JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – While challenges are nothing new for military families, the recent pandemic impacted various services and placed pressures on the Child Development Centers.
While such facilities on military installations are assumed to support their employees who serve in the reserve components, like their civilian counter parts, these supervisors face pressures and staffing requirements that can be aggravated by such things as having employees deployed at often critical times. However, supervisors who value their Reserve Component employees as well as their obligations, work with those employees to meet their civilian and military obligations successfully.
Angela Muller, director at the McChord Child Development Center, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support she provides her employee. The award was presented by ESGR South Sound co-Chairs Ohad Lowy and Mary Miller in front of Muller’s co-workers and immediate family.
Muller was nominated by Navy Reserve Petty Officer 2nd Class Theresita Helland. “My Director Ms. Angela Muller in McChord CDC is very supportive of my military service and other reservists as well,” said Helland. “She supports me whenever I come down on orders for trainings. If during the day when in need to take time to complete my military obligations that are mandatory to get done right away, she allows me to have the time at work and eve lets me use their computers.”
“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,” said Lowy. “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.”
“I am honored to be working with service members as part of my team,” said Muller. “I have been around services my entire life- as a service member’s child and as support with my career. I do my best to support and give back any way I can. Supporting National Guard and Reserve members helps keep quality staff where we need them while letting them fulfill their duty.”
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/WA.
Photo: Angela Muller (center), director at the McChord Child Development Center, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support she provides her employee. The award was presented by ESGR South Sound co-Chairs Ohad Lowy (far left) and Mary Miller (far right) in front of Muller’s co-workers and immediate family. Muller was nominated by Navy Reserve Petty Officer 2nd Class Theresita Helland.