I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I’ve last posted! I will get back to regular blogging, I promise! Until then…I am heading to Louisiana State University next week to guest lecture at the Manas School of Communication. If you had the chance to talk to young undergards about social media, what would you want them to know? Would love to start a discussion with you all on this topic, as it is one worth discussing in my opinion since there isn’t much in the way of standardization when it comes to social media in the classroom.
I was honored to be invited to a conference call featuring Mrs. Obama and Joining Forces where a big announcement was made that over 15,000 jobs have been created for military spouses and veterans.
Mrs. Obama called military spouses talented, resilient and employable and expressed her gratitude for their flexibility and adaptability when it comes to employment. She commended them on all their unique sacrifice to our nation.
11 companies have stepped up to create over 15,000 jobs in the customer service, healthcare and telecomm industries, specifically designed for military spouses and veterans, jobs that can be done from anywhere in the country. These jobs bring flexibility and portability necessary to the military spouse lifestyle, said the First Lady.
Mrs. Obama recognized these employers as supporting military families not just by their words by also through their actions by creating jobs. She said this was just the beginning and she hopes more companies will follow suit.
The discussion centered on the need to create more flexible employment options and meet the needs of the evolving modern American family. Mrs. Obama praised military spouses for leading the way in that arena and their ability to stay flexible.
A military spouse from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri joined the call and discussed how beneficial this type of program is from a perspective of someone that is living through it. She shared her experience with telework and expressed how this type of work is helpful in balancing family and multiple moves military families go through.
Mrs. Obama closed with saying how proud she is of military spouses and pledged to continue working on getting them the support they deserve and need, as we all ask so much of them.
This is very exciting news and hopefully a continued effort in hiring of military spouses, individuals who are often forgotten when we think about the sacrifices our military members make each and every day.
The First Lady says it best below:
Just to put this in context so that people understand what these spouses go through, these men and women take on so much. Just think of it — every couple of years they are packing up and they’re moving from state to state; oftentimes, they’re doing the work of two parents when their spouse is deployed for months at a time. And like so many civilian families, they’re doing this all while balancing the demands of family, community, and trying to keep their own jobs together, all while hoping and praying that their loved one comes home safe.
Dear readers, as you’ve probably noticed, entries have been far few and between. As grad school has taken precedence, I am looking forward to getting back into regular blogging when this wonderful journey is over at the end of this year. Until then, I’ll post a few entries, but look for me to be back in December after my thesis has been turned in! Thanks for coming by and checking out my blog!
The issues women face as leaders continues to be a fascinating topic with dedicated research many publications emerging both in print and online.
It is no surprise that the military, an institution that prides itself in developing some of the finest leaders continues to extend opportunities to women.
A symposium dedicated to connecting women in the military will be held in San Diego this year, March 15 and 16. The theme of the Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium will be “Connect. Empower. Succeed,” Geared towards all the military branches, the women will have the opportunity to focus on their leadership development while also highlighting the achievements of women leaders on the front lines around the globe.
The opportunity for leadership development is a much coveted opportunity both men and women look for in potential employers. With women still not being equally represented in the top leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies it is an encouraging sign that the military puts emphasis on creating leadership opportunities for women as this symposium is an example of many other similar initiatives.
The chance for self improvement and life long learning are both very important and the military doesn’t fall short on either.
To learn more about the March symposium visit this Air Force story: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123242665
NFL is one entertainment entity that never falls short on supporting the troops and highlighting their accomplishments to the American public. This Super Bowl will be no different as the Air Force elite performance group, Tops in Blue will be performing during the pre-game festivities.
For one of the most important events in the country’s pop culture and sports world, it is a good thing that the military is getting representation.
For a complete list of military participating in this year’s Super Bowl take a look at this article: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123241190
The topic of ROTC being brought back to ivy league schools and other elite universities is back to being a popular topic of discussion in military news circles. For those that aren’t familiar with military issues this doesn’t seem to matter much. This topic is however very important and more so now than ever.
Defense secretary gates and Chief of the Joint Staff, Admiral Mullen warn of the dangers of an American society that is so far removed from the military community. This gap seems to get bigger over time and it especially noticeable in big cities or places that don’t have any sort of military community near. It is a scary notion to think about that 1% of Americans are fighting all our wars and for the rest of us, outside the winter holidays period we don’t put much thought about those serving. If it wasn’t for the USO and other entities vying for time on our entertainment networks during this time, most probably wouldn’t think of those serving even during the holidays. Once the month of December is over we are back to hearing about the wars or those serving but in a very removed sense as it doesn’t seem to affect our daily lives.
There are many reasons for this disconnect. Most of it stems from the lack of exposure and knowledge about those serving. One part can be attributed
to the lack of military presence at some of the most elite universities in the country. What kind of message is that sending to high caliber youth? With endless opportunities to learn and grow, these students don’t have an exposure to the military, which is not good on multiple levels.
While the military as a whole has recently enjoyed meeting and exceeding recruiting goals, the lack of military presence on ivy league campuses is much more than a recruiting issue. It is important for the military career path to be available to all that wish to go that route and the presence of military at places that typically aren’t very much connected to this community can benefit everyone involved.
Washington Post published an interesting article about ROTC recently that talks about revamping the program, making it more relevant and possibly offering some cost savings. Some of the ideas are compelling http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/27/AR2011012706168.html
Agree or disagree with the above article, one point is clear and that is that some sort of ROTC program needs to be brought back to elite universities across the country. Both Harvard and Columbia have made claims that now that DADT has been put to rest they are looking forward to welcoming the military back on their campuses. This will be an important first step in restoring a connection between the military and youth that may not be exposed to this community otherwise.
Marriage to service members presents unique obstacles; military-to-military marriages can pose even more challenges, but service members find the upsides.
The Air Force recently released a story about a marriage that took place while both service members were deployed. Very interesting story you can find here: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123216930
While most of us don’t have a reason to think about the types of sacrifices service members make, it is humbling to think about having to even compromise on one of the biggest days, such as the wedding day. Missed holidays, birthdays and anniversaries are common in the military community and while we may never be able to understand the sacrifices we can appreciate all that service members do.