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Kentucky’s ESGR Committee hosts Boss Lift for employers

  • Kentucky’s ESGR Committee hosts Boss Lift for employers

GREENVILLE, Ky. – More than 30 employers from around the Commonwealth were hosted June 14 to live artillery and rocket fire at Ft. Knox and training simulators at the Wendell H. Ford Reserve Training Center located in Western Kentucky at Greenville. The day’s events were part of a Boss Lift hosted by the Kentucky Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

“This was a very effective way to show employers the kinds of training our Guard and Reserve personnel obtain when they are on their two weeks of active training,” said D. Allen Youngman, state ESGR chair, a retired Army major general and former Adjutant General of Kentucky. “The Kentucky Army National Guard units we visited showed employers how they use high tech equipment; use their management skills, and how responsible they are. These are obviously skills that are transferred back and forth between their civilian lives and those in the Guard. I believe the employers on this Boss Lift came away impressed with the men and women we saw.”

The Guard units participating in the Boss Lift were the first battalion of the 623rd Field Artillery and second battalion of the 138th Field Artillery. The first battalion has its headquarters in Glasgow and units in Tompkinsville, Monticello and Campbellsville. The second battalion has its headquarters in Lexington and units in Bardstown, Carlisle and Carrollton. Youngman noted 70 percent of the Army’s artillery assets are in the National Guard, which demonstrates the importance of Guard and Reserve forces to today’s Army.

Employers were transported to the events by Kentucky Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 20,000 Kentucky Guard and Reserve members have left their families and employers to serve in overseas contingency operations. ESGR is a Department of Defense office that seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of the members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. 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 about Kentucky’s ESGR committee and its activities may be found at or at KYESGR on Facebook.