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Veteran's Awareness Month

  1. 1. Thank Your Veterans EverydayGreat Movies to Watch Please join us in taking the time this month to say thank you to anWith celebrating the Veterans during the American Veteran. If not for their courage and dedication, we wouldmonth, check out some movies that feature not be able to live in this great country with the freedoms we enjoy.great action packed thrilling stories. Never take these freedoms for granted. Thank a vet! WALL OF THANKS: Each of our crew desk offices were sent a set of Glory recognizing our heroes posters to write names of our employees who Directors: Edward Zwick Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel served or their family, and a space for co-workers to share their Washington, Cary Elwes special notes of thanks with our heroes. Synopsis: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil Wars first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. Tuskegee Airmen Directors: Robert Markowitz Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne and Malcolm-Jamal Warner Synopsis: The true story of how a Creating Diversity Awareness in the Workplace group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become November 2011 Newsletter one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II Blackhawk Down Directors: Ridley Scott Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore Synopsis: 123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. We Were Soldiers Veterans Awareness Month Directors: Randall Wallace Stars: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear Give Honor to Whom Honor is Due Synopsis: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both Give Honor To Whom Honor Is Due! - The sides that fought it. Veterans and Veterans of War who have served or who are serving in the military or military war are Saving Private Ryan honored here. We are honoring our War Dead and Directors: Steven Spielberg Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and we are honoring all of our Troops of America who Tom Sizemore are called to duty. Army, Navy, Air Synopsis: Following the Normandy Force, Marines, National Guard, Infantry, Coast Landings, a group of US soldiers go Guard. Many have fallen to protect our freedom behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been while others will carry the scars of injury all their killed in action. lives. Amputations, Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are just some of the Born on the Fourth of July afflictions suffered by our veterans. Directors: Oliver Stone Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry and Caroline Kava VETERANS DAY 11.11.11 Synopsis: The biography of Ron Kovic. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human year on November 11th at Arlington National rights political activist after feeling Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a betrayed by the country he fought for. 11:00a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial throughout the country. From stirring parades and Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ ceremonies to military exhibits and tributes to distinguishedThe Staff Management | SMX DPIC includes: Kenyatta Draper, LupeGonzalez, Katie Smith, Jenny Reints, Pat Lach, Avery Yancey, Dayna organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The veterans, these events serve as models for otherCorona, Jessica Lewis, Justin Schwartz, Robert Cook, Maurice ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who communities to follow in planning their own observances.Proffit, Jennifer Fielding and Lloyd Weathers served in the United States Armed Forces. NOVEMBER 2011 NEWSLETTER DIVERSITY PROGRAM INCLUSION COUNCIL CREATING DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2011
  2. 2. Famous People Buried in Arlington Cemetery • William Howard Taft • John F. Kennedy • Chief Justice Earl Warren • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. • Thurgood Marshall • Robert Peary (Explorer) • Matthew Henson (Explorer) • Medgar Evers (Civil Rights Leader) • Glenn Miller • Dashiell Hammett • 3,800 Civil War liberated slaves Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery occupies occupies 612 acres in Virginia on the Potomac River, directly opposite Washington. This land was part of the estate owned by Martha Washington’s son. A mansion was built on the Veterans of Foreign Wars property, which later became the home of Robert E. Lee. More than 240,000 service members and their The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the dependents are buried there. Veterans Organizations United States, (VFW) , is a congressionally • The American Legion chartered war veterans organization. Headquartered in Kansas Tomb of the Unknown Soldier • AMVETS City, Missouri, the VFW currently has 1.5 In 1921, an Unknown American Soldier of World War I was • Blinded Veterans Association million members belonging to 7,644 buried in Arlington National Cemetery; the monument at the • Disabled Veterans of America posts, and is the largest American Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was opened to the public in organization of combat veterans. Members • Non-Commissioned Officers Association 1932. Two additional Unknowns , one from World War must be a US citizen or national with an II, and one from the Korean War, were buried on May • The Military Order of the Purple Heart honorable discharge from the US Armed 30, 1958. On May 28, 1984, an Unknown from the • Paralyzed Veterans of America Forces or currently serving in the US Air Vietnam war was buried, however in June 1998 his body • Veterans of Foreign Wars Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine was disinterred and DNA testing enabled him to be Corps, or Navy identified as Michael Blassie,, an Air Force pilot from St. Louis. Inscribed on the Tomb at Arlington: Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial is a National Government Organizations Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. It protects the mansion that once belonged to Robert E. Lee, widely respected general “HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN that Support Disabled of the Confederate Army. It is surrounded by the Arlington AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD” National Cemetery, created during the American Civil War Veterans with the deliberate purpose of preventing General Lee from ever returning to his home. • American Red Cross • Army Emergency Relief • Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services • Department of Veterans Affairs • The Wounded Warrior Project Quick Facts About Veterans Day • Vietnam Womens Memorial (Washington D.C.) • USA Cares • World War II Memorial (Washington D.C.) • Veterans Day was once called Armistice Day. • Veterans and Families Coming Home • Navy Memorial (Washington D.C.) Armistice Day was created to honor veterans • Air Force Memorial (Arlington ,Va.) of WWI. • National Marine Corps Museum (Triangle, Va.) There are many local charities and efforts • November 11, 1919, was the first time Armistice • Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens (Mt.Vernon, Va.) that you can find to give a helping hand to Day was celebrated. Germany signed the Armistice slowing the hostilities of WWI in the our soldiers and veterans. 11th month on the 11th day. • November 11th is both a federal and state holiday. (Pictured Above) Puppies Behind Bars started the Dog Tags program, which places trained service dogs with injured veterans. These • There are roughly 24 million living veterans. dogs are doing their part to honor the injured soldiers returning from military service by helping them get accustomed to civilian life again, despite disabilities. ( National Events For Veterans DayNOVEMBER 2011 NEWSLETTER DIVERSITY PROGRAM INCLUSION COUNCIL CREATING DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE CREATING DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2011 • Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington D.C.) • Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Va.)
  3. 3. A Few of Staff Management | SMX’s Proud Veterans Joe Solisbarba Matthew Rosenberg Avery Yancey Peter Lopez Managing Director of Operations Program Manager Senior Account Manager Account Supervisor As with most career Military persons, my My role in the I served as an I served two role changed as I military was a Airborne Ranger tours in Iraq progressed through Topographic for 10 years. with the U.S. the ranks. I began as Analyst. Marine Corps an Aviation Life Support Technician. I have worked with not only Special Forces units; Airborne, Ranger, For my final 6 years I served as an Aviation Life Support Technician as I am extremely proud of having served my country in the United I served in the 2nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, NC and also in well as a Specialized Marksmanship Instructor and Quality Assurance Green Beret, Marine Recon, Navy Seals, and Air Force Para-Rescue Stated Marine Corps. Just alone being a Marine is something to the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan Auditor/Inspector. but also regular units in all branches and foreign militaries, as well. I be extremely proud of. It is not an easy task to accomplish, you was fortunate enough to serve with some of the finest men and really have to put everything you have inside of you and it is How do you spend Veterans day? How do you spend Veterans day? women, in my opinion, and I have been all around this great country, extremely challenging. I have also served my country by Normally preparing for the Marine Corps Ball that occurs a month later. I celebrate Veterans day by doing something that every service as well as the world. I have seen both the good side and bad side of completing 2 tours in Iraq, for which I am also proud of. Being in Being a retiree Im normally not in the area where celebrations occur so I member talks about when they are away from home, which is to be humanity. I know that service for your country is not for everyone, but the service has helped me in my professional career by enhancing have to make travel arrangements well in advance of any celebration I with their family and friends. I start off the morning by watching some this was a choice that I made because it was something I believed in. my communication, decision making, managing/supervising skills, want to attend. of the services that are shown on TV and take my moment to The military made me a better person by showing me that people dealing with stress, as well as my demeanor. It has made me the remember all of my friends in the military and as well as those who from all walks of life can band together for a common cause. I am What did learn from your time serving your country? man that I am today. It has also shown me that nothing is have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. stronger today because of the skills I learned leading people We as Americans take a lot for granted. Having traveled the globe Ive impossible when you put your mind and heart into it. In the translate into effective management skills in the workplace. had the opportunity to see first hand many of the living conditions for personal life aspect, being in the service made me appreciate and people throughout the world. Even the simplest of liberties we as value more what I have, and that being my family and friends. It I know I will always have a love for this country that is hard to explain, Americans hold would be valued treasures to others if they had those taught me to never take anyone for granted. You never know, What did learn from your time serving your country? and a vast majority of other veterans will say the same thing, but I privileges. Our military men and women tirelessly protect those who live in one day you may have them and the next day you don’t. I learned the true meaning of Esprit de Corps as well as unconditional love for this country. I also learned that not all Americans understand can promise you one thing; if you stop to thank a veteran, or even this country and they do it without hesitation and not expecting anything talk to one, that means a lot to us. For it is not only for us that we in return. Recently on a trip from Baltimore to St. Louis I sat in that airport One piece of advice that I will give though, is that one of the nor appreciate the great country that they live in. Although I was born served, but also for you, and the freedoms that you are afforded. and an announcement came over the loud speaker. The announcement biggest compliments or things that one could do for a veteran or in Mexico and always consider my ethnicity as Mexican, the USA is informed everyone in the airport that some WWII veterans were arriving even a current service member is to thank them for their service. my adopted country and I was proud to volunteer to defend the ideals and that they would be coming through the airport. They asked if For many people this may not mean much, but to us it could mean and liberties of this great country of ours. everyone would applaud them as they passed by, and thankfully a large the world and it reminds us that what we have done and sacrificed majority of observers did in fact stand and applaud as they passed is not forgotten. through. Within minutes of the WWII veterans passing through a young Do you apply any of those teachings to your current position service man passed through, his camouflage uniform still somewhat dusty with Staff Management |SMX? from the desert of the land hed just left. Not a sound was made as he There were some additional things that I learned in the Marines which walked by, yet he still walked with his head held high and a smile on his have assisted me in my time with Staff Management. One of those face. He was just glad to be home, in America, and the lack of an applaud was learning to work with people of different backgrounds. Growing didnt matter because thats not what he expected for his service. How do up in LA allows one to learn from diverse groups already but you are I know? I stopped him, and thanked him for serving and asked how he limited to people with the same "city" background. In the Marines I felt. was able to meet people from all over the US like Nebraska, New England and Texas. Do you apply any of those teachings to your current position with Staff Management | SMX? This allowed me to have less of a cultural shock when I started What I apply to my current position is the honor, courage, and traveling with Staff Management (of course with the exception of commitment instilled in me throughout my entire military career. Having Kentucky and their "dry-county") and I was given the opportunity to been the graduate of two military academies Ive had the opportunity to continue to work in a diverse work place. The other lesson learned in learn all levels of leadership. But before I could become a leader I had to the Marines that I still use to this day, is to Lead By Example. I take first learn how to follow. The military ranking system serves many this lesson to heart every day and make sure that I am prepared to purposes but its main focus is to provide structure and give those newly perform any job function that I assign to one of my joined members a way to instantly identify those who they can rely on for Supervisors/Managers. How do I counsel someone for not completing leadership. We here at SM|SMX dont wear rank insignia or badges to a job task in a timely manner if I do not truly understand the details indicate who we are or what we do, its our actions that speak for us. Its required to complete the task at hand. how we care for each other and our associates at all levels. Its what we do for each other that define what we mean to the next person and if in the future theyll ever be willing to call on you again. If we reach that success amongst each other then gaining that same level of trust with our Peter Lopez Time Magazine, Cover September 1994 clients should come easily. Efforts and courage are not enough without (pictured 2nd from the right) Matthew Rosenberg (profile pictured far right) purpose and direction (John F. Kennedy).NOVEMBER 2011 NEWSLETTER DIVERSITY PROGRAM INCLUSION COUNCIL CREATING DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE CREATING DIVERSITY AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2011