September 3, 2015

A Few Good Jobs For Vets seminar

The job search may be a strange and unknown “battlefield” for our soldiers leaving the military, settling back into civilian life and getting a job. A free seminar, “A Few Good Jobs for Vets in Transition” will be held on Thursday, August 27th. Paul Madsen is leading the seminar and says their goal is to help put the skills soldiers learned in the military and transfer them to work in the private sector.

Madsen says, “One of the parts is to really help veterans access the skills they do have. Sometimes their skills they learned in the military don’t necessarily translate to the civilian marketplace so we are going to help them to learn exactly what skills transfer and how to sell those skills.”

Madsen says part two of the seminar is how to conquer the interview process.   The seminar is from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Military Veterans Service Center at 21st and Harvell Circle in Bellevue. There is no charge for the seminar but space is limited and advance registration is suggested.

Gov. Ricketts authorizes Guard to arm more personnel

Nebraska National Guard headquarters

Nebraska National Guard headquarters

Gov. Pete Ricketts has authorized Adjutant General Daryl Bohac to arm additional guardsmen in wake of the Chattanooga, Tennessee shooting that killed five service members.

Lt. Colonel Kevin Hynes, the spokesman for the Nebraska National Guard, says the Guard is acting on the authorization.

“What this does is it gives the Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard the authority to take whatever actions are deemed appropriate as we continually evaluate the need to provide security for our service members in light of the current environment,” Hynes tells Nebraska Radio Network. “While I cannot get into the actual specifics of our security operations and processes, I can say that we are continually evaluating the environment and making whatever changes are deemed appropriate to insure the safety of our service members.”

Guard personnel are armed at some Nebraska installations. The action authorizes Bohac to arm personnel at other installations, including recruiting offices.

The gunman in Tennessee first attacked a recruiting center at a strip mall in Chattanooga. He then drove to a Navy operations support center, killing four Marines and one sailor. He died in a gunfight with police.

Wife of fallen Marine gives birth to son

UH1 HueyThe wife of a Nebraska native U.S. Marine who was killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal last month has given birth to his son.

Captain Dustin Lukasiewicz’s wife, Ashley, gave birth earlier this week.  She was pregnant when the 29-year-old from Wilcox deployed to Nepal to deliver supplies after a major earthquake.

Dustin Lukasiewicz’s father, Keith says the family brought the boy home from the hospital on Thursday. Lukasiewicz and his wife also have a daughter, Isabelle.

Lukasiewicz and five other marines died May 12th when their helicopter crashed.  Two Nepalese soldiers were also killed in the crash.

By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney

A piece of Nebraska lands, once again, on the beaches of Normandy, France

Utah Beach Higgins Memorial/Photo courtesy of Congressional Fortenberry's office

Utah Beach Higgins Memorial/Photo courtesy of Congressional Fortenberry’s office

A tribute to the ingenuity of a Nebraska native now sits on Utah Beach in Normandy, France.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry has returned to the United States after participating in the dedication ceremonies for the Utah Beach Higgins Memorial.

The dedication took place during the 71st anniversary celebration of the D-Day invasion, which marked the turning point in World War II.

Andrew Jackson Higgins, a native of Columbus, designed the famous troop carrier and landing craft instrumental on June 6th of 1944 in getting more than 160,000 Allied troops to the 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion that allowed the Allies to gain a foothold on Continental Europe.

President Dwight Eisenhower, Allied Troop Commander at the time, once referred to Higgins as the man who won the war.

The Utah Beach Higgins Memorial was installed late last month next to the U.S. Naval Memorial in Europe in front of the Utah Beach Museum at in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France.

Fortenberry says Nebraskans worked for a year to copy the Utah Beach Higgins Memorial that stands at the entrance of Columbus for the dedication ceremonies.

“It is an exact replica of the Higgins boat as it looks in Columbus with the entry ramp launching three statues of men straight into battle,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “People are naturally drawn to it. It has been called the finest memorial in Normandy and I just couldn’t be prouder.”

A simple design, perhaps. A huge impact on World War II, no doubt.

“This was in honor of all those who fought and died that day, of all the veterans who are still with us,” Fortenberry says. “And it is a real tribute to the hard working, noble people of Columbus and the rest of Nebraska who helped get this done as a gift from America to the people of France in perpetual memory of that great battle that day where civilization actually hung in the balance.”



Sen. Sasse worries about march of ISIS, US response


U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse with the troops during a recent visit to the Middle East

United States Senator Ben Sasse worries about recent gains made by the Islamic State and about the United States’ response.

Sasse says recent events are discouraging.

“The fall of Ramadi and the Anbar province is a really bad sign and Ash Carter, President Obama’s Secretary of Defense, went on the TV talk shows on Sunday morning and said the problem is a lack of the Iraqi will to fight,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.

Sasse says it appears the Iraqi Army turned and ran, even though it outnumbered Islamic State troops.

Sasse says America’s Middle Eastern allies are waiting on the U-S to outline a strategy to respond.

Sasse says the United States simply hasn’t adjusted as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has taken one main city in Syria after another.

“We know they are trying to establish a long-term base of operation in Syria and in Iraq and it’s not clear to the countries in the Middle East that should be our allies, it’s not clear the U.S. has a long-term strategy,” according to Sasse.

Sasse says it’s evident the current strategy isn’t working, because the Islamic State has been gaining significant ground in Syria.

“We need a long-term strategy and we need this administration to worry less about how they’re going to spin what their legacy ambitions are and more about the fact that the people of Nebraska want to know how we’re going to win the long-term fight against those that would plot jihadist attacks across the world,” Sasse says. “And right now, ISIS is establishing clarity in their region that they have a long-term plan and people don’t think we have a long-term plan.”