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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 mission of supporting Employers, Guard/Reserve members, Military and Veteran Employment Initiatives and our
Aug 16, 2012 - Panther Racing hosts Employers Appreciation Day at Pikes Peak International Raceway
On August 16, 2012 - Panther Racing and its President and owner, John Barnes and his wife Jane, hosted a special program along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It was an extremely well planned and perfectly executed joint State Committee Bosslift event in which Colorado and Missouri ESGR, National Guard, civilian employers and city leaders gathered for a day of festivities in Colorado.
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Highlights of this unique Bosslift:
“I have never The Colorado contingent met at COESGR’s office, fortified themselves with refreshments, name tags, information packets and boarded a touring bus for the 80 seen such huge smiles on the mile drive to the Pikes Peak Race Track south of Colorado Springs. At the Race track they were met by the Panther Racing team and were provided faces of those just completing with a continental breakfast. their run.” Preparations for an Indy car racing experience included being fitted with shoes, racing gear, gloves and helmets. At trackside each participant took their turn in buckling up in a two-seat race car then being driven around the 1.2 mile track at speeds of 160-170 miles per hour. Participants were photographed individually with Panther racing team members. Click here for photos on our Facebook page. Upon completion of their rides, everyone enjoyed a buffet lunch along with their racing drivers and crew. Program continued with presentation of several videos of Panther Racing and Dick Young “Hire Our Heroes”. Key members of National Guard and ESGR spoke with employers. Participants boarded busses for the 15 mile drive to Ft Carson where they were given an introduction to the Leadership School which is conducted by National Guard for the U. S. Army, followed by a drive down range in which they were “attacked”, shown a live demonstration and participated with Guardsmen on simulators. All of the employers signed Statements of Support; group pictures were taken and concluding their full day with their return trip home.
Thank you to all of the organizers and leaders who made this event happen:
John Barnes, President and CEO Panther Racing, and his wife Jane Panther Racing Team Chambers of Commerce Brigadier General Michael Loh Colorado ESGR Chairman Dick Young Major General Tod M. Bunting, Missouri National Guard General Victor E. Renuart, Jr., USAF Colonel Joel Best, Colorado National Guard To everyone behind the scenes who made it all work!
A well planned and executed afternoon by the Colorado National Guard giving those employers an up close and personal hands on look at “in the field” training that Guardsmen receive during their duty time; to learn more about the National Guard and the importance it plays in our military today and in the future; and an opportunity to explain ESGR and the role it plays.
Employers who participated in this event: DaVita Inc., University of Colorado and University of Colorado Medical Center, Regional Transportation District, 1st Bank, Frontier Airlines, The Denver Foundation, several large State Chambers of Commerce, and prominent business leaders.
Panther is a championship-winning race team in the IZOD IndyCar Series, sponsored by the National Guard and led by Indy 500 Rookie of the Year JR Hildebrand. http://www.pantherracing.com
Women Veterans, too often say, “I served in the military, but I am not a Veteran.” This was the inspiration of a much-needed event - a conference with the mission of providing information, education, and access to benefits specifically for women who have served in the military - Women Veterans. Women who have worn the uniform, and marched in those boots, are Veterans who are eligible for many benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and so many more organizations whose mission it is to serve August 24 - 25, 2012 women and Veterans. VA healthcare is not just for older, combat Veterans, it is for all who served, and including women of all eras - “It is not your grandfather’s VA anymore.” We have a women’s program at VA, and Women Veteran Coordinators at all medical facilities and benefits offices. From inspiration to action, the second annual Colorado Women Veterans Resource Fair was held in Greenwood Village. Co-hosting the event was Women Veterans of Colorado and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kathryn Wirkus, President of Women Veterans of Colorado, and Rebecca Sawyer Smith, Public Affairs Officer, Denver Regional Office, served as co-chairs of the planning committee. Over 178 women Veterans attended, along with many volunteers, speakers and exhibitors, including Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). “Transitioning” was the conference theme - not just transitioning from soldier to civilian, but transitions throughout life. Classes focused on career, along with employment resources, resume review and interview practice from employment experts at Booz Allen Hamilton, a main sponsor of the conference. Other classes included women’s health and access to Veterans healthcare and benefits. The highlights of the conference were the three plenary speakers. Dr. Patricia Hayes, Chief Consultant, Women’s Health Services, VA Office of Patient Care, spoke about how VA is reaching out to women Veterans and highlighted the health benefits VA has just for them. Judi Guy, Facility Planning Coordinator for Denver VA Replacement Hospital, highlighted the planned women’s clinic due to open in 2015. We were honored to have Under Secretary Allison A. Hickey, a retired Brigadier General, USAF, and a graduate of the Air Force Academy in the first class graduating women, as the main speaker. General Hickey spoke about Veterans benefits for women, and how they are Under Secretary Allison A. Hickey underutilized. Education benefits, though, are utilized at higher rate among female than male Veterans, which General Hickey praised. VA is working hard on processing claims and reaching out to women who served, to ensure they are getting the benefits they deserve. The conference also had 42 organizations that served at resources tables at the conference, including ESGR, government, and non-profit and educational institutions including the Women’s College at the University of Denver. At the reception Friday night, a 100 year-old Veteran of the Army Nurse Corps, celebrated her birthday, along with cake and attendees singing, Happy Birthday! She was honored to have fellow women Veterans honoring her! The conference was successful, reaching many women who have served our country honorably, letting them know they are appreciated and that there are many benefits they may be eligible for, because of their service.
Story by ESGR Volunteer Rebecca Sawyer Smith.
A Basin Child Development Center Supervisor Receives ESGR Patriot Award
The A Basin Child Development Center (CDC) is one of two such centers aboard Buckley Air Force Base just east of Denver in Aurora, Colorado. On Friday, July 13, 2012, the A Basin CDC, and in particular Section Chief Ms. Linda Britton, were recognized with a Patriot Award for exceptional flexibility in accommodating the Air Force Reserve career of one of their Program Assistants. At the same time, Ms. Britton signed a Statement of Support formalizing the character of the organization already being exhibited. The centers 'provide care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age ... emphasizing cooperation, caring, mutual respect, creative opportunities and openness to knowledge and a spirit of inquiry'. The Program Assistant who nominated her supervisor, Airman Zarina Rodriguez, USAFR, could not be present as she was serving on orders. She stated in her nomination, “At the CDC my schedule has been worked with numerous times. An example would be there is a mandatory meeting on Saturday to prepare for an inspection, I am excused from because it is my drill weekend. My supervisor has never given me any problem whenever I need to have something done. ”Ms. Britton accepted on behalf of the whole organization saying 'this is for all of us, it's a team effort'.
Pictured (l-r) are Ms. Julianne Siderys, an intern from Purdue University, Ms. Linda Britton, and David Pruett with ESGR.
Pester Marketing Supervisors Receive ESGR Patriot Award
L-r, Adam Smith, ESGR, Aaron Hackerott, Amberly Martin, Rich Spresser
Two officers of Pester Marketing, Greenwood Village, Colorado, were presented with Patriot Awards from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Rich Spresser, President and CEO, and Aaron Hackerott, Vice President Sales and Supply were recognized for their outstanding support of valued employee, Amberly Martin. Martin also serves our country as Airman First Class Amberly R. Martin of the 140th Maintenance Squadron, U.S. Air Force National Guard, where one week of each month, she reports for work as an operations readiness inspector. The award was presented by ESGR volunteer, Adam Smith.
The Patriot Award is given exclusively to employers nominated by their employees who are active members of the Guard or Reserve. Spresser and Hackerott were nominated by Martin for their superior support of her service commitment. Martin credits them as two people who care. After joining Pester Marketing, she was almost immediately deployed for one month of training. For this, as well as for her continuing monthly Guard responsibilities, her employers have said, “no problem”, “everybody is going to make it work”, and “don't worry; we've got it”. Spresser and Hackerott have noted Martin's value to the company, her strong work ethic, and her ability to fit in. What she does for Pester Marketing as Pricing and Customer Service Representative is critical, they say, stating that she has been a blessing, and that they are fortunate to have her. As for Martin, she calls their help awesome and says, “It takes a very dedicated team to run the company, and I am honored to have them support my endeavors.”
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ESGR has created a new look on their website (www.esgr.mil). Part of this new look is that we have a State Page. We will be able to post “News” and “Events” on this page, go directly to ESGR as well as Colorado ESGR’s social media sites from this site. Click here to view our Colorado page.
Castle Rock Imports signs Statement of Support
Kim Quality Alterations and Dry Cleaning of Fountain Valley Shopping Center
Col. Mark Hustedt
Tim Morgan Owner
Dave Pruett ESGR
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ESGR volunteer Delos Howard, Gordon Govan, ESGR Volunteers Chuck Wright and Eldon Granger.
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North Metro Fire Rescue in Broomfield signs Statement of Support
(left to right): Director Tim Long, Director John Abboud, President Robert Nielsen, Deputy Chief David Ramos and Director Jenni Murphy
“This is the right thing to do and I am proud to sign on behalf of the Fire District,” said Chief Bruce. “We have had a long history of supporting our employees that make a commitment to the Guard and Reserve. In the past couple of years, we have seen two of our own go overseas to defend our country. The dedication and sacrifices these individuals have made for our country and local communities deserve nothing less than our support.”
Papa Murphy’s in Falcon signs Statement of Support
Gordon and Maryann Olson
Pictures by ESGR Volunteers
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STAFF AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Chandra Hance – Program Support Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 720.250.1189 FAX: 720.250.1199
COESGR Business Office 12200 East Briarwood Avenue, Suite 160 Centennial, Co 80112
Recent ESGR Employer Day - USAFA
8/28/2012 - US Air Force Academy Employer Day, a Bosslift event as part of CO ESGR's ongoing relationship with the USAFA. Designed to provide senior business leaders who are also leaders in the community, with an Executive level brief and exposure to the Cadet experience not otherwise available to visitors to the Academy. It began with an overview on ESGR from the CO ESGR Deputy Director of EO, followed by an Executive Briefing from BGen Chilton and her staff. The group was then given the opportunity to sit in on an actual second year Calculus class, instructed by a LtCol who is one of the Academy's several Reserve instructors. Lunch in the Dining Hall, where the 'Bosses' joined in conversation with Cadets. The final event of the day was a personal tour of the Cadet Chapel.
State ESGR Chair
Richard E. Young, RADM, USN (Ret) COLORADO ESGR DIRECTORS
State ESGR Vice Chair
Tom Mills, Brigadier General, CONG (Ret). EMPLOYER OUTREACH AREA CHAIRS
Military Outreach Mary Rathje - Co-director Joe Ely- Co-director Employer Outreach Bev Skinner - Co-director Dave Pruett - Co-director Ombudsmen Bill Belz Gary Brown - Deputy Training Lynn Albi Special Programs Kip Cheroutes National Guard Liaison Robert Balster, BrigGen,USA Public Affairs Iris Fontera Kelly Mazezka - Deputy Employer Initiative Program Director Brad Gallup
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NEWSLETTER EDITOR James Garrett Colorado’s ESGR Electronic Newsletter is published not only for the information and benefit of the members of the Colorado ESGR 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 at email@example.com 8
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