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Dec 09 Jan 10 Ilesgr Newsletter

ESGR December- January Newsletter

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Dec 09 Jan 10 Ilesgr Newsletter

  1. 1. December 2009-January 2010 Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Don’t forget media OASD-RA McCarthy speaks to Illinois Chamber in event planning Discusses key role Whenever you are planning a of employers in Guard, Statement of Support signing, Reserve success Patriot Award presentation, Briefing With the Boss or other Assistant Secretary of De- event, don’t forget to include fense for Reserve Affairs, the local press. Dennis McCarthy visited Chi- Sending out a short media cago Dec. 11 as the guest advisory or making a call to speaker for the Illinois Cham- local media ahead of time ber of Commerce Board of could pay big dividends by Directors Luncheon at the having press show up to cover Mid-America Club. your event. If the press come McCarthy spoke to Illinois out to cover the event, you Chamber board members should still have someone on about the importance of sup- hand to take photos and send portive employers to National out a press release with pictures Guard and Reserve members afterward, especially in smaller GUEST SPEAKER: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, media markets where the who serve their nation. He Dennis McCarthy, spoke to members of the Illinois Chamber of also talked about the sacri- Commerce Board of Directors at the board’s December 11 meeting chance of coverage is greater. fices these employers make and luncheon in Chicago. If you aren’t sure how to on behalf of their employees write a press release or what who serve in uniform and makes a good photograph, con- challenges that have emerged Three Illinois companies - “At the Department of De- tact Illinois ESGR Public Af- because of more frequent de- AT&T Illinois, Leo Burnett, fense we know that employer fairs Chair, Mike Holub, or ployments due to the transi- and Motorola - signed corpo- support is critical to our na- Executive Director, Lt. Col. tion of the Guard and Reserve rate Statements of Support at tional security,” McCarthy Tim Franklin for tips or help. from a “strategic” reserve to the Illinois Chamber lunch- told the group. an “operational” reserve. eon. see OASD-RA, page 3 Illinois ESGR holds Annual Training Conference, Employer Awards Banquet in Peoria Jan. 15-16 The Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the PRESS COVERAGE: Include the Guard and Reserve gathered local media in your ESGR event at the Hotel Marquette Jan. planning. Getting press coverage 15-16 for its Annual Training helps tell our story to a wider Conference and Employer audience. Awards Banquet. The annual conference and banquet gave Illinois Committee leaders Inside this issue: and volunteers the chance to get together and refocus on the mission and goals of Message from the State Chair 2 ESGR, while recognizing the outstanding employers in Illinois over the past year. Whitey’s gets Above & Beyond 6 The conference kicked off the morning of Jan. 15 with a ANNUAL EMPLOYER AWARDS BANQUET: Members and guests stand at welcome from Field Chair, BNSF given Seven Seals Award 7 Michael Ayers, and remarks attention as the 182nd Airlift Wing Color Guard, Illinois Air National Guard, posts the colors to open the 2010 Illinois ESGR Annual Em- from acting ESGR Executive ployer Awards Banquet held at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria Director, Pauline Brunelli. Sangamon County Recognized 8 Jan. 15. see APAC, pages 4-5
  2. 2. Page 2 Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Message from the State Chair ... I would like to thank every- As noted during the Annual one who was able to attend Training Conference, we have our Annual Training Confer- some ambitious, but achiev- ence and Employer Awards able goals for the coming Banquet in Peoria January 15 year. Those are: Illinois Employer Support of and 16. The strong attendance the Guard and Reserve and participation was noted  Increasing the number of by our guests from National signed Statements of Support EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ESGR office. We were hon- by 20 percent. Some continu- ored to have NCESGR Acting ing dialogue with NCESGR State Chair leadership will be necessary Executive Director, Polli Michael Ayers Brunelli, along with other to ensure the numeric goal set Employer Outreach members of the national for us, 1,482 signed SOSs Terri Bergagna staff. We were also honored from Civilian Employer In- Military Outreach by our two major speakers, ventory (CEI) database listed RADM Steven Day, U.S. employers is the right goal. Terry McCollom Ombudsman Director Coast Guard Reserve, and  Contact and brief 100 Ron Bacci Col. Scott Thoele, Com- percent of National Guard and Michael Ayers mander, 33rd Brigade Combat Reserve units in Illinois. State Chair, Illinois ESGR Awards Team. They each reminded us Gloria Guy of the importance of our com-  Close or refer Ombuds- Public Affairs mittee’s work. man cases within 14 days. Michael Holub have implications to the work For those who attended, I  Recruit 21 new volun- we do. Because of this antici- North West Chair hope you found the sessions teers onto the Illinois Com- pated change in emphasis, it William Glynn and networking opportunities mittee. was decided we should bring North Central Chair with colleagues worth- us all back together to decide Terry McCollom while. The sessions were fo- Again, these are ambitious, how our plans and operations Central East Chair cused on the need to work but achievable, goals. We as a state committee may be together to meet the goals and have a great leadership team changed. We will keep you Tom Murgatroyd in place that is focused on South East Chair objectives set both by the posted as we examine the National Committee and our- motivating, engaging and feasibility of second meeting. Dayton Loyd selves. recognizing area volunteers to South West Chair meet these new goals. Please Lastly, I want to note Clyde Jones With the over 3,000 return- know the area and functional NCESGR is conducting a Central West Chair ing National Guard and re- chairs, full-time support staff series of Volunteer Leader- serve component members and I are all there to help pro- ship Training Program John Sheedy having returned from deploy- vide you with the tools, train- courses this year in a variety North West Chair ments, the pace of our work ing and other support you of functional areas. New this Rick Pollack has picked up a bit. Thanks need to reach the milestones year, we are able to nominate to each of you, we have met we’ve set. Don’t hesitate to select volunteers as FULL-TIME STAFF the time and work de- reach out to any of the leader- “emerging leaders” to attend Executive Director mands. Thanks to the Om- ship for the support you need. these courses. If you would LTC Tim Franklin budsman volunteers for work- like to take on a leadership ing and closing cases in good At a January 14 face-to- role at some point with our 217-761-3642 time. Thanks to those who face meeting in Peoria, the state committee, please let have provided valuable work Executive Committee dis- your area chair know. When Program Assistants and participating in Yellow cussed the possibility of con- the course and registration Jean Collier Ribbon Ceremonies and other ducting a second training con- schedule is finalized, we will reintegration briefings and ference during the year. This distribute the information and 217-761-3971 conference would be called to support efforts. identify those to be sent to the review and discuss implica- training from our committee. Christina Dibble Your continued participa- tions of a soon-to-be ap- 708-824-6010 tion as an ESGR volunteer is proved new NCESGR Strate- As always, thank you for all a key to those efforts. Be- gic Plan. The NCESGR lead- you do for ESGR to support cause of you and thousands of ership has been working to the men and women of the MAILING ADDRESS volunteers like you across the complete the new plan for National Guard and Reserves country ESGR is able to reach some time. It is our under- and the Illinois employers for Illinois ESGR out to tens of thousands of standing that a new, broader whom they work. I am hon- 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. employers in building a net- mission is contained in the ored to be your State Chair Springfield, IL 62702 work of support for the men plan. This new mission will and truly appreciate the com- and women of the Guard and bring with it some new/ mitment and enthusiasm you Reserve. revised objectives that will bring to the job.
  3. 3. Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Page 3 OASD-RA: Continued from page 1 “By signing a Statement of Support, they are publicly ac- knowledging the continued importance of service in the National Guard and Reserve,” McCarthy added. While the AT&T and Leo Burnett SOS signings were new, the one by Motorola was a reaffirmation of a previous signing made by the Illinois- based company. “The support of employers is critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the National Guard and Reserve,” commented ESGR National Chair, James Rebholz. “Our Guardsmen and Reservists would not be able to continue to serve in uniform if not for the continuing support of great AT&T SOS SIGNING: James Rebholz, ESGR National Chair (standing left), and Dennis McCarthy, Assistant employers like AT&T Illinois, Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (right), look on as Patrick Venetucci, President of AT&T Illinois, Leo Burnett and Motorola.” signs an ESGR Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. While a Statement of Sup- port is not a binding document, it is an important acknowledge- ment by an employer that:  They recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re- employment Rights Act (USERRA);  Their managers and su- pervisors will have the infor- mation and tools they need to effectively manage their Guard and Reserve employees.  They recognize and sup- port their service members who serve in uniform in the Na- tional Guard and Reserve. PHOTO CENTER: Illinois Chamber WELCOMING REMARKS: Chairman of Board Treasurer, Bill Beck, asks the Illinois Chamber of Commerce a question following remarks by Board of Directors, Calvin Butler Assistant Secretary Dennis (above), introduces the Dennis McCarthy. McCarthy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, to the PHOTO LEFT: Darcy Davidsmeyer Illinois Chamber’s Board of Direc- of Motorola accepts a Statement tors luncheon at Chicago’s Mid of Support wall display from Den- America Club Dec. 11, 2009. nis McCarthy, Assistant Secretary McCarthy was the featured speaker of Defense for Reserve Affairs, at the luncheon. Dennis McCarthy.
  4. 4. Page 4 Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve APAC: Continued from page 1 Training on day one of the conference included a NCESGR update from Re- gional Deputy Director for Central Region, Lt. Col. Eric Hill, as well as an overview on USERRA trends from Joel Samaroo, Central Region Na- tional Case Manager. The evening of Jan. 15 Illi- nois ESGR Committee mem- bers, military and civilian guests honored the top Illinois employers for 2010 at the An- nual Employer Awards Ban- quet. The committee recognized three employers with the Pro Patria Award, the highest state level ESGR Award. Pro Patria Award winners for 2010 were Brinks Hofer, Gilson and Li- one; Chicago Fire Department; BANQUET PROGRAM: Brig. Gen. Robert Pratt (right), Illinois Army National Guard, and other banquet and Northrop Grumman Infor- guests listen to guest speaker, Col. Scott Thoele, 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander, mation Systems. talk about his experiences as brigade commander during the unit’s recent deployment to Afghanistan Employers receiving the where Illinois Guard Soldiers served as trainers and mentors to Afghan National Security Forces . Above and Beyond Award were Alfred Benesch and Com- Sheriff’s Department; and Illi- pany; American Buildings; nois State Police. Belleville Memorial Hospital; Berthold Electric; Health Care The training conference re- Service Corporation; In- sumed the morning of Jan. 16; Joel Berman Archi- with new member orientation techture and Design; LaGrange and a presentation by Gary Cyr Police Department; Merck and of National Guard Bureau on Company; Motorola; Office using the Civilian Employer Max; Packer Engineering; Pala- Inventory (CEI) database to tine Police Department; Village maximize employer outreach of Midlothian; Winnebago activities. PHOTO ABOVE: Terry McCollom trains volunteers on the ESGR Military Outreach Program during round-robin training sessions. PHOTO RIGHT: Acting Executive Director of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Pauline Brunelli speaks to members of the Illinois ESGR Committee at the 2010 Annual Training Conference.
  5. 5. Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Page 5 PHOTO ABOVE: Bruce Weisseg of the law firm Brinks Hofer, Gilson and Lione makes remarks after accepting the ESGR Pro Patria Award at the 2010 Illinois ESGR Annual Employer Awards Banquet in Peoria Jan. 15. The Chicago firm was one of three Pro Patria Award winners honored by the Illinois committee for outstanding support to their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. PHOTO LEFT: Col. Scott Thoele talks about his experiences in Afghanistan as commander of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix VIII. Thoele prepared and led more than 3,500 33rd IBCT Soldiers on their mission to Afghani- stan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The mobilization and de- ployment of the Illinois Army National Guard infantry brigade was the larg- est call-up of Illinois Guard troops since World War II. Eighteen Illinois Guard Soldiers lost their lives in sup- port of the OEF mission.
  6. 6. Page 6 Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support Signings Moline company given Above and Beyond for troop support FT. BLISS, Texas – The Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recently presented Whitey’s Ice Cream of Moline with an ESGR Above and Beyond Award in recognition of the ice cream company’s support to our men and women in uniform. “The Above and Beyond Award recognizes employers who provide outstanding support and cooperation to members of the Armed Services, who like the Minutemen before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.” Michael Ayers Illinois ESGR Field Chair “The Above and Beyond Award recognizes employers who provide outstanding support and cooperation to members of the Armed Services, who like the Minutemen before them, have DEKALB WAL-MART SIGNS SOS: Illinois ESGR North West Area Chair, answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Michael Ayers, Illi- Rick Pollack (left), looks on as Sean Hamer, manager of the nois ESGR Field Chair “Supportive employers are critical to DeKalb Wal-Mart, signs a Statement of Support for the men and maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National women who serve in uniform in our nation’s National Guard and Guard and Reserve.” Reserve. The Statement of Support program is a way for employers to publicly acknowledge their Guard and Reserve employees. Whitey’s owners Jon and Jeff Tunberg donated a refrigerated rail car of their distinctive “camouflage” ice cream to Texas Army National Guard Soldiers training for mobilization at Fort Bliss, Texas. Illinois ESGR Executive Committee member, Tom Murga- troyd, presented the Above and Beyond Award to the Tunbergs at Ft. Bliss Nov. 20, 2009 in recognition of their support for the Soldiers training their in preparation for deployment to Af- ghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 3M SIGNS SOS: Manager of the DeKalb 3M plant, Jim Bohlig, signs a ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD: Tom Murgatroyd (right), Illinois ESGR Statement of Support Jan. 13 as a way to show support for the Executive Committee member and Central East Area Chair, pre- plant’s employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. sented Whitey’s Ice Cream owners Jon and Jeff Tunberg with the Because the National Guard and Reserve make up more than half ESGR Above and Beyond Award during a Texas ESGR Bosslift event of our nation’s military strength and capability, the continued sup- held at Fort Bliss in November 2009. The Tunbergs donated a rail port of employers like 3M is critical to our security here at home car of camouflage ice cream to Texas Guardsmen training at Ft. and around the world. Bliss for a deployment to Afghanistan.
  7. 7. Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Page 7 BNSF given ESGR Seven Seals for support to families The Burlington Northern Santa Fe received the ESGR Seven Seals Award during the holiday season for their support to mili- tary families with a special train ride on their Holiday Express. The Holiday Express is a unique vintage passenger train that BNSF runs each year to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces and honor the sacrifices they and their families make in the service of our nation. In addition to being treated to a winter wonderland train ride through the Illinois countryside, military kids on the Holiday Ex- press had a visit by Santa Claus during the trip. A winner of the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, BNSF has demonstrated its commit- SEVEN SEALS AWARD PRESENTATION: Illinois ESGR Employer Outreach Chair, Terri Bergagna, presents ment to its Guard and Reserve the ESGR Seven Seals Award to Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad officials Andrew Johnson employees by going above and (center) and Paul Nowicki (right) in Galesburg following the BNSF Holiday Express train trip for Illinois beyond the requirements of the military families Dec. 8, 2009. In addition to treating the families to the special holiday train ride, Uniformed Services Employ- 2009, BNSF presented a $10,000 check to the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund. The award of the ment and Reemployment Rights Seven Seals recognized the railroad’s support to Guard and Reserve members and their families. Act. Patriot Award Presentation PATRIOT AWARD: Illinois ESGR Central West Area Chair, Jay Sheedy (right) presented a Patriotic Employer Award at State Farm Insur- SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYER: Illinois ESGR North East Area Chair, Bill ance in Bloomington, Nov. 4, 2009. The Patriot Award went to Misty Glynn, presented two Patriotic Employer Awards Nov. 13, 2009 to Vance, Director of Creative Services for State Farm. Vance was Shirley Marx and her son, David Marx, of New World Van Lines. nominated for the ESGR award by an Illinois Air National Guard They were nominated for the awards because of their support of member from the 183d Fighter Wing in Springfield. Willie Brown the National Guard and Reserve members who work for the com- (left), State Farm vice president, as well as 183rd FW Commander, pany based on the northwest side of Chicago. Col. Mike Meyer (not pictured) also participated in the presentation.
  8. 8. Page 8 Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve AWARDS PRESENTATION: Illinois Ad- jutant General, Maj. Gen. William Enyart (left) looks on as Michael Ayers (right), Field Committee Chair, Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presented Andy Van Meter, Sangamon County Board Chairman, with ESGR Patriotic Employer and Seven Seals awards at the Jan. 12 Sangamon County Board meeting. Sangamon County was nominated for the Patriot Award by Col. An- thony Libri, Illinois Army National Guard, who deployed to Afghani- stan in 2008-09 with the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Based on Libri’s nomination, the Illinois ESGR Committee deter- mined award of the Seven Seals to the country board was also appro- priate. Van Meter also signed an ESGR Statement of Support of the Guard and Reserve on behalf of the county board. Photo by Staff Sgt. April Hawes, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office Why logging your ESGR activities is important There is a saying that goes, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Logging and reporting your volunteer ESGR activities is something like that saying. You can be doing all kinds of things with employers and service members, but unless you complete the process by VOLUNTEER REPORTING: Keeping reporting your activities so that track of and reporting your vol- information makes it up to the unteer activities is a key com- National ESGR Committee, ponent in helping justify more we don’t receive credit for the funding for the Illinois ESGR great work you are doing. Committee. Why is this important? Be- cause the work you do for mining how much funding ESGR, whether it’s getting we receive for the next fiscal employers to sign Statements year. The more we do, the of Support, presenting Patriot more money we receive -- Awards, briefing Guard and but only if National knows Reserve units, or any of our about it. other activities ultimately con- If you aren’t sure what tributes our funding bottom information you should be line. FIRST LIGHT USA RECEIVES PATRIOT AWARD: Tom Murgatroyd (left), lli- reporting, contact Christina nois ESGR Central East Area Chair, recently presented Jeremy Ross, As a committee, we report Dibble of the full-time sup- Chief Executive Officer, First Light USA, Seymour, with the Patriotic our activities to ESGR Na- port staff, who can help you. Employer Award for his support of members of his workforce who tional at the end of each quar- She can be reached at (708) serve in the Guard and Reserve. Ross was nominated for the award ter of the fiscal year. Those 824-6010 or chris- by James Nayonis (right), who serves as a Sergeant 1st Class with metrics are used in deter- the Illinois Army National Guard.