ESGR Award

Terry Van Dyke Awarded the ESGR Award

We would like to congratulate J.A. King employee Terry Van Dyke on receiving the Patriotic Employer Award presented to him and J.A. King from the Department of Defense.

This award recognizes Supervisors and Companies that demonstrate above and beyond support to our military with regards to hiring and accommodating their extended service duties. The award was presented on April 21st by retired Colonel Don Bradley in Decherd, TN, with the Nissan Senior leadership team present.


“ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,900 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.

ESGR has served our country for more than 40 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of Reserve Component members, their families and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state and local government and professional trade organizations as together, We All Serve!

Recognizing supportive employers is vital to ESGR’s mission.  ESGR’s 54 State Committees actively promote awards as a key element in furthering employer support, while strengthening relationships between service members and employers. DoD awards honor the sacrifices made by so many employers year after year.”

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