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How One Guardsman Used This Manufacturing Program To Land Management Career At Goodyear
Goodyear’s commitment to safety, quality, and innovation is evident through its recruitment of top talent from the veteran community. The Ohio-based company has a long history of supporting the military, dating back to World War I, when the manufacturer produced goods for trucks and airships. Goodyear continues that tradition today by actively working to fill its workforce with the unique skill sets of service members. The company leverages its internal veterans association to help create a seamless shift to the civilian sector for those transitioning from active duty, like former U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathan Molina, who found a management position with Goodyear.
Molina, a soldier of seven years, was deployed to Bulgaria just months before he was to leave active duty. He attacked his transition plan on multiple fronts by taking advantage of professional development opportunities, including certification programs. In his final months before exiting the Army, Molina participated in Heroes MAKE America, which trains transitioning service members in manufacturing, OSHA and forklift certification.
Those efforts paid off. He says the education helped him land a career with Goodyear before he even received his final paycheck from the Army.
“The opportunity with Goodyear was thanks to the manufacturing program I was in,” Molina said. “They take you to different plants. At Fort Riley, we did about 12-to-15 tours in different manufacturing plants, and that’s how I was able to go to the Goodyear tire plant in Topeka, Kansas. That’s how I was able to learn about jobs at that plant and what they make there.”
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The day he stopped earning money from the Army was the same day he started his Goodyear career.
Molina acknowledges that leaving the way of life he had known was challenging for several reasons, but ultimately, the results are up to the soldier.
“The transition depends on you completely,” he said. “Some units give you more time to prepare than others, but it’s on you to be able to look for that time and prepare yourself. It’s not an easy transition, but it is possible.”
The Puerto Rico native knew returning home would not be an option after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. He and his wife decided to look for opportunities near his final duty station of Fort Riley, Kansas. Even though his MOS was in communications, Molina considered several paths for his post-military career.
“I had my bachelor’s degree, which I earned in sales before the Army, so I was looking in that direction — sales or marketing,” he said. “I also earned certification in fiber optics in the Army right before I got out, so that I could be a fiber optics installer. I also participated in the manufacturing program because I knew there were a lot of jobs in factories. I saw an opportunity with that program, I took it and it paid off. Now I have a good job at Goodyear that is supporting my family.”
Molina joined Goodyear as an area manager in May 2018. He is responsible for managing more than 20 associates in addition to duties related to monitoring safety, quality and maintenance while keeping tire production flowing to the warehouse.
Currently, 6% of Goodyear’s U.S. workforce is comprised of veterans, and they are actively recruiting more. Molina says one benefit of working for the company is the number of veterans he gets to work with. The company culture feels familiar.
“It’s definitely a plus working for Goodyear because I’ve been in a similar mindset for seven years: working closely with others to achieve a common goal while sharing common experiences and environment. There’s a lot that correlates to my time in the Army, such as my responsibilities as an area manager and how Goodyear operates.”
Molina also recently joined the Goodyear Veterans Association, which connects him with fellow veterans in the company and introduces him to opportunities to serve others in the community. A typical meeting also involves swapping military stories.
Even though leaving active duty has been an adjustment for Molina and his family, he has found confidence in his future with Goodyear, especially since the company has been so supportive of his decision to continue serving the country through the Kansas National Guard.
For others getting ready for what’s next in their life after the military, Molina recommends focusing on three areas:
Molina urges service members to pay attention to the financial assignments of the transition briefs. Because the military provides health care, housing, utilities and many untaxed parts of income, he sees finance as the No. 1 hardship in civilian life.
Focus on the long game rather than seeking job opportunities that don’t require an education. Utilize the education benefits offered by the military and the VA. For those looking for a career in leadership or management, some form of education will be required and that does not mean traditional four-year colleges only. Consider a trade or certification program.
Sit down and think about what you would like to do after the Army. Weigh the idea of preparing for many different fields, not just focusing efforts on one path. In the end, the goal is to find a job that can help support your family.
Visit Hirepurpose to learn more about current opportunities with Goodyear.
'It just happened' — the Iraq War’s first living Medal of Honor recipient recalls his harrowing fight against 5 insurgents
On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.
Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.
In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.
With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.
After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.
Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.
McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.
Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.
The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.
They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.
It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.
WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump imposed new U.S. sanctions onIran on Monday following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Trump told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.
Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime."
"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support," Trump said.
While it can be difficult to peg down just how star-spangled a state is, one indicator is the rate at which citizens enlist in the military, especially during the United States' longest period of sustained conflict. At least, that's the thinking behind WalletHub's new study, 2019's Most Patriotic States in America.