SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE
1776 Militia Way, P.O. Box 14350, Salem, OR
97309 Phone: 503-508-3362 Web: www.oresgr.org
Oregon Employers Who Support the Guard and Reserve
Al and I then went to Phoenix where we presented an SOS to the Phoenix-Talent School District and a MBIP award to Ben Bergreeny, the district IT supervisor on behalf of SSG Chris Whiteley, OANG, who is deployed to Southwest Asia.
A photo of the Patriot Award presentation to Amy Bonkosky (left) Crook County Circuit Court, nominator SFC Misti Chastain
1186 MPCO Det,
ARNG (center), presentor Larry Ellis.
Had a very nice meeting with the Military Science staff and representatives of the Health, Physical Education, and Leadership Department of Southern Oregon University. I was able to present Statements of Support to Dr. Donna Mills, Chair of the HPEL dept and to LTC Keith Ensley, director of the ROTC-GOLD program at SOU.
training your employees receive from military duty. It
enhances their job performance and value to your
As an employer, you are vital to
enabling your employees who are members of the National Guard and
Reserve to serve their country. Moreover, your active support and
encouragement are key to their success.
Here are some suggestions on
how to help them help us all.
- Learn more about the role
of the National Guard and Reserve. Attend open houses and
public functions at military units. Talk with military and
civilian leaders about the National Guard and Reserve. Ask your
employees about how they fit into the big picture of national
- Get to know your employees'
military commanders and supervisors. Ask the leaders to
provide you with advance notice of your employee's annual
military duty schedule and work out conflicts as early as
- Put your support in writing
by signing a Statement in Support for the National Guard and
Reserve. Display it prominently for all your employees and
visitors to see. These certificates can be obtained our our
local Oregon Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and
- Look at your personnel
policies. See how they accommodate and
support your employees' participation in the National Guard or
Reserve. Do your policies include provisions for military leave
of absence (exclusive of earned vacation time); do they ensure
opportunities and benefits equal to those of other employees?
- Get your entire management
team to promote your support of the
National Guard and Reserve. Explain your position and address
concerns as they may arise.
- Encourage employee
participation in the National Guard and Reserve. Recognize
and publicize their dedication and commitment to your business
and the nation. Apply the training your employees receive from
military duty. It enhances their job performance and value to
- Accept that there may be
occasional concerns with your employment of citizen soldiers
and their requirements to perform military duty. Seek to resolve
any concerns as soon as they arise. Discuss with your employees
their service requirements before problem situations arise and
keep an open dialog to help prevent them.
- Seek assistance from your
local ESGR Committee or from the
Ask to speak with an ombudsman who will serve as a confidential,
neutral liaison for employers and employees who seek assistance
or clarification regarding their rights and responsibilities.
will serve as a confidential, neutral liaison for
employers and employees who seek assistance..."
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