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July 08, 2011

Training

Boss Lift shows employers Soldier training, experiences

Story & photo by Alex Hughes, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office

On June 18 employers from across Wisconsin converged on Fort McCoy to see firsthand the training and experiences their employees go through during annual training with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). Employers from companies such as Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Oshkosh Truck, UW-Stout and many others participated in the 32nd IBCT Boss Lift, an event coordinated through Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR is a Department of Defense sanctioned program made up of more than 100 volunteers and three full-time employees.
PHOTO: Employers participating in the Boss Lift at Fort McCoy learn to eat a meal, ready-to-eat during a lunch break with their Soldiers. Photo by Alex Hughes
Employers participating in the Boss Lift at Fort McCoy learn to eat a meal, ready-to-eat during a lunch break with their Soldiers.

Employers had the opportunity to ride on a Blackhawk helicopter, visit a live-fire range, watch Humvee Egress Assistance Training, tour the 32nd IBCT’s Tactical Operations Center, and eat a meal, ready-to-eat lunch in the field with their Soldiers.

“It’s phenomenal. Really, it’s incredibly interesting,” said Travis D. Turner, Area Manager for an Oshkosh corporation, about the Boss Lift.

“The Boss Lift was designed to show employers what their Soldiers are doing when they train or mobilize,” explained Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Kerry G. Denson, Boss Lift coordinator for the Wisconsin ESGR. In this case, ESGR can explain to employers what Soldiers do during the 32nd Brigade’s annual training.

“ESGR also sheds light on the qualities a Guard or Reserve Member can bring to the table,” Denson said. “When they hire Guardsmen they can see all the other jobs and technical training that these employees have received from the National Guard. They are not just infantry Soldiers but mechanics, clerks, and IT technicians as well. They will show up on time, work hard and give 100 percent because that is what they are trained to do.”

“It was fascinating to see what the Soldiers are up to,” said Tim A. Strebig, a machine shop supervisor. “I really looked forward to it.”

Sasha A. King, who works in UW Stout’s telecommunications and networking department said, “It was a great day, and really interesting.“

“I learned a lot, and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to come here and see the Soldiers.”

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