Honoring her exceptional support
Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) presented its Patriotic Employer Award to Lisa Hild, who oversees registration at Cumberland Medical Center, for her exceptional support of Sharon Crockett.
“I have worked with Lisa for 21 years,” shared Sharon Crockett. “My husband, Dale, has served in several deployments over the years, and Lisa is always extraordinarily supportive. I am grateful to work with someone that understands the needs of our family, and I’m honored to see her receive this special recognition.”
ESGR recognizes supportive employers through such awards as the Patriot Award presented to Lisa Hild. The award recognizes Hild for her support of Sharon Crockett while her husband, Command Sergeant Major Dale Crockett, is deployed with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee Army National Guard. Tennessee currently has more than 18,000 reserve component service members in more than 350 units.
Crockett entered Hild to be considered for the award. Upon presentation of it, she shared that during her husband’s first deployment to Iraq in 2004, she was just returning to work and their daughter was only four months of age. She applauded Hild for her exemplary support through the years.
The pressure of more training and deployments can cause friction between employers and their employees who are service members. ESGR provides awareness of the rights and responsibilities of applicable laws to both reserve component service members and employers. Also, through trained ombudsmen ESGR helps to resolve conflicts between employers and employees related to reserve training and deployments.
ESGR is a program of the Department of Defense. ESGR’s role is to promote cooperation and understanding between private and public companies and their employees who are also members of reserve components of the U.S. military. These reserve components include the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Naval Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, and Coast Guard Reserve. Reserve components have always played a role in national defense, but now more than 40 percent of the U.S. military is contained in reserve component units. That means reserve units are now being called upon for more and longer training and more deployments with active component units.
For more information about ESGR and its awards visit www.esgr.mil.
Pictured above left to right: Stewart Reeve, Tennessee Military Outreach Director; Lisa Hild, CMC Registration Manager; Sharon Crockett; and April VonAchen, CMC Chief Financial Officer.