Gov. Jack Dalrymple today recognized employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve as members of the North Dakota National Guard and Reserve. The Governor addressed business leaders and Guard and Reserve members at a "Lunch with the Boss" event hosted by North Dakota's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
Dalrymple recognized North Dakota's employers for supporting their employees who have served over the past 10 years in the Global War on Terrorism, and most recently, those who served in this year's statewide flood fight. He commended employers for valuing the military service of their employees and for their visionary practices and policies that support Guard and Reserve members.
"Whether defending freedom in foreign lands or protecting levees here at home, our men and women of the North Dakota National Guard and Reserve have done an outstanding job in service to our state and nation," Dalrymple said. "That service would not have been possible without the support of North Dakota's employers who stand by their employees and encourage participation in the Guard and Reserve. When employees serve, their employers serve too, and for that, we are grateful."
Several North Dakota employers received the ESGR Patriot Award and the Above and Beyond Award. Others were recognized for being nominated for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, the nation's highest recognition given to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson were recognized for being named finalists in the selection process for the national award. Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson also received the ESGR's Pro Patria Award for their exceptional support and leadership.
ESGR is a U.S. Department of Defense organization that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees.