On December 1, AFROTC Detachment 028 at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus was presented with three Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) awards recognizing the achievements of Detachment 028 as well as the support they have had from campus leadership. Campus support of the detachment affords reservists with the time necessary to be trained and ready for service in the event that they should be called upon to defend their country.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by ESGR and it highlights what a fantastic partnership we have with Embry-Riddle,” said Col. Randy Kaufman, Commander of Det. 028. “The support we get for all of our cadre, active duty and Reserve, is absolutely phenomenal and definitely sets the standard for all other ROTC programs nationwide.”
The Patriotic Employer Award was presented to Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers in recognition of his efforts in supporting reservist faculty and staff at Embry-Riddle by providing flexibility with schedules, approving time off, and making accommodations to allow for family care and extended time away from work as needed.
Col. Kaufman was honored with the Seven Seals Award, which the ESGR regards as its broadest and most inclusive award. The award recognizes an individual or organization who supports and promotes the ESGR mission to develop and promote supportive work environments for reservists through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness and resolves employment conflicts between Service members and their employers on a daily basis.
Finally, a reaffirmation Statement of Support was presented to Embry-Riddle, signed by the National ESGR Chair, Ret. Gen. Craig McKinley, and Secretary of Defense, Ret. Gen. James Mattis. The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard 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. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Nation’s Guard and Reserve units. By signing the statement of support, Embry-Riddle pledged that:
We fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
We will provide our managers and superiors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
We appreciate the values, leadership, and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans.
We will continually recognize and support our country’s Service members and their families in peace, in crises, and in war.
“Embry-Riddle, which was founded by an Army pilot, John Paul Riddle, has contributed so much to the defense of our nation, and remains totally committed to the support of our brave guard and reserve service members,” said Ayers. “The tradition of the citizen soldier traces its roots back to colonial times, and is a centerpiece of our national defense. We are pleased to be recognized for our support of this vital American tradition.”
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