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!

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

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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

Promotion of Mental Health – National Prevention Week: Day 6

keep_talking_about_mental_healthPrevention, early intervention, and mental health promotion can help assure the health of young children and adolescents, then assist them throughout their life. There are several core concepts behind the science of prevention and promotion:

  • Mental, emotional, and behavioral health refers to the overall psychological well-being of individuals and includes the presence of positive characteristics, such as resiliency.
  • Prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders means supporting the healthy development of young people starting at birth.
  • Mental and physical health compliment each other. Young people who grow up in good physical health are likely to also have good mental health, while having good mental health contributes to good physical health.
  • Successful prevention and promotion involves many different groups and is involved throughout a variety of settings including families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.

From childhood through late adulthood, there are certain times when we may need help addressing problems and issues that cause us emotional distress or make us feel overwhelmed despite how healthy we may think we are.

Military life, especially the stress of deployments or mobilizations, can
present challenges to service members and their families that are both unique
and difficult. Some are manageable, some are not. Many times we can successfully deal with them on our own. In some instances matters get worse and one problem can trigger other more serious issues. When you are experiencing these types of difficulties, you may benefit from the assistance of an experienced, trained professional to check things out and see what is really happening.

535324_10150798966353437_660913436_9592816_663798851_nSeeking help is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. Prevention and early intervention is key. Don’t wait until the issues snowball into a major event that affects your work and home life as well as your relationships.

Services available to the Ellsworth AFB community:
Mental Health Clinic 385-3656 (Active Duty Only)
Base Chaplains 385-1598 (Chaplains offer 100% confidentiality)
Tricare: Family members do not need referral for first 8 visits with a network provider (Find a Network Provider)
Military OneSource non-medical counseling services are available to provide help with short-term issues to those who are eligible. They offer the following service options: Face-to-Face Counseling, Telephonic Counseling, International Calling Options, Online Counseling.
24/7 National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Airman & Family Readiness Center


Worried About Your Security Clearance?

The Standard Form 86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions, used to ask the applicant to acknowledge mental health care in the past seven years. It does not ask for treatment details if the care involved only marital, family, or grief counseling, not related to violence by the applicant, unless the treatment was court-ordered.

Officials said surveys have shown that troops feel if they answer “yes” to the question, they could jeopardize their security clearances, required for many occupations in the military.

Since April 18, 2008 applicants have not had to acknowledge care under the same conditions, nor if the care was related to service in a military combat zone. The revised wording has been distributed to the services and will be attached to the cover of the questionnaire. The revised question will not show up printed on the forms until the department depletes its pre-printed stock. Read the announcement that appeared on the Official Air Force website.


Learn more by downloading the Fact Sheet on Promotion of Mental Health in the U.S. [pdf].

Other Resources:

Prevention of Suicide – National Prevention Week: Day 5

depressionOn average, one member of the Armed Forces dies by suicide every 25 hours (2013) and for veterans, suicide is the cause of death of an estimated 22 veterans each day. In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.

The loss of someone to suicide resonates among family, friends, coworkers, and others in the community. It has been estimated that for each person who commits suicide, 5 to 10 other people are severely affected by the loss. Family and friends may experience a range of painful emotions, such as shock, anger, guilt, and depression. Suicide can occur across demographics, but certain groups are more at risk than the general population. Risk factors for suicide include mental illness, substance abuse, family history of suicide, and previous suicide attempts. Additional risk factors for some people may include a highly stressful life event or prolonged stress from problems like unemployment, serious relationship conflict, or bullying.

Suicide is devastating, but there are resources and information available to help prevent it.

Learn more to be the one who makes a difference.

Other Resources:

  • SuicidehotlineThe National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – A website that provides a downloadable wallet card with the Lifeline phone number and suicide warning signs in English and Spanish, as well as other materials for coping and caring for loved ones. The toll-free Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]) offers confidential help 24 hours a day to individuals considering suicide and their friends and family.
  • StopBullying.gov – A website that provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how to prevent and respond to bullying.
  • SAMHSA’s Mental Health Services Locator – A resource to help people find mental health services and resources in their communities.
  • National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – A public-private collaboration SAMHSA has developed to help promote suicide prevention.
  • The Trevor Project – An organization that promotes acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning teens and helps to prevent suicide among those youth. The Trevor Helpline, which can be reached at 1-866-488-7386, is a 24-hour toll-free suicide helpline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning youth.
  • The Suicide Prevention Resource Center – A resource that provides access to the science and experience that can support efforts to develop programs, implement interventions, and promote policies to prevent suicide. Resources include information on school-based prevention programs, a best practices registry, state information and more.

Prevention of Alcohol Abuse – National Prevention Week: Day 4

Photo: © Europen Parliament/P.Naj-Oleari pietro.naj-oleari@europarl.europa.eu Many of those that purchase and drink alcohol legally in the United States consume alcohol at levels that pose safety and health risks for themselves and others. Excessive alcohol use can cause serious problems and, for some, may lead to dependence. Alcohol abuse can affect people of all ages, and problems associated with alcohol dependence take a toll on the individual who drinks, as well as their families, children, workplace, and communities.

In fact, South Dakota has an average of 7.73-11.71% of the 12 or older population that suffer from alcohol dependence or abuse.

7915youth-alcohol-abuse-glasses-small-49145Nearly 23% (59.7 million) of individuals aged 12 or over participated in binge drinking at least once in the last 30 days. On an annual basis, excessive alcohol consumption is associated with approximately 80,000 deaths.

Learn what you can do to help protect your loved ones and community by downloading the Fact Sheet for Prevention of Alcohol Abuse in the U.S. [pdf].


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Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Marijuana Use – National Prevention Week: Day 3

110126-F-5858L-006Illicit drug use is a widespread problem in the United States. An estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older, or 9.2 percent of this age group, used illicit drugs in the past month. This includes the use of marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, as well as the nonmedical use of prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives.

Of these drugs, marijuana is the most common – it’s used by 18.9 million Americans. From 2007 to 2012, the rate of use in the past month increased from 5.8 to 7.3%. This corresponds to an increase from 14.5 million to 18.9 million marijuana users.

The second most common form of illicit drug use is the nonmedical use of prescription drugs; 6.8 million Americans use prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes.


MedReturnThe best way to avoid your prescription medications from falling into the wrong hands is to properly dispose of your old prescription medications.

If you are needing to dispose of your old prescription medication, there is a permanent drop-box in the lobby of the Rapid City Police Department where you can leave old medications.


Most young people refrain from using illicit drugs, but an estimated 1 in 10 youth aged 12 to 17 are illicit drug users; and 7.2 percent of this age group uses marijuana. Drug use among people of all ages is dangerous because it can lead to addiction, reduced self-control, and impaired decision-making, in addition to other serious consequences. Some drugs can alter the brain in ways that persist after the person has stopped taking drugs, and which may even be permanent.

Learn what you can do to help protect your loved ones and community by downloading the Fact Sheet for Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug and Marijuana Use in the U.S. [pdf].

Other Resources:

  • SAMHSA’s Treatment Locator – A searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs. The Treatment Locator shows the location of facilities around the country that treat drug abuse and alcohol problems.
  • “Above the Influence” campaignA resource from The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the campaign website provides materials and information directed toward teens.
  • NIDA for Teens – A resource from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that offers facts for teens about prescription drug abuse and illicit drug use. NIDA InfoFacts also provides updated information on the health effects of specific drugs, including club drugs and herbal mixtures.
  • Ignoring Instructions: The Importance of Using Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications Properly – SAMHSA’s Road to Recovery Webcast gives an overview of prescription drug abuse and discusses people who are at risk.