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National Guard and FASTPORT Sign MOU to Help Employ Guardsmen

FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan (left) and Brigadier General Jessica Meyeraan (right) display MOU between the organizations with 29 employers gathered at the Pentagon to sign ESGR Statements of Support.

FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan (left) and Brigadier General Jessica Meyeraan (right) display MOU between the organizations with 29 employers gathered at the Pentagon to sign ESGR Statements of Support.

In a joint effort to provide real economic opportunities to the National Guard, the National Guard Bureau Joint Staff and FASTPORT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that delineates a strategic partnership created to explore, promote, and improve military hiring initiatives in multiple industry sectors.

The signing ceremony took place at the Pentagon where 29 employers joined to witness the signing as well as sign their own Statements of Support for the Guard and Reserve. Because military service members have unique skill sets that equip them for successful careers, employers have united to inspire and hire these talented men and women.

Hiring military talent makes business sense. And that military talent does not end at those who have completed their service. Citizen Soldiers in the Guard and Reserves are disciplined and skilled workers who display pride, leadership, responsibility, and professionalism in all they do. They need and deserve great employers to support them with meaningful career opportunities. These talented Citizen Soldiers can find great career opportunities at https://vetfasttrack.org/.

“We are proud to stand with the National Guard and with our employer network in the effort to give our Guardsmen incredible career opportunities. Because employers are coming together on one platform, we can leverage our technology to bring job opportunities to these men and women across the country,” said FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan. “This is really a tribute to the military-friendly employers who work with us and the outstanding support they provide to those 460,000 Guardsmen who are ready to begin their careers.”

COL (Ret) Adam Rocke, Vice President of Military Engagement at FASTPORT, also signed a statement of support and said, "Veteran talent can be the lifeblood of our communities if more employers such as these step up to the plate and make their commitments to hire Vets and military spouses.  I've seen firsthand the unique skills and expertise these great Americans possess and they are an asset to any organization and will only make the business better.  From the battlefields to the front office, Veterans have the necessary skills to make a company succeed.”   

To join in this employer network to help employ members of the Guard, please visit fastport.com/employers.

 

About the National Guard Bureau

The National Guard is the first military responder in all domestic emergencies. The National Guard is in approximately 3,200 communities in all 54 states, territories and DC. http://www.nationalguard.mil

About FASTPORT

FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help Veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the military community.

FASTPORT, Inc. is a Department of Labor Industry Intermediary to increase apprenticeship programs for civilian and Veteran talent and has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visit fastport.com.


 

Employers Across Multiple Industries Converge at the Pentagon to Display Their Support of the Guard and Reserve

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December 16, 2015 - Pentagon, Washington, D.C. - Following record-shattering employer participation in previous ESGR Signing Ceremonies at the Pentagon, the Mid-American Trucking Show, and the Great American Trucking Show, FASTPORT coordinated with industry leading employers from around the country in multiple industries to display their continued dedication to our nation’s heroes and to publicly affirm they are ready and able to stand as first-responders in military employment.

Those companies registered for the event included:

  • Advanced Tactics, LLC
  • Aerotek, Inc.
  • Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation
  • Bartens Media
  • Bestway Express
  • Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
  • Change Your POV
  • Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA)
  • Concrete Supply Co.
  • EPES Transport
  • FASTPORT, Inc.
  • Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)
  • Hiring America
  • Hiring Our Heroes
  • J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
  • Melton Truck Lines
  • National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS)
  • National Tank Truck Carriers
  • National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO)
  • PRIME, Inc.
  • Randall-Reilly
  • Reddaway
  • Roush Holdings, LLC
  • SAIA
  • Transportation Intermediaries Association
  • TransPORTS
  • Trimac Transportation
  • TMC Transportation
  • U.S. Xpress
  • Warrior Hall
  • Washington Intern Student Housing
  • Werner Enterprises

The National Guard and Reserves are fundamental to our nation’s defense, and the health of this foundation depends in part on employers who support enlisted men and women as they fulfill their military duties.

Military talent in general is a coveted asset for these attending employers, and members of the National Guard and Reserve offer an additional benefit: they are immediately eligible for employment. For companies ready to make military hiring a priority, looking at the talent pool in the Guard and Reserve is an ideal place to start. You can see in the graph below that that pool is much larger than many employers imagine.

Active and Reserve U.S. Military Force Personnel Numbers   by Service Branch and Reserve Component in 2014  

Active and Reserve U.S. Military Force Personnel Numbers by Service Branch and Reserve Component in 2014 

“As a former Marine Reservist, I know how important it is to work for an employer that understands the value of military experience and empowers members of the Guard and Reserve as they fulfill their duties,” said FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan. “I’m especially proud to see employers represent so many different industries unite under one banner in the effort to provide real economic opportunities to the best and brightest in our nation.”

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley added, “With military-friendly industries and companies working together, particularly at events like this ESGR Statement of Support signing ceremony, we step closer to accomplishing the ultimate missions of ending veteran unemployment and bringing incredible talent to our workforce.”

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley poses with ESGR and DOD staff after signing the Statement of Support.

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley poses with ESGR and DOD staff after signing the Statement of Support.

The ESGR Signing Ceremony is an annual event that will take place the day before Wreaths Across America Day. If you are interested in participating in next year’s signing ceremony, please get in touch with Paige Thompson at paige.thompson@fastport.com.