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