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BRAC is here … Are you ready? July 6, 2010

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Another Great Free Training Opportunity is Available for BRAC Impacted Workers located in Virginia.

Training is provided by the Department of Labor with a special BRAC grant.

Networking and Interviewing for Success Presented by Alan DeBack July 29th – August 24th – September 22nd.

During this workshop you’ll learn effective strategies for both and practice some of the key competencies critical to success. You will walk away from the workshop with a solid overview of how networking and interviewing skills will contribute to your successful job search.

Career Success in the federal Government Presented by Derrick T. Dortch July 15th – August 12th – September 16th.

This workshop will teach you how to: develop a “Federal Career Success Strategy”;  show you how to find the right federal job for you; assist you in developing powerful, persuasive and targeted Federal Resumes, KSAs, ECQs, and Cover Letters that will win interviews; provide you with insight to how the screening and selection process works; teach you about networking on the federal level; provide you advice on interviewing on the federal level; assist you in identifying and developing the skills needed to win the job you wanted and advance; and answer any questions you have about the federal job search. This workshop is designed to open doors, win interviews, and sell yourself to win the federal job you desire.

Developing KSAs & Resumes for the Federal Employment Application Process Presented by Kathryn K. Troutman July 28th– August 4th– September 7th.

The workshop will help you write attention-getting KSAs including an introduction to the CCAR Model for writing outstanding KSAs. Also you will learn how to answer KSAs and essay questions with the best format and content. Also learn how to write Federal Resumes for both USAJOBS and CPOL Resumix format.

For more information on how to register contact Ms. Nell Richardson at nrichardson@arlingtonva.us.

Please contact IMCOMBPA@conus.army.mil or Anne Graham (anne.graham@us.army.mil) if you require any other assistance as you transition due to BRAC.

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Destination: San Antonio April 22, 2010

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Monticello in Charlottesville, Va.

A guide to planning your road trip from Washington, DC, to San Antonio

The car is packed, gas tank full, kids buckled up, now it’s time to go West, Army Soldiers and Civilians, and join the Installation Management Command in San Antonio.

Don’t expect to get from Washington, DC, to San Antonio overnight. The most direct route runs the course of about 1,600 miles and goes through seven states, but don’t let this semi-cross-country drive get you down. There are many places to see along the way especially if you’re willing to use your four-and-a-half travel days to the fullest.

Below are a few natural and historic marvels to visit on your journey to San Antonio.

Part 1 of 3: Virginia and North Carolina

Virginia to North Carolina

Virginia Caves

Virginia is home to more than 60 caves, about 10 are open to tourists.  Most of these caves are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains along Interstate 81, which is a straight shot on your route to Texas.

Virginia Safari Park (Natural Bridge)

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Safari Park offers something most zoos don’t – an upfront animal encounter that you won’t have to leave your car for! The park offers hands-on animal encounters with gazelles, kangaroos, bison, zebras, camels and giraffes.

At [Virginia Safari Park], you’ll be able to see animals run and frolic with abandon … or block your path.”

―Virginia Safari Park website

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (Charlottesville, Va.)

Monticello is listed as one of the “8 Places Every American Should See,” according to Budget Travel.  Designed by Thomas Jefferson using neoclassical architecture, Monticello is an autobiographical masterpiece designed and redesigned, built and rebuilt for more than 40 years.

Biltmore Estate (Asheville, N.C.)

“Biltmore Estate provides the ideal location for romance with a century-old French Renaissance chateau. George W. Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre estate with its 250-room Biltmore House, 75 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, and the nation’s most visited winery offers plenty of opportunities.”

―RomanticAsheville.com

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North Carolina: (D) Biltmore Estate, (E) Looking Glass Falls and (F) Sliding Rock

Looking Glass Falls (Asheville, N.C.)

About four miles from Sliding Rock and nearly 60 feet tall is Looking Glass Falls, one of the most popular falls in North Carolina.  You can venture onto the rocks, wade and swim underneath the falling water, or just take in the surroundings while perched on a bolder.

Sliding Rock (Asheville, N.C.)

Fueled by 11, 000 gallons of chilly water flowing down the 60-foot flat, sloping bolder each minute, Sliding Rock is a natural hit for thousands of children and adults each summer.  This exhilarating favorite natural mountain waterfall is located in the Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, N.C.

My family has been coming back to North Carolina for the last 20 years and we always make our pilgrimage to Sliding Rock.”“We do it in April and it is freezing cold, but darn well worth it. It helps to remind you of how alive you can feel!”

― TripAdvisor.com member Marine86297

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Virginia Caves

Virginia is home to more than 60 caves, about 10 are open to tourists.  Most of these caves are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains along Interstate-81, which is a straight shot on your route to Texas.

Virginia Safari Park (Natural Bridge)

Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Safari Park offers something most zoos don’t – an upfront animal encounter that you won’t have to leave your car for! The park offers hands-on animal encounters with gazelles, kangaroos, bison, zebras, camels and giraffes.

“At [Virginia Safari Park], you’ll be able to see animals run and frolic with abandon … or block your path.”

―Virginia Safari Park website

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (Charlottesville, Va.)

Monticello is listed as one of the “8 Places Every American Should See,” according to Budget Travel.  Designed by Thomas Jefferson using neoclassical architecture, Monticello is an autobiographical masterpiece designed and redesigned, built and rebuilt for more than 40 years.

Biltmore Estate (Asheville, N.C.)