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Arizona, New Mexico employers participate in Joint Boss Lift

Employers from New Mexico and Arizona pose for a group photo Nov. 7, 2012, in front of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., prior to taking off for San Diego for a Joint Boss Lift with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The ESGR’s mission is to help develop and promote employer support of the Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

Employers from New Mexico and Arizona pose for a group photo Nov. 7, 2012, in front of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., prior to taking off for San Diego for a Joint Boss Lift with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The ESGR’s mission is to help develop and promote employer support of the Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

A KC-135 from the Arizona Air National Guard refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II from the Idaho Air National Guard Nov. 7, 2012, en route to San Diego as part of a Joint Boss Lift with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

A KC-135 from the Arizona Air National Guard refuels an A-10 Thunderbolt II from the Idaho Air National Guard Nov. 7, 2012, en route to San Diego as part of a Joint Boss Lift with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

In addition to viewing the Arizona Air National Guard’s refueling capability, attendees also learned about the U.S. Coast Guard’s 11 missions and toured several of their boats. Station San Diego conducts maritime law enforcement, enforcing federal law including but not limited to recreational and commercial regulations, illegal immigration, and drug enforcement from the U.S. border with Mexico to as far north as San Mateo Pt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

In addition to viewing the Arizona Air National Guard’s refueling capability, attendees also learned about the U.S. Coast Guard’s 11 missions and toured several of their boats. Station San Diego conducts maritime law enforcement, enforcing federal law including but not limited to recreational and commercial regulations, illegal immigration, and drug enforcement from the U.S. border with Mexico to as far north as San Mateo Pt. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

The 161st Air Refueling Wing provided transportation via the KC-135 Stratotanker and gave 50 employers from Arizona and New Mexico the opportunity to see refueling of an A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-22 Raptor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

The 161st Air Refueling Wing provided transportation via the KC-135 Stratotanker and gave 50 employers from Arizona and New Mexico the opportunity to see refueling of an A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-22 Raptor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

The 161st Air Refueling Wing provided transportation via the KC-135 Stratotanker and gave 50 employers from Arizona and New Mexico the opportunity to see refueling of an A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-22 Raptor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

The 161st Air Refueling Wing provided transportation via the KC-135 Stratotanker and gave 50 employers from Arizona and New Mexico the opportunity to see refueling of an A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-22 Raptor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 (HSC-85) Firehawks is a United States Navy Reserve helicopter squadron based at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. Employers from Arizona and New Mexico learned about the squadron's unique reserve mission in providing aviation support to U.S. special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 (HSC-85) Firehawks is a United States Navy Reserve helicopter squadron based at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. Employers from Arizona and New Mexico learned about the squadron's unique reserve mission in providing aviation support to U.S. special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

Employers from Arizona and New Mexico tour the U.S. Navy's USS Sterett (DDG-104), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, during a Joint Boss Lift Nov. 8, 2012, in San Diego. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

Employers from Arizona and New Mexico tour the U.S. Navy's USS Sterett (DDG-104), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, during a Joint Boss Lift Nov. 8, 2012, in San Diego. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

Arizona and New Mexico employers attended a Marine Corps graduation ceremony Nov. 9, 2012, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. More than 21,000 recruits are trained there every year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

Arizona and New Mexico employers attended a Marine Corps graduation ceremony Nov. 9, 2012, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego. More than 21,000 recruits are trained there every year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, Commanding General, Western Recruiting Region, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., cuts a birthday cake Nov. 9, 2012, in honor of the Marine Corps' 237th birthday. Fifty employers from New Mexico and Arizona were given an up-close view of the military in a Joint Boss Lift with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. As part of the trip, the employers watched the flag ceremony and Marine Corps graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

Brig. Gen. Daniel D. Yoo, Commanding General, Western Recruiting Region, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., cuts a birthday cake Nov. 9, 2012, in honor of the Marine Corps' 237th birthday. Fifty employers from New Mexico and Arizona were given an up-close view of the military in a Joint Boss Lift with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. As part of the trip, the employers watched the flag ceremony and Marine Corps graduation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Susan Gladstein/Released)

PHOENIX SKY HARBOR AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -- Fifty employers from Arizona and New Mexico participated in a Joint Boss Lift with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Nov. 7 through 9 in San Diego.

The 161st Air Refueling Wing provided transportation via the KC-135 Stratotanker and gave the employers the opportunity to see refueling of an A-10 Thunderbolt and F-22 Raptor.

"I feel honored to have been included in the Boss Lift operation. It was way more than I had expected," said employer Raymond Scott, General Building Contractor for Sun Ray Homes in Sedona, Ariz. "The refueling operation was very exciting and something that I would have never experienced if it wasn't for this program."

In addition to viewing the Arizona Air National Guard's refueling capability, attendees also learned about the U.S. Coast Guard's 11 missions, toured the Navy's guided missile destroyer USS Sterett and the Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85 Firehawks, and attended a U.S. Marine Corps Flag Ceremony and Graduation.

For Mr. Scott, the ability to see different aspects of the military was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"I was never aware of all of the different operations that the different branches of service were involved in," Mr. Scott said. "All of the staff and military personal that I came in contact with could not have been more informative and respectful. I had no idea of the number of military personal that were reservists. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go on a once in a lifetime excursion that reassured me that our homeland is safe and how proud I am to be a American. God bless each and every one of you for what you do."

ESGR, a Department of Defense organization, arranges Boss Lifts as an avenue to fulfill their goals. The ESGR's mission is to help develop and promote employer support of the Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

"The best part of the trip was being able to connect with the various individual business owners who support our troops and experience an unforgettable trip together," said Erika Frantzve, Miss Arizona USA and founder/CEO of Everyday Heroes Like You. "I had an incredible time seeing what our brave men and women do as they balance their military and civilian lives. The best part of all, though, had to have been seeing the genuine smiles of the troops' faces when we would take the time to visit with them and actually listen and learn about what their jobs and roles are for their particular unit."

ESGR informs and educates service members and their civilian employers regarding their rights and responsibilities governed by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994. ESGR does not have statutory authority to enforce, but serves as a neutral, free resource to employers and service members.

For more information about the ESGR, visit their Web site.