FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR, will host a “Lunch with the Boss” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Fargo Air Museum.
James Rebholz, ESGR national chairman, and Lt. Cmdr. Jeremiah Minner, USS North Dakota executive officer, will speak at the event.
The invite-only luncheon will honor three employers with the ESGR Committee’s Pro Patria Award: the Fargo Police Department, Bobcat and Simplex Grinnell. The Pro Patria Award is presented annually by each state’s or territory’s ESGR Committee to a select group of employers that have provided exceptional support of national defense through leadership practices and personnel policies that support employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
The event also will highlight the corporate-level signing of a Statement of Support by Scheels All Sports. The statement acknowledges that they recognize, honor and enforce the employment rights of their employees who serve in the military. It also states that their managers and supervisors will have the tools needed to effectively manage those employees, and that they will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, crisis and war.
ESGR is a Department of Defense organization that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. ESGR’s mission is to gain and maintain employer support for members of the National Guard and Reserve by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflict through mediation.
WHAT: Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Luncheon Event
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012
WHERE: Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N., Fargo, N.D.
MEDIA: Media are welcome and no precoordination is needed. Lunch for employers is by invitation only.
Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,800 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, nearly 300 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense. For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.