148th Fighter Wing Hosts Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Breakfast

Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing and their civilian employers participate in an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) breakfast at the Duluth, Minn. Air National Guard base October 9th, 2008.  The event promoted cooperation and understanding between Guard members and their civilian employers.  (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason Rolfe) (Released)

Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing and their civilian employers participate in an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) breakfast at the Duluth, Minn. Air National Guard base October 9th, 2008. The event promoted cooperation and understanding between Guard members and their civilian employers. (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Jason Rolfe) (Released)

Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing and their civilian employers participate in an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) breakfast at the Duluth, Minn. Air National Guard base October 9th, 2008.  The event promoted cooperation and understanding between Guard members and their civilian employers.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Audra Flanagan) (Released)

Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing and their civilian employers participate in an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) breakfast at the Duluth, Minn. Air National Guard base October 9th, 2008. The event promoted cooperation and understanding between Guard members and their civilian employers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Audra Flanagan) (Released)

Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing and their civilian employers participate in an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) breakfast at the Duluth, Minn. Air National Guard base October 9th, 2008.  The event promoted cooperation and understanding between Guard members and their civilian employers.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Audra Flanagan) (Released)

Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing and their civilian employers participate in an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) breakfast at the Duluth, Minn. Air National Guard base October 9th, 2008. The event promoted cooperation and understanding between Guard members and their civilian employers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Audra Flanagan) (Released)

10/09/08 -- The 148th Fighter Wing hosted a breakfast for employers of the unit's national guardsmen at the guard base this October 9th, 2008. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) breakfast was attended by 37 community employers along with 17 employees who are also wing members.

It included a mission brief of the 148th Fighter Wing by Vice Commander Col. Frank Stokes and a tour of the base. It gave employers an opportunity to see where their employees come on the weekends and days requested off to attend guard duties. The Adjutant General of the Minn. National Guard, Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, also welcomed employers and outlined the importance of the National Guard's involvement in today's missions around the world and state.

"This type of event is important as it allows us to educate our member's employers on the 148th Fighter Wing mission. We could not be as successful as we are without the support of our member's employers." said Capt Audra Flanagan, 148th Fighter Wing.

Local employers attending the event came from across the state to include but are not limited to Ainsworth Engineered USA LLC, Cirrus Design, Cleveland Cliffs, CW Technology, Duluth Police and Fire Departments, Hibbing Community College, Lake Superior Community Health Center, MN Power, Northwest Airlines, St. Louis County.

ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. Today ESGR operates through a network of more than 4,500 volunteers throughout 56 Committees located in each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Europe.

The Department of Defense tasks ESGR to "...promote both public and private understanding of the National Guard and Reserve in order to gain U.S. employer and community support through programs and personnel policies and practices that shall encourage employee and citizen participation in National Guard and Reserve programs."

The following website contains more ESGR information:
http://esgr.org/