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Jan. 21 - U.S. Chamber Foundation, military leaders holding ‘Fort Stewart Service Member Transition Summit’ this week

Category: Workforce Development

By Lou Phelps, Coastal Empire News

January 21, 2015 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with lead partners Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) and Lockheed Martin, will join the U.S. Army, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Defense, and Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and hundreds of transitioning service members and spouses for a ‘Fort Stewart Transition Summit’ will kick off Weds. afternoon.

For two days, business and civic leaders will gather to develop and strengthen military hiring initiatives across the country. This is the first of 20 such summits that will be held on installations across the country in 2015.

These summits – primarily focused on supporting service members preparing to exit the military – are a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors to connect transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses to meaningful employment opportunities.

Day One will feature town hall-style forums led by senior military officers, public officials, and business leaders on developing strong military recruitment strategies, dispelling myths about veteran and spouse hiring, and encouraging participants to share their own company or community's best practices with key government agencies and decision-makers as well as a networking reception. At the reception, job-seeking attendees will have the chance to meet and interact with local and national business leaders, recruitment heads for national companies, and veteran and military spouse service agencies.

Day Two will allow nearly 1,000 service members preparing to transition into the civilian workforce to hear directly from federal and state service agencies as well as veteran-friendly employers about the career resources, training, and opportunities available to help them.

The event will culminate in a Hiring Our Heroes job fair for transitioning service members, National Guard, reserve components, veterans, and military spouses. More than 60 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for attendees of all ranks and levels of experience. Since Hiring Our Heroes began in March 2011, more than 1,500 companies have hired 25,000 veterans and military spouses as a result of more than 840 hiring fairs.

Registration for this free event is open to all interested military, federal, and state agencies; community leaders; and businesses and employers looking to hire veterans.

Speakers will include:

  • Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

  • Colonel Adam Rocke, Director of the Soldier for Life Program, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

  • Maurice Buchanan, Atlanta Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS)

  • Patrick Bean, Transition Services Manager, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield

  • Colonel Charles Tulaney (USMC, Ret.), Military Relations Manager – Capital Region, Lockheed Martin

  • Jim O’Donnell, Executive Director and Director of Military and Veteran Recruiting, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Matthew Heaney, Ph.D., State Director, Georgia, U.S. Department of Labor – Veterans' Employment and Training Service

  • Kevin Ryan, Co-Founder and CEO, Service Brewing Company

The schedule for Day One, the Business and Civic Leader Forums on Weds., Jan. 21, 2015 includes:

4:00 P.M. Interactive Forums & Panel Discussions

5:15 P.M. Networking Reception

Day Two: Employment Workshops and Hiring Fair


Thursday, January 22, 2015

10:00 A.M. Employment Panels & Workshops for Job Seekers

1:00 P.M. Hiring Fair


Free registration is available online at


The session will be held at Club Stewart – Building 405

1020 Hero Road

Fort Stewart, GA 31314


(For questions regarding Hiring Our Heroes, media can e-mail Kim Morton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 202-463-5725.)

This hiring event is being conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, U.S. Army Fort Stewart, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services, the U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command and Soldier for Life Program, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and local chambers of commerce.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.


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