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167th Airlift Wing hosts ESGR Bosslift event

Participants of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift at the 167th Airlift Wing board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. Nearly 50 employers spent the day at the wing to learn about the unit mission, tour the base and fly in a C-17. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Participants of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift at the 167th Airlift Wing board a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. Nearly 50 employers spent the day at the wing to learn about the unit mission, tour the base and fly in a C-17. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. John Ratcliffe and Tech. Sgt. Mark Darlington, loadmaster for the 167th Operations Group, brief emergency procedures to passengers on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. Nearly 50 employers flew on the C-17 as part of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the unit.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. John Ratcliffe and Tech. Sgt. Mark Darlington, loadmaster for the 167th Operations Group, brief emergency procedures to passengers on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. Nearly 50 employers flew on the C-17 as part of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the unit. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Employers participating in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the 167th Airlift Wing, Nov. 9, 2021, wait for take-off on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Participants toured the Martinsburg, West Virginia air base and learned about the mission of the unit as well as the ESGR during the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Employers participating in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the 167th Airlift Wing, Nov. 9, 2021, wait for take-off on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. Participants toured the Martinsburg, West Virginia air base and learned about the mission of the unit as well as the ESGR during the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Larsen, a loadmaster for the 167th Operations Group, presents Melissa Frye his boss at his civilian employment, with the Patriot Award during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. The Patriot Award recognizes the support given to Guard and Reserve members by their civilian employer. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Larsen, a loadmaster for the 167th Operations Group, presents Melissa Frye his boss at his civilian employment, with the Patriot Award during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. The Patriot Award recognizes the support given to Guard and Reserve members by their civilian employer. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jon Alexander, 167th Maintenance Squadron commander, responds to questions from participants of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. Nearly 50 employers spent the day at the unit, where they learned about the unit’s mission as well as the mission of the ESGR. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jon Alexander, 167th Maintenance Squadron commander, responds to questions from participants of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. Nearly 50 employers spent the day at the unit, where they learned about the unit’s mission as well as the mission of the ESGR. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Glennon, an aircraft metals technician for the 167th Maintenance Group, talks about the work he does to support the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. Nearly 50 employers spent the day at the unit, where they learned about the unit’s mission as well as the mission of the ESGR. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Thomas Glennon, an aircraft metals technician for the 167th Maintenance Group, talks about the work he does to support the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift event at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9, 2021. Nearly 50 employers spent the day at the unit, where they learned about the unit’s mission as well as the mission of the ESGR. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --

Nearly fifty employers from the tri-state region participated in the West Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Nov. 9.

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers. The intent of the Bosslift is to help employers better understand what their employees do during military service.

“ESGR has been an integral part of Airmen and employer relations for nearly 50 years, and we are honored to support their efforts with events such as the Bosslift,” said Brig. Gen David Cochran, West Virginia National Guard Assistant Adjutant General – Air. “The Bosslift event provides an opportunity for all of us to build relationships, and gain insights into the challenges of our citizen Airmen’s commitment to serving and their employer’s commitment to supporting them.”

After an introduction to the 167th Airlift Wing mission and the role of the ESGR, the Bosslift participants were processed through the 167th small air terminal and then bussed to the aircraft ramp. They watched as cargo was loaded on a C-17 Globemaster aircraft and then they boarded the aircraft for an hour-long flight. After the flight, participants toured other areas of the base at Shepherd Field to include a maintenance hangar, the fire department, aircraft control tower and the flight simulator building.

During the lunch break, Tech. Sgt. Timothy Larson, a loadmaster for the 167th Airlift Squadron, presented the Patriot Award to Melissa Frye, his boss at General Dynamics. Larson, who deployed on short notice to support the Afghanistan evacuation efforts in August, was shown a great level of support from Frye and his chain of command at General Dynamics, he said.

“I thought it appropriate when I return that I recognize the support I was given and the efforts they took to not only pass off my job duties while I was away but then also check on my health and wellbeing while I was away and then incorporate myself back into the work flow as soon as I returned,” Larson said.

Airmen can nominate their employer for the Patriot Award to recognize their efforts made to support them in various ways such as offering flexible work schedules or granting leaves of absence.

“We often speak of our organization as a Guard Family.  The employers of our Airmen are a vital part of the family; without their support our mission would fail,” Cochran said.