Starkey International Appreciation of Military Enlisted Aides
Starkey began training Enlisted Aides in 1998. The Navy’s Detailer Chief Doug Marsh was challenged with the lack of any training available for Enlisted Aides. The traditional learning style utilized by their Philippine Stewards was no longer available. Mrs. Starkey in 1997 flew into Washington and was welcomed by 20 Enlisted Aides from the area, all seeking Starkey educational support.
Our first students were all Navy attending our eight-week Household Management program in Denver. Navy’s CO Admiral Vernon E. Clark eventually had Starkey training written into all EA’s orders. This was maintained for several years. The Air Force soon followed but customized their training at two levels. In the early years of 2000, Air Force Brigadier General Richard Hassan with the help of MSgt. Gary (Doc) Murdock set up regional centers to train Air Force Enlisted Aides utilizing Starkey’s Service Management System and management tools focusing on Housekeeping and Entertaining. Once they committed to long term EA duty, he had these Air Force Enlisted Aides attend Starkey’s then 4 week Program. Starkey with Air Force direction published a beautiful hard bound Continuity Binder written especially for Enlisted Aides.
Starkey then brought our specialized 4 week Household Management course to the military EA’s in Washington, DC. For multiple years, we were hosted at Bolling Air Force Base. Members of all branches attended. During those early years, Starkey met with the president of the DC, USO program, Elaine Rogers. With the blessing and support of the Air Force, and then food safety educator Ed Manley, we all instituted the Enlisted Aide of the Year Award. Annually, Mrs. Starkey purchased a table at the annual Salute to the Military Chef’s USO event, I engraved a silver service dish, and presented the first Enlisted Aide of the Year award. It was a grand experience!
Throughout the last 20 years since, officers and personnel in charge changed their priorities. The financing of the education of Enlisted Aides changed with with them.
Starkey has however, continued to enjoy working with Flag Officer spouses in entertaining, running formal tables, and communicating with Enlisted Aide’s. At our formal dinners as part of the educational curriculums, I have had the privilege of dining with Air Force General John P. and Mrs. Jumper; Marines General Peter Pace and Mrs. Pace; Joint Chief of Staff General Richard B. and Mrs Myer, and many others.
We have continued to host Enlisted Aides from all military branches here at Starkey with the help of Navy’s Retired Senior Chief-Chef William Althoff on staff here at Starkey. We have learned the differences of each branch of the military, and their priorities to support their individual training.
Starkey greatly appreciates the energy, commitment, and professionalism Military Enlisted Aide’s bring to Starkey, while attending courses both at the Institute here in Denver, and on location with you. We are able to bring to you our 4week courses designed for retiring Enlisted Aide’s, and shorter customized courses for those still on active duty.
Starkey committed in the early days to only place in civilian positions those Enlisted Aide’s, who had formally retired from their military service. We have honored this commitment since 1997. Most Enlisted Aid’s with years of service, with Administrative, Culinary, and Entertaining expertise, and with security clearance are now able to be easily placed around the U.S. and abroad. It’s best to contact us 6 months prior to retirement. If you are thinking relocation of you and your family, contact us first. Re-locating to a city or town that does not support the employment of those in Private Service, will make your placement challenging.
If you have not had Starkey Training, or not updated your Household Management training for at least 5 years, plan to attend our 4-week Estate Manager’s Program. If you have upgraded your skills and civilian expectations in the last 5 years, no additional training is required. Our civilian Household Management profession continues to rapidly change. Most recent Graduate Enlisted Aide’s earn in excess of 6 figures when placed by Starkey in the right position for you. VA benefits will pay for your Starkey educational courses. We also have a benefactor, the Satter Foundation, that makes partial scholarship monies available to military personnel who have served overseas. Call our Admissions Office at 303-832-5510 for our catalogue and further information. We consider all military Enlisted Aides, part of our Starkey Family.