The Delaware Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held its annual Delaware Employer Recognition Banquet on Aug. 2 at the Dover Downs Conference Center.

The ESGR event recognized civilian employers who provide significant support to employees that serve in the National Guard and Reserves. Maj. Gen. Carol A. Timmons, adjutant general of the Delaware National Guard, and Col. Craig C. Peters, 512th Airlift wing commander at Dover Air Force Base, were guest speakers.

“Every year the business community in Delaware is recognized when it comes to supporting our men and women in uniform and this year we had several outstanding organizations with a passion for this type of incredible service to our military,” said Gary Stockbridge, state chair of the Delaware ESGR committee. “The support they provide goes a long way in allowing our men and women of the National Guard and Reserves to execute their mission knowing their employer has their back and is there for their family. Employers also recognize and support our veterans, as they transition from military to civilian careers. We cannot thank all of the employers enough for all they do.”

ESGR Awards range from the Patriot Awards given to individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating service member and his or her family, to the Pro Patria and Extraordinary Employer Award given to businesses that are at the top tier in supporting our Service Members and, in the case of the Extraordinary Employer, are able to show sustained performance as the “best of the best.”

The 2018 Delaware ESGR Award winners included various Delaware businesses representing private and public organizations.

The Above and Beyond Award went to Mission BBQ, small, and W.L. Gore & Associates, large, in New Castle County; and Walmart Distribution, large, and Kent County Superior Court, public, in Kent County.

The Seven Seals Award went to J.F. Sobieski Mechanical Contractors Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Company and ESGR volunteer Richard Ruben.

Freedom Award nominees were EDiS Company, First State Electric, JP Morgan, Wilmington Police Department, Veterans Administration Medical Center, W.L. Gore & Associates and New Castle County Special Services. Freedom Award Semifinalists were EDiS Company, W.L. Gore & Associates, Bloom Energy and New Castle County Special Services.

Pro Patria Awards went to Bloom Energy and Sallie Mae.

The Extraordinary Employer Award went to New Castle County Government.

In addition to the above ESGR awards this year, Wastemasters Solutions, small business, and Delmarva Power, large business, were awarded the Joint Military Affairs Committees Warrior Friendly Award for their ongoing efforts towards hiring, training and promoting service members, veterans and their families. This award is sponsored by the Delaware State, New Castle County and Central Delaware Chambers of Commerce and awarded via their Joint Military Affairs Committees.

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