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Dahlgren Vol. 25, No. 1, Mid-February 2014 What’s Inside Navy aligns science and technology to make future weapons a reality for Sailors • French President awards Legion of Honor 2 to Navy Veteran Marty van Duyne News Net News CSCS announces Headquarters Civilian of the Year Navy mentoring programs make dreams a reality for sailors, scientists, and students 3 Arlington — A U.S. Navy Sailor was among six WWII veterans appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Hollande Feb.11. Charles S. Toms, 88 of Frederick, Md. was serving as a boat gunner aboard the SS John Henry off the shore of Normandy on D-Day. Hollande lauded Toms and D-Day veterans John C. Cheban, Arthur W. Ordel, Jr., Henry E. Ponton Jr., Robert L. Sales, and George A. Shenkle during a ceremony at Joint Base Myers-Henderson Hall Officer’s Club. During his remarks Hollande told the recipients, “You are heroes, our heroes.” The French president said his country wanted to express gratitude “You are our brothers, our friends, our saviors.” —French President Francois Hollande to the men that fought for France’s See D-Day, page 5 Sen. Tim Kaine (D - Va.) congratulates D-Day Navy veteran Charles S. Toms. ©Marty van Duyne/News Net News Department of Labor and Joining Forces host symposium 6 for construction jobs for veterans Marty van Duyne News Net News RCC culinary students display their skills at Golden Eagle The Journal Press, Inc. • (540) 775-2024 10 Washington — First Lady Michelle Obama joined U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to kick off “A National Symposium: Veterans Employment in Construction.” Obama announced that a broad coalition of construction employers and associations have collectively pledged to hire 100,000 veterans over the next five years. The First Lady noted in her remarks that the construction industry is one of the fastest growing in the country and although many veterans have technical skills needed for jobs or are eager to learn, they don’t always know how to transition from military to civilian life. “And that’s why, in June of 2012, my husband launched the Department of Defense Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force. And we’re already starting to see results,” said Obama. The event was held Feb. 10 at the Department of Labor in Washington. Marine veteran Larry Melton who now works as a civil engineer for Bechtel on the Dulles Airport Metro project discussed his transition from a military to civilian career. Woman Army veteran and single mother Katie Sanicky gave a brief overview of her transition from the Army to an apprentice iron worker in Cleveland through the Helmets to Hardhats program before introducing the First Lady. The daylong event included a Veterans’ Employment and Training Services Info Session on How to Hire Veterans, an Employment and Training Administration Session on Apprenticeship, and an Employment and Training Administration Session on Licensing and Credentialing. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden founded the national initiative Joining Forces shortly after their husbands took office to engage all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. The first Lady encouraged other employers at the symposium to step up and support the effort to employ veterans. Dahlgren’s Official, Unofficial base newspaper • We’re all about Dahlgren

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