Warrior Gateway Helps Connect Military and Civilian Communities During Veterans Day Events

Warrior Gateway partnered with ServiceNation and local organizations to host three of the eleven 11/11/11 Mission Serve projects nationwide.  The projects brought together the civilian and military communities through volunteerism and service.  Celebrities, professional sports teams, and others helped make these 11 nationwide projects memorable.  Members of the Warrior Gateway team helped coordinate and host projects in Seattle, Tucson, and Denver.  All three events were a great success; with volunteers of all ages and background joining together for a day of service.  The purpose of these events coincide directly with the mission at Warrior Gateway: connecting the military community and their families to meaningful resources in their local communities.  Helping the military community connect with their local community is essential for a successful transition.  The Warrior Gateway team was honored to partner with ServiceNation and others for these signature events.

Tucson, Arizona

The Tucson project brought together the civilian community, military and vetereans alike.  Volunteers gathered at Tucson Mountain Park to perform various community services including buffel grass removal, trail work, litter clean-up and mural painting.  ”I couldn’t imagine a better turnout for Tucson,” said Tabitha Cooper, Community Partnership Manager at Warrior Gateway, and coordinator of the event. “I saw veterans, active duty service members and civilians working together as a whole; serving alongside one another to better our community.  It was truly a beautiful event and I cherish days like this.”  Tabitha’s husband currently serves in Afghanistan, which makes events such as this close to her heart.  Photos from the event.

Seattle, Washington

In Seattle, Warrior Gateway joined Veterans Conservation Corps, and the Sierra Club for the second annual Veterans Day at Hamm Creek Estuary event.  For the past two decades Hamm Creek has been transformed into a more natural setting, in addition it has been a focal point in veteran healing and transition.  Volunteers showed up in great numbers, despite a steady rainfall in Seattle.  A little damp weather did not deter members of the military community, veterans, and civilians to join together for a morning of beautifying the already stunning Hamm Creek Estuary.  ”It was an honor to be involved with a project such as this on Veterans Day,” said Mike Broom, Marketing Manager at Warrior Gateway.  ”Seeing the multitude of volunteers come together, both military and civilian, and work side by side despite rainy weather was an amazing experience.  Weather could not put a damper on the dedication and strength of those in attendance.”  Photos from the event.

Denver, Colorado

The third event featured volunteers from all backgrounds (active duty, veterans, military families, civilians) come together to clean up the Cherry Creek Trail in Denver.  Volunteers helped Denver Parks by collecting over 20 bags of debris along the trail, replacing wire around trees, and painting a bridge.  ”As coordinator for the event, it was wonderful to see relationships being built during the three-hour service project at Cherry Creek,” said Nathalia Magri, Community Partnership Manager at Warrior Gateway.  ”By the end of the day everyone was exchanging contact information, and the non-profits involved had a chance to inform those in attendance of their services offered.”  Photos from the event.

Please check out all of the photos from the event on our Facebook page.  Share with others, and share with us what you think!

Warrior Gateway Partnering With ServiceNation For Veterans Day Service Projects Nationwide

Warrior Gateway is honored to partner with ServiceNation and others for 11/11/11 service projects nationwide.  As a part of ServiceNation Mission Serve initiative, 11 major U.S. cities will host 11 large scale service events on Veterans Day.  These events will bring together the civilian and military communities through service and volunteerism.

Members of the Warrior Gateway team will be helping host 3 of the 11 service projects in: Denver, Tucson, and Seattle.  Leading the coalition of local partners, Warrior Gateway is excited to help connect the civilian and military communities, which is an essential part of successful transitions for our veterans and their families.

Check out more information on each of the 3 projects below.  To see all 11 of the ServiceNation Mission Serve 11/11/11 events, click here.

Help share these opportunities with your friends, and spread the word on Twitter and Facebook.  Lets make this Veterans Day a memorable one nationwide!

 

Seattle, WA – See event flyer

On 11/11/11, join the Veterans Conservation Corps, the Sierra Club, Warrior Gateway and Service Nation for the second annual Veterans Day at Hamm Creek Estuary event.  For the past two decades Hamm Creek has been transformed into a more natural setting, in addition it has been a focal point in veteran healing and transition.    Today Hamm Creek is home to several species of wildlife including Beaver, Bald eagle, Osprey, and Salmon.  Hamm Creek Estuary embodies the struggles veterans face in their transition into civilian life and the promise of a better tomorrow through hard work, perseverance and teamwork.  Through this project we hope to build a stronger community, one blackberry and one volunteer at a time.  Anyone is welcome to join us beginning at 10am, with work starting at 11.

When: Friday, November 11, 2011 ~ 10 am

Where: 10000 W. Marginal Pl S.Seattle WA, 98108

 

Denver, CO – See event flyer

ServiceNation is proud to join Warrior Gateway, Sierra Club, Veterans Green Jobs, Phoenix Multisport, Colorado Hire Patriots, and Denver Parks and Recreation in a signature community service project that will allow the civilian and military communities of the Greater Denver Area to come together through shared service.  Volunteers will participate in debris removal and park restorations along one of the most visited trails in Denver – Cherry Creek Trail.

FREE MEAL FROM CHIPOTLE TO ALL VOLUNTEERS!

When: Friday, November 11, 2011 ~ 9:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Cherry Creek Trail Meet up location: Behind Cherry Creek Mall (Bed, Bath & Beyond)

 

Tucson, AZ – See event flyer

In Tucson, Arizona, ServiceNation is pleased to partner with Southwest Conservation Corps, REI, Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation, and Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute for a signature project.  ServiceNation is proud to join host a project on our local public land Tucson Mountain Park that will allow the civilian and military communities to come together through shared service.  SCC will host 50-100 volunteers from Tucson, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Fort Huacachua, and Pima County employees to work on trails in Tucson Mountain Park west of Tucson.  Volunteers will participate in four projects:  Trailwork, buffelgrass removal, painting, litter pick-up of area recreation sites and trails.

When: Friday, November 11, 2011 ~ 8:00am to 1:00pm

Where: Tucson Mountain Park, Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute

 

 

Warrior Gateway and Common Access Cards (CAC)

April 15, 2011
11:00to13:00

Today we will be attending the launch of the White House’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).  Warrior Gateway was approached by the Defense Manpower Data Center at the Department of Defense to be one of several private sector organizations to implement Common Access Card authentication, commonly known as CAC, as part of this launch.  Leveraging our innovative technology platform, powered by MarkLogic, we were able to quickly implement CAC authentication into WarriorGateway.org and will be demo-ing it today.

We are proud to be part of this launch and look forward to collaborating with the other private sector organizations who will be demonstrating their capabilities as well.  This launch will take place today at 11:30am when the White House releases the NSTIC Strategy on April 15 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.  The video stream can be found here.

 

The Coming Home Project’s Retreat for Service Providers

April 14, 2011 15:00toApril 17, 2011 15:00

The Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted to providing direct care to OEF and OIF veterans and their families.  They offer a variety of national retreats for OEF and OIF veterans and their families, as well as retreats for service providers who work with the OEF and OIF community each and every day.  This is a unique perspective in actively assisting those willing to volunteer their lives to help the OEF/OIF community.  The philosophy is that by helping one service provider, that service provider can in turn better serve the entire community.

In the middle of April, the Coming Home Project will offer a retreat specifically designed for service providers who work directly with OEF and OIF veterans and family members.  Service providers include but are not limited to government employed caregivers, care coordinators, advocates, mental health and other health professionals, counselors, veteran service officers, chaplains, military leaders, and veteran service organization staff.  Detailed information is as follows:

Where: Burlingame, CA

When: April 14th-17th

Who: Service providers across the nation who have at least 50% of their course load devoted to assisting OEF and/or OIF veterans and family members.

What: The retreat will focus on the service provider’s emotional well being and will be an open and nurturing environment for discussion and reflection.

The retreat is completely free but will fill up quickly, so please apply soon.  Air travel, lodging, and meals will be provided.   In order to be considered for this opportunity, please apply here.   For more information and details on what to expect at the retreat please visit http://www.cominghomeproject.net/event/retreat_service_providers.

The Warrior Gateway would appreciate if all who have attended a Coming Home Project event, or who plan to attend this upcoming retreat, to please rate the Coming Home Project on our website.  It is important to get the word out on great organizations for the military community, and the only people who can do so are you.

2011 Federal 100 Award

Recently, I was honored to be selected as one of this year’s Federal 100 award winners. The Federal 100 award is given out each year and recognizes individuals in government and industry who made significant contributions to the federal IT community in the previous year.

In case you missed it, here are the highlights from the past year that helped us win this prestigious award:

  • In March, we launched our flagship web portal: Warrior Gateway after only 40 days of development;
  • In May, we received the MarkLogic Innovation Award for our innovative use of MarkLogic Server in building information applications
  • Over the summer, we built the Gateway Information Network platform – Allowing others to build websites, portals and applications that use our data completely free of charge
  • In November, we launched our first partner on the Gateway Information Network: Challenge America, whose resource directory is powered by our platform

Here is the BENS Press Release – Federal 100 Award, the article about the Federal 100 awards and the official list of 2011 Federal 100 Award Winners.

I would like to thank our supporters and my team for helping me win the Federal 100 award and I look forward to an exciting 2011.

Thanks!