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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.
“2012 Employer Awards Banquet
The Marine Color Guard, members of Marine Air Control Squadron 23, presented the colors.
Top L-r; Dick Young, Adm Winnefeld, MajGen Edwards, Ron Young.
Colorado ESGR’s Annual Awards Banquet, held on May 4th, 2012, at the Marriot Tech Center Hotel, was singularly honored by having as our special guest and keynote speaker the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs 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 to address an ESGR event. In Admiral Winnefeld’s talk, raptly listened to by the some 400 attending, he praised the work of ESGR and the importance of the efforts to assist in helping getting our Guard and Reserve, as well as veterans, back into the civilian work force. He knew of our coordinated efforts here in Colorado where the many governmental and non-profits organizations have collaborated to put on three day Military and Veteran Employment Expos (MVEE) in which the first two days are devoted solely to helping our military person get prepared to be employed; and then insisting that the employers attending on the third day (at absolutely no coast to them) bring real jobs. The measurement of the effectiveness of these MVEE’s indicated they do work and are quite effective, the Admiral indicated. In attendance were Colorado’s Adjutant General Major General Edwards who introduced the Vice Chairman, National ESGR Executive Director Ron Young who spoke and thanked the many employers attending, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans Affairs Junior Ortiz who was the keynote speaker for the following day’s ESGR Volunteer Conference, and all of the Colorado National Guard’s flag officers. (Continued next page)
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 Pictures courtesy of ESGR Volunteer, Anthony Giambrone. 1
Some 60 veterans (many Guard and Reserve) who had served in Iraq/Afghanistan were our special guests, thanks to a number of Colorado employers, and received a long, enthusiastic standing applause from the entire room when they were introduced.
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Jason Shireman
Ron Young, ESGR
Admiral Winnefeld, VJCS
“Seven Seals Award is presented by the ESGR State Chair in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative or support that promotes the ESGR mission.”
This year’s Seven Seals Award is in recognition for exceptional support for Colorado ESGR’s recent Military and Veterans Employment Expos. Jason Shireman’s involvement in every facet of our recent Military and Veterans Employment Expo in Colorado Springs was key to its success. His coordination of myriad details, including locating a host facility, countless logistic and administrative details as well as teaching employment readiness classes and mentoring attendees enabled over 1000 people to receive training and attend the job expo.
Major David Fennell, USMC Ms. Susan Erickson 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 military duties. VA Health Administration Health Center supervisors earned numerous Patriot Awards. Creation of a management climate that “truly understands and appreciates the concept of a citizen warrior”. Major Adam Fisher, USAFR
U. S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Center
Mr. Kenneth Romer Raytheon earned recognition for: Providing full pay during periods of military service for up to five years. Raytheon continues full health, dental and life insurance benefits during any military service. Raytheon actively seeks to employ national guardsman and reservists. Raytheon operates holiday 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 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 employers of RC members include continuation of benefits, providing pay differential and assisting with childcare. All Awards Banquet pictures courtesy of ESGR Volunteer, Anthony Giambrone. 2
Mr. Alan Patterson
2nd Lt. Jesse Diaz, USAFR TSgt Keli Jones, ANG
Mr. Robert Strain
Infinity Systems Engineering Ball Aerospace and Technologies Infinity Systems Engineering earned recognition for: Paying differential pay and continuing benefits, including health care, dental and disability for employees and their families during absences due to military service. Infinity Systems previously earned the Above and Beyond and Pro Patria Awards from Colorado ESGR. Approximately 80 percent of their employees 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 an annual golf tournament for the Wounded Warrior Project, raising nearly $90,000 for the organization. Chief Petty Officer Christopher Ortiz, USNR 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 previously earned and Above and Beyond and Pro Patria from Colorado ESGR. Ball Aerospace and Technologies Veterans 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 side during the recovery. Employees through their Resource group also raised over $3500 to support the family's needs. CDR Diane Leblanc, USNR, Ms. Margaret Sabin, Capt Candace Garko, USAFR
Mr. Bruce McCormick
Penrose St. Francis Health Systems Colorado Springs Utilities Colorado Springs Utilities earned recognition for: Providing differential pay for up five years. Continuing medical, dental, life, short and long-term disability and spending account benefits for deployed service members. Additionally, Colorado Springs Utilities allows the spouse to continue to pay for benefits while the other spouse is deployed, avoiding a change in health plans due to military deployment. Establishing direct links with military 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 earned recognition for: “Providing differential pay and continuation of benefits for periods of military service for up to six months. Their continuing care for their employees and their families while away on military duties. Employees send care packages, letters and much -needed supplies to their co-workers who are serving around the globe. The Penrose-St Francis Health Foundation also offers funding assistance to Guard and Reserve members who are experiencing financial difficulties. Recognition of their employees in the National Guard and Reserve through articles and newsletters, including recognition for current and former Guard an Reserve nurses who have served.
The Pro Patria Award is presented annually by Colorado ESGR to employers in Colorado who have provided the most exceptional support for their employees in the National Guard and Reserve. Employers who are previous recipients of the Above and Beyond Award and have signed an ESGR Statement of Support are eligible to receive the Pro Patria Award. The award is presented to employers in three categories, Public Sector, Large Private Employer, and Small Private Employer. All Awards Banquet pictures courtesy of ESGR Volunteer, Anthony Giambrone. 3
Conversations That Matter - by Kip Cheroutes
When the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hands out an award to an employer it must mean the award is pretty important. It also means no global military conflict is going on that requires his presence in the War Room. Both were the case May 4th when Admiral James A. Winnefeld handed out six carefully judged awards to employers who displayed outstanding support for their guard and reserve employees called to active duty. The awards came from the Colorado Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a volunteer arm of the U.S. Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Reserve Affairs. I attended as a volunteer director of ESGR. Congratulations go out to Raytheon, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs Utilities, Ball Aerospace and Infinity Systems Engineering. Recognition of employers is one ESGR mission. But outside the hotel banquet hall, an RV-sized vehicle representing another ESGR mission caught my eye. This portable employment office struck me as a good approach to combine old and new ways to help returning soldiers find employment. Inside the vehicle are terminals, printers and work stations. The terminals display new multi-service supported software designed with unique features to match users to jobs. The vehicle travels the country, stopping at scheduled veteran employment expos and job fairs. MGA is currently conducting a national media relations and social media program for a client, Vaisala, which is bringing road weather technology and tailored messages to over 40 cities in a branded vehicle as part of the company’s national tour. It’s an effective way to create media opportunities, build the public’s awareness and offer hands-on demonstrations to customers. I would call this a strategy using intergenerational tactics. And it works – for Vaisala and for ESGR.
SGM Bowser (left) demonstrates the a military skills translator. Enter a military occupation code to see different H2H program tools and matching civilian jobs added by employers in a given zip code. Also functionalities brought up are suggested key words or phrases for a résumé. The
Hero2Hired, unlike other well-intentioned software programs, includes
program, which is also available as a smartphone app, makes career assessments, explores career paths and facilitates online networking. Online is the preferred way to communicate for these veterans, as most are less than 27 years old. “Members of the Guard and Reserve are scattered throughout the nation in communities large and small,” explained Sgt. Maj. Wayne Bowser, Sr., Senior Enlisted Advisor for Family and Employer Programs and Policy in the Pentagon’s Office of Reserve Affairs. “The H2H Mobile Job Store allows us to roll-up in their hometowns with the resources and information they need to connect to military-friendly employers.” ESGR Driver Ted Tomkins agrees. A veteran and native of Birmingham, Ala., Tomkins logs thousands of miles in this job-mobile and meets hundreds of vets, who gather the courage to enter the vehicle and, he says, get “pretty hyped up” when they use the software and the special translator feature. He says his heart goes out to them for trying to find work. You have to try, Tomkins reminds them.
Whether veterans try at a terminal, on the road or face-to-face, civilian America has a duty to help. Find out more at www.H2H.jobs and pass the word.
Colorado ESGR Volunteer Conference
Ronald G. Young Executive Director, National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). He spoke to our volunteers on the vital role they play in completing the mission of ESGR. Other topics of discussion included ESGR’s vital role in employing service members, H2H Jobs website, and the vision for the future.
Patrick O’Flaherty, Staff member for Colorado ESGR, was awarded a Seven Seals Award by Ron Young and State Chairman Dick Young for his exceptional support of the State Committee.
Ismael Ortiz, Jr. Deputy Assistant Secretary Policy Veterans’ Employment & Training Services (VETS). Secretary Ortiz talked about the importance of our leadership in understanding and guiding transitioning service members in translating military skills and experience to civilian employment opportunities and success.
Colorado ESGR Volunteer Conference May 5, 2012
Conference Pictures courtesy of ESGR Volunteer Anthony Giambrone. 5
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ARLINGTON, Va. (5/23/12) - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, announced 30 employers as finalists for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Tuesday. The Freedom Award is the DOD’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. A review board comprised of military and civilian leaders selected the 30 employers from the 3,236 nominations received earlier this year from Guard and Reserve service members, or family members acting on their behalf. “The 2012 Freedom Award finalists demonstrate that outstanding support of Guard and Reserve members is not limited by an employer’s size, industry or region of the nation.” ESGR National Chair James G. Rebholz said. “These 30 finalists span the diversity of America’s workforce and prove every employer can go above and beyond for our Citizen Warriors.” The finalists for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award are:
-- Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck, N.D.;
-- Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; -- Centerline Mechanical LLC, Cave Creek, Ariz.; -- Citi, New York, N.Y.; -- City of Edina Police Department, Edina, Minn.; -- Cranston Public Schools, Cranston, R.I.; -- Crystal Springs United Methodist Church, Crystal Springs, Miss.; -- Delta Air Lines, Atlanta; -- Don Gorman Electric LLC, Santa Fe, N.M.; -- Gary Jet Center, Gary, Ind.; -- Humana Inc., Louisville, Ky.; -- Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif.; -- Iostudio, Nashville, Tenn.; -- Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, Bismarck, N.D.; -- Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Kalamazoo, Mich.; -- Kent County Levy Court, Dover, Del.; -- L-3 Communications, New York, N.Y.; -- Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles; -- LPI Printing and Graphics Inc., Stoneham, Mass.; -- Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, Ohio; -- Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry, S.C.; -- Nyemaster Goode, Des Moines, Iowa; -- Port of Seattle, Seattle, Wash.; -- Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M.; -- Siemens Corporation, Washington, D.C.; -- Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLC, Raleigh, N.C.; -- Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, Tenn.; -- Town of Camden Police Department, Camden, Maine; -- Uniform Color Company, Holland, Mich.; -- Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, N.J.
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STAFF AND CONTACT INFORMATION
JUNE National ESGR Advanced Ombudsman Training (Denver, Curtis Hotel) 18-19 Virtual Job Fair for Colorado National Guard 22 Family Programs State Conf. 23 Initial Training New ESGR Volunteers JULY AUGUST National ESGR Leadership Training, Washington, D.C. Student Veterans Summit, Colorado Springs, CO EO Area Chair Meeting & Directors Meeting ESGR Employer Luncheon, Grand Junction, CO
Pat O’Flaherty – Staff Director firstname.lastname@example.org 720.250.1176 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
State ESGR Chair
Richard E. Young, RADM, USN (Ret) firstname.lastname@example.org COLORADO ESGR DIRECTORS Military Outreach Mary Rathje email@example.com Joe Ely firstname.lastname@example.org Employer Outreach Bev Skinner email@example.com
State ESGR Vice Chair
Tom Mills, Brigadier General, CONG (Ret). firstname.lastname@example.org EMPLOYER OUTREACH AREA CHAIRS Boulder/Longmont Vacant Colorado Springs Mark Hustedt email@example.com Mary Miller firstname.lastname@example.org Cortez Area Robert Valencia email@example.com Denver Area South Paula Kauffman firstname.lastname@example.org Denver Area North Michael Mitchel email@example.com Douglas County Area Lorin Ricker Lorin@RickerNet.us Estes Park Area Chair Gary Brown
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Dave Pruett - Co-Director PruettDE@comcast.net Ombudsmen Bill Belz firstname.lastname@example.org Gary Brown
Training Lynn Albi email@example.com
NEWSLETTER EDITOR James Garrett
Special Programs Kip Cheroutes kcheroutes@ Emgacommunications.com National Guard Liaison Robert Balster, BrigGen,USA firstname.lastname@example.org Public Affairs Iris Fontera IFontera@aol.com Kelly Mazezka - Deputy Kelly@kellymaze.com Employer Initiative Program Dir ector
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Fort Collins Vacant Grand Junction Lou Brackett email@example.com Pueblo Harry Vogel firstname.lastname@example.org
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