By Pfc. Andrew S. Valles, 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Public Affairs OfficeSeptember 17, 2010
CAMP BULLIS, Texas - As many others started off their day with memories of Patriot Day, September 11, a group of employers met at Fort Sam Houston, TX to take part another memorable event. The 4th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, along with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) hosted a "Boss Lift" event to provide employers/supervisors the opportunity to better understand what their Army Reserve employees do when they are away from their civilian occupation for military duty.
The ESGR is a U.S. Department of Defense organization that was chartered in 1972. Their mission is to gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve.
Saturday, 10 employers were afforded the opportunity to travel to Camp Bullis, TX via UH-60 "Black Hawk" helicopters. As they prepared to get on the helicopters, you could see the anticipation and excitement for this new experience.
"I didn't know what to expect," said David Kimball, executive with USAA. "It is amazing to see what these Soldiers go through." Kimball is Maj. Tim Vilter, senior financial analyst officer for the 4th ESC support operations, supervisor.
Once at Camp Bullis the employers saw firsthand the type of training their employees must do as part of their continuous military training. These Warrior Task and Battle Drills include Combat Life Saver training and weapons qualifications. The employer and employee were even able to partake in military style lunch - MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat).
"It is nice to see how our Soldiers train and prepare for combat and defending our freedom," said Josh Carmen, director for Harbour Hospice. "He's [Spc. Alfonso Orocio, 4th ESC chaplain assistant] a great employee. I hired him because of his organization, discipline, and professionalism. I know he got a lot of that from the Army Reserve"
Because today Army Reserve Soldiers are continuously engaged across the globe and could be called at any given moment, the 4th ESC ensures their Soldiers are abreast of all new training available.