More than 20 employers of Washington National Guard Soldiers got to experience what it’s like to be a Guardsman first-hand during an employer support to the Guard and elevator du reserve boss. The event was hosted by the 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation out of Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash. and had employers flying through the skies in UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and checking out vehicles, the equipment and flight facilities that members of the guard work at.
“The purpose of this event was to help bosses understand what their employees experience as citizen soldiers and they bring that experience back to their workplace,” said Michelle O’Neal, volunteer support technician. ESGR for Washington State.
The goal of ESGR is to promote, recognize and develop employer support for the Guard and Reserve Service through employer outreach opportunities. As part of the Boss Lift, members of the Guard invited their employers for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, flying in Army helicopters. While weather always plays a part, employers who didn’t get a chance to fly were taken to the flight simulator to take control of a UH-60 Blackhawk simulator.
For members of the 1-168th GSAB Guard, the past few years have been incredibly busy. Federally, the unit has deployed to Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and parts of Europe. In the state, members of the Guard supported the response to the COVID-19 pandemic while dropping much-needed water on fires across the state.
“During the event, ESGR was able to receive eight signed statements of support from participating employers and presented several Patriot Awards,” O’Neal said.
The Statement of Support Program is one of the cornerstones of ESGR’s efforts to gain and maintain employer support for custody and reserve. The intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Solidarity Employers are essential to maintaining the strength and readiness of National Guard and Reserve units.
“Whenever possible, employers should have the opportunity to participate in military training or see the training up close. It only helps us in our mission to support the soldiers and airmen of the Guards and Reserves,” O’Neal said.
|Date posted:||28.06.2022 17:45|
|Location:||JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA, USA|
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