PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that Temple University Transport Team recently received a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.
The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Pennsylvania ESGR is particularly proud to present Temple University Transport Team with the Patriot Award for their strong support of their employees serving in our nation’s Reserve forces during ESGR’s 50th Anniversary year.
Temple University Transport Team Director Charles Herbert was nominated for the Patriot Award by Capt. Hillary Novosedlik who is a flight nurse with the 142nd Aero Medical Evacuation Squadron of the Delaware National Guard.
In nominating Herbert, Novosedlik said: “I interviewed for my civilian position while on three-month training for duties as a flight nurse and was hired by Charles because he said he judged me to be the best applicant and felt that my duties in the Aero Medical Squadron were a definite plus. I started my job and shortly thereafter was ordered to Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school for five weeks.” Subsequently, she said: “I received orders for a six-month deployment to Qatar. Charles has shown me consistent support, accommodation, and pride in my military service. He asked me to help him recruit other trauma nurses from the Air Guard.”
Presenting the award to Herbert on behalf of ESGR was Wes Craig, Pennsylvania Southeast Area Chair. Craig commented: “It’s critical and an honor to recognize and pay tribute to those employers that hire and support our Guard and Reserve forces. It would be difficult for those in the uniformed services to perform their mission without employer support.” Craig added: “Today’s members of the Guard and Reserves are highly trained and skilled; they bring integrity, a global perspective and, proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
Herbert signed an ESGR Statement of Support confirming that Temple University Transport Team joins other employers in pledging:
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Craig. “I am asking all Southeast Pennsylvania employers to take a look at their current human resources policies to incorporate policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees.” Many Pennsylvania employers provide support above and beyond their legal requirements by law by offering pay-differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees mobilize.”
Temple University Transport Team joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal, agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces. Craig added: “By signing the Statement of Support, Temple University Transport Team is sending a clear message to its employees that while they are serving their country,they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
ESGR, a Department of Defense office, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.