FORT WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON, Mont. – Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Maj. Gen. J. Peter Hronek, Adjutant General for the State of Montana, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve recently in a small group setting with members of the Montana ESGR committee. The signing took place at the Montana National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters located on Fort William Henry Harrison.
Hronek serves as the new Commander of the Montana National Guard and the Director of the Department of Military Affairs. His signature on the Statement of Support reinforces his support in joining other employers in pledging:
• We fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
• We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
• We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, transitioning Service members and Veterans.
• We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crises and in war.
“Now, more than ever, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” said Brad Livingston, Montana ESGR State Chair. “I urge all Montana employers to reevaluate their current human resources policies and look to incorporating policies supportive of Guard and Reserve employees. Thank you to the many Montana employers currently offering support above and beyond their legal requirements by law by offering pay-differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military, when their employees mobilize.”
“By signing the Statement of Support, Maj. Gen. Hronek joins a group of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal, agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces,” added Livingston.
As the Hronek is responsible to the Governor of Montana to provide Army and Air National Guard military forces that are ready to deploy worldwide and accomplish military missions in support of national defense, homeland security, natural disasters, domestic emergencies, and military support to state and local governments.
ESGR seeks to foster a culture where all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD.
For more information about ESGR outreach programs, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.