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Aug. 19-23 is Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week

LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Monday signed a proclamation designating Aug. 19-23, 2019 as Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.

The proclamation recognizes the services of the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, the Army Reserve, the Air Force Reserve, the Navy Reserve, the Marine Corps Reserve, and the Coast Guard Reserve “who are on the frontlines of securing the nation’s security and safety.”

Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios, ESGR State Committee chair Donald Clark, sitting third from left, and ESGR vice chairman Benny Paulino, second from left, pose with Army reservists and members of the community after the signing of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week program on Monday in the governor’s conference room.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioLt. Gov. Arnold Palacios, ESGR State Committee chair Donald Clark, sitting third from left, and ESGR vice chairman Benny Paulino, second from left, pose with Army reservists and members of the community after the signing of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week program on Monday in the governor’s conference room. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

According to ESGR State Committee chair Donald Clark, they also recognize employers for providing employment to reservists.

“The thousands of men and women who have served and who currently serve in the Guam Guard and Reserve/CNMI Reserve continue a tradition of service, nobility, and heroism,” the proclamation stated.

“Our pride in our nation shows as we have the highest membership per capita anywhere in the United States. As a community, we have to come together to support them for their courage and sacrifices,” the proclamation added.

“There is a large presence of reservists here in the CNMI and we are trying to bring awareness to the employers of these reservists and thank them for being patriotic and being supportive for letting their employees serve our nation,” Clark said in an interview.

The CNMI has about 100 Army reservists, according to ESGR vice chair Benny Paulino.

Clark said reservists bring a lot of skills and talents to an employer because of their military training.

“They have leadership skills and organizational skills. They are drug-free and physically fit. These qualities are very valuable to the employers because that is the kind of employees that they like,” he added.

Clark lauded the employers for making sacrifice whenever their employees receive military training or are deployed for military service. “The employers are required by law to let them go and perform their duties,” he added.

He said reservists, for their part, have to juggle civilian work, military service and family.

One of the missions of ESGR, Clark said, is to provide assistance to employers and employees by making them understand their rights and what is required by law.

“The CNMI has very supportive employers,” Clark added. “There are states that have employers that give their employees a hard time to decide to put on their uniform.”

Many servicemembers face tough economic times when they return from their active duty and deployment, Clark said. “So it is important to ensure they have a job when they return.”

ESGR is an agency of the Department of Defense that supports the National Guard and Reserve members.