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April 2011 Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that
April 2011 Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that
April 2011 Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that

April 2011

April 2011 Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that will

Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that will educate, inform, and promote service by and to ESGR while fulfilling our mission of supporting Employers, Guard/Reserve members, and COESGR Volunteers.

Inside this Issue Freedom Award Nominations . 1 National Survey of Employers. 2 USERRA Brief
Inside this Issue
Freedom Award Nominations . 1
National Survey of Employers. 2
USERRA Brief
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Grand Valley Employers
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Colorado NG Unit Highlight….5
About Employer Outreach
Colorado ESGR Contacts
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Calendar of Events, Links
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Employer Partnership…
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2011 Colorado Employer Freedom Award Nominations

sector, who have demonstrated support of their service through initiatives such as continued benefits, differential pay and fam- ily assistance.

Colorado ESGR Awards Committee submits 3 employer nominees to

Washington, D.C. for

2011 Secretary of

Defense Employer

Support Freedom Award .”

The 2011 recipients will be announced this summer and honored in Washington, D.C. at

the 16th annual Secretary of

Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony on September 22, 2011.

See page 6 for the Large Business, Public Sector, and Small Business Colorado

Employer nominees selected by the Colorado ESGR Awards Committee.

A national selection board

comprised of senior Defense officials and business leaders selects the award recipients.

officials and business leaders selects the award recipients. The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s

The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition for employers showing exceptional support to their Guard and Reserve employ- ees. This year ESGR received 4,049 nominations from Guard and Reserve members across the nation, a 64 percent increase over last year’s total.

The Department of Defense honors the employers of Guard and Reserve members as they are critical to our country’s national security. Guard and Reserve members nominated employers, ranging from small to large businesses and the public

Growing circulationCurrently this Newsletter reaches more than 5600 National Guardsmen and 1000 employ-

ers from our supporters list, 140 volunteers of Colorado ESGR, and our social network websites like Facebook.

April 2011

When:

February 28 th , 2011 April 22,

2011

(end date could shift later if needed based on

response rate)

DoD National Survey of Employers Talking Points

Core Message:

have a voice in DoD decision-making and help shape policies impacting employers.

The Department of Defense National Survey of Employers is the employer’s chance to

The Department knows the benefits of employing a Guard or Reserve service member can

come with challenges.

Employers of the Guard and Reserve are full partners in the national security equation.

The Department aims to measure the affects of employing Guard and Reserve service members on organizations of every size and industry, in every state and territory.

Key Points:

About the Survey The Department of Defense National Survey of Employers is designed to determine best practices for supporting employers of Guard and Reserve service members and evaluate the Department’s effectiveness of programs assisting America’s workforce.

The Department of Defense sent the survey to employers of every size, every industry, and from all states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. The Department’s goal is to receive a significant number of responses from employers in each category so it can accurately measure the Guard and Reserve’s impact on the American workforce.

The Department of Defense National Survey of Employers marks a major undertaking for the Department since entering sustained military operations in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. The results are expected to give the Department its most accurate and current measurement of the impact from increased Guard and Reserve deployments over the last 10 years on our nation’s employers.

For this survey, a random sample of employers across the United States from public and private sectors were selected and received ticket numbers to participate. Therefore, not all employers will be able to access the sur- vey. If you did not receive a ticket number, your input is still important to the DoD. Email DoD-EmployerSurvey@osd.mil and you will be contacted about future opportunities in the DoD regarding Guard and Reserve service and its impact on your organization.

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April 2011

Uniformed Services and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

 

The mission of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is to “…develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.”

With the mission of educating employers and service members in the forefront as our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen continue to deploy, each month the newsletter will explore a different aspect of the Uniformed Ser- vices and Reemployment Rights Act.

“Court rules Army reservist was wrongfully fired “

 

ment that he liked the military and did not like the

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer, Navy Times Posted : Thursday Mar 3, 2011 14:48:12 EST

In a decision that could cost the U.S. Postal Service more than $1 million, a federal appeals court has

ruled in favor of an Army Reserve sergeant major who alleges he was fired from his job as a postal worker because of his military career.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday reversed the Merit Systems Protection Board’s earlier ruling that Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson of Fort Myers, Fla., had waived his rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Re- employment Rights Act to serve his country.

Erickson, who was in the Army National Guard for 15 years before transferring to the Army Reserve in 2006, said he hopes his case helps other Guard and Reserve members who have lost or could lose their jobs because of their military service.

way employees were treated in the Postal Service “cannot be regarded as equivalent to an expression of intention to resign from his civilian position.”

The Postal Service had said Erickson’s absences for military duty exceeded the five-year cumulative

time limit in USERRA for being away from a civilian job. But Erickson’s time spent in training required for promotion and special skills met the law’s require- ments to temporarily halt the five-year-clock, the ap- peals court found.

According to Erickson’s attorney, Mathew B. Tully, who also writes a legal column for the Military Times papers, that included attending the Sergeants Major Academy, and language and scuba training.

The decision further clarifies the abandonment prin- ciple under USERRA, Tully said, and will help other military members by making it more difficult for pub- lic and private employers to use this in firing military members from their civilian jobs.

“This is not just for me, but for every citizen soldier who has been treated like this,” he said. “They fought the Taliban, then came home and had to fight their employers who were supposed to be suppor- tive.”

The Postal Service fired Erickson in 2000 for “excessive use of military leave” in his duties in the Florida National Guard.

“I went from being the best employee in the world to the lowest rated,” Erickson said. “The only thing that changed was my dual status as a citizen soldier.”

Erickson has been awarded multiple medals for combat distinguished valor, including two Bronze Stars, and also has a Purple Heart.

He filed a complaint with MSPB after leaving active duty in 2006. The appeals court noted that there is no statute of limitations on filing a USERRA com- plaint or claim.

Tully said Erickson should be entitled to 11 years of back pay, plus two years of vacation and sick time. The amount will depend on a judge’s determination of the seniority Erickson would have achieved after those 11 years.

Erickson said he is still unemployed, although is currently working part-time for a contractor.

 

The board previously ruled that Erickson had “abandoned” his career as a postal worker. The ap- peals court disagreed, saying that Erickson’s state-

Story from Navy Times online

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April 2011 L-r: Lou Brackett, ESGR Coordinator & Ryan Elmore, Manager. ESGR thanks these employers

April 2011

April 2011 L-r: Lou Brackett, ESGR Coordinator & Ryan Elmore, Manager. ESGR thanks these employers in

L-r: Lou Brackett, ESGR Coordinator & Ryan Elmore, Manager.

ESGR thanks these employers in the Grand Valley for their support of ESGR and their employees in Uniform.

The Outback Steakhouse Restaurant in Grand Junction was recognized for their support as Ryan Elmore signed a Statement of Support for our Reserve Component members as well as the Outback’s Restaurant’s long standing commitment to our Troops with their “Operation Home Front” & “Operation Feeding Freedom” Programs.

Front” & “Operation Feeding Freedom” Programs. L-r: Lou Brackett, ESGR Coordinator and Dennis Ficklin, CEO,

L-r: Lou Brackett, ESGR Coordinator and Dennis Ficklin, CEO, Family Health West

Family Health West in Fruita was recognized for their support to our Reserve Component members with Dennis Ficklin, CEO, signing a Statement of Support.

L-r: Lou Brackett, ESGR Coordinator, Mark Williams, Branch Mgr, Alpine Bank and Tom Oliver, Loan Officer, Alpine Bank.

Alpine Bank of Fruita was recognized for their support by Mark Williams signing a Statement of Support for our Reserve Component members.

a Statement of Support for our Reserve Component members. Your Way Safety and Sign Supply, Inc.

Your Way Safety and Sign Supply, Inc. in Grand Junction was recognized for their support by signing a Statement of Support for our Reserve Component members as well as receiving a Patriot Award after being nominated by one of their employees in uniform.

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April 2011

BUTLERVILLE, Ind., March 14, 2010 -With the Colo National Guard CERFP Decontamination Response Unit Muscatatuck
BUTLERVILLE, Ind., March 14, 2010 -With the Colo National Guard CERFP Decontamination Response
Unit
Muscatatuck Urban Training Center was filled with fire
and smoke for the Army North Homeland Emergency
Response exercise Vibrant Response 11.1, that took
place at the southern Indiana facility March 14-20.
Walking around the col-
lapsed parking garage
built specifically for train-
ing, the voices of the role
-players grabbed the
attention of their rescu-
ers. The role players did
their job well, begging for
medical attention, food
and water from the
Soldiers and Airmen
dressed in their chemical
retardant suits. Some
role players begged the
Controlled fire and
smoke, strategically
placed throughout the
facility, add to the illusion
of the aftermath of a nu-
clear explosion. But what
does an emergency re-
sponse look like after
such a catastrophe?
That's what this exercise
was created to find out
and coordinate.
Members of the Colorado National Guard’s
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear
Enhanced Response Force Package Decontamina-
tion Team practice decontamination following a
mock nuclear blast during Vibrant Response 11.1.
military
contingent to rescue their friends and family.
The Soldiers and Airmen were part of the Colorado
National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological and
Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, Decontamination Unit. It 's a mixed Air and Army
Guard unit in charge of the medical well-being of victims pulled from the rubble of the collapsed parking garage.
"This training is always worthwhile," said Maj. Holger Peters, a biological-environmental engineer with the unit.
"We are put through different scenarios as we train. Even if we have done this kind of training before, the
different role-players and training sites create an entirely different feel to what we do."
The CERFP is responsible for caring for the victims from beginning to end. First, the unit performs a search and
recovery in order to find victims and get them to the treatment site. This task is carried out by personnel whose
entire job relies on knowing how to find people who may be trapped and the tools needed to get them out.
The victims are then walked or transported to a row of medical tents which are placed end to end and tied
together to create one long medical station. After being quickly
signed in and accounted for, the victims are decontaminated.
This step is very important because no matter what they may be
suffering from physically, the chances of survival decrease with
every minute lost or waiting.
The next stop is triage where medical professionals categorize
the victims by medical need. Finally, they are taken to the
medical section for treatment of their wounds.
An entire trip through the tent takes no more than five minutes
as quick response can save lives. It's a task that Peters takes
very seriously.
"We are always further refining our process in order to get better
at what we do," Peters explained. "Muscatatuck has provided an
incredibly realistic training environment and we are taking
advantage of that all we can to help get better with what we do."
A mannequin representing a victim of a nuclear blast
rests against the remains of an over-turned vehicle
as the 85th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Sup-
port Team based in Wyoming checks air quality
during Vibrant Response 11.1
(Click on the picture to the right for the story and more
photos.)

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April 2011

―Colorado’s Freedom Award Nominees Selected‖

The Freedom Award is the highest award an employer can receive from the Department of Defense. Each state and territory submits three nominees to the national ESGR who then conducts the final selection. Employers are selected by category; large business, small business and public sector.

This year 101 Colorado Reserve Component Service Members nominated their employers. Nominees are interviewed and ranked based on the level of support given to the military, the service member and their family.

The Award period is from Mid November through the final selection and award presentation in Washington DC in September of each year. 15 awards are pre- sented each year to employers in three categories, big business, small business and the public sector.

The Colorado Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is proud to congratulate these employers as Colorado’s Freedom Award Nominees.

these employers as Colorado’s Freedom Award Nominees . Large Business (500+ employees) Qwest Communications

Large Business (500+ employees) Qwest Communications Denver

Business (500+ employees) Qwest Communications Denver Small Business (under 500 employees) Martin/Martin

Small Business (under 500 employees) Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers Lakewood

500 employees) Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers Lakewood Public Sector The United States Veterans Health

Public Sector The United States Veterans Health Administration Center Denver

Almost one-half of the U.S. military is comprised of the Guard and Reserve. The Department
Almost one-half of the U.S. military is comprised of the Guard and Reserve. The Department of Defense
shares these citizen warriors with their civilian employers, many of whom provide them outstanding
support. Past recipients of the Freedom Award have been recognized for a broad range of initiatives,
including maintaining Guard and Reserve employees’ full salary, continuing their benefits, and sending
care packages and providing assistance to their families while they are deployed.

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April 2011

STAFF AND CONTACT INFORMATION

 
  Pat O’Flaherty – Staff Director

Pat O’Flaherty Staff Director

720.250.1176

Kathleen Dorram Program Support Manager Kathleen.dorram@us.army.mil

 

About Colorado ESGR

720.250.1195

FAX: 720.250.1199

(In this section is a brief summary of the responsi- bilities of the different directories within Colorado ESGR)

Chandra Hance Program Support Specialist chandra.hance@us.army.mil

720.250.1189

FAX: 720.250.1199

Employer Outreach Directorate

COESGR Business Office 12200 East Briarwood Avenue, Suite 160 Centennial, Co 80112

Outreach Strategic Partnership Program Fulfill the ESGR mission through relationships with industry, civic associations and

ESGR National Office 1555 Wilson Blvd., Suite 200 Arlington, VA 22209 1-800-336-4590 www.ESGR.com

government agencies that act as force multipliers in spreading the ESGR Message.

State ESGR Chair Richard E. Young, RADM, USN (Ret)

State ESGR Vice Chair Tom Mills, Brigadier General, CONG (Ret).

Employer Outreach Objectives

Obtain Statements of Support (SoS) a signed commitment to support the Reserve Components.

meels52@msn.com

COLORADO ESGR DIRECTORS

EMPLOYER OUTREACH AREA CHAIRS

Inform and Educate employers about the Uniformed Services Employment And Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and ESGR.

Military Outreach Mark Craig

Colorado Springs Ron Carlisle roncarlisle@q.com

Joe Ely

Douglas County Area Lorin Ricker dixie@rickernet.us

Fort Collins Robert Fryer robert.fryer@ocio.usda.gov

Employer Outreach Services Proactive:

Employer Outreach Tom Ivory Tivory@aol.com Jack Beattie bea ttiejd@gmail.com

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Employer Outreach - Visits and

identifying employers (Trade Shows,

etc.),

Grand Junction Lou Brackett

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Statements of Support, Employer

Awards, Briefings with the Boss,

Boss Lifts.

Ombudsmen

Bill Belz

Pueblo Harry Vogel

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Building Relationships

Training

Reactive:

Lynn Albi

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Ombudsman Services

Special Programs Kip Cheroutes kcheroutes@ Emgacommuni- cations.com

Speakers Bureau Martin Cobb emarcobb@msn.com

MILITARY OUTREACH AREA CHAIR

Colorado Springs Vacant

NEWSLETTER EDITORS

Training for - Executives, Managers and First line Supervisors

Recognition through- Statements of Sup- port, News Releases, Letters, and Awards.

Human Resource Consulting Services - Education, Mediation, Consultation, Ombudsman Services, Military Leave Policy Advice

James Garrett esgrcolorado@yahoo.com

Public Affairs Iris Fontera IFontera@aol.com

Carolyn Gunther

carolyn.gunther@comcast.net

Colorado’s ESGR Electronic Newsletter is published not only for the information and benefit of the members of the Colorado ESGR but most importantly to our Guard and Reserve members and their employers. The contents of this newsletter highlight activities and events conducted by Colorado ESGR. Send comments regarding this publication to the Newsletter Editor: James Garrett at esgrcolorado@yahoo.com

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April 2011

EVENTS CALENDAR NEW VOLUNTEERS 01 02 16-17 27-28 APRIL Bosslift, Keesler AFB. Biloxi, MS 140th
EVENTS CALENDAR
NEW VOLUNTEERS
01
02
16-17
27-28
APRIL
Bosslift, Keesler AFB. Biloxi, MS
140th TFW Newcomer’s Brief
88 RSC Yellow Ribbon, Denver Hyatt
Regency
Bosslift, Ft Carson, CO
30
135th AV Bn, Pre-Mobilization
12-15
15
21
23-25
MAY
HQ ESGR Advanced Ombudsman
Course, Chicago, IL
USMC Family Day, Buckley AFB
COESGR Volunteer Conference,
APAC, Denver
Military Veterans Employment
Initiative, Jefferson County Fair
grounds (Tentative)
JUNE
11
Employer Awards Banquet
21-24
JULY
Basic Ombudsman Training Course,
Seattle, WA
AV Bn = Aviation Battalion
RC= Reserve Component
RSC= Regional Support Command (USAR)
TFW = Tactical Fighter Wing
Brian Bartony - Littleton
Jack Beattie - Denver
Robert Brazell - Boulder
Jerry Bryant - Colorado Springs
Ron Carlisle - Colorado Springs
Timothy DeRamus - Castle Rock
Elaine Edon - Denver
Sherma Erholm - Denver
Robert Fryer - Ft Collins
Lawrence Gabel - Denver
Bill Holen - Aurora
Brian Ivers - Ft Collins
Darrell Kinchelow - Denver
Wes Love - Lakewood
Scott Mace - Castle Rock
Kelly Mazezka - Littleton
Harry Owens -
Barbara Panagulis - Aurora
David Popham - Grand Junction
Ann Rennie - Denver
Bob Rotruck - Castle Rock
Bev Skinner - Golden
Tom Slusarchyk - Ft Collins
Armando Telles - Denver
National
Reserve Components
Colorado ESGR
Committee Points
88,995
On active duty as of 8 Mar 11
3,415
800,844
Mobilized since 01 Sept 2001
Colorado Employers of RC
members
1,318,648 Total Reserve as of 31 Dec 10
13,423
24%
US forces deployed outside
the US and territories for
contingency operations were
Reserve Component as of 31
Dec 2010
Total Reserve Component
members in Colorado
1,654
SoS Signed To date (Since
3/2009)
2,472
Volunteer Hours FY11
Click On These Important Links
Tips for Employers- http://www.esgr.org/site/Resources/TipsforEmployers.aspx
Employer Resource Guide— http://www.esgr.org/site/Resources/EmployerResourceGuide.aspx
Employer FAQ - http://www.esgr.org/site/Resources/FAQforEmployers.aspx
Employer Factsheet - http://www.esgr.org/site/Resources/EmployerFactsheet.aspx
USERRA Training 101 - http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/Userra101/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/userra101/default.aspx
USERRA Training 102 - http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/Userra102/login.aspx?
USERRA Assistance Request Online - http://www.esgr.org/site/Contact/CustomerServiceCenter.aspx
DOL/VETS - http://www.dol.gov/vets/

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April 2011

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The Employment Initiative Program (EIP)
Click link for more information on the program

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Hiring a service member makes good business sense. These are disciplined and skilled workers who display pride, leadership and professionalism in what they do. They understand the mission of their civilian jobs and make it a priority to get results, all while displaying a strong work ethic.

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