RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Adam Pittman, the owner of Computerbilities, Inc. of Raleigh, was honored Dec. 15 with the Patriot Award for his support of Sgt. Justin Rowley, 492nd Signal Company, U.S. Army Reserve. The ceremony was hosted by ESGR volunteer, Griff Bartlett.
“This is a small company, but Adam always went out of his way to make adjustments for my service,” said Rowley. “I know it was difficult for the business but he made it work and I really appreciate it.”
The Patriot Award recognizes individual managers nominated by an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve for support provided directly to the nominating Service Member. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence of needed.
During the presentation Adam Pittman said “I appreciate what Justin and all our Service members do and just try to help by doing what I can.” Pittman also signed a Statement of Support during the ceremony.
The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve. The intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Nation’s Guard and Reserve units.
“Organizations like Computerbilities, Inc. recognize the extraordinary value Guard and Reserve employees bring to the workplace,” said North Carolina ESGR Committee Chair Ron Bogle. “Hiring National Guard and Reserve members is not just the right thing to do; it is the smart business thing to do.”
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
More information regarding ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, is available at www.ESGR.mil or by calling Darrell Johnson at 984-664-6902 or email [email protected]. Also, you can follow the North Carolina ESGR Committee on Twitter @NC_ESGR or Facebook at www.facebook.com/ESGRNC.
Pictured left to right; Sgt. Justin Rowley, US Army Reserve, Adam Pittman, Computerbilities, Inc. and Griff Bartlett, ESGR