BREMERTON, Wash. – The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), the Federal law that establishes rights and responsibilities for uniformed Service members and their civilian employers, apply not only to private businesses, but to state and federal agencies as well.
While many take it for granted that supervisors at federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, and facilities such as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS-IMF) support their employees who serve in the reserve components, like their civilian counter parts, these supervisors face looming deadlines and pressures 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.
In recognition of such support, Samuel Huff, nuclear inspection supervisor at PSNS-IMF, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support he provides his employee Navy Reserve Chief Petty Officer Adam Parrott, a nuclear inspector at the shipyard. “Mr. Huff has been more than accommodating with my schedule while I prepared for mobilization,” said Parrott. “He is flexible to assist me in making all necessary training outside of the 120 hours leave given by the shipyard for military personnel.”
Huff was presented his award by Cmdr. Clint Hoskins, acting commander, PSNS-IMF, Washington ESGR State Chair Phil Sanders and South Sound Area Chair Ohad Lowy in front of department supervisors and co-workers.
“We have a lot of our workforce who get activated and although there is a requirement for the command to support them, that is just the baseline,” stated Cmdr. Hoskins. “There are members of our workforce who go above and beyond to make sure they are supported and that they know because they are out there serving our country in a different capacity, they have support back here at home.”
“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 Sanders. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”
“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.”
“[Huff] understands that my time table is not one where I can work a standard shift of hours while still meeting the prerequisite training needed to play a vital role in protecting the nation,” said Parrott.
“The Guardsmen and Reservists are essential to the strength of our Nation and the well-being of our communities,” said Huff. “The continued support of our country’s Service members prior to and after deployment is key to recognizing their volunteer efforts.”
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.
Pictured: Samuel Huff (second from right), nuclear inspection supervisor at PSNS-IMF, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support he provides his employee Navy Reserve Chief Petty Officer Adam Parrott, a nuclear inspector at the shipyard. Huff was presented his award by Cmdr. Clint Hoskins (second from left), acting commander, PSNS-IMF, Washington ESGR State Chair Phil Sanders (far left) and South Sound Area Chair Ohad Lowy (far right) in front of department supervisors and co-workers.