The Institute for Defense & Business Honored with ESGR's 'Above & Beyond' Award

Mar 25, 2011, 08:00 ET from Institute for Defense and Business

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) was presented the "Above & Beyond Award" by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) at a recent annual employer recognition banquet in Greensboro, NC. The award recognizes employers at the state and local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty by their employee's service in the National Guard. IDB employee and North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) member, Staff Sergeant Jason M. Barber nominated IDB for this award.  

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At the awards banquet, President and CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, LtGen G.R. (Ron) Christmas, USMC (Ret.) noted: "The support given by employers is very important to the national security of America.  Each of you is faithful to the wonderful men and women who serve our nation."  This is the second award given by ESGR to IDB for their support for the National Guard and Reserve. On hand to accept the award for the Institute for Defense and Business was Mark C. Cramer, IDB President, Ambassador David C. Litt (Ret.), Executive Director, Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER) and CSER Program Associate & NCNG member, Staff Sergeant Jason M. Barber.

In Barber's nomination of IDB, the Sergeant wrote: "Right from my initial employment IDB was aware of my status as a Guardsman in the North Carolina Army National Guard (NCNG) and our impending second deployment to Iraq.  The IDB team not only made allowances for me as our training commitments increased, they made sure that I was never uncomfortable with taking a little extra time to attend additional training."

In addition to providing personal support, SSgt Barber also noted the IDB provided direct support for his unit, the NCNG's 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team (HBCT) on a pro bono basis.  IDB developed and delivered a day of predeployment economics and governance briefings at Ft. Bragg for brigade leadership just days before the 30th's April 2009 deployment to Baghdad, Iraq. This effort was spearheaded by the IDB's Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER).

About the IDB

The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) is a non-profit research and education institute formed in 1997 by UNC-Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina. The IDB offers a series of educational programs for the military, government, non-governmental organizations, and private industry, in the areas of logistics and technology, life cycle management, organizational leadership and change, and economic stabilization.

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SOURCE Institute for Defense and Business