• A representative from Colonial Life sets up the company display just prior to the beginning of the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. A total of 1,176 job seekers attended the event.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    A representative from Colonial Life sets up the company display just prior to the beginning of the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. A total of 1,176 job seekers attended the event.

  • Col. John Boyd, the 81st Regional Support Command historian, talks with WLTX CBS channel 19 about the history of support the nation has shown veterans since World War One with respect to employment. For that reason, Boyd decided to dress in a WWII uniform for the Hiring Our Heroes job fair event on March 6 held at the Solomon Center on Fort Jackson, S.C.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Col. John Boyd, the 81st Regional Support Command historian, talks with WLTX CBS channel 19 about the history of support the nation has shown veterans since World War One with respect to employment. For that reason, Boyd decided to dress in a WWII...

  • Looking for employment, many Soldiers, veterans and family members attended the Hiring Our Heroes event at Fort Jackson's Solomon Center on March 6. The Heroes to Hired (H2H) computer was set up to assist in searching for jobs from a database of over 2,600 employers with the Employer Partnership for the Armed Forces.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Looking for employment, many Soldiers, veterans and family members attended the Hiring Our Heroes event at Fort Jackson's Solomon Center on March 6. The Heroes to Hired (H2H) computer was set up to assist in searching for jobs from a database of over...

  • Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and 75 prospective employers teamed up with the Fort Jackson command team to plan and hold the event.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the...

  • Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and 75 prospective employers teamed up with the Fort Jackson command team to plan and hold the event.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the...

  • Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and 75 prospective employers teamed up with the Fort Jackson command team to plan and hold the event.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the...

  • Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jackson's Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and 75 prospective employers teamed up with the Fort Jackson command team to plan and hold the event.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jackson's Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the Employer...

  • Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and 75 prospective employers teamed up with the Fort Jackson command team to plan and hold the event.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the...

  • Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and 75 prospective employers teamed up with the Fort Jackson command team to plan and hold the event.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the...

  • South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley spoke at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jackson's Solomon Center on March 6. Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the event which was planned and conducted by the cooperatoive efforts of the U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce, the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the Fort Jackson command team. Gov. Haley's husband is in the SC Arny National Guard and her brother is an active duty Army officer.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley spoke at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jackson's Solomon Center on March 6. Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the event which was...

  • Maj. Gen. James Milano, Fort Jackson commanding general, addresses the participants in the Hiring Our Heroes job fair. Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended event held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center on March 6. The U.S. and local Chambers of Commerce along with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces and 75 prospective employers teamed up with the Fort Jackson command team to plan and hold the event.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Maj. Gen. James Milano, Fort Jackson commanding general, addresses the participants in the Hiring Our Heroes job fair. Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended event held at Fort...

  • Mr. George Goldsmith, a program support manager at the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces as well as an Army Reserve Ambassador, talks to the CBS affiliate WLTX channel 19 during the Hiring Our Heroes job fair at Fort Jackson, S.C. on March 6. A total of 1,176 job seekers attended the event held at Fort Jacksonâ,"s Solomon Center. Mr. Goldsmith is also a retired major general.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Mr. George Goldsmith, a program support manager at the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces as well as an Army Reserve Ambassador, talks to the CBS affiliate WLTX channel 19 during the Hiring Our Heroes job fair at Fort Jackson, S.C. on March 6. A...

  • Col. John Boyd, the 81st Regional Support Command historian, talks with WLTX CBS channel 19 about the history of support the nation has shown veterans since World War One with respect to employment. For that reason, Boyd decided to dress in a WWII uniform for the Hiring Our Heroes job fair event on March 6 held at the Solomon Center on Fort Jackson, S.C.

    Hiring Our Heroes veteran's job fair held at Fort Jackson

    Col. John Boyd, the 81st Regional Support Command historian, talks with WLTX CBS channel 19 about the history of support the nation has shown veterans since World War One with respect to employment. For that reason, Boyd decided to dress in a WWII...

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Both pre-registered Soldiers and veterans and walk-ins numbering a total of 1,176 job seekers attended the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at Fort Jackson's Solomon Center on March 6.
With unemployment a top concern in this election year, the U.S. and Columbia Chambers of Commerce teamed up with the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Fort Jackson command team and 75 businesses to put on the event.
"This surpassed any expectations," said Lt. Col. Kathryn Poynton, who was the lead for the event. As a New York Army National Guard officer, Poynton is the Military Fellow for the U.S. Chamber's Veterans Employment Programs. After many similar events, this one was the largest so far that she has been involved with involving four months of planning.
"This was simple because of the people I had to deal with here," she said. "This team gelled quickly. It's easier when there is a CG like this one whose doors are open to us." Poynton lauded post commander Maj. Gen. James Milano who offered Fort Jackson as a location site early in the planning process which consisted of weekly teleconferences and uncountable phone calls and emails.
Soldiers, veterans and their family members had the chance to peruse 75 employers ranging from food, industrial and utility companies to banks, law enforcement and consulting firms. "This is a hugely important opportunity," said Ross Cohen, Senior Director of the Veterans Employment Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, "for employers to meet thousands of Soldiers face to face to see the talents that they have."
The 81st Regional Support command was involved in the planning of the event since the first meeting. "It was important for us to get the word out to all of the Army Reserve Soldiers and families in the state," said 81st RSC Public Affairs Officer Lt. Col. Mike Brady. "These events offer our reserve component service members a continuum of career that complements their military service." The 81st used mass emails, flyers, social media and the local media as tool to communicate the job fair. "This event shows how the local community has come together to support our Armed Forces in hiring the best skilled and most capable work force - the American service member," Brady said.
Also present at the event was South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. "We have to make sure we have more of these job fairs," she said. "This is all of us getting in front of the problem instead of waiting for it to come to us."
"A survey will be sent to all employers and job seekers at the 30, 60 and 90 day mark requesting feedback from their experience," said Poynton. "Whether they were called for an interview, offered a position and/or accepted that position.

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