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Three dynamic companies join Army PaYs program

By Rob Bonner, A&PA Columbus Army Recruiting Battalion

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Three dynamic companies Honda Logistics North America, Midwest Express, and One World Logistics, join the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success Program.

After many months in the development, Lt. Col. Che Arosemena, Commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting- Columbus and Mr. Jim Small, Senior Vice President for Honda Logistics North America meet on Friday to sign the formal PaYS partnership agreement between the U.S. Army and Honda Logistics North America.

The meeting room filled with professionals from Honda Logistics North America, Midwest Express, and One World Logistics employees and the Soldiers of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.  Immediately, the room was full of handshakes and chatter as the two groups began to form the new partnership.

Capt. Derail Young, Commander of the Columbus Recruiting Company began narration of the partnership signing. 

“Transitioning from military back to civilian life brings many uncertainties," said Small, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. "We hope to minimize those uncertainties for our reservists and veterans with potential employment within our organizations.”

PaYS is a unique program designed to prepare, train, and connect Soldiers to future employers.  PaYS Soldiers are guaranteed two job interviews with a PaYS partner of their choice after completing their training or first term of service.  Soldiers who participate in the program gain leadership, valuable technical skills and experience.  The PaYS Program provides employers with a pool of highly skilled, motivated and professional candidates from which they may fill their personnel needs.

Arosemena commented, “Our mission is to recruit America’s best volunteers to enable the Army to win in a complex world. This mission cannot be accomplished on the backs of our recruiters alone.  The partnership with Honda Logistics is a great fit for the partnership required to assist the U.S. Army recruiting efforts today while assisting Honda Logistics recruiting efforts of tomorrow.” 

The Army benefits by gaining valuable industry partners who acknowledge the Army as a quality producer of skilled employees and PaYS partners gain employees who have developed professional work habits with positive instilled values and the highest standards of conduct.