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Rick Hoffman, Sam Cannan, Rick Aubin, Gale Newton and Lois Heesters. Not pictured, Dave Skocik.

ODESSA – Rick Aubin, a watchmaker from New York has retired to Delaware to be with family and to train veterans in his highly specialized skill at the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative in Odessa.

Training of the first six students from Delaware and several other states will begin after a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 13, at 10 a.m., according to school founder Sam Cannan, a master watchmaker who trained in Switzerland.

Mr. Cannan, a former Baltimore police officer, moved to Kitts Hummock nine years ago. Since then he has spent a great deal of time working to establish a facility to train disabled military veterans, whose unemployment rate is a dismal 82 percent.

Mr. Aubin, a veteran of the Vermont Air National Guard, trained at the Joseph Bulova School of Watchmaking in 1971 in Queens, NY, which eventually closed as a result of the advent of quartz watch technology in the 1970s and 80s.

Since then, however, mechanical watches have been enjoying a world-wide resurgence and new professionals are urgently needed. The Veterans Watchmaker Initiative, unique in the nation, will help fill that need by training disabled veterans.

Mr. Aubin’s more than 4 decades as a watchmaker includes work for an uncle’s jewelry store until the uncle retired and independent work for numerous stores throughout New England until his wife’s career led him to New York and additional training at Rolex, Omega, and Cartier.

“My retirement to Delaware allows us to be closer to our daughters and their families and to contribute to the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative as a volunteer instructor. It is my privilege to give back to those who have served our country.”

The Odessa location is the forerunner of a planned school in Middletown, Del., that will accommodate as many as 25 students. “Disabled veterans will be housed, fed and trained at no cost to them. That’s the least we can do for those who gave so much,” said Mr. Cannan.

Contributions are tax deductible. Visit www.veteranswatchmakerinitiative.org or call 302-465-2421 for more information.

DJF South – this is the Summit mentioned by Kent Johnson, VA – yesterday at our Meeting!
DJF community is encouraged to attend and participate!  No cost to attend. FREE CEUs.

2017 Military & Veterans Mental Health Summit

Thursday, September 14, 2017
9AM -3:30PM


Chase Center
815 Justison St.
Wilmington, DE 19801

(Registration opens at 8AM)


See flyer attached for list of classes. Class/Workshops are statewide, from Claymont to Dover to Selbyville!

Get Fit with help on BUDGETING, SAVINGS & CREDIT!
Attend a Workshop $$ Take an Online Class $$ Meet One-on-One with a Financial Coach

Financial Fitness is a Delaware Joining Forces collaborative partnership provided by:

  • DFLI – The Money School
  • Inspiration Space, Del Libraries
  • Military OneSource
  • Stand by Me

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If you are applying to any position on usajobs.gov, take the time to attend this excellent workshop to learn how to navigate the federal application process, create a winning resume and become the BEST QUALIFIED applicant.

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017                            
1:00pm to 4:00pm                       

655 S. Bay Rd., Suite 2H, Dover DE 19901

REGISTER by email to Mr. Kevin Gunning (on cc line) :  Kevin.Gunning@state.de.us

You must RSVP to have a seat!


Limited to 24 seats. Open to all.

Parking: Due to the construction that is going on around the back side (East side) of the the Blue Hen Corporate Center you may have to park around the front side or on the North side of the building. Should you park on the front side you will need to come in door number 2 and walk straight through the building and go out door number 5. Once outside you will make a left and pass DHSS’s offices and just up past the dumpsters you will see the disgn for DOL above a double glass door. Enter there and tell them you are looking for employment & training. They will direct you to our area where you will sign 2 clipboards. Once you do that you will have a seat in the waiting area and I will be out to call your name. Please make sure that you are 15 minutes early.

DJF Wednesday Workshop Series presents


Free Workshop on Energy Conservation * Learn ways to save energy in your home.

Every attendee will receive a KIT that will include:

  • (2) LED Light Bulbs
  • Sensor Nightlight
  •  Caulk & Caulk Gun


NORTH: WED, JUL 12 • 11:30-12:30
Biden National Guard/Reserve Center | Multi-Purpose Room
250 Airport Road, New Castle, DE  19720

 SOUTH: WED, JUL 26• 11:30-12:30
Dover Air Force Base, Building 202 | Room 213
Dover AFB, DE

** In order to attend workshop, you MUST have Dept of Defense/DOD ID for Dover AFB base access.

No Walk-Ins – You must PRE-REGISTER.  

Bring your own Lunch.

To REGISTER, please email:   Christine.F.Kubik.nfg@mail.mil

Command/Supervisor chain approval is required for Full-Time Employees to attend and attendance must be documented in the proper leave status.

DISCLAIMER: The Delaware National Guard and Air Force Reserve does not endorse individual companies or agencies. The information provided herein is distributed to our soldiers and airmen in the event they may wish to take advantage of the stated offer or event. This message is not an endorsement for the company/organization or its affiliates named within the content of the message.

5-8 September 2017
Bethany Beach Training Site
Bethany Beach, DE

32 Continuing Education Units

This FREE training has limited seating and is open to sexual assault advocates/counselors, nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers, and professional counselors.

Training will focus on crisis intervention to deepen your understanding of sexual as-sault and the major roles of an advocate/counselor. This training addresses on campus sexual assault, male sexual assault, and neurobiology of trauma and assault. Information included also covers military sexual assault reporting and response, services offered to service members and their families along with training and discussion on the continuum of harm. This is accomplished through case studies, role-playing, and other interactive exercises, you will build the basic skills necessary to provide competent, effective crisis intervention services to sexual assault victims/survivors effectively and sensitively.  There is no cost to attend.

Reigster with POC on the cc line:
SFC Stephanie Davis
JFHQ Victim Advocate Coordinator
Delaware Army National Guard
Office:  (302) 326-7798
Mobile:  (302) 319-1767

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Become a highly sought-after sUAS pilot (Drone Operator), in this fast growing field.

Limited SEATS – REGISTER for an informational meetings.

Pick a date to attend:
DATES: July 8, July 15

TIME: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

PLACE: Delaware Skills Center
500 Ships Landing Way
New Castle, Delaware 19720

FIND OUT MORE… ATTEND ONE OF OUR OPEN HOUSES. Sign up by email at: theo@droneworkforcesolutions.com

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