Great Turnout and Big Win at the Twilight Criterium

On Saturday, July 15th the Mission43 team hosted a VIP tent at this year's Boise Twilight Criterium. This event is one of those you just have to see, and we loved the opportunity to host our M43 friends and families to be part of it. The Criterium is a day full of bike races through the streets of downtown with a fan expo area featuring local food and drink. We had over 150 guests, including families, supporters, and employers who are all involved making Idaho an incredible place to be after the military. 

To cap off this great day, our partner, Team Twenty20, pulled off the win in the women's pro race. Our tent was in the perfect location to cheer them across the finish line. This incredible group of women hung out at the Mission43 tent after their victory, signed autographs, and talked about their experiences.

Thanks to all who joined us. It was great to see the many new faces and we hope new connections were made while you enjoyed the Criterium. Keep an eye out for next year. We may be out there again!

Sword & Plough On Stage at 43INC

Emily Núñez Cavness and Betsy Núñez, entrepreneurs who excel at using their military experience as business owners, shared incredible lessons they learned on their journey to create Sword & Plough. In 2013, they took a concept and turned it into a reality. They truly live by their company motto, "Repurposed for a Purpose," by taking surplus military materials and turning them into stylish handbags and accessories. 

The Mission43 team was honored to bring Emily and Betsy to Boise and enjoy an evening with them at our June Mission43 INC (Innovate + Network + Connect) event. 

Here are three key take-aways from their story that we can all use in our lives:

  • They raised $20,000 on Kickstarter in 2 hours, which was their 30-day goal. This didn't happen overnight, a year of planning went into the launch. Plan, prepare, and execute!
  • Betsy wished she learned more about supply chain management in school. She had to become an expert in acquiring thousands of yards of leather for their products just as Emily had started a 7-month Afghanistan deployment. Innovate and be persistent to get the results you need!
  • They sought out mentors and used free online resources to educate themselves on running their business. The resources are out there, but you need to go to them vs. thinking they will come to you! 

Check out the photos from the evening: 43INC Photo Album

World Class Athletes- Our Partnership With Team Twenty20

Mission43 truly appreciates the veterans and military spouses who work hard, are disciplined, and will never give up. That is why we are proud to partner with Idaho's all-women professional cycling team that shares our same values, Team Twenty20. Coming off of five gold medals in Rio, they now have their eye on the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics; and under the guidance of Kristin Armstrong, three-time gold medalist and Boise native, there is a good chance they'll find their way to the podiums.

As part of our partnership, Team Twenty20 is sporting the Mission43 logo on their jerseys and are helping share our message throughout their travels this season. They are racing in places like California, Hong Kong, Europe, South America, and Colorado. They'll be racing here in our backyard at the Twilight Criterium on July 15th, and we hope you'll come out to join us in cheering them on. Every win has to be earned, just like a transition when you get out of the military. So keep an eye on Twenty20 through social media and we will help keep you posted on their successes!

Announcing the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall Mission43 Firebase

Over the past few months, we have been working closely with the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall (CVMH) to develop a way to integrate the Mission43 pillars (education, employment, purpose, and connection) into their future programmatic offerings. It has been incredible to see how the Canyon County community has rallied behind their efforts to renovate this turn of the century building, originally built as a Carnegie Library in 1903. But what role was the building going to serve, and was it something the next generation of veterans who are starting to leave the military want to be part of? We knew that just because you build it does not mean they will come. 

We worked closely with CVMH to create the vision of what a modernized version of a veteran service organization (VSO) could look like. It can't be overstated that even though we shared the same vision, it was absolutely essential that CVMH had the right leader in place to make this happen. Through this, the Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall Mission43 Firebase was born.

When you walk into the newly renovated building, scheduled to open November 2017, you will know that the CVMH is focused on integrating Mission43 opportunities for military families in Canyon County. These are some of the things you can expect at our first Mission43 Firebase:

  • Military spouses can meet face-to-face with their Guild Education advisor and apply for their Master's degree at one of four partner universities.
  • Hire Heroes USA is finding quality and meaningful careers for the young men and women fresh out of the military. 
  • Team Red, White, and Blue meets up on the steps of the building before heading out on their weekly Monday night run.
  • Team Rubicon stages people and equipment for the next operation like Op Payette Forward, where they did flood mitigation and snow removal last winter. 

Through this partnership with CVMH, we are hopeful to create a model for other communities that want to empower, not enable, Idaho military families.

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Investing in Volunteer Leaders- Team Red, White, & Blue's Eagle Leader Academy Came To Boise

Team Red, White, and Blue is growing incredibly fast across the country, and this isn't happening because people just want to meet up for a run. It is happening because this organization invests in their volunteer leaders and then empowers them to grow in their local communities.

During the last weekend in April, we got to see firsthand what this looks like and we met absolute all-stars who embody the Eagle ethos and are on the front lines of enriching veterans lives. Twenty-four leaders from Northwest Region (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Colorado, and Idaho) consolidated in Boise for the region's first ever Leadership Academy. This included discussions on Eagle leader attributes: empathy, authenticity, and engagement. They exchanged ideas and practices from across the region and in true RWB fashion, carried Old Glory on a scavenger hunt to discover the local iconic sites of Boise.

We were also lucky to have J.J. Pinter, the soon-to-be Executive Director of Team RWB, take part in the weekend. He highlighted what is happening nationally and where they are headed in the next few years.

  • Leader training, like this event in Boise, will continue to be an integral part of the strategy. They have over 2,000 volunteers in leadership roles across the country!

  • Behind the scenes, a transition to Salesforce is taking place which will be coupled with a very deliberate analysis of measuring how they are enriching member's lives and have partnered with Syracuse University to do this!

  • The Eagle brand, which so many are proud to wear, will be brought to us through a new partnership with GoRuck and their online store and fulfillment capability.

We couldn't be more proud to have the opportunity to work with Team Red, White, and Blue in Mission43. The Executive Director all the way down to our local chapter members in Idaho are incredible people. Come on out and get involved, there is plenty to do with the warmer weather!

Learn more about Team Red, White, and Blue!

$15,000 Winner of the Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Brian Von Herbulis, Team Rubicon BLM Program Coordinator, just took home a $15,000 first place prize for his tech-focused idea at the 2017 Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge. Class I, V, and VI (food, ammo, and booze....well not really booze) is often hard to re-supply for those on the front lines. Brian knows this from experience as a commander of warriors in Afghanistan, and he used that knowledge and a lot of ingenuity to develop a one-time use drone that glides to predetermined coordinates with almost 700 lbs of supplies. He says this isn't limited to military use because there is much more this technology can do in terms of opportunity and capability. Think of the potential for disaster relief or support to wildland fire fighters! 

The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge was hosted by the Boise State University Venture College and was open to any college or graduate student throughout the state of Idaho. Brian competed against over 70 other entrepreneurs, ideas, and teams.

Brian is the epitome of "Lead. Learn. Inspire." and we just want to congratulate him on a hard earned and much deserved first place prize. Nicely done!


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!

Trailhead Code School Scholarship: Foundations of Web Design

Mission43 has partnered with Trailhead Boise (a very cool entrepreneur workspace) to create more opportunities for you to succeed after the military. If you are wondering what coding is all about, this is the perfect way for you to get started on a structured path of stackable courses that can lead to a new career. 

The Trailhead Front-End Foundation Series is a three-part series that will help you gain exposure to the tools and technologies that enable you to build interactive web pages and applications. Upon completion of all three, you will earn a Front-End Foundations badge from the Boise State University Venture College.

  • Foundations of Web Design (April 24th-May 11th)
  • Foundations of Javascript (May 22nd-June 8th)
  • Foundations of Angular (July 10th-August 3rd)

The next scholarship is for the Foundations of Web Design course where you will learn to build websites using standard industry tools such as HTML, CSS and Bootstrap. 

Course Dates: April 24th-May 11th (Monday and Thursday nights 6:00pm-8:00pm)

Information Session: April 19th (4:00pm-6:00pm)

How the scholarship works:

  • You have skin in the game. You pay up-front ($99/$199/$299) and upon completion of each course you will be fully reimbursed!
  • You are required to provide a Hire Heroes USA resume (the employment pillar of Mission43) for verification of military/military spouse/veteran status. It's easy to do and will pay off in your job search!
  • To enroll in Foundations of Web Design email in the Foundations of Web Design course.


43INC Happy Hour with Team Rubicon

Task Force Locust (aka Mission43) came in to Payette Brewing Company, took up space, enjoyed some beers, and had a great time with other members and our community partners. This 43INC Happy Hour had a Team Rubicon slant with the Regional X Administrator, Aaron Mallary, flying in from his HQ in Seattle. He presented Sandra Rollings the very first Region X challenge coin for for her leadership in Operation Payette Forward (learn more about this first ever Idaho TR op here). 

We also had a few of our community partners swing by to talk about how they are working with Mission43. 

  • Trailhead is providing scholarships for their stackable front-end code school classes. More to follow on this...we will be announcing how to apply for the next class starting April 24th
  • Keller Williams Front Porch Properties is helping us connect our members to veteran real estate agents (especially those out of state) who want to learn more about the local area. They also have some pretty cool incentives to pile on with your closing costs. 

Next 43INC Happy Hour is April 27th...swing on by!

Clay Hunt Fellowship- Team Rubicon Now Accepting Applications

Each year, Team Rubicon selects a cohort of fellows for a 12-month leadership and training program within Team Rubicon. A recent graduate (and now the dude cruising the country running the TR Mobile Training Center, Jerome Deniz, came and briefed the Idaho Team Rubicon members on his experience. 

Here it is in a snapshot: train to be deployable, deploy in different roles on TR operations, work with a mentor along this journey, complete a TR capstone project, all wrapped up in a year of self-discovery to achieve a successful life and transition!

We recommend you check out this video on the CHFP to learn more. We haven't had an Idaho Clay Hunt Fellow and you could be the first!

Team Rubicon Clay Hunt Program Information and Application.

Jerome Deniz, briefing Idaho TR members on the Clay Hunt Fellowship Program.

Mission43: A Year in Review

Mission43 didn’t even exist one year ago. Since then, we have grown to over 1500 members and are a building an organization that is having significant results for veterans and military spouses in Idaho.

Here are some of the things we are proud to hang our hat on:

  • Four of the best veteran service organizations in the country have united in Idaho to do what they do best.

  • Hires Heroes USA has helped 115 members find their next career. These are quality jobs averaging $55,500 across 24 different fields.That’s $6.3 million in economic impact for military families!

  • Guild Education has a 100% retention rate at four partner universities. Two of which are in the Top 20 of the Military Times higher education rankings.  

  • Team Red, White, & Blue and Team Rubicon have both doubled in size. There is significantly more opportunity to be actively involved on a daily basis.

  • We hosted 4 Mission43 INC events with incredible guest speakers and set the conditions for members to network and create opportunities.

Bottom line, the results machine is in motion and we aren’t stopping to take a break!

Higher Ground Sun Valley

Our friends at Higher Ground Sun Valley have just about perfected the use of Idaho’s beautiful outdoors for recreational therapy for military families, adaptive athletes, and special needs individuals. Recently, we had the chance to hang with Unit 317 on the slopes of Dollar and Baldy Mountain in Sun Valley, Idaho. Unit 317 consisted of 5 military couples, many of whom had never experienced the fun and challenge of winter sports. We witnessed an amazing change in their relationships, confidence, and a re-kindling of that sense of unity and cohesion that can dissappear after leaving the military.

Higher Ground Sun Valley has an incredible staff, but their volunteer base is absolutely amazing. There were two volunteers for every participant and they were pros at instructing, facilitating, and truly making a difference in the lives of Unit 317.

We are looking forward to continued collaboration with HGSV, including a 43INC event coming later this year so keep an eye out for that!

Learn more about Higher Ground Sun Valley, watch this CBS feature on them, and connect if you want to get involved!

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.

KTVB's Viewpoint Features Mission43

Bryan Madden (M43 Program Director) and Brian Stann (CEO of Hire Heroes USA) sat down with Doug Petcash, host of KTVB's Viewpoint. They talked about the what is happening nationally and at a local level for veterans and military spouses transitioning into civilian life. You can check out that segment here: VIEWPOINT.

After the Brian and Bryan show, Sandra Rollings from Team Rubicon talked about what they have been up to, including the recent Operation Payette Forward.

Behind the scenes on KTVB with Doug Petcash (left), Bryan Madden (middle), and Brian Stann (right).

Behind the scenes on KTVB with Doug Petcash (left), Bryan Madden (middle), and Brian Stann (right).

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!

Support to the Idaho National Guard

Mission43 was honored to host the kick-off reception for The Adjutant General’s Leadership Day. (The “TAG” is the Major General, or two-star, in command of a state’s National Guard). We hung out in the Telaya Winery production area and were joined by Butch Whiting, CEO and co-founder of Kryptek Outdoor Group.

Brian Von Herbulis, the 43INC man-in-charge, and Butch have both successfully commanded in combat and gave a great perspective on leadership. And the Telaya wine was as good as it gets!

Idaho National Guard Reception in the Telaya Winery "Production Room"

Training the Academics

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Colleges are all about the GI Bill $$$’s, but they often don’t even understand the value of having someone with military experience in their classroom. We worked with Boise State University and their Veteran Student Center faculty to bring out our good friend and partner in crime, Mike Schindler, to create a conversation around this very thing.

Mike immediately demonstrated that most people immediately think of PTSD when talking about veterans. However, by the end this group was preaching the word on the top 5 veteran traits (ie life-long learners, loyal, strong work ethic…) and how to leverage those traits. There was even a serious look at whether or not Boise State University was “veteran friendly.”

We truly appreciate the staff, faculty, and students who attended this discussion. It is a testament to their desire to focus on the students and create a better learning experience.

Mike Schindler is the founder and CEO of Operation Military Family Cares. Check out his recent book, U.S. Veterans in the Workforce, where he honored Mission43 with it’s very own chapter!

Mike Schindler, CEO Operation Military Family Cares at Boise State University.

Operation Payette Forward

This operation represents the growing presence of TR in Idaho and their first ever Idaho based operation. More veterans are taking steps to find purpose after the military and actively serve their communities.

In order to make this happen, the Rubicon City Coordinator Sandra Rollings (Army combat medic with two Iraq deployments), did a damage assessment and determined it would beneficial to the Payette Community for Region X (Team Rubicon uses the same regions as FEMA for organization) to deploy. Then, just like she did in the military, she pulled together all the assets needed for the mission, utilized the right people, and went to work.

The Operation Payette Forward volunteers removed snow off of roofs and cleared the way for the upcoming melt over a four day period. Look out for more TR activity in Idaho!