said Lt. Col. Angela Wannemaker, the commander of the 359th Transportation Battalion from Fort Eustis, Va., which is the headquarters for the 464th.
Later in the day, after touring the Pentagon, the business leaders witnessed Talley swear in 83 new recruits from the Northern Virginia area, among them Army Reserve Soldiers, during the U.S. Army Military District of Washington's Twilight Tattoo concert at Conmy Hall at Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall.
Talley also hosted a reception at the Joint Base Myer -Henderson Hall Officer’s Club.
Businesses represented during day’s events included: VSE Corporation; Veterans Employment Program, US Chamber of Commerce; UPS Supply Chain Solutions; United Way; The Walt Disney Company; San Diego Army Advisory Council; Proctor & Gamble; NBA Entertainment; Industrial Minerals Association, North America; Hyundai Motor America; HBO Sports; General Electric Healthcare; Fox Sports Media Group; and the Armed Forces Foundation.
|Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, the Chief of Army Reserve and Commander of United States Army Reserve Command, swears in 82 recruits, among them future Army Reserve Soldiers Wednesday night during a Twilight Tattoo concert at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. Talley hosted the event. The Army Reserve leadership welcomed Soldiers, civilians and families as well as local business leaders from around the country who support the Army Reserve's Employer Partnership Office. At a post event reception, Talley discussed a new Private Public Partnership initiative that intends to merge the best of Army individual and leader training with industry skill-building and professional development to enhance Soldier and civilian-acquired skills and experiences. (Photo by Lt. Col. Jefferson Wolfe)|