On Friday, April 14, 2023, Joshua Keller, Talent Acquisition Operations Lead for Chenega MIOS, had the opportunity to attend the first-ever Industry Day at the Army Logistics University on Fort Gregg-Adams (formerly known as Fort Lee), to play a key role in the signing ceremony for a new Army Partnership for Your Success (PaYS) program member. Joshua proudly represented Chenega Corporation as he opened up the ceremony by singing the National Anthem for the event.
Following the signing ceremony, the Industry Day kicked off, co-hosted by the US Army Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM) and the US Army PaYS program. MIOS operated a booth space that remained busy throughout the event, eventually seeing over 200 soldiers in all stages of their careers, ranks, and job types during the day. As the event concluded, Chenega was recognized by the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA), Mike Flanagan, as an outstanding partner in the veteran hiring space. Chenega is extremely proud of its efforts in easing veteran transitions into civilian life and actively participates in hiring opportunities at the state and national levels.
Due to Chenega’s devoted attention to hiring veterans, Joshua was later asked to participate in a roundtable discussion between the US Army and the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide an employer-level perspective throughout the meeting. Many principal items were discussed, including how to best leverage and consolidate existing veteran service programs in addition to the newly established system, the Virginia Workforce Agency. One main focus, though, was the best way to retain Virginia military talent in Virginia, which has been a large area of focus for Chenega in sourcing efforts. Joshua was grateful to share some prior experience and expertise within this field at the roundtable.
The Chenega Corporate Partnership with the Army in the PaYS program has continued to prove that Chenega Corporation is on the leading edge of Veteran outreach and hiring practices. Both the signing ceremony and Industry Day were great opportunities to network with people in the hiring and job-seeking roles, and Chenega looks forward to having representation at additional Army PaYS events in the future.
CASA Michael Flanagan – Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) Virginia (south)
Mr. Gary Pan – Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
Jasmine Gore – Virginia Department of Veteran Services, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program Manager, Vice Mayor of the city of Hopewell (Ft. Lee adjacent)
Antonio Johnson – US Army PaYS Program Manager
LTC Joshua Ginn – US Army Soldier for Life Regional Director
NaStelle Graves – Army TAP, Transition Services Manager
Joshua Keller – Chenega Corporation PaYS Partner, V3 Partner, Veteran Employer