On 24 Sept 2011, Way Station Inc with support from the State, Baltimore City, Howard County, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County held the first ever Baltimore region Stand Down. Operation Stand Down is designed as an intervention to bring a wide range of essential services to homeless veterans. This one-day Stand Down concentrated on providing certain essential services to homeless veterans in the Baltimore City region.
Services that were available to the participants included: health/medical, showers, food, addiction counseling, employment opportunities and training programs, and housing to name a few. Volunteers ushered the participants through an array of service providers ensuring that the men and women who served are nation were heard and that whatever help possible was provided.
After presentation of the colors by the Joint Base Andrews Color Guard, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, a reservist in the United States Army, opened up the event encouraging the participating veterans to take advantage of this opportunity and that Marylanders are here to give them a guiding hand.
The event was a huge success as over 20o veterans, 100 volunteers, and 20 service providers participated. The Maryland Defense Force’s 10th Medical Regiment, along with augmentees from the Maryland National Guard and the Greyhound ROTC Battalion, provided basic medical and dental services for the veterans. The South Baltimore Station stepped in making available shower facilities and a place for veterans to receive haircuts plus the availability of 50 beds in their Code Blue shelter. Aid our Veterans provided lunch for each participant and volunteer.
With a better understanding of the veteran needs in the area, plans have begun to take shape for next year’s Operation Stand Down.
Live Baltimore is hosting Buying Into Baltimore, a homebuying fair featuring four different neighborhood tours. There are two fairs, one for the West side in May and another for the East side in September. The fairs provide homebuying education opportunities and introduce participants to the variety of Baltimore’s neighborhoods and housing styles.
Through the City of Baltimore government, a total of $400,000 is available for 100 new homebuyers annually. Fifty (50) individuals from each fair are eligible to receive a $4,000 or $5,000 homebuying award per fair. That means 50 awards will be awarded from the Western Fair and 50 awards will be awarded from the Eastern Fair. The financial award can be applied toward downpayment and closing costs. There is a $15.00 participation fee to attend this event, children under 10 are free. The participation fee also includes an registration packet with homebuying resources.
Buying Into Baltimore will be held on Saturday, 10 September 2001, from 8:30 am to 2 pm at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, 3500 Hillen Road, Baltimore, MD 21218.
Online pre-registration is closed but there will be on-site registration at the event. The on-site registration fee is $15 per person (CASH ONLY).
8:30am – 11am Check-In and Neighborhood Tour Sign-up
Check-in and receive your registration packet containing valuable homebuying resources. During this time, review the neighborhood tour routes and sign-up for the tour(s) you would like to go on. Please note, tour routes do fill up.
9am – 11am Homebuying Classes
Classes are 45 minutes long and begin at 9am, 10am, and 11am. These classes do not count toward a Homeownership Counseling Certificate. The classes are intended to offer general guidance on important homebuying topics.
10am Exhibitor Area Opens
Visit with exhibitors, including real estate agents, mortgage companies, community groups, the City of Baltimore Office of Homeownership, and various homeownership counseling agencies.
11am – 1:15pm Neighborhood Tours
The guided neighborhood tours will start promptly at 11am. Event participants wishing to participate in the narrated bus tours must register with staff and volunteers on site between 8:30-11am. You must visit at least four (4) of the homes on the tour to get your Award Ticket stamped. This is required to qualify for the $4,000 financial award.
Additional information can be found at: http://www.livebaltimore.com/events/BuyingIntoBaltimore/.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) recently held their Customer and Industry Forum. The Forum attracted over 5,000 participants and exhibitors to the Baltimore Convention Center. The annual DISA conference brought together decision-makers and subject-matter experts from the military services, combatant commands, industry, and academia to share information and ideas that are critical to helping DoD achieve mission success and are of mutual interest.
Lieutenant General Pollett, the DISA Commander, welcomed participants, framed the discussions to be had through the Forum, and expressed his gratitude towards the State for its partnership and leadership in providing a smooth transition to Ft. Meade because of the 2005 BRAC. He also challenged DISA’s partners, to include the State, to be innovative in finding solutions to current and future challenges that may arise.
For participants, the Forum was broken into a series of tracks (Enterprise Infrastructure, C2/Information Sharing, Operate and Assure, Contracting, Engineering, Information/Knowledge Management & Process Improvement, Spectrum, and Testing) that addressed DISA’s three lines of operation – Enterprise Infrastructure, Command and Control and Information Sharing, and Operate and Assure. The tracks were arranged in specific sessions to discuss current state of operations, what the future may hold, and challenges that DISA continues to face.
On Wednesday, the Forum centered on forecasting needs to industry. The Forecast to Industry was hosted by Kathleen Miller, director of DISA’s Procurement Directorate and chief of the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO). A panel of DISA senior leaders discussed issues pertaining to requirements and acquisitions. The rest of the program consisted of high-level briefings by DISA senior officials, including program executive officers, about DISA’s requirements, contracts, and business opportunities.
For additional information and electronic copies of the presentations: http://www.disa.mil/conferences/2011/index.html.
About 200 outpatient wounded warriors are expected to move from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the nearby National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., as the two hospitals move closer to becoming one. More than 100 inpatients will move from Walter Reed’s wards to Bethesda by ambulance Aug. 28, and the flag will be lowered for good at the 102-year-old Army hospital.
Also as part of the changes in military health care facilities in the national capital region mandated by the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005, some of Walter Reed’s functions, patients and staff are moving to the newly expanded DeWitt Army Community Hospital on Fort Belvoir, Va.
After the Army and Navy hospitals merge, the Bethesda campus will be renamed as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“It is bittersweet that we are marking an ending to mark a new beginning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,” said Army Col. Norvell V. “Van” Coots, commander of Walter Reed’s health care system. “You can go anywhere in the world, and … people who don’t speak English know the words ‘Walter Reed.’ To me, that’s how you define ‘iconic.’”
Built for 80 inpatients in 1909 under a single roof in a Georgian-brick building, the former Walter Reed General Hospital eventually became the bustling medical campus it is today, with 72 buildings on a 113-acre plot of land, closely surrounded by a neighborhood in the upper-northwest quadrant of the nation’s capital.
“[There was] no room to expand and meet the changing demands of the complexity of the wounded warriors,” Coots said. “The room was found on the grounds of the naval hospital in Bethesda,” he said.
Standing ready for Walter Reed’s patients are the newly dedicated Wounded Warriors Barracks and Wounded Warriors Complex, dedicated two weeks ago at Bethesda.
For further details see: Walter Reed Enters Final Phase with Patient Moves
LT. GOVERNOR BROWN AND MHEC ANNOUNCE NEW HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND REGION
Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) announced seven degree programs and two courses to support the educational needs of Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). The programs, which will be administered by Maryland two and four-year higher education institutions, will cover a range of focus areas needed to support additional military missions coming to APG as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) transition.
The selection process involved a collaborative effort between the military, private sector, higher education community and state government to ensure that the needs of Northeast Maryland’s innovation workforce are met. An independent panel recommended programs and courses that will be offered by institutions from across the state, including two that will be administered by the University of Maryland, College Park; two by Towson University; two by Morgan State University; and one each by Johns Hopkins University, Cecil College, and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
“Governor O’Malley and I are committed to fully supporting Aberdeen Proving Ground’s unique missions, which are critical to our nation’s security and to Maryland’s economy,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “These new higher education programs, developed in partnership with military leadership, state government, and the higher education community, will help maintain and enhance the skills of the Aberdeen Proving Ground region’s workforce in order to support the thousands of BRAC-related jobs coming to the area and to retain these positions for years to come.”
“Maryland’s higher education community is ready, willing, and able to meet the needs of the Aberdeen Proving Ground region, and these programs and courses highlight the responsiveness of our State’s educational institutions,” said MHEC Secretary Elizabeth Sachs.
The programs will help support over 8,800 direct jobs and thousands of indirect positions coming to the Aberdeen Proving Ground region as part of the BRAC process. APG officials will work directly with the recommended schools to finalize implementation of the programs and a final review of each program will be conducted by MHEC. Programs may begin as early as this fall.
See the full press release at http://www.governor.maryland.gov/ltgovernor/pressreleases/110712.asp for further details.
The list of the recommended programs and courses are:
|Business Administration||MBA||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Electrical Engineering||MS||Morgan State University|
|Mechanical Engineering||MS||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Operations Research||MS||Morgan State University|
|Software Engineering||MS||Towson University|
|Supply Chain Management||MS||Towson University|
|Systems Engineering||MS||Johns Hopkins University|
|Principles of Management||Course Credit||Cecil College|
|Principles of Org Behavior||Course Credit||College of Notre Dame of Maryland|
Design, Software, Systems, RF and Test Engineers
Electronics Warfare (EW) Engineers
Information Assurance Engineers
Program Management Subcontracts Associate Manager
Software Configuration Analysts
Software Quality Engineers
Subcontract Program Manager Associate
Touch Labor: Including HVAC, Machinists, Mechanics, Painters, etc.
The Fort Meade Alliance unveiled the next phase of its signature program, Project SCOPE (Security Clearance Overview and Preparation Education), on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 at Towson University. This phase of Project SCOPE is targeted at 2- and 4-year college students as well as workers changing or re-entering the workforce.
Project SCOPE, College/Workforce details the process of obtaining security clearances, what types of clearances are available and necessary for different work, as well as general information to assist in the job search and interview process.
“There is a critical need for security-cleared individuals to fill the much-needed jobs in this region,” said Penny Cantwell, FMA Education and Workforce Chair and Senior Vice President of CommerceFirst Bank. “In providing a program that supports a more accurate understanding of the security clearance process, our region will be able to hire new employees more efficiently and streamline government and business workflow.”
Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, citing the need for skilled workers with security clearances to staff the state’s growing cyber security sector, applauded the development of Project SCOPE.
“Security clearances are required to work in many national security arenas – such as cyber security – that will provide thousands of new jobs in Maryland,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Studies show security-cleared professionals are among the top 10 percent of earners in the country. By educating people on what it takes to obtain a security clearance, Project SCOPE and the Fort Meade Alliance are helping Maryland fill that pipeline of high-quality, high-paying jobs.”
Project SCOPE, which debuted in June 2009, was created to educate middle and high school students in Maryland about the great opportunities available to them in careers that require security clearances. Project SCOPE, College/Workforce is the natural progression of this program.
The website www.project-scope.org addresses several different aspects of the security clearance process, and provides vital information to job applicants. It targets 2-year and 4-year college graduates, and professionals who are re-entering the workforce or changing careers.
In addition to the website, another teaching tool in Project SCOPE is the speakers bureau, which encourages professionals who currently have a security clearance to share their personal experiences with job applicants. Besides helping applicants understand the need for cleared workers in the region, the stories speakers share may ease the apprehension associated with obtaining a security clearance.
For more information about Project SCOPE or to sign up as part of the Speakers Bureau, please visit www.project-scope.org.
Task Force to Study the Creation of a Regional Higher Education Center in Northeastern Maryland
As per Maryland House Bill 1156, the Chairman of the Task Force is convening the first meeting to study the creation of a regional higher education center in northeastern Maryland. The meeting is designed to introduce the task force members and for a series of informational briefings on the current state of higher education in northeastern Maryland.
The meeting will be held on Friday, 10 June 2011 from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm.
Meeting location is the HEAT Center, 1201 Technology Drive, Room 130, Aberdeen, MD 21001
he Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on 15 April 2011 to celebrate the officical opening of its new facility on Ft. George G. Meade. DISA Director Army Lt. Gen. Carroll Pollett hosted the event, held in the conference center of the main building on the 1.1 million-square-foot campus.
“This event is an opportunity for us to show our gratitude to all of our partners who have helped us to get here, and our employees who have made this move successful,” said Lt. Gen. Pollett during the ceremony.
In addition to DISA’s current and former staff, distinguished guests of the event included Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Teri Takai, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Sen. Ben Cardin, and Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.
DISA’s office complex is now the largest in Anne Arundel County. The campus of seven buildings, on 95 acres, includes its own warehouse, water supply, conference center, education center, and various office and test and evaluation labs. The complex also houses a large dining facility with various cuisines, a health center, and a fitness center with exercise rooms and various cardio and strength training equipment.
Approximately 200 employees transfer from Northern Virginia to the new campus each week. When the phased move is complete in August 2011, more than 4,000 government civilian employees, active duty military, and contractors will work in the new facility.
I want to welcome the DISA employees and their families to Maryland. I know how hard it is to move, and I want you to know I’m on your side,” U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski said. “I fought to get the funding necessary to build the DISA headquarters and the transportation infrastructure to go with it. I will keep fighting for jobs today and jobs tomorrow – high-tech jobs that can never been sent overseas.”
“Maryland has received international recognition as one of the premier 21st Century locations for information technology and technology-based intelligence,” said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin. “This new Defense Information Systems Agency headquarters is first class and will ensure that our nation has the resources it needs to provide our nation’s leaders with the reliable information and communications that are critical to protect our nation.”
“As Ranking Member of the House Committee on Intelligence, I know how critical DISA’s work is in keeping our nation’s defense and intelligence agencies communicating, connected and secure,” said Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger. “DISA is making sure warfighters around the globe have real-time access to secure network information and the technologies that keep them safe. The thousands of jobs DISA will bring with this state-of-the-art building are a great windfall for Maryland and Anne Arundel County and I am proud to call this agency my new constituent.”
“We are fortunate that BRAC is bringing thousands of new jobs to Maryland. I am particularly excited about welcoming DISA because they have established a model telework policy that will help mitigate traffic coming on and off the base,” said Congressman John Sarbanes, who authored a law to promote telework within the federal government.
“I am proud to welcome the Defense Information Systems Agency and its dedicated workers to Maryland,” said Lt. Governor Brown, chair of the Governor’s BRAC Subcabinet in Maryland. “We have been able to make this day a reality due to our strong partnerships with DISA leadership, Maryland’s Congressional Delegation, and the local community. It is an honor to support DISA’s work to provide our brave men and women in uniform with the real time information they need to defend our nation. And DISA’s cutting edge approach to information processing will fit in seamlessly with Maryland’s innovation economy. Base realignment in Maryland means more jobs, a stronger economy and better support for our troops, and I will keep working to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible.”
On April 26, 2011, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown joined Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Ed Chow and transitioning veterans at Prince George’s Community College to officially launch the Mil2FedJobs Web portal. The portal, located on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWEjobs.maryland.gov), is the first of its kind in any state to directly match transitioning servicemembers with careers in the Federal Government.
“It is our duty to serve those who have so bravely served their country, and the innovative Mil2FedJobs site is one more way to ensure that Maryland’s veterans have the support they deserve,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Our one-of-a-kind website will help servicemen and women find federal job opportunities that best match their skills. With the positions coming to our state through the Base Realignment and Closure process, we have a unique opportunity in Maryland to connect veterans with thousands of high quality jobs. It is unacceptable that so many brave Americans are unable to find work, so I am proud that Maryland continues to lead the way in efforts to reduce unemployment among young veterans.”
While veterans have an array of skills and vast training, many struggle to understand how their military experience can translate into the professional civilian environment. The Mil2FedJobs portal uses veterans’ military occupational codes (MOC) to query federal openings that match their qualifications on the USAJOBS Web tool. In part because of the large number of vacancies posted on USAJOBS, navigating the site without a tool like Mil2FedJobs can often be an overwhelming task for a first-time federal applicant. In addition, Mil2FedJobs allows civilian hiring managers to identify specific military occupations that share attributes with specific jobs in their agencies.
The Maryland Department of Labor and the portal’s development team collected and coded occupational definitions from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to provide key terms for occupational matches. The development team also worked closely with veteran hiring managers, One Stop Employment Center staff and local veterans’ employment representatives to test the portal’s usability. Research conducted during the portal’s development stages identified 715 specific federal occupations and more than 1,800 military occupations. On average, each MOC can be matched to seven federal occupations, and 80 percent of federal occupations can be matched to at least one MOC.
The Mil2FedJobs portal was developed by the Maryland Department of Labor Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service to help connect transitioning veterans with the tens of thousands of federal jobs moving to Maryland because of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The portal was also designed to help federal agencies located in Maryland comply with President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13518, which directs federal agencies to increase recruitment of veterans.
More information can be found at http://www.governor.maryland.gov/ltgovernor/pressreleases/110426.asp.