Salmon Ponapart

Army 13F E-7, Active Duty

Fort Bragg, NC

Years of Service: 20 years, August 1992 - August 2012


Experience

Career Skills Program Installation Administrator , MES, Inc. ,
March 2017 - Present

Guidance Counselor , MES, Inc. ,
April 2015 - March 2017

Department Manager, U. S. Army,
November 2011 - June 2012

Education

Masters of Business Administration , Webster University ,
August 2014 - December 2017

Work Experience

Career Skills Program Installation Administrator March 2017 - Present

MES, Inc. Fort Bragg, NC, USA

  • Provide weekly updates to the Career Skills Program Authoritative Database that populate the Installation Command Career Skills Program Common Operating Picture in coordination with the Career Skills Program Regional Coordinators by the last working day of each week.
  • Assist Garrison as needed in conducting Career Skills Program operations, conducting interest inventories and identifying subsequent opportunities to provide skills training and employment to transitioning military in coordination with the Regional Career Skills Program Coordinator.
  • Deliver virtual support as need utilizing technology when required by the Government.
  • Support special events as directed including college fairs, graduation, etc., and service other Garrison Career Skills Programs in surrounding area/proximity in a temporary duty status.
  • Plan and execute daily operations to meet overall objectives and requirements.
  • Receive administrative and technical guidance key Governmental Personnel through general oral and written instruction.
  • Recommend solutions to concerns and or problems such as Soldier attendance at program activities including classes and counseling sessions to the Garrison point of contact.
  • Prepare reports; maintain historical records and statistical materials to include writing Career Skills Program vetting packets and documentation, information papers, executive summaries.
  • Prepare and/or conduct briefings, orientations, and special presentations to include flyers, marketing materials, news articles, and social media.
  • Collect, consolidate, and analyze data; provide reports to the Career Skills Program Regional Coordinator and key Government Personnel.
  • Keep installation key government personnel, public officials, employers and stakeholders abreast of policies, procedures, trends, and problems.
  • Participate in the applicant screening process; monitor execution and follow-up on job placement data; make telephone calls, send email and track correspondence.
  • Research and monitor Career Skills Program training opportunities in the community in coordination with key Government Personnel.
  • Provide summaries, executive reports, and data analysis and tracking as required. Formalize relationships and establish roles and responsibilities.
  • Brief, educate and communicate the mission of the Career Skills Program to Garrison stakeholders and to industry partners.
  • Schedule Career Skills Program and related classes.

Guidance Counselor April 2015 - March 2017

MES, Inc. Fort Bragg, NC, USA

  • Served as liaison with schools on and off the installation and solved problems that students may have with the academic institution.
  • Determined eligibility and assisted in enrollment and preparation of forms for Army tuition assistance, VA benefits, loans, and scholarships, Pell Grants, and other grant or loan programs of the federal, state, or local government for which they qualified.
  • Thoroughly searched available information on educational programs including grants, tuition assistance, scholarships, etc. to ensure all opportunities have been considered.
  • Provided assistance to personnel applying for scholarships, educational allowances, and grants.
  • Scheduled on-duty classes, off-duty classes, or any available combination the individual may desire to attend in order to work toward their stated career goals.
  • Scheduled individuals for technical military occupational specialty-related training/instruction when career goals have been determined and desired courses selected.
  • Helped individuals establish plans for meeting their goals, providing information about available opportunities to include not only technical military occupational specialty-related programs, but high school, college, and vocational programs available if the individual's desires and capabilities are in these areas.
  • Assisted with school admission applications, Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9-11 GI Bill, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, scholarship, and other applications for student and financial aid.
  • Assisted clients in completing requirements for admission to a military school or program, including the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, Army Green to Gold, and the Health Professions Scholarship Program.
  • Scheduled, analyzed and interpreted the test results as required in subsequent counseling sessions to assist individuals in making a realistic self-appraisal of their needs and desires.
  • Gathered and compiled personal and academic information, reviewed educational transcripts, selected, administered and interpreted tests to counsel program participants during the counseling session and recommends testing, e.g., achievement, interest, or aptitude tests, as appropriate.
  • Focused particular attention to anyone who was not a high school graduate to assist them in arriving at a realistic goal in relation to their educational standing and capabilities with special emphasis placed on acquiring a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Provided individualized interviews and counseling to aid the individual in career decision making.
  • Interviewed and counseled personnel to help them develop and achieve a valid military career goal and subsequent civilian occupation.

Department Manager November 2011 - June 2012

Army | 13F | E-7 | Fort Bragg, NC, USA

  • Led and influenced subordinate operations managers and team leaders to accomplish critical tasks and achieve department objectives.
  • Employed a leadership operations process to visualize, describe, direct, and assess the work while achieving business result.
  • Effectively used strong communication and group problem-solving skills to remove obstacles and achieve business results.

Lead Business Operations Specialist September 2008 - June 2011

Army | 13F | E-7 | Fort Bragg, NC, USA

  • Served as a team lead for ## team members to accomplish critical tasks and achieve team and organization objectives.
  • Advised the team leader on potential action scenarios and helped team members adapt appropriately to the team's competing demands and shifting priorities.
  • Assisted the team leader in directing and assessing the work, while achieving the end result.

Department Manager July 2010 - June 2011

Army | 13F | E-7 | Fort Bragg, NC, USA

  • Led and influenced subordinate operations managers and team leaders to accomplish critical tasks and achieve department objectives.
  • Employed a leadership operations process to visualize, describe, direct, and assess the work while achieving business result.
  • Effectively used strong communication and group problem-solving skills to remove obstacles and achieve business results.

Business Unit Liaison Specialist September 2007 - September 2008

Army | 13F | E-7 | Camp Casey, South Korea

  • Led and facilitated various agencies to work together towards a single goal.
  • Coordinated operational and logistical information and data throughout various business units.
  • Synchronized competitive analysis data and observed channels of business communication to provide clear understanding for leadership.

Leadership Training and Development Instructor July 2005 - September 2007

Army | 13F | E-7 | Fort Benning, GA, USA

  • Delivered employee leadership training in the areas of personal character: 1) adherence to personal & organizational values, 2) displaying empathy, and 3) possessing discipline.
  • Provided employee leadership training in the areas of professional presence: 1) professional bearing, 2) fitness, 3) confidence, and 4) resilience.
  • Facilitated employee training in specific industry technically related topics.

Assistant Business Operations Team Leader August 2001 - July 2005

Army | 13F | E-6 | Fort Bragg, NC, USA

  • Led a team of ## team members to accomplish critical tasks and achieve team and organization objectives.
  • Anticipated potential action scenarios and adapted appropriately to competing demands and the teams shifting priorities.
  • Employed a leadership operations process to visualize, describe, direct, and assess the work while achieving the end result.

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EDUCATION

Masters of Business Administration , Procurement and Acquisition Management

Webster University

August 2014 - December 2017 , GPA: 3.94

Applied Science , IT Security & IT Management

Campbell University , Buies Creek, NC, USA

August 2012 - December 2013 , GPA: 3.86