Résumé Creed

ThisisMyResumeThis is my résumé. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My résumé is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My résumé, without me, is useless. Without my résumé, I am useless. I must use it to write my future true. I must write truer than the other job seekers who are trying to take the open jobs. I must get a job before they do. I will…

My résumé and I know that what counts in the job search is not the number of résumés we write, the noise of our interview, nor the references we have. We know that it is the job offers that count. We will get job offers…

My résumé is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, and its required attachments for each job opening. I will keep my résumé clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

I swear this creed. My résumé and I are the defenders of my future. We are the masters of my destiny. We are the saviors of my financial future.

So be it, until employment is secured, and there is no uncertainty, but my final retirement!

  • Adapted by David Brinkworth from the Rifleman’s Creed (originally written by Maj Gen William H. Rupertus)

The 2014 Sturgis Rally is Here

sturgisThe 74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is officially next week from Monday, August 4th through Sunday, August 10th. If you haven’t already noticed increased traffic on I-90 yet, you will as Rally goers begin pouring into the Black Hills region.

Last year the rally had an estimated attendance of 467,338. Even if you aren’t going up to Sturgis you will be affected by the Rally. Tourist sites from the Badlands to Devil’s Tower and throughout the Black Hills, as well as restaurants, bars, or anything you think of as entertainment will be packed. HAVE PATIENCE!

The Rally is the experience of a lifetime. Visiting exhibitors can show you anything and everything you’d want or need to dress you up or dress up your bike. Or demo virtually every kind of bike on the market – custom, V-Twin or metric. In addition to the bikes there are concerts and races and bike shows, five blocks of Sturgis’s Main Street bikes-only street vibe, organized rides, and custom legends.

If you are new to the area or have never gone to the Rally, check it out, but be prepared for traffic and a lot of people.

Here are a few tips to survive the Rally:

  • If you are going, have a plan. (Have a designated driver!)
  • There are no open containers allowed in Sturgis
  • Pay attention to the signs that say NO PARKING and the curbs that are painted yellow. If you park by these you will be towed and walking to the impound yard to pay to get your ride back.
  • Look out for motorcycles, not all of them are looking out for you
  • Pay attention to speed limits in all areas
  • Again, HAVE PATIENCE!

If you think this year is crowded, next year is projected to be even more crowded as the 75th anniversary!

Selling Your Home Workshop – 26 Aug

Are you trying to sell your house so you can either move, upgrade to a bigger home, make a lateral move to save money, or downsize? If so, you don’t want to miss this workshop!

The workshop will cover:

  • Home Staging – which improvements pay off?
  • How to sell your home in our current market
  • Pricing your home strategically
  • Information on For Sale by Owner
  • And more…!

SellingYourHomeAug2014_400Join us on Tuesday, August 26th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

Please call 385-4663 to register today.

 

Heart Link Spouse Orientation – 12 September

HeartLink201409_400Want to learn about local resources, meet other spouses, tour a B-1?

Join us and other spouses in learning more about the military and the 28th Medical Group. You get the chance to meet new people, network with others, and get information on available resources. There’s also free lunch and giveaways!

Please RSVP by calling 385-4663.
Child care options are available.

Your hosts for this event are the 28th Medical Group and the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

Relocation Issues: New Contractor for POV Shipments Brings Frustration

povIf you are PCSing and shipping your POV (privately owned vehicle) you may be saying, “Dude, where’s my car?”

U.S. military families are up in arms over the failures of a new Pentagon contractor tasked with shipping their vehicles when they’re re-stationed.

Read the full story on The Daily Beast web site: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/16/american-gis-dude-where-s-my-car.html

Other Sources:

POV shipping program undergoes changes – af.mil (April 18, 2014)

Changes to DOD’s Privately Owned Vehicle shipping program start May 1 - army.mil (April 17, 2014)

Hearts Apart Picnic for Deployed/Remote Tour Families & Key Spouses

This FREE event, put on by your Airman & Family Readiness Center is open to Family members of currently Deployed or Remote Servicemembers and all Ellsworth AFB Key Spouses.

It will be held at Storybook Island in the Birthday House on Saturday, 28 June from 9am to Noon

We will have food, patriotic crafts & supplies to create a personalized welcome home banner, as well as fun for the family.

Contact MSgt Jennifer Plascencia at 385-4663 or jennifer.plascencia@us.af.mil to let us know if you are coming so that we can plan for food and activities.

hearts apart-June14

Tornado in the Black Hills: Are you prepared if it were closer?

Keloland Tornado Image

KELOLAND News

If you ever doubted that tornadoes were possible in the Black Hills area, yesterday’s events hopefully changed your mind. A little after 1 PM yesterday, a tornado and funnel clouds were visible from the Ellsworth AFB over the Black Hills.

Today meteorologists with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Rapid City are surveying the damage from the tornado. Based on early damage reports it is believed that it was a weak tornado that hit the Silver City area without much warning. “This tornado shows how quickly a tornado can develop, especially over the Black Hills,” Susan Sanders with the NWS said. (Source: KOTA).

KOTA Territory News

KOTA Territory News

For the rest of the afternoon, the theme of conversation on the news and social media was that no one realized that tornadoes were possible in the Black Hills area.  In fact, while it is not common in the Black Hills area, they do occur in varying strengths.

According to BlackHillsWeather.com, the only tornado touchdown ever recorded in the Rapid City limits took place on Father’s Day in 1967 near Mt. Rushmore Road.

This is a good time to review whether you, your family, or household are prepared for a tornado emergency. Here are a few suggestions from the American Red Cross Tornado Safety Checklist (Download the full checklist (pdf)).

  • During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.
  • Know your community’s warning system. Pennington County maintains 33 sirens to warn of impending danger. These sirens are tested at 12 noon on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. If you hear the siren at any other time, please tune into your radio or local news station for more information.
  • Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Prepare for high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.

ARC_TornadoIf you are outside, watch for tornado danger signs:

  • Dark, often greenish clouds—a phenomenon caused by hail
  • Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
  • Cloud of debris
  • Large hail
  • Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
  • Roaring noise
  • If you hear the sirens, take cover immediately