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SECU honored with U.S. Department of Defense award
Raleigh, N.C. (3/14/11)-- The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented State Employees’ CU (SECU) with the Pro Patria Award--the highest state-level honor given to a civilian employer by ESGR on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense--during a recent ceremony in Greensboro, N.C.
State Employees’ CU, Raleigh, N.C., was recently honored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve with the Pro Patria Award, the highest state-level honor given to a civilian employer by ESGR on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense. On hand to accept the award was, from left, SECU nominator Jamie Applequist, senior vice president of SECU’s Jacksonville branch and master sergeant with the Air Force Reserves, and Mark Twisdale, SECU’s senior vice president of human resources. (Photo provided by State Employees’ CU)
The ESGR committee gives the award annually to an employer in its state or territory that has provided the most exceptional support of U.S. national defense through leadership practices and personnel policies supporting its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. On hand to accept the award was Mark Twisdale, SECU’s senior vice president of human resources and SECU nominator Jamie Applequist, senior vice president of SECU’s Jacksonville branch and master Sergeant with the Air Force Reserves. SECU is a strong supporter its National Guard employee-reservists, and the organization has been recognized throughout the years for its efforts. In 2005, the credit union received ESGR’s Five-Star Recognition for its support of guardsmen and reservists. In 2009, SECU was the recipient of ESGR’s State Chairman’s Above and Beyond Award, which is given to employers who have exceeded legal requirements for providing support to service members who serve in the Guard and Reserve. In 2010, nearly 300 managers of SECU’s branches and operations departments participated in the nation’s largest-ever statement of support signing for the ESGR program, displaying the credit union’s continuing commitment to its employees serving in the military. “SECU is dedicated to making sure our deployed SECU personnel have the strong support they need from this organization as they sacrifice to serve our Country,” said Twisdale. “We absolutely do not want these men and women worrying about job related aspects, and we want them to know how much we appreciate their efforts at home and abroad. This support comes in many forms including providing differential pay, keeping employee benefits active, sending care packages, and helping with family members at home. Still, what we do as an organization pales in comparison to what these soldiers do for all of us.” “During my career with SECU, I have been deployed three times,” Applequist added. “Throughout each and every transition, I have felt nothing but tremendous support at every level within the organization. The credit union truly recognizes the importance of military service and has gone above and beyond to assist all of us who serve dual roles as SECU and military personnel.”


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