HELENA, Mont. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recognizes supportive individuals who are an important element of ESGR’s mission to promote a cooperative culture among employers to support our National Guard and Reserve Service members.
Recently, Montana ESGR State Chair Brad Livingston and Maj. Gen. J. Peter Hronek, Adjutant General (TAG) for the State of Montana, presented the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Seven Seals Award to Montana ESGR Ombudsman Director Dawn Lambert and Ombudsman Karol Anne Davis.
The award was presented to the duo in honor of their work to change the wording for Montana’s state military leave. The amended section previously read, “leave of absence with pay accruing at a rate of 120 hours in a calendar year, or academic year, if applicable, for performing military service.” House Bill No. 362 was rewritten to clarify that military leave is credited in full after 6 months of employment. This change enables service members to complete their military obligations without taking additional personal leave or vacation, as previously written, they had to earn the military time off.
The duo was surprised with the award at a summer meeting with Hronek and a small group of ESGR volunteers. Lambert stated on her Facebook page: “Today was a special moment where I was surprised at a meeting today with the TAG and received a special award and coin from my fellow friends of ESGR for assisting in changing a bill that helped service members earn military paid time off in a lump sum instead of accumulative. Volunteering for ESGR has been amazing but it’s truly a team effort.”
In their civilian jobs, both Lambert and Davis work in Human Resources for the state of Montana. As HR personnel, they work daily with employment laws. As ESGR Ombudsman, they are available to assist members of the Guard and Reserve in resolving disputes with their civilian employers related to their military service through neutral and impartial mediation.
As suggested by the name, the Seven Seals award displays the seals of all seven branches of the military service. The award is awarded to organizations or individuals who have displayed meritorious leadership in supporting the men and women in uniform serving our nation. Recipients of this award do not necessarily employ Reservists, but have demonstrated outstanding support, commitment, and extreme patriotism to the United States military.
Photo: Left to right, Maj. Gen. J. Peter Hronek Adjutant General for the State of Montana, Montana ESGR Ombudsman Director Dawn Lambert, Montana ESGR Ombudsman Karol Anne Davis and Montana ESGR State Chair Brad Livingston at the Seven Seals Award presentation given in recognition of work to change a bill that helped service members earn military paid time off in a lump sum instead of accumulative.