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COESGR Newsletter June 2012

COESGR Newsletter June 2012

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June edition of the Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) newsletter. Our featured article this month is on our recent Annual Employer Awards Banquet and the exceptional employers that earned recognition for their support of their employees in the National Guard and Reserve
June edition of the Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) newsletter. Our featured article this month is on our recent Annual Employer Awards Banquet and the exceptional employers that earned recognition for their support of their employees in the National Guard and Reserve

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JUNE 2012
Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that will educate, inform, and promote service by and to ESGR while fulfilling our missionwill educate, inform, and promote service by and to ESGR while fulfilling our missionwill educate, inform, and promote service by and to ESGR while fulfilling our missionof supporting Employers, Guard/Reserve members, and COESGR Volunteers.of supporting Employers, Guard/Reserve members, and COESGR Volunteers.of supporting Employers, Guard/Reserve members, and COESGR Volunteers. 
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Colorado ESGR’s Annual Awards Banquet, held on May 4
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, 2012, at the Marriot Tech Center Hotel, wassingularly honored by having as our special guest and keynote speaker the Vice Chairman of the JointChiefs of Staff, Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld.
 
This was one of the first, if not the first, for either of our two highest ranking officers of our military toaddress an ESGR event. In Admiral Winnefeld’s talk, raptly listened to by the some 400 attending, hepraised the work of ESGR and the importance of the efforts to assist in helping getting our Guard andReserve, as well as veterans, back into the civilian work force. He knew of our coordinated efforts herein Colorado where the many governmental and non
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profits organizations have collaborated to put onthree day Military and Veteran Employment Expos (MVEE) in which the first two days are devotedsolely to helping our military person get prepared to be employed; and then insisting that theemployers attending on the third day (at absolutely no coast to them) bring real jobs. Themeasurement of the effectiveness of these MVEE’s indicated they do work and are quite effective, theAdmiral indicated.
 
In attendance were Colorado’s Adjutant General Major General Edwards who introduced the ViceChairman, National ESGR Executive Director Ron Young who spoke and thanked the many employersattending, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans Affairs Junior Ortiz who was thekeynote speaker for the following day’s ESGR Volunteer Conference, and all of the Colorado NationalGuard’s flag officers.
 
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Colorado’s ESGR Electronic Newsletter 
is published not only for the information and benefit of the members of the ColoradoESGR but most importantly to our Guard and Reserve members and their employers.The contents of this newsletter highlight activities and events conducted by Colorado ESGR.Send comments regarding this publication to the Newsletter Editor: James Garrett atesgrcolorado@yahoo.com
“2012 Employer Awards Banquet
 
Pictures courtesy of ESGR Volunteer, Anthony Giambrone.
 
 
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r; Dick Young, Adm Winnefeld, MajGen Edwards,Ron Young.
 
The Marine Color Guard, members of Marine Air Control Squadron 23,presented the colors.
 
 
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All Awards Banquet pictures courtesy of ESGR Volunteer, Anthony Giambrone.
 
Ms. Susan Erickson
 
Major David Fennell, USMC
 
U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Center
 
The Above and Beyond Award honors, employers of National Guardsman and Reservists who go above and beyond the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Examples of above and beyond support from employ-ers of RC members include continuation of benefits, providing pay differential and assisting with childcare.
 
Raytheon earned recognition for:
 Providing full pay during periods of military service for up to five years. Raytheon continues full health, dental and life insurancebenefits during any military service. Raytheon actively seeks toemploy national guardsman and reservists. Raytheon operatesholiday collection drives to support their deployed employees and their families and is involved in a variety of support programs for the military and community in general.
 
The Veterans Service Center earned recognition for:
 Providing 15 days of paid military leave annually. Continuing all benefits for employees during their absence due to militaryduties. VA Health Administration Health Center supervisorsearned numerous Patriot Awards. Creation of a management climate that “truly understands and appreciates the concept of acitizen warrior”.
 
Raytheon, Aurora
 
Mr. Kenneth Romer
 
Major Adam Fisher, USAFR 
 
“Seven Seals Award is presented by the ESGR State Chair inrecognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiativeor support that  promotes the ESGRmission.” 
 
Jason Shireman
 
Ron Young, ESGR 
 
Admiral Winnefeld, VJCS
 
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs
 
This year’s Seven Seals Award is in recognition forexceptional support for Colorado ESGR’s recentMilitary and Veterans Employment Expos.
 
Jason Shireman’s involvement in every facet of our recent Military and Veterans Employment Expo inColorado Springs was key to its success. Hiscoordination of myriad details, including locating a hostfacility, countless logistic and administrative details aswell as teaching employment readiness classes andmentoring attendees enabled over 1000 people toreceive training and attend the job expo.
 
Some 60 veterans (many Guard and Reserve) who had served in Iraq/Afghanistan were our specialguests, thanks to a number of Colorado employers, and received a long, enthusiastic standing applausefrom the entire room when they were introduced.
 
 
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All Awards Banquet pictures courtesy of ESGR Volunteer, Anthony Giambrone.
 
The Pro Patria Award is presented annually by Colorado ESGR to employers in Colorado who have provided the most exceptionalsupport for their employees in the National Guard and Reserve. Employers who are previous recipients of the Above and BeyondAward and have signed an ESGR Statement of Support are eligible to receive the Pro Patria Award. The award is presented toemployers in three categories, Public Sector, Large Private Employer, and Small Private Employer.
 
TSgt Keli Jones, ANG
 
Mr. Robert Strain
 
Ball Aerospace and Technologies
 
Ball Aerospace and Technologies earned recognition for:
 Providing differential pay and continuation of benefits for  periods of military service. Ball has received several ESGR Patriot Awards recognizing supervisors of employees in the National Guard and Reserve. The company previouslyearned and Above and Beyond and Pro Patria fromColorado ESGR. Ball Aerospace and TechnologiesVeterans Resource Group supports the military and community projects. Of particular note, Ball aggressively supported an employee whose son was injured in combat,offering the family transportation to be their son’s sideduring the recovery. Employees through their Resource group also raised over $3500 to support the family's needs.
 
Colorado Springs Utilities
 
Mr. Bruce McCormick 
 
Chief Petty Officer
 
Christopher Ortiz, USNR 
 
Colorado Springs Utilities earned recognition for:
 Providing differential pay for up five years. Continuing medical,dental, life, short and long 
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term disability and spending account benefits for deployed service members. Additionally, Colorado Springs Utilities allows the spouse to continue to pay for benefitswhile the other spouse is deployed, avoiding a change in health plans due to military deployment. Establishing direct links withmilitary installations to actively recruit military personnel for certain positions within the company. They regularly speak at local Transition Assistance Program (TAP) briefs, allowing them the opportunity to acquaint themselves with qualified veterans.
 
Penrose St. Francis Health Systems
 
CDR Diane Leblanc, USNR, Ms. Margaret Sabin, CaptCandace Garko, USAFR 
 
Penrose St Francis Health Systems earned recognitionfor:
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 Providing differential pay and continuation of benefits for  periods of military service for up to six months. Their con-tinuing care for their employees and their families whileaway on military duties. Employees send care packages,letters and much
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needed supplies to their co
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workers whoare serving around the globe. The Penrose
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St Francis Health Foundation also offers funding assistance to Guard and Reserve members who are experiencing financial diffi-culties. Recognition of their employees in the National Guard and Reserve through articles and newsletters, includ-ing recognition for current and former Guard an Reservenurses who have served.
 
Infinity Systems Engineering earned recognition for:
 Paying differential pay and continuing benefits, including healthcare, dental and disability for employees and their familiesduring absences due to military service. Infinity Systems previ-ously earned the Above and Beyond and Pro Patria Awards fromColorado ESGR. Approximately 80 percent of their employ-ees are Reservists, Guardsmen or prior and retired military,creating an exceptionally supportive environment for military service. They are actively involved in support of a variety of community and military organizations.Of particular note, Infinity Systems Engineering created anannual golf tournament for the Wounded Warrior Project,raising nearly $90,000 for the organization.
 
Infinity Systems Engineering
 
Mr. Alan Patterson
 
2nd Lt. Jesse Diaz, USAFR 
 

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