Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Rebuilding Together South Sound Benefit


The Master Builders Association of Pierce County (MBA Pierce) is holding a dinner & auction to benefit veterans services provided by Rebuilding Together South Sound and MBA operations on Friday, May 16 at 5:30 pm in Tacoma.  Valet parking, live music, drinks and appetizers and a plated dinner will be provided along with a silent and a live auction.



Cost to attend is $75 per person or $600 for a table of 10 (bring your friends and save)!

Celebrate and give back to our service men and women by attending this evening of fun and end up with some pretty incredible items for yourself.  

(So far, the items include trips to Harrison Hot Springs, an award winning resort in Lareto, Mexico, and Cabo San Lucas, a bass fishing trip, private boat and wine tours, a progressive dinner, autographed Seahawk collateral, Seahawk tickets, and more!)

RSVP here . Thank You.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Purple Up! Today

Everyone is encouraged to wear purple today, April 15 as a visible way to support and show gratitude to military children for their strength.



Noteworthies with a Local Link

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the president has nominated Navy Rear Adm. (lower half) Dietrich H. Kuhlmann III, for appointment to the rank of rear admiral. Kuhlmann is currently serving as commander, Submarine Group Nine, Silverdale, Wash.

Reservist Named Chamber's Citizen-Airman



Photo (l.to r.): Amy Tiemeyer, ACU (Award Sponsor) and MSgt Lance Nelson.







It is the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s honor to present the 2014 Howard O. Scott Citizen-Airman of the Year Award to 446th Airlift Wing Master Sergeant Lance Nelson.

Master Sergeant Lance Nelson is a long-time loadmaster in the 729th Airlift Squadron, 446th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis McChord-McChord Field.  He is a flight leader in the squadron and manages training for his flight. He also is an employee of West Pierce Fire and Rescue as a firefighter and EMT. 

MSgt Nelson has volunteered for the West Pierce Fire and Rescue Public Education Team, teaching children in elementary schools fire prevention and life safety. He has in addition had a starring role in the Fire Prevention Week assemblies at various schools and has volunteered for the Read Across America Program where he has gone into classrooms to read to children.

MSgt Nelson is the current Evergreen Elementary School PTA President and has been a member of the PTA for the last seven years. He has been involved in fundraising for school camps and participated in movie nights, book fairs, bingo nights, popcorn sales, school beautification and many other PTA activities. He has volunteered in the classrooms as well, reading to children, and assisting teachers with classroom help. He also sits one-on-one with children in the classroom to help with instruction and testing.

MSgt Nelson was selected to sit on the Bethel School District Long Range Facilities Planning Team representing Evergreen Elementary School. On this team he works with community members to develop a list of projects to present to the school board for the next bond issue.

He is a sitting board member for Bethel Recreation Association, a non-profit organization that provided recreation athletics for the 17 elementary and six middle schools in the Bethel School District. He is involved with the implementation and development of the Standard Operating Procedures of the program and oversight of budget items.

MSgt. Nelson has also been an active volunteer coach for the Bethel Recreation Association, sometimes coaching up to two teams per season. He has coached basketball, football, soccer and baseball for the organization, spending countless hours developing practices and mentoring the youth on his teams. He also developed and organized a basketball clinic for the Bethel Recreation Association, volunteering his time and efforts to develop skills and abilities for young players.

MSgt. Nelson is an active Boy Scout dad, assisting his son in his progression through Scout programs. He crossed over with his son from Pack 679 to Troop 692 and is now active in troop campouts, fundraising, and meeting management. Currently, Nelson is setting up his training program to become a Troop Assistant Scoutmaster.

MSgt. Nelson has also been on his homeowners’ association board since its induction. He has served as secretary for the HOA and is currently the President. He has been involved in the beautification of the development and assists with maintaining rules and governance of the HOA.

With all of his activities and tireless devotion to making his community a better place for children and adults alike, Firefighter and Master Sergeant Nelson’s compassion, commitment and community impact in Pierce County and beyond makes him deserving of the Citizen-Airman of the Year Award.

“America's Credit Union (ACU) was excited to present this year’s citizen-soldier award. ACU has supported our area service members and their families since 1954, so it goes without saying that we would jump at the chance to honor such an exemplary citizen airman,” said Amy Tiemeyer, America’s Credit Union, (Award Sponsor).

About Howard O. Scott
Each year, the Citizen-Soldier (Airman) Award memorializes Howard Scott who grew up in Tacoma and served the nation when called upon during World War II—as part of “America’s Greatest Generation.” He returned to succeed as a banker in Tacoma, giving of his time to community service organizations, believing and enjoying this in his belief that doing so is one's responsibility. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Get Wired at Vet Career Day

Goodwill Veteran Services and Starbucks Coffee is presenting a Career and Resource Day.

Contact Bulah Scheel or call 253-573-6789

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

College Credit for Military Training

A new law grants college credit to veterans for military training.

Governor Jay Inslee plans to sign into law Senate Bill 5969  which grants academic credit for military training. State Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County, who sponsored the legislation, called the new law a major benefit for veterans, “who often face hardships as they transition back into civilian life and need to build new careers.”

When:  3:00 p.m. Governor Jay Inslee’s conference room, Legislative Building

In addition, Washington’s Medal of Honor recipients Captain William D. Swenson, Sgt. Leroy Petry, and SSG Ty M. Carter, will be at the Capitol for the dedication of the Medal of Honor Monument. Senator O’Ban will be presenting Sgt. Leroy Petry with Senator Resolution 8417.  Find out all about them and the Monument here.

When:  
10:30 a.m. - Presentation of Senate Resolution, Governor Inslee’s Office, Legislative Building
11:00 a.m. – Medal of Honor Monument dedication, Capitol Rotunda

“We ask so much of our brave men and women in uniform,” said O’Ban, whose two sons serve in the military, “They’ve made life and death decisions, mastered complicated information technology and communications systems and managed millions of dollars’ worth of equipment. This is valuable training and work they’ve accomplished and worthy of college credit.”

The law now requires Washington’s colleges and universities to adopt policies on awarding academic credit to individuals for certain military training courses or programs by the year 2016.

Tom Jenkins, President of the Husky United Military Veterans heralded the new law, “I'm very excited about this bill. This is the biggest thing for veterans as it directly recognizes their accomplishments. It says ‘thank you’ for being a medical professional, or being an engineer, for example. For those who choose to continue in their field of training this is a great opportunity,” Jenkins said.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cong. Adam Smith at Citizen-Soldier Event








 Citizen-Soldier of the Year
33rd anniversary presentation


The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC) will join with the Kiwanis Club of Tacoma in presenting the 33rd annual Howard O. Scott Citizen-Soldier of the Year. The Sponsor is America's Credit Union (ACU).

The Scott Citizen-Soldier of the Year is a premier MAC event recognizing the civic contributions of our Citizen-Soldiers (Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen/National Guard and Reserve).  Please come and help us with this celebration and this recognition.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Congressman Adam Smith
Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee


In the coming months, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will consider the annual National Defense Authorizing Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015. Congressman Adam Smith, the Ranking Member on HASC, will provide an update on the issues currently before the Committee as well as answer any questions you may have on current events.



Host:  Kiwanis Club of Tacoma
Date & Time:  Tuesday, April 15, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Place:  La Quinta Inn, 1425 E. 27th St., Tacoma 98421
EntrĂ©e  --              $15.00
Payment to be made at the door. Register to insure adequate seating.
RSVP:  DUE 12 noon, April 11. (Friday)
Register Online Here

Please help acknowledge our thanks to our citizen-soldiers by attending this event. 

Each year, the Citizen-Soldier Award memorializes Howard Scott who grew up in Tacoma and served the nation when called upon during World War II- as part of America's Greatest Generation. He returned to succeed as a banker in Tacoma - giving of his time to community service organizations, believing and enjoying this in his belief that doing so is one's responsibility. 

Howard O. Scott Citizen-Soldier of the Year Award

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee will join with the Kiwanis Club of Tacoma in presenting the annual Howard O. Scott Citizen-Soldier of the Year Award.
The Citizen-Soldier Award memorializes Howard Scott who grew up in Tacoma and served the nation when called upon during World War II- as part of America's Greatest Generation. He returned to succeed as a banker in Tacoma - giving of his time to community service organizations, believing and enjoying this in his belief that doing so is one's responsibility.

The Scott Citizen-Soldier of the Year is a premier MAC event recognizing the civic contributions of our Citizen-Soldiers (Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen). We encourage you to attend and celebration this recognition.

Noteworthies With a Local Link

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that the president has nominated Navy Capt. Jeffrey S. Ruth, nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half).  Ruth is currently serving as commanding officer, USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Everett, Wash.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Noteworthies with a Local Link

U.S. Pacific Command Commander Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear (who served on USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea Commander Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti (CG, I Crops & JBLM in 2010-11) testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on "U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program." 

New Regulations Likely Cause On-Base Closures

The McDonald’s at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, will close March 31, reports the Army Times.

Six restaurants located on military installations, including three McDonald’s outlets and two name-brand eateries, have closed recently or are planning to shortly, with new minimum wage requirements for workers on federal contracts believed to have played a role in the decisions.  Washington State already has the highest minimum wage in the U.S. at $9.32/hr.

Last week McDonald’s restaurants closed at Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., and at Naval Support Activity, Bethesda, Md.  An I Love Country, has notified Navy Exchange Service Command that it will close next week at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Two other contractors, a sandwich eatery and a pizza parlor, have asked to terminate their Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracts to operate at two other installations.

These decisions most likely are related to Labor Department rules governing fast food workers on federal contracts, along with a recently signed executive order increasing the minimum wage for employees working on new federal contracts beginning Jan. 1, a source told the publication. Pres. Obama’s executive order established $10.10/hr. as the federal minimum wage for contractors.  The rules also require payment of new, additional “health and welfare” fringe benefits at a rate of $3.81 per hour to those employees.

The Labor Department rules, issued last fall, require federal contractors operating under the Service Contract Act to pay fast food workers a higher minimum wage, as well as additional health and other benefits. It is not yet clear what the impact of President Obama’s executive order will be for contracts on military installations.