RALEIGH, N.C. – The award is as simple as it is elegant; Pro Patria, from the Latin “for country,” etched into stone beneath a bronze eagle’s wings. Three North Carolina employers lived up to award’s motto with their commitment to our nation’s Guard and Reserve forces.
North Carolina Employer Support of Guard and Reserve honored Advanced Imaging Syste, Laboratory Corporation of America and the North Carolina Community College System with the “Pro Patria” award for exceptional support for national defense by making it easier for their employees to serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
The Department of Defense created ESGR to promote cooperation and understanding between Guard and Reserve members and their civilian employers.
“Our employers value the commitment of our Guard and Reserve members,” said Darrell Johnson, NCESGR executive director.
The NCESGR Annual Employer Recognition Banquet was held March 9 at the North
Raleigh Hilton for the “Pro Patria” award winners and other business leaders from across the state representing businesses ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to hometown construction companies.
Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Carver, a North Carolina Air Guard officer who moderated the event, thanked the employers for making it possible for their employees to serve.
“Without the support of our employers it would be impossible for the North Carolina National Guard to fight,” said Carver.
Each year N.C. Guardsmen and members of the Army, Navy, Marine or Coast Guard Reserve recognize their particular employer for their support while a service member is deployed for training, state and/or federal duty.
“AIS is a small business operating on a limited staff and their support has been unwavering,” said Army 1st Lt. Mathew Hanks, an AIS employee and NCNG aviator.
Companies whose policies go beyond legal requirements for Guard and Reserve members received “The State Chairman’s Above and Beyond Award.” The prestigious award was presented to: Articulon; AT&T; Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office; Brawley Construction Company; Carolinas HealthCare System; Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System; City of Monroe Police Department; City of Mount Airy Police Department; Crothall Healthcare Services; Daimler Trucks of North America; Department of Veterans Affairs; Environmental Air Systems; Fred Smith Company; GalxoSmithKline; Gregory Poole, Inc.; Information Technology Services; JRS Brokerage & Construction; Lowes Companies; LTM, Inc.; Mayer Electric Supply; Moss-Marlow Building Company; SharedVue; SRA International, Inc.; Target; Teleflex Medical; US Airways; United States Postal Inspection Service; United States Postal Service and Walmart.
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