What You Can Do to Further the Blessings in a Backpack Mission

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Blessings in a Backpack
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Since 2013, Robert P. Givens has served as the president of RPG Consulting LLC. Robert P. Givens is dedicated to giving back to the community and supports a range of different organizations, including Blessings in a Backpack.

The Blessings in a Backpack program helps ensure that no child in the United States goes hungry by providing food and snacks for the weekend to elementary school students across the country. The organization’s work is only made possible through the generosity of donors and volunteers.

People who want to get involved with the program can do so in a number of ways. Many people choose to start a new Blessings in a Backpack program in their communities to serve even more young students. These individuals receive backing and resources directly from the organization to achieve the goal.

If individuals cannot commit to starting a new program, they can still get involved by organizing a Feed the Future Food Drive to ensure that the organization always has food to put into the backpacks that it hands out to students. Individuals may also want to consider writing notecards. Handwritten notes of positive encouragement are included in the backpacks to put a smile on children’s faces over the weekend.

3 Doors Down Announce Canadian Tour Scheduled for March

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With over 20 years of executive leadership and management experience, Robert P. Givens serves as the president of RPG Consulting LLC, where he oversees strategic planning and operations process improvement. Outside of his career, Robert P. Givens loves indie rock and considers 3 Doors Down his favorite band.

To promote its latest album, Us and the Night, 3 Doors Down is heading out on a Canadian tour starting in New Brunswick. After a New Year’s Eve show in Minnesota, the band is taking a few months off before heading north to start the tour on March 9.

The album, featuring the singles “The Broken” and “In the Dark,” was one of front man Brad Arnold’s favorite records to make. According to a statement, 3 Doors Down had fun making the album throughout 2016, a year the band members describe as being incredible for the group. Arnold looks forward to returning to Canada on the eight-show tour, which will start at Moncton’s Molson Canadian Centre and end in Edmonton, Alberta, at the River Cree Resort & Casino on March 19th.

Anglo-Saxon England – A Very Brief History

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Anglo-Saxon England
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Robert P. Givens, president of RPG Consulting, enjoys learning about history in his free time. Robert P. Givens pursues a particular interest in Anglo-Saxon England.

After the Romans left England in the fifth century AD, large waves of settlers began arriving on the island’s shores from Germany. The largest numbers came from the regions of Angeln and Saxony, though the Jutes of Denmark also played a role. The Angles and Saxons, however, quickly became the most powerful groups in this extremely unsettled land.

The tribes first settled the eastern part of what is now England, then expanded westward. While the Saxons took charge of the South and parts of the Midlands, the Angles took the North, other areas of the Midlands, and the area now known as East Anglia. They rebuilt the stone buildings of the Romans with wooden structures and conversed in their own language, which became the first dialects of English.

The new settlers also organized into tribal groups, which then banded together to form kingdoms and sub-kingdoms. Of the four major kingdoms of East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, and Wessex, only Wessex remained intact through the Viking invasions. Its army slew Viking ruler Eric Bloodaxe and united the country under its first king, Edred.

Anglo-Saxons continued to rule the country until Edward the Confessor passed away in 1066. After a battle for the crown, William the Conqueror emerged victorious and began the modern legacy of English monarchy.

VOA Partners With Sodexo for Career Development Webinar

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Responsible for business and strategic planning with RPG Consulting, Robert P. Givens previously served as a brigadier general in the US Air Force. Outside of his career duties, Robert P. Given is a longtime supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, an aid organization for US veterans.

Volunteers of America (VOA) recently announced a joint initiative with Sodexo, an organization that improves the quality of life for millions of consumers worldwide, to roll out a platform of guides and resources aimed at veterans who are entering the private sector workforce and those who wish to increase their upward mobility within the armed services. The flagship effort of this partnership is a webinar series developed by Sodexo.

Young veterans who have served since 9/11 face an unemployment rate higher than the national average among all Americans. The partnership between VOA and Sodexo is an attempt to reverse that trend.

The webinar series will tackle topics such as career planning, networking, resume building, and interviewing. The series can be accessed via the Volunteers of America website at www.voa.org.

USA Cares – Treating Invisible Wounds

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USA Cares
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Robert P. Givens is an expert in national security decision making, with masters degrees in national security strategy, airpower art and science, military operational art/science, and public administration. Currently serving as president of RPG Consulting LLC, Robert P. Givens spends his time outside of work assisting and supporting USA Cares.

USA Cares is an organization that provides financial assistance and other forms of support for post-9/11 military veterans (or currently serving soldiers) and their families. The group began in a city in Kentucky as a response to the needs of soldiers after 9/11 and quickly expanded – USA Cares now helps veterans across the country. With this new reach, USA Cares is able to offer a variety of services and programs for military families in need.

USA Cares has a multitude of financial assistance programs, some with the aim of assisting soldiers and veterans with their mental health. One of these programs is the Combat Injured program. Combat Injured was launched in response to the steadily-growing number of soldiers suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) who were unable to seek help because of their financial burdens, as the VA does pay for treatment, but does not provide any financial benefits. Combat Injured helps soldiers and veterans pay their mortgages and utilities, and buy food and other basic necessities for their families. This support allows the service members to fully focus on seeking the treatment they need for the best recovery outcome possible.

A U.S. Gulf War Strategy of Air Attacks and Minimal Ground Involvement

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Air Force Magazine
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Robert P. Givens is a former United States Air Force brigadier general who was active in military service for more than three decades. Reflecting on his tactical accomplishments during the first Gulf War, Robert P. Givens was featured in the article “The Epic Little Battle of Khafji,” which was published in Air Force Magazine in 1998. The piece explores the transformational role of deep air attacks in early 1991 in thwarting Sadaam’s one organized offensive of the war.

The attacks countered Sadaam’s strategy of using the Khafji offensive as a way of bringing the battle to the ground. This became necessary after an ineffectual strategy of scud attacks against Saudi Arabian and Israeli cities and setting a pair of Kuwaiti oil fields on fire. Despite these attempts to expand the scope of the war, precision air strikes were successful in limiting coalition involvement. A mechanized offensive to immediately engage coalition forces in Saudi Arabia was the only option left to Sadaam.

Coalition efforts against these actions involved conducting air attacks against Iraqi maneuver forces while they were on the move. Halting mechanized forces meant identifying and responding to maneuvers as soon as they occurred, with sorties destroying a relatively small assortment of lead brigade vehicles, as a way of disrupting the force’s freedom of movement. This was not difficult, as the Iraqi mobile forces were arrayed in columns on major roads and presented a clear, exposed target.

General Norman Schwarzkopf’s strategy of avoiding ground confrontations paid off, as air attacks took out tanks and other armored vehicles, and secondary sweeps further decimated stranded forces.

What is a Microbrewery?

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Robert P. Givens of Prospect, Kentucky is the president of RPG Consulting LLC. One of Robert P. Givens’s strongest interests outside of work is the craft beer brewing industry, which includes the increasingly popular microbreweries.

Microbreweries are beer breweries that are significantly smaller in scale than traditional breweries like MillerCoors, which produce millions of barrels each year. Microbreweries, on the other hand, are only allowed to produce up to 15,000 barrels of beer each year. These smaller breweries produce specialty beers, usually with a particular theme or unique ingredient, and create an opportunity for brewers to experiment with different ingredients and fermentation processes. Microbrewing has become very popular in recent years – for example, Britain’s Society of Independent Brewers, established in 1980 with 20 members, now has 786 members.

Most people who establish a microbrewery start out by brewing small batches at home, perhaps with a home brewing kit. An aspiring microbrewer should have plenty of free time set aside because each brewing session is a learning experience. They should also take into account all of the equipment needed for brewing; used equipment is often available at more affordable prices and works just as well as new. Many microbrewers also have to find an appropriate location for their brewery – former dairies or old schools are popular choices. Once a microbrewer has created a worthy product, they can shop it around to different local bars to receive some distribution, or they can attend beer festivals to showcase their craft brews.