Employers Across Multiple Industries Converge at the Pentagon to Display Their Support of the Guard and Reserve

by Paige Thompson on Dec 19, 2016 3:15:38 PM

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December 16, 2015 - Pentagon, Washington, D.C. - Following record-shattering employer participation in previous ESGR Signing Ceremonies at the Pentagon, the Mid-American Trucking Show, and the Great American Trucking Show, FASTPORT coordinated with industry leading employers from around the country in multiple industries to display their continued dedication to our nation’s heroes and to publicly affirm they are ready and able to stand as first-responders in military employment.

Those companies registered for the event included:

  • Advanced Tactics, LLC
  • Aerotek, Inc.
  • Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation
  • Bartens Media
  • Bestway Express
  • Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions
  • Change Your POV
  • Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA)
  • Concrete Supply Co.
  • EPES Transport
  • FASTPORT, Inc.
  • Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)
  • Hiring America
  • Hiring Our Heroes
  • J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
  • Melton Truck Lines
  • National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS)
  • National Tank Truck Carriers
  • National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO)
  • PRIME, Inc.
  • Randall-Reilly
  • Reddaway
  • Roush Holdings, LLC
  • SAIA
  • Transportation Intermediaries Association
  • TransPORTS
  • Trimac Transportation
  • TMC Transportation
  • U.S. Xpress
  • Warrior Hall
  • Washington Intern Student Housing
  • Werner Enterprises

The National Guard and Reserves are fundamental to our nation’s defense, and the health of this foundation depends in part on employers who support enlisted men and women as they fulfill their military duties.

Military talent in general is a coveted asset for these attending employers, and members of the National Guard and Reserve offer an additional benefit: they are immediately eligible for employment. For companies ready to make military hiring a priority, looking at the talent pool in the Guard and Reserve is an ideal place to start. You can see in the graph below that that pool is much larger than many employers imagine.


Active and Reserve U.S. Military Force Personnel Numbers

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“As a former Marine Reservist, I know how important it is to work for an employer that understands the value of military experience and empowers members of the Guard and Reserve as they fulfill their duties,” said FASTPORT CEO Bill McLennan. “I’m especially proud to see employers represent so many different industries unite under one banner in the effort to provide real economic opportunities to the best and brightest in our nation.”

FASTPORT President Brad Bentley added, “With military-friendly industries and companies working together, particularly at events like this ESGR Statement of Support signing ceremony, we step closer to accomplishing the ultimate missions of ending veteran unemployment and bringing incredible talent to our workforce.”


FASTPORT President Brad Bentley poses with ESGR and DOD staff after signing the Statement of Support.

The ESGR Signing Ceremony is an annual event that will take place the day before Wreaths Across America Day. If you are interested in participating in next year’s signing ceremony, please get in touch with Paige Thompson at paige.thompson@fastport.com.


About ESGR

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service.  ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.  More information about ESGR Employer Outreach initiatives and volunteer opportunities is available at www.ESGR.mil or by contacting Jacqueline Leeker, 571-372-0690 or by email at jacqueline.n.leeker.civ@mail.mil.


FASTPORT, Inc. is an employment software development company that builds products to help all members of the military find meaningful employment. Using its proprietary technology, FASTPORT is committed to matching job seekers to employers actively hiring from the Veteran, Guard, and Reserve communities.

FASTPORT has a commercial co-venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program to develop the preeminent employment marketplace to connect employers and military candidates. For more information, visit fastport.com.

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