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Working for Women, Peace, and Security

Working for Women, Peace, and Security

Constellis wins the 2021 ISOA Women, Peace, and Security Global Impact Award

Last month marked the first anniversary of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) Women, Peace, and Security Certification Program, established by Michelle Quinn. Yesterday, Constellis Chief Growth Officer, Darryle Conway, Chief Human Resources Officer, Beth Skoletsky, and Vice President of Business Development, Aimee Vineyard, accepted the ISOA Women, Peace and Security Global Impact Award for the company’s efforts in promoting women’s meaningful participation in peace and security. Constellis ensures women are empowered to lead and contribute, equipped with the necessary skills and support to succeed, and have access to opportunities and resources.

Constellis supports the United Nations Aviation Security program in countries including Mogadishu, Somalia, where our team provides aviation security screening, training and mentoring services and contributes to capacity building in Somalia by training and mentoring Somalia government authorities in relevant aviation security subjects under the UN mandate. Within the past year, two of our female supervisors on the contract, Ms. Masouma and Ms. Shayo, received their AVSEC Aviation Professional Manager (AVSEC PM) certifications by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), joining the elite group of 1045 aviation security professionals worldwide. Ms. Masouma, who received her certification in August 2020, was also the first Afghani woman to achieve this certification.

The ICAO Professional Aviation Security Management course demands time, money and more from students. The costs must be paid in full prior to the course; extensive travel is required for in-person training; in addition to the material content of the course, students must be fluent in English, the language of the final exam. To assist with these requirements, Adelino da Silva, Constellis’ project manager on site in Somalia tutored the women on their English. He also coordinated travel for the in-person training and worked with Constellis leadership to facilitate loans from the Company, allowing the women to take the course without having to pay in full up-front.

Constellis is committed to Women’s Economic Empowerment and the principles of Women, Peace, and Security and the positive impact on global fragility and security outcomes. Darryle Conway, Constellis Chief Growth Officer, serves on the ISOA Women, Peace and Security Working Group and is on the Board of Directors for Eagle Online Academy. Eagle Online Academy is a nonprofit organization passionate about long term online education solutions with a primary focus on benefiting women and girls. Eagle Online Academy is looking to serve women globally, starting in Afghanistan.

Customer Success! Divan Hotel Erbil Completes Our RoSPA Accredited Defensive Driver Training Course

Customer Success! Divan Hotel Erbil Completes Our RoSPA Accredited Defensive Driver Training Course

Two successful Constellis RoSPA Accredited Defensive Driver Training courses were delivered in Erbil Kurdistan, with five Divan Hotel chauffeur drivers passing the course with distinction.

As international brands like the Divan Hotel look to secure a safer work environment for staff and clients, the three-day Constellis Defensive Driver Training Course fits their unique requirements and challenges. All drivers now possess the skills and fundamental understanding of defensive driving. As a result, the brand and profile of the Divan Hotel has improved with this internationally recognized accredited course.

“Thank you for the Defensive Driving Course you provided to our Divan Erbil Hotel drivers,” said Can Unluer, General Manager for Divan Hotel Erbil. “Your professional encouragement and constant motivation pushed our drivers to heights I never thought possible. Thank you for inspiring them to be excellent in defensive driving. I feel more confident about our drivers’ skills which are highly crucial for the Divan brand.”

The RoSPA Accredited Defensive Driving Course (DDC) is a theory and competency based training package. The course is designed to help drivers develop an understanding of hazards and risk-based thinking regarding their defensive driving techniques, helping them to minimise risk when driving.

In addition to promoting an understanding of defensive driving principles, the course encourages drivers to evaluate their driving behaviours and understand how they can improve through driver education.

If you are interested in finding out more about our driver training courses, please contact [email protected] or call on 00 964 (0) 7809249252

A K9 Homecoming

A K9 Homecoming

The Journey Home for 60 Working Canines during the Pandemic

Explosive detection dogs are hardworking experts when it comes to scenting chemicals used in incendiary devices. They work hard to keep our teams, our customers and the public safe. When our Certified Working Dogs (CWD) return home from overseas at the end of their contract work, AMK9, a Constellis company, facilitates their reassignment or retirement (adoption).

Last June, our K9 teams were providing explosive detection services on a contract in Iraq when COVID-19 hit. The contract suddenly closed prior to the scheduled completion date, and we needed to get the hard-working canines back home to the United States amid border lockdowns, limited flights and Iraq Government office closures.

Constellis’ Iraq Project Management staff led by Pieter Coetzer procured living accommodations and additional K9 personnel to care and provide for the canines until a flight home became available. For nine months, the K9 team in Iraq safeguarded the 60 canines. The dogs were walked five times a day, fed, groomed and provided with necessary veterinary care.

The Constellis K9 team in Moyock, NC, led by Kennel Manager Jenn Merello, developed a plan to receive the canines in Chicago, IL, and transport them back to North Carolina. They worked closely with canine adoption agencies and the freight forwarders to coordinate travel and the future adoptions for all of the dogs ready for retirement.

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Once the flights were confirmed and the final customs immigration paperwork completed, the Constellis Iraq team convoyed the 60 canines from the compound to the Basra International Airport. The canines, along with K9 chaperone, Project Manager Tim Cassidy, were boarded onto a plane and flown 26 hours from Basra, Iraq, to Chicago, IL, USA, where they were received by our Moyock K9 team and K9 Hero Haven Adoption Agency. The Constellis Moyock team convoyed the dogs the rest of the way home from Chicago to Moyock and arrived safely at the kennels the next day. All 60 canines made it home safely, where 40 of them will continue work on other contracts and 20 will be adopted out to loving homes.

Happily Ever-After for K9 Bara

Certified Working Dog (CWD) Bara is a 7.5-year-old female sable German Shepherd who recently returned home from Iraq and is now in the loving home of her new owners, Matt and Megan. Matt served in the Marine Corps from September 2003 to August 2012, serving two tours in Iraq and one tour in Africa. They look forward to enjoying Bara’s retirement with her on their farm in Linden, PA.

If you’d like to apply to adopt one of our amazing canines, please visit our K9 adoption partner, k9herohaven.org

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In 2015, we conducted a similar operation for 92 dogs that completed assignment in Afghanistan. Constellis has always promised to bring its canines home when their mission is complete, either to continue working or to find an adoptive family to enjoy their hard-earned retirement.

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Kidnap for Ransom Report

Global Kidnapping Incidents and Trends

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Worldwide Security Update

Worldwide Security Update

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Constellis Receives $198M

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