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ALAMO CHAPTER CHAPTER - Jun 12, 2013
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A Whirlwind of Mentors for Young AFCEANs

Continuing their emphasis on professional value, the Alamo Young AFCEANs hosted their first-ever speed mentoring event in lieu of a traditional happy hour on June 12. More than two dozen mentors and protégés attended the event, which borrowed concepts from speed dating to provide each protégé with a variety of brief, informed conversations and guidance from experienced industry, government and military mentors. “It’s hard to get face-to-face interaction with so many people with so much experience in a normal work environment,” said Samantha Goggans, one of more than a dozen Young AFCEANs in the protégé role. “You normally have to fight to get these types of conversations, and it’s refreshing to see high-level people so eager to help us all steer our careers.” “Although we hoped this event would be informative for the protégés, what we discovered is the mentors learned quite a bit also,” added Tom Allen of KGS. The speed mentoring concept was designed to provide a more intimate conversation setting for each pair of conversationalists, as compared to the chapter’s annual Mentor-Protégé Night. Discussions at the June event ranged from issues such as the best advice mentors ever received, to how young professionals can navigate effectively through the working world. Special thanks go out to the Alamo chapter mentors for this event: Allen; Chief Master Sgt. Rhonda Buening, USAF, 33rd NWW; Don Byrd, Innovative CSS;, Dennis Garrison, Army Signal NEC; Al Lee, Abacus Technology; Peter Marks, NAVMISSA; Gary McAlum, USAA; Cindy McClister, TechNow; Trey Oats, SPAWAR; Lt. Col. David Stone, USAF, Joint Staff J-39; Rick Riney, Diligent Consulting; Bill Robinson, Diligent Consulting; and J.R. RosaVelez, Army Signal NEC. In other news, the Alamo Young AFCEANs took part in the June 1 kickoff event for Got Your Six San Antonio Week, which brought together a number of nonprofits and local initiatives focused on Wounded Warriors. The chapter took contact information for about a dozen veterans and their families with an interest in the Way Ahead pilot program, which seeks to pair Wounded Warriors with technical and professional mentors as they seek re-employment in science, technology, engineering and math fields. The Alamo chapter was present, along with other veterans’ groups, under the Leadership pillar, one of the six pillars of the Got Your Six campaign, along with jobs, housing, family, education and health.

Event Photographs:

ALAMO—NAVMISSA's Peter Marks (front, l) counsels Aaron Homjak (r), as Trey Oats of SPAWAR (back, l) discusses career issues with Fernando Salamantes (r) at the Alamo Young AFCEANs Speed Mentoring event in June.
ALAMO—NAVMISSA's Peter Marks (front, l) counsels Aaron Homjak (r), as Trey Oats of SPAWAR (back, l) discusses career issues with Fernando Salamantes (r) at the Alamo Young AFCEANs Speed Mentoring event in June.
ALAMO—Young AFCEANs Brandon Gressett and Samantha Goggans explain the Alamo chapter's Way Ahead pilot program with a San Antonio veteran during the Got Your Six San Antonio Week kickoff event June 1.
ALAMO—Young AFCEANs Brandon Gressett and Samantha Goggans explain the Alamo chapter's Way Ahead pilot program with a San Antonio veteran during the Got Your Six San Antonio Week kickoff event June 1.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Marla Dial
512.296.7352

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