Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced today Calvert County Sheriff’s Office was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
 “The ESGR Above and Beyond Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve, said Jean Hulet, Maryland ESGR state chair. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Many employers provide support far beyond what USERRA requires to include pay differential to offset the loss of wages, and extension of health care benefits which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized.
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is the primary law enforcement agency for Calvert County. Their mission is to protect and serve the citizens by enforcing the laws of the land.
ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce. 
For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.
Photo caption: Left to right:  Captain Todd Ireland, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office; Senior Chief James Wanlgren, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office; Jean Hulet, Maryland ESGR State Chair; and Sam Peebles, Maryland ESGR Vice Chair.