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Train Like A Veteran

The military is either training or fighting. In concept, this sums the mindset, but misses the details. While continuing to stay at the concept level, consider the medical profession and how they train doctors.  The concept there is “watch one,...

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Inclusion: Our Strategic Advantage

I just finished reading the book Radical Inclusion by GEN (R) Martin Dempsey and Ori Brafman. Full disclosure, I have read all of Ori Brafman’s books and have been inspired by GEN Dempsey’s leadership for years. The case for Radical Inclusion...

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Welcome Home Warrior Citizen

Welcome Home Devon Russell!!!  Devon recently completed a one- year deployment to the Horn of Africa with the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment (First Arkansas).  Devon serves as an Infantryman (11B) in Charlie Company (Mena).  Devon had...

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MOVE, DO, COMMUNICATE

The military training program is extensive. Veterans gain many valuable skills that are overlooked in colleges and tech schools, but are key to success on the job.  Two I have great appreciation for, and we have fully integrated into our...

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Salute: Putting Veterans to Work in Data Centers

When Lee Kirby returned home in 2010 from a tour in Iraq, the unemployment rate for 25 to 35-year-old veterans returning to the US after a single tour of duty overseas was 25 percent. “I wanted to do something to try to address that,” he said.  “I’ve been in the data...

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Leave No One Behind

The concept of the Latin phrase nemo resideo, or "leave no one behind," is almost as old as warfare itself. Greek mythology portrayed heroes who rescued those captured by enemies.  Similar language can be found in the Soldier’s Creed  "I will never leave a fallen...

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It’s as Simple as A Paycheck

Our team was recently interviewed as part of a documentary showing the good things Salute does to help homeless Veterans. The film crew from the Veteran’s Administration visited one of our Veteran’s home, his work place and they also talked with him about his...

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Salute’s DNA Makes A Difference

When traveling in uniform, you find out that there are a lot of people who will buy you a coffee or pay for your lunch and tell you how much they appreciate your service. That is WAY better than it was for our brothers and sisters who served in Vietnam, and it is...

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Deployment – Raw Emotions Return

By Sue Kirby As a mother and wife of Soldiers, I struggled watching my oldest son and husband leave on multiple combat mission deployments.  My struggle was calmed because they chose to serve. My struggle was calmed as I witnessed them enter the zone and confidently...

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Grunts

We started Salute with the mission of building a career bridge to the industry for Veterans currently considered unskilled. We have proven there is no such thing as an “unskilled” Veteran. My early years in the Army were spent in the Infantry so the term “Grunt” to me...

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Server Farm Works with Salute

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 31, 2016 – Server Farm, one of the nation’s most innovative, privately owned data center developers and operators, announced they have selected Salute Incorporated, who specializes in providing highly-trained American military veterans to the...

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Scaling Up the Lights Out Data Center

The “lights out” server farm has been living large in the imaginations of data center futurists. It’s been 10 years since HP first made headlines with its vision of unmanned data centers, filled with computers that monitor and manage themselves. Even Dilbert has had...

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Hidden Heroes

By the time I completed 36 years of military service, I had a chest full of medals and was trying to slip quietly into retirement without a ceremony.  Then it dawned on me, this would be my last chance to say something of significance to those I had served with, and...

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Veterans With Job Skills America Needs

Hiring vets and military spouses is good business, which is why dozens of firms are stepping up. By MICHELLE OBAMA and   JILL BIDEN May 4, 2016 6:18 p.m. ET When America’s leading companies look to hire top technology talent, their search often follows a...

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Salute Champions

It should be no secret that the more projects we win the more Veterans we can hire to start their careers in the data center industry. Procurement departments do not know our mission. We compete commercially and win based on glowing references from happy clients and...

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Salute the Journey – Ozzy

Since he was a child Ozzy knew he wanted to join the military. Even as a teen he chose to attend a military style academy rather than a traditional high school. His graduation from the academy solidified his commitment to the military. Shortly thereafter he joined the...

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Patriotic Employer Award

A Proud moment for Salute earning the Patriotic Employer award for their dedication to helping veterans start a career in the data center industry and support employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve forces. The significance of the citation...

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100 Hired by our Clients

We are one step closer to our goal of 100 veterans hired by our clients in 2016. A.V., an Army Infantryman started with Salute in 2015 as a Cleaner, quickly transitioning to our Technician division, he soon learned this was his calling. After working at United...

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2015 Year in Review

Salute doubled in size for the third year in a row! I am grateful to those who have given us a chance to prove the value of this mission and honored to be associated with Salute and its supporters. I believe this proves once and for all the value of veterans in this...

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To Our Loyal Veterans… CenturyLink Salutes You!

Sometimes, saying “thank you” just is not enough. That’s why CenturyLink is working closely with a relatively young organization, Salute, Inc., to build new job opportunities for the nation’s loyal veterans. [button color="#COLOR_CODE" background="#COLOR_CODE"...

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A Natural Fit

The Mission Critical world (data centers being today’s prominent sector) is rather tight knit, and the folks operating these facilities work extra long hours, close together.  This is a comfort zone for Veterans having trouble transitioning, and those that fear...

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No Apology Necessary

I was taken aback the other day when one of Salute’s largest clients concluded our conversation by apologizing for having never served in the military. So, I was compelled to address this with him and would like to share the key points with you. Salute is far more...

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PCS

In the course of a military career, you “PCS” many times. PCS, or Permanent Change of Station, turns into a verb when used as an acronym among GIs. PCSing means saying goodbye to friends you have made, taking on new challenges somewhere else and gaining more friends...

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2014 Year in Review

I am so grateful to everyone who helped make 2014 an outstanding year for Salute. We doubled in size and exceeded our targets. As great as these accomplishments are, the real reward came in the impact we have had on the lives of many veterans while delivering quality...

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Why Veterans Don’t Use All Their Benefits

There was once a time to be the Lone Sailor, or that Stoic Soldier standing watch over your post and our country; for Veterans, that time has passed. It's OK to grab hold of those hands reaching out to you. It's been over 4 years since I was medically retired from the...

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Balfour Beatty Salutes Veteran Subcontractor

For many people, Memorial Day is the weekend that Mother Nature officially gives her nod that winter is behind us and we are free to start summers full of sunshine, barbeque, and fireworks. In the midst of all the fun, the true meaning of Memorial Day can be missed,...

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Year in Review

As the year draws to a close, I cannot miss this opportunity to send a message of thanks for supporting Salute’s mission.  To meet our mission objectives of providing a gateway for military veterans to enter the data center industry we set goals for 2013 that seemed...

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Salute Partners With CFT Eco

Due to extraordinary growth Salute has partnered with CFT Eco, a premier data center industry recruiting firm. Lee Kirby noted, “This is one more step towards realizing our goal of being a gateway for veterans to enter the data center industry. Short term, CFT Eco...

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Lee’s Update

Lee Kirby presents at Uptime in North Carolina and Washington. Salute's goal of providing veteran’s an opportunity to be introduced to the data center industry is considered an innovative solution to the industry’s personnel shortage. While there is more work to be...

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Quote from Lee

My goal is to get veterans to work in our industry so that they have a chance to learn, grow and get better jobs in the future.  Whether it is building cages, cleaning or moving debris out for salvage, Salute can provide disciplined labor to the industry.  JFK used...

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