AUSA Hosted Spouse Job Forum at Fort Riley

Thursday, June 04, 2015

A one-day employment forum was held Wednesday at Fort Riley, Kan., sponsored by the Association of the U.S. Army, to help military spouses develop portable careers and learn how to hunt for a job no matter where their family may be stationed. This was the third family forum hosted by AUSA this year. Previous events were held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and Fort Bliss, Texas. The Fort Riley event focuses on what resources are available and some practical tips. One of the sources available for job-hunting help is the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, credited with helping 75,000 spouses get hired. Military OneSource, a Defense Department program, also provides guidance on spouse education and career opportunities. Here is a link: https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil Among those speaking at the Fort Riley event were Col. Andrew Cole, Fort Riley Garrison commander; Eddy Mentzer, DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities manager; and representatives from Kansas State University, the Kansas Small Business Development Center, the Fort Riley Employment Readiness Program, the Junction City Workforce Center, and Military OneSource. Patty Barron, AUSA’s Family Readiness director, said more employment forums are planned. “We are committed to your success,” she said. “It is our goal to provide you with helpful information on issues that matter to you. Why? Because we have been in your shoes and are determined to share tools and resources that work.”