In what has become an Arizona Chapter tradition, the chapter pioneered in Arizona the hosting of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to honor local employers who have provided exceptional support for their employees called to active duty. These awards are given to employers who go above and beyond the legal requirements to support their Guard and Reserve employees in pay, benefits, family support, communication with deployed employees and other activities. Those honored are nominated by one of their employees serving in the military.
Above and Beyond Award
The “Above and Beyond Award” is given in limited numbers by state and territory ESGR committees. It recognizes employers at the state and local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty by their employees.
The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard conducts an awards program designed to recognize employers who support a strong National Guard and Reserve force. Employers qualify for recognition when they practice leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.
Seven Seals Award
This award, depicting the heraldry seals of the seven military services, is given at the discretion of the Arizona ESGR chairman. It recognizes meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve. It is presented to a citizen, business, or organization, whose supportive actions have benefited all of the Reserve Components in a significant manner. Recipients of this award do not necessarily employ Reservists, but have demonstrated outstanding support, commitment, and extreme patriotism to the United States military.