By Monica Lujan, Member Services Director. Photos courtesy of ESRG Public Relations.

Individuals who serve in the military may sometimes find it difficult to complete their duty while working for a civilian organization. This is not the case at ERB. ERB encourages and respects those who participate in the National Guard and Reserves by putting support structures into place for staff members while they answer the call of duty for our nation.

Monica Lujan in an UH-60 Blackhawk.

Petty Officer First Class Monica Lujan in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

Each year a Bosslift – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESRG) event is held as an employer appreciation event to recognize and thank employers for their outstanding support to our military and community. The Patriot Award is given to employers who meet the award criteria. Additionally, the Bosslift – ESRG allows employers of military personnel to gain a better understanding of the types of missions and training required of Service Members.

This year Petty Officer First Class (PO1) Monica Lujan nominated ERB for the Patriot Award. As a result of the nomination and in acknowledgment of ERB, Mr. Esquibel and PO1 Lujan recently attended Bosslift – ESRG at Kirtland Airforce Base to accept the Patriot Award.

The 2023 event consisted of a flight in a UH-60 Blackhawk, viewing military displays, and an appreciation luncheon.

Patriot Award presented to NMERB Deputy Director Lawrence Esquibel [center] by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on February 17, 2023.

ERB is honored to have been acknowledged at this event and to champion our staff throughout their commitment to the National Guard and Reserves.