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Of 83 Reservists in NMI, 51 are employed

RETIRED educator Rita A. Sablan, Ed.D., an outreach volunteer with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, said there are 83 Reservists in the CNMI, and of this number, 51 are employed.

Sablan discussed the CNMI’s efforts and accomplishments when it comes to showing support for its servicemembers during the ESGR annual planning and training session on Saturday and Sunday at the Fiesta Resort.

About 20 volunteers from Guam and the CNMI, including Sablan, attended the meeting.

Her presentation highlighted the CNMI’s support for the members of the National Guard and Reservists.

Dr. Rita Sablan, right, and other  Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve volunteers.

She said there have been 45 statements of support from various employers in the CNMI; Aug. 15 to 17 is also celebrated as ESGR Week in the commonwealth; and the House and the Senate have adopted resolutions in support of ESGR’s efforts.

Sablan said U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan invited servicemembers to participate in the Veterans Resource Fair to learn about the military resources available to them.

In an interview, Dr. Rita A. Sablan said she is happy with the collaboration going on right now between the private and public sectors to support servicemembers in the CNMI.

Dr. Sablan said 29 employers in the public and private sectors have hired reservists.

“Our role as ESGR volunteers is to make sure there is continued collaboration between servicemembers and employers,” she added.

Dr. Sablan, who has been a volunteer with ESGR for six years now, noted that some local servicemembers have been hired as classroom teachers, principals or counselors.

“We are happy that they are able to work with our children. We need more teachers and it’s so good to see the servicemembers sharing their talents with our students and teaching our children.”

Donald Clark, second left, with  David Sablan and other participants of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s annual planning and training session at Fiesta Resort on Saturday.  Photos by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

In a separate interview, Donald Clark, ESGR chair for Guam and the CNMI, said they conduct planning and training sessions every year. He said they also communicate with various volunteer employers in Guam and the CNMI to educate them about the importance of supporting National Guard members and Reservists.

“We want to send a strong message to employers and the rest of the community to support what our Reservists and other servicemembers do. Employers must understand that our servicemembers are protected by law and that they have the right to be employed after performing their duty. If they are employed and then called to duty the employers must allow them to serve, and must then hire them back when they are done with their duty,” Clark said.

ESGR is “a Department of Defense agency that promotes public and private understanding of the National Guard and Reserve in order to gain employer and community support.” ESGR is “comprised of a community-based volunteer network of over 4,500 members, who serve on 54 committees (in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), implementing employer-support programs within their local communities.”