JOINT BASE LEWIS – MCCHORD, Wash. – The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act was enacted to ensure that the civilian employment of service members in the National Guard and Reserves was not adversely affected by their military service they understand the impact of what it means to have a supportive employer.
One such supervisor, Barbara Trigger, IT specialist supervisor at Madigan Army Medical Center, experienced the stress and uncertainty that one can face when a spouse leaves civilian employment for military service.
“My husband was both active and in the Reserve. During Desert Storm my husband was called up and we were worried he would not have a job when he returned,
said Trigger. “Everything did work out due to the fact that his company did support the Reserves.”
Trigger has taken her experience, and has used to support her employees who also serve. In recognition of her support of her employees serving in the Washington National Guard and Reserves, Trigger was presented with a Patriot Award, by Ohad Lowy, south sound area chair for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
Trigger was nominated by Washington National Guard Staff Sgt. Stephen Scheel, an IT specialist at Madigan Army Medical Center. “The 81st SBCT can be quite demanding and puts us away from our jobs more often than normal units and especially on short notice,” said Scheel. “My employer has been very accommodating and never complains or gives a hard time when I give sudden orders. She also works hard to ensure that all pay issues are taken care of such as military leave.”
“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 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 very honored to receive this awarded,” said Trigger. “I believe in supporting our Guard and Reserve units. Stephen stays very busy with the unit he is in. We try very hard to make sure his timecards are correct and in on time. I text Stephen to make sure he is doing ok.
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: Barbara Trigger (right), IT specialist supervisor at Madigan Army Medical Center, was presented with a Patriot Award, by Ohad Lowy (left), south sound area chair for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Washington Guard and Reserve. Trigger was nominated by Washington National Guard Staff Sgt. Stephen Scheel, an IT specialist at Madigan Army Medical Center.