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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, and COESGR Volunteers.
Inside this Issue CXO Executives Briefing………. 1 Patriot Award......................……. 3 Statements of Support….......……..4 Mil Spouse Employ Partnership…5 Become an ESGR Volunteer…..…6 Announcements……………………7 Events/Contacts……..…………….8 CO National Guard News links…..9 Women Veterans Expo ………….10
Key High Level Denver Corporate Executives Briefed on Job Initiatives for Veterans and Programs for our Wounded Warriors
At a high level special briefing of some of Colorado’s key business executives, hosted by Glenn Jones, businessman extraordinaire, at his corporate headquarters in southeast Denver, some 75 executives who are key members of the CXO group, heard from one of the Navy’s top Admirals, Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, Commander, Navy Sea Systems Command, on the problems that many veterans are having in obtaining civilian employment upon leaving the Service, and the unique efforts that his Sea Systems Command under his personal leadership have instituted in hiring and training some of our more seriously injured warriors. They are proving to be some of his best employees. And, as he pointed out, he employs some 60,000 personnel, 95% of which are civilian.
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Left to right; Richard E. Young, Rear Admiral, USN Ret., Glenn Jones, Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy, USN, Richard H. Truly, Vice Admiral, USN, Ret. 1
Also speaking to the group was retired Navy Rear Admiral, Richard E. Young, who chairs Colorado’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). He explained the major effort that ESGR, a Department of Defense agency that is now committed to assisting and helping veterans find employment, has launched here in Colorado, in conjunction with the U.S Department of Labor (VETS), the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and the Colorado National Guard. He pointed out that over thirty other governmental entities, along with many chambers of commerce, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, and many non-profit organizations. all working together on assisting our veterans, are collaborating in this effort. Glenn Jones, the host, is well known nationally as a long time national leader in the cable business and established the first totally all online university that received accreditation (Jones International University). He is also a member of the Senior Advisory Council of Colorado’s ESGR, where he serves along with such members as former Governor Bill Ritter and Peter Coors. Attendees were all members of CXO, an entity that attracts leading executives from a myriad of different fields and brings them together for various kinds of business get-togethers, all designed to permit the executives to meet and learn from their counterparts in other fields in a non-public setting. Jay Allen, who is the CEO and founder of CXO, exemplifies the worthiness of these meetings by insuring that those attending get the opportunity to meet and exchange information with many of their counterparts.
VADM McCoy speaking to the 75 attendees about the importance of hiring veterans and explaining efforts (which he personally launched) to hire wounded warriors and provide training to them to be able to work for Sea Systems Command.
Founded in 2001 in Colorado, CXO is the premier executive networking organization in the region. It is part of a broader organization called Executives Network with more than 5,000 C-level executive members, and is focused on helping members grow their personal networks, gain information on best practices in their field and explore highlevel business interactions. To join CXO, members must be the lead executive for their functional area— e.g., CEO, CFO, CIO (or CTO), CMO, HR, etc. In addition to Denver, CXO has members in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Houston, Detroit and London. More information is available on the CXO website.
The Patriot Award honors individual supervisors for their support of Guard and Reserve employees. Award nominations must be made by Guard and Reserve service members or their spouses. Nominated employers receive a Patriot Award certificate and accompanying lapel pin.
Peter Borup (center), Director of ADP Learning Services and MAS West Implementation Center was presented with a Patriot Award by Lorin Ricker (left) and Bob Rotruck (right), ESGR Volunteers, on July 13, 2011 at the Offices of Automatic Data Processing, Inc., 12250 E. Iliff Ave. Aurora, CO. The nominator/employee, StaffSgt Maria Christina Van Winkle, USAFR was not present, due to being on military assignment, however she wrote in her nomination of Mr. Borup, he is “Very supportive & maintains benefits; not the first time. Has supported multiple deployments. He honors my service (prior Marine) and understands what I am going through.”
Mr. Borup also signed an ESGR Statement of Support furthering is commitment to his employees who are Guard and Reserve service Members.
Statements of Support
L to r; Mayor Casiano, Bob Rotruck, Brianna Bohland, and Lorin Ricker.
The Freedom Sing celebration was held July 4th, in Parker at Salisbury Park. At 8:00 PM on a beautiful Colorado evening, Mayor David Casiano signed a Statement of Support as part of the Employers Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on behalf of the Town of Parker’s government. Presenting the Mayor with the SoS certificate were ESGR Douglas County Employer Outreach volunteers, Lorin Ricker and Bob Rotruck, CWO3, USN (RET). Also present was Miss Teen Parker-World Brianna Bohland from Legend High School. Before the signing, the Mayor requested that all veterans and active duty Guard and Reserve men and women come to the front of the bandstand to be recognized. Following the signing, Lorin Ricker vocally solicited employers in the large crowd to contact the ESGR if they too wanted to be a part of this patriotic support effort of our men and women that support our country’s freedom. On July 7th, LtCol Mike McNairy, USAF (RET) Mike McNairy, owner, signs Statement of Support signed a Statement of Support as part of the with fellow employees in attendance. Employers Support of Guard and Reserve .(ESGR) as the owner of H&M Transmissions & Automotive, 500 2nd St. Castle Rock. Presenting Mike with the SoS certificate were ESGR Douglas County Employer Outreach volunteers, Lorin Ricker, who took the photo, and Bob Rotruck, CWO3, USN (RET). Before the signing, Mike gathered all of his employees and his wife, Lynette (also an employee) to the front office so they could be a part of this event and see their employer visibly supporting any future military Guard and Reserve employees. On July 7th, Capt. Terry Nolan, USN (RET) signed a Statement of Support as part of the Employers Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) as General Manager of the Highlands Ranch Metro District. Presenting Terry with the SoS certificate were ESGR Douglas County Employer Outreach co-chairs, Lorin Ricker, who took the photo, and Bob Rotruck, CWO3, USN (RET). The HRMD on June 28 had passed Resolution 11-144 – Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Act which directly corresponds to the charter of the ESGR.
Terry Nolan signs the SoS witnessed by Bob Rotruck 4
DOD Launches Military Spouse Employment Partnership
Top government and military officials unveiled the Military Spouse Employment Partnership program during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., June 29. The partnership encompasses more than 70 employers who have committed to expanding career opportunities for military spouses worldwide, and to recognize the skills and talents they bring to the employment table. In remarks at the event, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Click to enter website. Biden, lauded military spouses for their service and sacrifice as they juggle households, children, volunteer work and jobs - many times in the midst of deployments. Due to their ability to thrive despite multiple challenges and demands, she noted, military spouses possess the qualities highly sought after by employers, such as dedication, flexibility, a strong work ethic and "endless energy." "If you're looking for hard-working, highly skilled and educated, dedicated employees, our military spouses are precisely the employees you need," Biden said. "Every day our military spouses are giving back to our country. While their loved ones are called to serve, they serve right alongside them. Now we must serve them as well as they serve us." Deborah Mullen, who was accompanied to the event by her husband, Chairman of Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talk during the kickoff of the Military Mullen, acknowledged the difficulties Spouse Employment Partnership at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in military spouses face in finding jobs. Many Washington, D.C., June 29, 2011. spouses, she noted, are turned away for jobs, not due to their qualifications or training, but due to the frequent moves their service member spouse is required to make. "More than one spouse has told me, 'All I wanted was to get in the door to be able to be judged on my merits, my qualifications and my strengths.'" "They aren't asking of rules to be broken or regulations to be cast aside," she said. "They know the economy is tough out there ... This isn't about Carol Grieves Adam is about opportunity. Military spouses just want the same shot as everyone else." entitlement for them; thisSmith, She said 1 percent of the nation serves, comprising about 2.2 million service members, and about half of them are married to someone seeking a job. Most of those job seekers are women, she noted, "educated Robert SSgt Hudson resilient, serious women who possess strong values and even stronger work ethic." Grieves The partnership signifies a positive step toward employing these highly skilled spouses, Biden said. "We're making it a little easier for them to find work, and perhaps a little less frightening for new employers to take that gamble and find the talent so resident in our ranks," she said. But the work is just beginning, Biden noted. Today, the Defense Department launches the partnership, she said, and "tomorrow, we must make that partnership work." Partners also are pledging to post job opportunities on the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Web portal
located on OurMilitary.mil at http://www.ourmilitary.mil. For complete story by Elaine Sanchez, American Forces Press Service, go to http://www.army.mil/article/60851/
Employers - Become an ESGR Volunteer
Why is employer support important? Almost half of our military force resides in the Reserve Component which is comprised of the National Guard and Reserve. The men and women who serve in the Reserve Component are unique in that they also have civilian employers. Support of America’s employers and the employees they share with the nation ensures the viability of the all-volunteer force, and thus our national security. Employers Become an ESGR volunteer! Our dedicated volunteers come from all walks of life. We are business executives, civic leaders, and patriotic citizens. Some of our volunteer activities include the following:
Employer Outreach: Develop relationships with employers to promote advocacy for service in the National Guard and Reserve. Ombudsman: Assist in preventing, reducing or resolving employer or service member misunderstandings regarding employment rights and responsibilities. Public Affairs: ESGR Public Affairs volunteers work with military and civilian media organizations to promote public understanding of the ESGR mission. Military Unit Representative: Inform and educate members of the National Guard and Reserve regarding their employment rights and responsibilities under USERRA.
Members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers form an alliance that is essential to our nation’s national security. These brave men and women perform critical roles in disaster relief efforts at home and continue to serve around the world to ensure our freedom. They could not perform their critical mission without support from people just like you. Your involvement, with as little as a few hours a month, can improve the employer relations of the brave men and women that place themselves in harms way, leave their families and put their careers on hold as they preserve our way of life. As an ESGR volunteer you become a contributing citizen to our National Security.
New Class of Volunteers to Colorado ESGR receive formal training on July 30, 2011. Charles Ackerman Alice Bardsley Robert Bardsley Brad Gallup Scott Hoffman Lara Makinen Karan O’Nan Charlie Pike David Pruett John Weksler
Your involvement, with as little as few hours a month, can improve the employer relations of the brave men and women that place themselves in harms way, leave their families and put their careers on hold as they preserve our way of life. As an ESGR volunteer you have the opportunity to serve in support of our Nation’s defense. If you would like to become an ESGR volunteer please contact Colorado ESGR’s Committee Chairman, Richard E. Young at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to having you become a part of our team!
Castle Rock, Colorado --The Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation announced that a groundbreaking ceremony at the corner of Wilcox Street and Fourth Street in downtown Castle Rock will take place at 10:00 am, August 10, 2011. Many county, state, and congressional officials along with area military veterans have been invited to participate. Henry Bohne, Douglas County Veterans Affairs Officer said, “This day will be the culmination of over four years of planning efforts and our first step toward physically beginning this project.” The formal dedication of the finished monument area is slated for Veterans Day, November 11, 2012. The Monument Foundation has been actively raising funds since June 2, 2011, following the selection of the sculptor from fourteen proposals in late May. Bill Hueg of Peacock Studios, Inc. in Westminster, CO was chosen as the winner of the competition. ―His original design of an eagle in flight holding up the corner of the Betsy Ross thirteen star flag was extremely inspirational,‖ said DCVMF Board Member, Bob Rotruck, CWO3 USN (RET). The foundation is currently working to raise an additional $100,000 to complete the $120,000 project after already raising nearly $20,000 in business and individual contributions since June. Go online at: www.dcvmf.org for additional information on the Foundation.
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STAFF AND CONTACT INFORMATION
August 2011 EVENTS CALENDAR
AUGUST 4-7 Advanced Ombudsman Course, Boston 9 Western Slope Employers Luncheon, Grand Junction 11-14 Emerging Leadership Course, Chicago 25-28 Emerging Leadership Course, Boston SEPTEMBER 28 SHRM Colorado State Conference, Keystone.
Pat O’Flaherty – Staff Director email@example.com 720.250.1176 Kathleen Dorram – Program Support Manager Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org 720.250.1195 FAX: 720.250.1199 Chandra Hance – Program Support Specialist email@example.com 720.250.1189 FAX: 720.250.1199
COESGR Business Office 12200 East Briarwood Avenue, Suite 160 Centennial, Co 80112 ESGR National Office 1555 Wilson Blvd., Suite 200 Arlington, VA 22209 1-800-336-4590 www.ESGR.com
State ESGR Chair Richard E. Young, RADM, USN (Ret) firstname.lastname@example.org State ESGR Vice Chair Tom Mills, Brigadier General, CONG (Ret). email@example.com
There are approximately 3,415 Employers of National Guard/ Reservists in Colorado
COLORADO ESGR DIRECTORS
Military Outreach Mark Craig firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Ely email@example.com Employer Outreach Bev Skinner firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Pruett - Dep. Dir PruettDE@comcast.net Ombudsmen Bill Belz email@example.com Training Lynn Albi firstname.lastname@example.org Special Programs Kip Cheroutes kcheroutes@ Emgacommunications.com Speakers Bureau Martin Cobb email@example.com Public Affairs Iris Fontera IFontera@aol.com
EMPLOYER OUTREACH AREA CHAIRS
Boulder/Longmont Brad Gallup Brad@Cable-Safe.com Colorado Springs Willie Jones firstname.lastname@example.org Douglas County Area Lorin Ricker Lorin@RickerNet.us Bob Rotruck email@example.com Fort Collins Robert Fryer firstname.lastname@example.org Grand Junction Lou Brackett email@example.com Pueblo Harry Vogel firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado Reserve Component Members
Army National Guard - 4,220 Army Reserve - 3,683 Air Force Reserve - 2,607 Air National Guard - 1,869 Navy Reserve - 938 Marine Corp. Reserve - 460 DoD Total - 13,777 Coast Guard Reserve - 16 Total Military Population - 13,793
MILITARY OUTREACH AREA CHAIR
Colorado Springs -Vacant
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COLORADO WOMEN VETERANS CONFERENCE AND HEALTHFAIR EXPO 2011
A free event for all Women Veterans
When: September 17, 2011, from 7:30 am –4:30 pm Where: WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES AIR & SPACE MUSEUM 7711 East Academy Boulevard Denver, CO 80230-6929
All women Veterans are invited to join us for a day of learning, networking, and rejuvenation. Free lunch will be provided. The event includes such activities and services as: Update and details of benefits and services from VA Colorado Workforce Development services and job search assistance Education and GI Bill benefit opportunities Workshops on health, education, employment and life skills
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