Matt Hondel, CVTC security officer and a member of the 203rd Transportation Company U.S. Army Reserve, wanted to thank his supervisor, Carrie Hallquist, safety, security, and risk manager, for all she has done to accommodate his military career. Matt nominated Carrie for a Patriot Award through the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense. “I’ve been very impressed with how Carrie has supported my military service and wanted to find a way to make sure she knew how much I appreciated her flexibility and support.”
According to Richard Vallin, Wisconsin’s ESGR Chair, “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who, like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”
“CVTC has always supported our service members, if they were staff or faculty,” states Bruce Barker, CVTC President. “We know they are dedicated to the work they do for the College, but they are also dedicated to their service work as well. We support that 100%.”
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units,” said Richard.
“I’m shocked!” stated Carrie, as she entered a room with many of her coworkers, as well as her family, being present. “I’ve lived with a military guy for over 21 years and I know the importance of the support that is needed. It’s no different at work. I want to make sure that I’m as flexible as possible so Matt doesn’t need to worry about his work obligations when he does his military training. I guess I’m doing my part to support our country.”
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defence agency established in 1972. The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts through informal mediation. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary, mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.