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Minnesota companies recognized at annual ESGR banquet

Minnesota National Guard Bloomington, Minn- The Minnesota Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognized more than 30 Minnesota companies for exceptional support of the Service members they employ at its annual awards banquet at the Ramada Mall of America Hotel in Bloomington, May 19, 2014

"Some employers don't understand the challenges associated with service," said retired Maj. Gen. Paul Mock, national chair ESGR and keynote speaker for the banquet "But most do get it, and remain committed to our Service members We are honored to have you with us tonight"

"It means a lot to us to recognize and honor those employers who support our members of the National Guard and Reserve," said Paul Monteen, Chair of the Minnesota Committee for the ESGR

After the introductory speeches and dinner, representatives from the 31 companies filed on stage to accept the Above and Beyond Award from Monteen, Mock and Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash The Above and Beyond Award recognizes employers who not only comply with the law, but also offer benefits such as pay differential and continued family health care for when their Service member-employees are called to serve

Additionally, two companies were recognized with the Pro Patria Award, the highest level award that may be bestowed by a state ESGR committee Winners of the Pro Patria included the United States Border Patrol, which won the award in the category of Public Employer, and General Mills, winner of the Large Employer category

To conclude the ceremony, Monteen said, "I want to say, 'Thank you,' to each of you for attending this evening I hope you go away understanding a little more about ESGR, the sacrifices of our Reserve Service members and their families and what great, generous and supportive employers we have here in Minnesota"

In addition to receiving the Pro Patria Award, General Mills and US Border Patrol were selected as semi-finalists for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, the highest recognition employers can receive from the US government

ESGR accepts nominations to recognize supportive employers with a series of Department of Defense awards throughout the year Learn more about Employer Awards and the ESGR program at wwwesgrmil/Employer-Awards/ESGR-Awards-programsaspx

May 27, 2014
by Staff Sgt Patrick Loch
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

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