914th Airlift Wing conducts ESGR bosslift to Dover AFB

David Sparks, Senior Mortuary Chaplain at Dover Air Force Base, Del., leads a tour of civilian employers from Western New York through the Memorial Garden on Sept. 24, 2015, as part of a boss lift from Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. The tour was organized through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, aimed to thank and educate civilian employers in Western New York who have shown support for their Military employees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

David Sparks, Senior Mortuary Chaplain at Dover Air Force Base, Del., leads a tour of civilian employers from Western New York through the Memorial Garden on Sept. 24, 2015, as part of a boss lift from Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. The tour was organized through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, aimed to thank and educate civilian employers in Western New York who have shown support for their Military employees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Members of the 914th Airlift Wing and local civilian employers pose in front of a C-130 Hercules aircraft after flying from Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. to Dover Air Force Base, Del., September 24, 2015, as part of a tour known as a boss lift. The tour was organized through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, aimed to thank and educate civilian employers in Western New York who have shown support for their Military employees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

Members of the 914th Airlift Wing and local civilian employers pose in front of a C-130 Hercules aircraft after flying from Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y. to Dover Air Force Base, Del., September 24, 2015, as part of a tour known as a boss lift. The tour was organized through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, aimed to thank and educate civilian employers in Western New York who have shown support for their Military employees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer)

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. -- Members of the 914th Airlift Wing, along with individuals of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve traveled to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware to tour facilities and interact with Airmen Sept. 24-25, 2015.

31 members of the Western New York employer community were flown aboard a NFARS C-130 for the two-day event. These trips are designed to help foster good relations between Guardsmen, Reservists and their civilian employers by allowing bosses to see the mission of Citizen Airmen first-hand.

"Each detail of the trip was thoughtfully and professionally handled," said Maurice L. Naylon III, Area Chair for ESGR. "This event was a wonderful way to showcase to business leaders the vital role that the Guard and Reserve play in the overall success of the military and we were extremely pleased with every aspect of the trip."

The trip included stops to: Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operation, a C-5 Galaxy, a C-17 Globemaster III, Air Mobility Command Museum and demonstrations by 436th Security Forces Squadron Ravens and the 436th Aerial Port Squadron. Overall, the experience was deemed a success.

"Seeing the sacred mission of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs, Ravens and C-5 was just amazing," said Jonathan Moscato of Programmable Equipment Company LLC. "I appreciate the incredible hospitality provided by the 914th, and I will do my best to support the base and all those serving."

ESGR is a Defense Department office promoting cooperation and understanding between civilian employers and their National Guard and Reserve employees. Established in 1972, ESGR develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws and resolves employer conflicts between the service members and their employers.

For more information about ESGR or its mission please visit: http://esgr.mil/