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Army Veteran Turned Comcast Exec Advocates For Veterans And Military Spouses
Comcast’s Tom Karinshak, executive vice president of customer service, exemplifies the company’s mission to empower military community members in the corporate workforce. A U.S. Army veteran, he is passionate about advocating for the hiring and long-term success of service members and military spouses.
“We’ve worked really hard as a company to make sure we are a military-friendly employer,” he says. “We really value the skillset they bring to our company and make sure we have a community of support in place for members of the military who join our team.”
In addition to being voted the No. 1 Military Spouse–Friendly Employer for 2017 by Military Spouse magazine, Comcast NBCUniversal surpassed its original goal of hiring 10,000 veterans, military spouses, and National Guard and Reserve members between 2015 and 2017.
“It’s not just talk,” says Karinshak. “We hired 15,000 members of the military community, and we’re not stopping there. We also have great resources to onboard them and support them throughout their careers.”
To better serve transitioning service members and their families, Comcast NBCUniversal offers help, mentorship, and sponsorship programs through its Veterans Network employee resource group, transition assistance for military spouses dealing with frequent moves, and industry-leading benefits for those still serving.
“A lot of people that transition out of the military still want to serve in the reserves or guard,” Karinshak says. “We have put the pieces together to help them serve while they are here, and they will also be celebrated and supported.”
Karinshak was inspired to embark on his own military journey at a young age.
“I had a motivation from the time I was little to serve,” he says. “I always looked up to those who served. I always had a lot of respect for them and what they sacrificed.”
“My family had a strong history of service,” he adds. “I have aunts and uncles that worked at the Pentagon; some were police officers, some worked in different branches of service. Being exposed to incredible people doing incredible things in the service of others really gave me that inner desire and motivation to serve our country.”
After high school, Karinshak had the opportunity to attend the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point.
“My two older brothers also went to West Point,” he says. “We were the first generation to go to college.”
Karinshak completed a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and went on to serve as a combat engineer captain domestically and abroad to places like Panama, Kuwait and Egypt. After six years in the Army, he made the choice to transition back into civilian life.
“It was a hard decision to leave the military,” he says. “I loved the real-world missions, but we were deployed a lot. I started thinking about wanting to get married, have kids, and start a family. It was hard and scary to leave the military for a pretty big unknown, though. I had a lot of questions. Am I going to be successful? How will my skills translate? How will I highlight those skills so they know I’ll get the job done?”
Karinshak gained valuable corporate experience at AOL and then Barclays before joining Comcast’s ranks in 2010.
“It has been a fantastic adventure,” he says. “I have been very lucky and privileged, quite frankly, that I have been a part of some really special teams. When you go through journeys like that, being able to serve in the military and experience what it’s like to work with several companies, there are perspectives that apply. You see that leadership is leadership; it’s valued.”
When presented with the opportunity to work for Comcast, Karinshak went through an intense decision-making process to ensure the organization was the right fit for him.
“As you’re transitioning, you should be interviewing the company just like the company is interviewing you,” he says. “Make sure the company is going to value your skill set, and make sure the company is overtly supportive of veterans.
“I asked myself, ‘Will they grow my skillset? Will they value my skill set?’ The answer was yes, without a doubt. It was really a company I could see myself being a part of and grow and develop with. I was so impressed with every product and every person I met, and I was fortunate enough to be hired.”
“Comcast NBCUniversal is an incredible company,” he says. “It’s a growing, thriving, very successful company that also values members of the military community and their skillsets. You look at the innovation and the set of products we have. We are a leader in the marketplace. There are great leadership and great people at every level of the organization.”
With first-hand experience, Karinshak understands the challenges service members face in the corporate world.
“Choose the right company,” he says. “Smart companies will support you. We know it’s the right thing to do; it’s good business because veterans know how to be part of a great team, and you are going to make the company better. You want to be a part of a company that recognizes that, and Comcast NBCUniversal definitely does.”
“It’s not just a job,” he says. “You truly can grow and progress for your entire working career. It’s incredible what the company does for veterans, and you will feel welcome here.”
'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.
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