GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Montana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized J. Scott Vosen of Air Water Soil, LLC with a Department of Defense Patriot Award. The award was presented during an employer C130 Boss lift flight at the Montana Air National Guard in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Montana Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Ross Remsen. A Patriot Award for Alan Frohberg of Air Water Soil LLC was presented in absentia, as he was unable to attend.
The Patriot Award was developed by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, to publicly recognize civilian employers who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their civilian employees serving in the guard or reserve. Without supportive employers, the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units cannot be maintained.
The nomination from Remsen reads, “We are a small consulting firm with only three employees. I’m in charge of most fieldwork. With me being gone we are down to two employees and no field engineers during the busiest time of the year.”
Vosen responded to a request for a quote with the following, “Air Water Soil, LLC is honored to have been recently recognized as a Patriotic Employer by the Montana ESGR. Since we are a small firm, having a member of our team deployed oversees for several months - especially during our busiest time of year - has definitely been a hardship for us. However, we recognize the value of Tech Sergeant Remsen's service through the Montana Air National Guard, and we are proud to support him as he serves within our community, state, and beyond.”
Thank you J. Scott Vosen and Alan Frohberg for your support of Tech Sergeant Remsen and his military obligations with the Montana Air National Guard 120th Airlift Wing. You provide a valuable service to our country by hiring a Montana Guard or Reserve member. We applaud you for being an understanding employer.
An ESGR boss lift familiarizes employers and community leaders with the vital role the Guard and Reserve plays in preserving national security. It acquaints employers with how the Guard and Reserve train in response to their community and their country in a time of need. The boss lift enable ESGR to educate employers about the Uniformed Service Employment Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). This federal law protects the job rights of those who leave a civilian job to perform military service. ESGR is a resource for Montana employers who have questions about hiring or working with a current Reserve Component member.
ESGR is celebrating 50 years of working to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.
Photo: Montana ESGR State Chair Brad Livingston, far right, reads the nomination for the Department of Defense Patriot Award for employer J. Scott Vosen of Air, Water and Soil LLC. Shown left to right: Montana Air National Guard 120th Airlift Wing Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Amber Weiste; Assistant General for Air, Brig. Gen. Buel Dickson; J. Scott Vosen; and Montana Senior Enlisted Leaders Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Terrio. Montana Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Ross Remsen nominated Vosen for being a supportive employer along with Vosen’s business partner, Alan Frohberg, who received a Patriot Award in absentia.