NASHUA, N.H. – BAE Supervisors Sandra O’Brien and Jeremiah Mey received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support they provided their employee Sgt. 1st Class Charles Eldridge
“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said ESGR vice Chair Jim Moody. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”
Moody went on to say, “National Guard and Reserve members bring tremendous skills and capabilities to our workforce, and employer support for their military service is critical to maintaining the strength of our Guard and Reserve units. By valuing the military service of their Guard and Reserve employees, employers are directly supporting the readiness and retention of our All-Volunteer Force, and our national defense.”
Eldridge had only been at BAE for 18 months when he was placed on COVID support orders with only 48 hours’ notice. Prior to his activation for COVID, Eldridge also had changes to his drill schedule and military schooling to accomplish. Throughout Eldridge's military service, both Sandra and Jeremiah were incredibly supportive and understanding.
ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.
For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil. www.esgr.mil/NH.