Gov. Ricketts Touts State Support for Guard, Reserve Members
Taylor Gage, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970
Bill Nelson, ESGR, 402-309-7303
Lt. Col. Kevin Hynes, National Guard, 402-432-4138
Photos and ESGR statement here.
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a statement of support reaffirming the State of Nebraska’s commitment to state employees serving in military reserve units. Representatives from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and state agencies, as well as state employees serving in reserve units, joined the Governor for a signing ceremony at the State Capitol.
“As someone who has hired reserve and retired military members, I can personally attest that the leadership skills and loyalty of our servicemen and women are a huge asset not only to state government, but to any organization,” said Governor Ricketts. “It is an honor to sign this statement today reaffirming the State of Nebraska’s support for our employees who serve in National Guard and Reserve units.”
At the ceremony, the Governor noted that numerous other organizations across Nebraska have signed similar statements of support. A copy of the statement can be found here.
"The signing of a Statement of Support by Governor Ricketts provides tangible evidence of Nebraska State Government's advocacy for employee's participation in the National Guard and Reserve,” said Nebraska ESGR Chair Paul Cohen. “Our nation and our state need the men and women in our reserve component, but they would not be able to successfully train and serve without the employers' understanding and support."
Several of the Governor’s cabinet members joined him at the news conference to show support for the guard and reserve unit members working in their agencies.
"The strength of any reserve component is directly related to the strength of the reserve component member's relationship with their unit, their employer, and their family,” said Nebraska National Guard Adjutant General Daryl Bohac. “All three must be strong in order for the member and the unit to be successful. Today we are focusing on the strength of the relationship with the employer and I am proud to say that we enjoy strong support from our employers and that is due in part to the great work by Nebraska's committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve led by Brig Gen (ret) Paul Cohen."
A full listing of organizations in Nebraska and across the nation that have signed statements of support for their employees serving in National Guard and Reserve units can be found on the ESGR’s website by clicking here.
The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve. The intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Nation’s Guard and Reserve units.
The first Statement of Support was signed December 13, 1972, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the Chairman of the Board of General Motors. President Richard Nixon was the first President to sign a Statement of Support, and in 2005 every Federal Cabinet Secretary and all Federal agencies signed a Statement of Support to signify their continuing efforts to be model employers. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees.