Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Dunbar Armored Ink Their Support

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  • By Tech. Sgt. David Speicher
  • 175th Wing Public Affairs
Dunbar Armored showed their support of military employees by signing a statement of support with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at their headquarters in Hunt Valley, Md.

"The statement of support is to reinforce to the employer that they are taking care of their employees," said William Hensel, executive director of the Maryland ESGR and a retired Lt. Col. with the Maryland Air National Guard.

ESGR is a Department of Defense agency whose mission is to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value their military employees. ESGR educates the employers about their employee's rights who leave their civilian employment to perform their military training whether it is drill weekends, annual training, schooling or deployments. These rights are covered by the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act.

According to Hensel, when a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine calls with a problem with their civilian employer regarding their military service, an ESGR member will contact the employer to discuss the military member's rights under the federal law.

If the ESGR cannot resolve the issue, the Guardsman or Reservist will be advised of what procedures are involved in filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor.

Airman 1st Class Brandon Wilson from the 175th Maintenance Squadron was one of three Dunbar employees present for the statement of support signing.

Dunbar Armored is known for going above and beyond in supporting their employees that serve in the reserve components. "I wish all Maryland companies would put forth the same efforts that Dunbar does," said Hensel. Dunbar Armored is one 2000 Maryland employers of Guard and Reserve members.