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3 North Carolina employers receive Pro Patria Awards

  • 3 North Carolina employers receive Pro Patria Awards

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 19.

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 Award.

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 extraordinary.”

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 or by calling Darrell Johnson at 704-279-2801 or email Also, you can follow the North Carolina ESGR Committee on Twitter @NC_ESGR or Facebook at

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.