TQL Visits Ohio National Guard
MASFIELD (OH.) - What looked like a chance for business people to get their Rambo on was actually something deeper.
TQL GSM Rick B. attended the Ohio National Guard Joint Employer event this fall. He and representatives from about 50 other companies around the state sat astride a 50-millimeter, brandished a machine gun and took a spin in a Chinook helicopter.
“It’s like a play day with military equipment,” Rick said. “No, really, it’s a great chance to learn, to see what I can do better for the military people on my team.”
“We hope it’s a combined win-win,” said ONG Lieutenant Colonel Kathryn Lawrey. “We feel like people in the military get really good skills to bring into the civilian work force. And we want employers to know what their people have to do to get those skills.
“We do these events to strengthen relations between employers and military employees. We want to make the employers more aware of what their military employees are doing when they’re on active duty or deployed.
“Being up there really did get me thinking, which I’m sure is just what they wanted us to do,” Rick said. “If nothing else, it’s caught my interest to be even more active in in how we work with military people.
“It was a great networking opportunity. I was talking with a gentleman about my age from a paper mill who, like me, had never served in the military himself. But we agreed, even though we never served, this is our opportunity to serve. We’re in positions now where we have some influence and can make a difference for the military people we hire.”
TQL has distinguished record as a military friendly company. Among other honors, TQL is on the 2015 list of Military Friendly® employers published by Victory Media, earned a 2014 award from the American Jobs for America’s Heroes campaign at the National Guard Association of the United States in Washington D.C. and a 2013 Seven Seals Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves. Rick himself won a 2012 Patriot Award sponsored by ESGR.
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