GREENBRIER — Brian Anible, Employee Outreach Representative for Arkansas, presented a Statement of Support to Mayor Melton Cotton at a regular meeting of the Greenbrier City Council for his support of the National Guard and Reserves of Arkansas.  The official document of ESGR (Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve) was given for the city’s ongoing support of our military men and women. The ceremony, in conjunction with the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, was planned to give an official document to be displayed in every city office.  It is an honor to recognize employers who embrace ESGR and try to make it as easy as possible for a citizen to volunteer duty in our armed forces.

ESGR is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization.  Civilian employers play a critical role in the defense of the nation by complying with existing employment laws and protecting the rights of workers who serve in the Reserve component.  ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers.  Anible pointed out, "ESGR is made up of all volunteers to bring awareness to our soldiers. Citizen soldiers make up 50% of our military through a network of thousands of volunteers throughout the nation, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands."  

Anible also presented Statements of Support to Police Chief Gene Earnhart for the Police Department; Fire Chief Cody Fulmer for the Fire Department; Mary Ann Freeman for the Greenbrier City Council, Shellie O’Quinn for the Greenbrier City Events Center; and Treva Branscum, President, for the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce.

Treva Branscum also announced the upcoming annual Chamber Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Greenbrier Jr. High School Cafetorium.  The Theme is "Get Charged Up" and promises many surprises during the banquet to get you charged up.  Guest speaker will be Greenbrier resident Shawn Hammontree.