GREENSBORO, N.C. –
With nearly 200 attendees present, the North Carolina Committee for Employer
Support of the Guard and Reserve held its annual employer awards dinner March
North Carolina ESGR chair, Ron Bogle, said, "Employers
are important partners in national defense, many possessing the business wisdom
of knowing the great value Guard and Reserve service members add to the
workplace. Those receiving awards
tonight are here because their employee/Service member nominated them for
offering support in a manner that was 'Above and Beyond' that required by
law. It's important we recognize those
employers for their patriotism and contribution."
Employers selected to receive the prestigious ESGR 'Above
and Beyond' Award are nominated by their Guard and/or Reserve employee. All 39 selected employers have previously
signed an ESGR Statement of Support for their employees serving in the reserve
component, along with receipt of a Patriot Award.
Dinner keynote speaker, retired Army Maj. Gen. Cornell
Wilson, Jr., Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and
Veterans Affairs, said, "It's certain that the demands of military service
can cause workplace tension, but these employers, by selection as recipients of
the 'Above and Beyond' Award, have looked beyond occasional tension, instead,
to support of that service. We proudly
acknowledge them for their support."
In addition to employers receiving the 'Above and Beyond
Award,' three employers present; Lowe's, Carolinas HealthCare Systems, and
Tactegra received the Pro Patria Award.
Given annually, it is the highest award presented to employers by ESGR
State Committees. Those three
businesses had also recently been selected by the Department of Defense as
'finalists' for receipt of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom
ESGR National Chair, retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Mock, said,
"The nation's employers make important contributions to our military, and
it's entirely appropriate to recognize their contribution to the readiness of our
reserve component to serve."
"We want to, also, acknowledge these employers,"
said Maj. Gen. Elizabeth Austin, Assistant Deputy Commanding General, Army
National Guard, Army Material Command, "not only for the support they
provide to the nation's warriors, but for the strong support many provide to
families of our deployed warriors. It is
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was established in
1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service.
ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases
awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and
employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen
and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to
the civilian workforce. More information regarding ESGR Outreach Programs, or
ESGR volunteer opportunities, is available at www.ESGR.mil or by calling
Darrell Johnson at 704-279-2801 or email Luther.D.Johnson.firstname.lastname@example.org. Also,
you can follow the North Carolina ESGR Committee on Twitter @NC_ESGR or
Facebook at www.facebook.com/ESGRNC
Pictured left to right; Ron Bogle, ESGR, Army Maj. Gen.
Cornell Wilson, Jr, State of North Carolina, J.D. Densmore, Lowe’s, Dr. Eugene
Christian, Carolina’s HealthCare System, Izzy Sanchez, Tactegra, ESGR National
Chair Paul Mock, and Maj. Gen. Elizabeth Austin, Army National Guard.