Nebraska state government is reaffirming its commitment to hiring soldiers and officers of the National Guard and Reserve.
Governor Pete Ricketts said the state benefits from having current service members and veterans as employees.
“We know that they have great leadership skills, that they’re going to be hard workers, and, of course, as with all Nebraskans, they have a great work ethic and a great education,” Ricketts announced at a news conference.
He said government managers will be given the tools they need to supervise service members and to handle their Guard and Reserve commitments.
The governor signed a letter reaffirming the state’s commitment to its service member employees.
Paul Cohen, chairman of the Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, says the state should be proud of its long support.
“Just recently, the Nebraska State Patrol was named as a finalist for the award of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – the highest recognition granted by the U.S. government to employers for outstanding support of their Guard and Reserve employees,” Cohen said.
He said service members need support from their family, their military unit, and their employer to be successful at work and on duty.
The governor also used the occasion to honor the National Guard Soldier of the Year, who is a Nebraskan.
Sgt. Calvin Koziol is the first from the state to win the regional and national Best Warrior Competition.
Command Sgt. Maj. Marty Baker called Koziol a champion for the state and the nation.
“We’re extremely proud of what he’s done and his display of courage and commitment,” Baker said, “and the character that he has demonstrates what Army strong is.”
Koziol will compete in the all-Army Best Warrior Competition in October.