ESGR Boss Lift brings employers to Fort Pickett

A Soldier from the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provides an orientation to the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System during an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift June 8, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

A Soldier from the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provides an orientation to the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System during an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift June 8, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)

FORT PICKETT, Va. — Civilian business leaders learn about some of the capabilities of the Virignia National Guard during an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift, June 8, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Aviation crews from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 91st Troop Command transported the employers from Roanoke and Richmond to Fort Pickett where they were greeted by Brig. Gen. Lapthe C. Flora, Assistant Adjutant General – Strategic Initiatives, and Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett Garrison commander, then visited several units conducting two weeks of annual training.

“National Guard members make great employees for any company of any size,” Flora said. “They are the best value for employers because Soldiers and Airmen received regular leadership training while honing their character traits on and off the battlefield courtesy of the Army and Air Force. Their hands on oriented training and combat experiences results in a matured, mission focused and value oriented employee where teamwork and character are non-negotiable. The National Guard is the best kept secret institution in our country where it produces not only the most productive employees but patriotic Americans as well.”

Flora explained that the Guard has become a vital part of the defense strategy of the United State, and it can’t win major war without the National Guard.

“The National Guard Citizen Soldier and Citizen Airmen concept requires three essential elements in order for it to work efficiently: the Soldiers and Airmen themselves, their families and their employers. If one is missing and weak the entire platform will crumble. Therefore the support of employers to the National Guard is essential to our national defense.”

Soldiers from the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team provided an orientation to the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System as well as the M240 machine gun.

Employers visited the site where Soldiers from the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command were replacing culverts in the Fort Pickett maneuver training area.

Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group provided an orientation to weapons systems while they were conducting crew served weapons qualification.

ESGR is a Department of Defense office which promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component service members and their civilian employers and assists in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. The Boss Lift was an opportunity for employers of Guardsmen and Reservists to see first-hand what their employees do in their military careers.