The Defense Department’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program honored a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) staff member Friday, Sept. 8.
1st Lt. Michael Eisner, an Information Technology Services (ITS) Support Consultant at UNO and Chief of Training in the Iowa National Guard’s 133rd Test Squadron, had nominated Bob Goeman, ITS Director of Client Services, for the Patriot Award.
The award recognizes supervisors for outstanding support of an employee who is in the National Guard or Reserve.
Eisner says he’s grateful for Goeman’s flexibility, support and understanding.
“I was called up for two of the four years that I’ve been employed here,” Eisner said. “He worked with me on schedules to distribute the workload throughout the time I was gone, so that way I wasn’t coming back to a whole stack of work.”
ESGR Nebraska Area Chair Lou Wagner says that kind of support is incredibly important to service members, and fortunately, those in the Omaha community have a great support network.
“I can’t emphasize enough how many companies – big companies and small companies – in Omaha support the Guard and Reserve,” Wagner said. “You name a big company in Omaha and they are covered in supporting their Guard and Reserve members. All we’re trying to do is keep encouraging that.”UNO is proud to support the success of all service members and veterans in our Maverick community. Military Times has repeatedly ranked UNO as one of the nation’s best universities for military-affiliated universities.