In partnership between Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho, Mission43 helped honor the fallen of 9.11.2001 and their families by moving the Flag of Honor, bearing the names of everyone lost that day, on foot from Lewiston to Moscow, Idaho. 

The event began with a brief ceremony at Hells Gate State Park at 8:46am, the time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The flags were then carried to Moscow over the course of the day and concluded with a memorial BBQ for the community.

PHOTO ALBUM: 2018 9.11 Moving Tribute (Treasure Valley)

The Mission43 community honored the fallen of 9.11.2001 and their families by constantly moving the Flag of Honor, bearing the names of everyone our country lost that day, from 8:46 am (when Flight 11 struck the North Tower) until 5:00 pm. Participants walked, rucked, or ran as individuals, families, or teams to complete as many miles as possible through the foothills of Eagle Bike Park. Those who completed at least one lap earned this year's 9.11 Moving Tribute Patch.

Run As One 2017 Pictures

The Idaho Falls crew!

The Idaho Falls crew!

The Treasure Valley crew!

The Treasure Valley crew!

The Boise Team Red, White, and Blue chapter took the lead in bringing together Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, and the community for Run As One in the Treasure Valley. Close to forty people, including including lots of families, came out for the near perfect weather in Kleiner Park in Meridian. We were also joined by Brandon Frank, the owner of Fleet Feet Meridian, who has been a great friend in the community and has included Team RWB in their weekly Wednesday runs.

The day began with a group walk around the park. Old Glory looked good surrounded by veterans, families, and friends! After the walking lap, Chad Rohr kicked off the 5k run with the leader of the pack coming across the finish line in under 23 minutes! 

The day finished with food and refreshments supplied by Team RWB. Chad did a fine job on the grill and served some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. Run As One 2017 was a great way to kick-off the arrival of warmer weather, which means lots more activity outside!

43INC With Our Toughest Guest Ever

Brian Von Herbulis (L), Mission43 INC and Brian Stann (R), Hire Heroes USA

First off, if you are reading this it is pretty much guaranteed our 43INC guest Brian Stann can beat you up. Why? Well he fought in the UFC. He played football at the United States Naval Academy (although he did lose to Army one of those years...Beat Navy!). He was a USMC infantry officer. He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions leading men through intense combat near Al Qaim, Iraq in 2005. Now, he is the CEO of Hire Heroes USA which to-date has helped over 13,000 veterans and military spouses find employment.

Brian Stann clearly has an incredible resume, but he had the same problem a lot of veterans have transitioning out of the military. He tackled this head-on as soon as we got going in this 43INC session. When he left the USMC he made his own resume and it ended up being three pages long. How do you translate military experience for a civilian company? What does leading troops in combat have to do with leading teams outside of the military? This is what Hire Heroes USA does like no other veteran employment organization, and they are a making a huge impact for Mission43 members.

Brian’s message was strong. You are the one who is responsible for your transition. You have to choose to live the American dream. And if you do, the entire Hire Heroes USA organization will be behind you to support your transition. 

Click to learn more about Hire Heroes USA role in Mission43.

HHUSA's Biggest Idaho Workshop Yet

This was the third and largest Idaho workshop for Hire Heroes USA. Tony Torres, the Idaho Area Manager, hosted 26 veterans and spouses at the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation over two days. Day 1 included classes on interviewing, creating an elevator pitch, finalizing resumes, polishing up the LinkedIn profiles, and Dress for Success. Day 2 brought everything together when attendees did mock interviews one-on-one and in panel format. As usual, some of these interviews may have led to actual job offers. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and demand will only continue to increase as word of mouth starts to spread what Hire Heroes USA is doing here in Idaho.

Finally, the volunteer force was also strong and we want to recognize the time and support of the following:

  • Men's Warehouse provided the Dress for Success class.
  • Gretchen Lemay Photography provided stunning professional head shots for the LinkedIn profiles. 
  • HP INC came out in force and conducted panel mock interviews.
  • Pacific Source provided one-on-one mock interviews. 
The veterans, spouses, volunteers, and Hire Heroes USA staff. Well done!

The veterans, spouses, volunteers, and Hire Heroes USA staff. Well done!

A Partnership with the ESPN Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Mission43 partnered with ESPN’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to provide over 2,000 tickets for military families to watch the University of Idaho take on Colorado State. We also hosted a tailgate for the first 500 people to show up for the festivities in our exclusive Mission43 tent that featured local brews, BBQ, and coffee from Cafe Mule (Idaho veteran owned business!). A few lucky military spouses even won access badges to the heated sky box!

No game is complete without a flyover from something that burns JP-8. Thanks to the 391st Bold Tigers, an F-15E squadron from Mountain Home Air Force, for the three ship that hit the timing perfectly.