‘Extraordinary support’ for employee serving in military earns recognition

By Greg Peck, volunteer
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, recently presented Chuckawalla Valley State Prison Deputy Chief Warden Charles Callahan and Lt. Maria Mireles with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of their employee, Staff Sgt. Jason Taber, who is serving in the U.S. Army Reserve.

From left are Chuckawalla Valley State Prison Lt. Maria Mireles, Warden Kimberly Seibel and Deputy Chief Warden Charles Callahan.

From left are Chuckawalla Valley State Prison Lt. Maria Mireles, Warden Kimberly Seibel and Deputy Chief Warden Charles Callahan.

“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,” said Andy Wiktorowicz, California ESGR state chair. “Callahan and Mireles were nominated for being highly supportive of the USAR by Reserve Component employee, Staff Sgt. Jason Taber. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Wiktorowicz said it’s a win-win situation for the prison and the employee.

“Chuckawalla Valley State Prison shows how employees, who are members of the Guard and Reserve, can use their military skills and experiences to support their employers. Taber recommended the Patriotic Employer Award to Mireles and Callahan for their support,” he said. “Taber is periodically released from his duties as a Lieutenant at the prison to attend military job fairs. At the job fairs he uses his affiliation in the U.S. Army Reserve to gain credence with job applicants and thereby improves the hiring rate of his employer. Chuckawalla Valley State Prison gears its hiring to transitioning service members, veterans and reservists as they understand the value  those with a military background bring to the work force.”

What is ESGR?

ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.