SCC among Nebraska employers honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support

Milford Campus presented with ESGR Award
Ed Koster, center, vice president for technology/Milford Campus director, accepts the award on behalf of SCC and the Milford Campus from Walt Zink, Nebraska ESGR State Chair. Others are, from left: Major General Daryl Bohac, Adjutant General, Nebraska; Paul Mock, ESGR National Chair; and Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Blake, ESGR Regional Deputy Director, Central Region.

Southeast Community College was one of 24 Nebraska employers honored recently for its support of employees who serve in the Nebraska National Guard and Reserve.

The Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, honored the employers March 21 at an awards banquet at the Marriott Omaha.

“These awards were 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 Major General (Retired) Walter E. Zink, II, Nebraska ESGR state chair. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Ed Koster, vice president for technology and Milford Campus director at SCC, accepted an ESGR Seven Seals Award for 2014 on behalf of the College and, specifically, the Milford Campus. Loran Stara, SSgt., United States Air Force, is an instructor in SCC’s Building Construction Technology program. He is a First Sergeant in the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group.

The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by ESGR and is presented at the discretion of the state chair or by ESGR senior leadership. The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,700 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the nation on a daily basis.

Stara, who deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates toward the end of 2014, is a member of the 577 Expeditionary Prime BEEF Squadron, which provides construction support for projects.

Other recipients of the ESGR Seven Seals Award: Box Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Alliance; Atomic Bombshells, Omaha; Centris Federal Credit Union, Omaha; City of Scottsbluff; Inland Truck Parts and Service, Lincoln; Oakley Vault Store, Gretna; and Plattsmouth Emergency Medical Services, Plattsmouth.

Recipients of the ESGR Pro Patria Award: Werner Enterprises, Omaha; Beatrice Public Schools, Beatrice; and Doane College, Crete.

Recipients of the ESGR Above and Beyond Award: A to Z Radon Solutions, Lincoln; ACI Worldwide, Elkhorn; Ash Grove Cement, Louisville; Capital Business Systems, Inc, Omaha; DNA Genetics, Columbus; Douglas County Attorney’s Office, Omaha; Mill-Tel, Inc., Lincoln; Nebraska Public Power, Columbus; Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant, Fort Calhoun; Pepperjax Grill, Omaha; RMH Franchise, Inc, Lincoln; Child and Family Services Division, DHHS, Lincoln; and Grand Island VA, Grand Island.

These employers 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. 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.

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu