American Water Enterprises Has The Pulse On Patriotism
New Jersey based company recognized for their military support
When it comes to patriotism, American Water Enterprises practices what they preach.
The Mt. Laurel based company, which is a subsidiary of American Water, the nation’s largest publically traded water utility company, is a model corporate citizen. Not only do they believe in fully supporting the ‘Citizen Soldiers’ that work for their organization, but they actively recruit and embrace veterans and National Guard and Reserve members to join their ranks.
Their patriotic support has not gone unrecognized.
The New Jersey Committee of EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE (ESGR) presented American Water Enterprises with the prestigious Pro Patria Award at a recent ceremony held at the Vietnam Veterans Museum in Holmdel, NJ. The Pro Patria Award recipients are selected annually by each ESGR State Committee who identify one deserving small, one large and one public sector employer in their state or territory. American Water was selected from an impressive list of ‘large companies’ that were nominated by their ‘Citizen Soldiers’ whom the company ‘shares’ with the United States Military when they are called upon to put on the uniform and serve their country.
ESGR is a Department of Defense, mostly volunteer organization that seeks to create a culture where all American employers value and support the service and sacrifice of their employees.
Recipients, such as American Water Enterprises, have demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserves. The Pro Patria Award is the highest level award that may be bestowed by a state ESGR committee.
“American Water Enterprises has continually proved that they are willing to go above and beyond as a responsible corporate citizen and as part of their contribution to our national defense,” explained NJ ESGR State Chairman Col. Alan Smith (ret.) USMC who presided over the award presentations.
Army Reservist Glenn Battschinger, an employee of American Water Enterprises Military Services Group, has witnessed first-hand the patriotic support of his civilian employer.
While deployed ( in 2010) to Afghanistan with the 404th Army Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) based out of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Major Battschinger facilitated the transfer of a young Afghan boy, born with his bladder outside of his body, to the United States to have a series of life-changing surgeries.
American Water rallied behind their Army Reservist’s activism and in a great gesture of corporate philanthropy, built and installed two potable wells in the Afghan child’s native neighborhood.
The first donated American Water well was erected and installed with an electric pump in the compound of a local midwife who tends to the needs of 6000 families. She never had the luxury of easy access to fresh water. The second well was installed in a section of the village that was co-located near a mosque. The mosque had a well, but, women were not allowed to draw from it. American Water’s gift allowed the women to access the water source in a secure compound, 24/7.
Battschinger, only one of several National Guard or Reserve members employed by American Water Enterprises, is preparing for another tour of duty this fall to Africa.
Fortunately, this patriotically driven corporation embraces ESGR’s motto “We All Serve.”
American Water Enterprises recognizes that the benefits outweigh the burden when it comes to employing National Guard and Reserve troops as well as veterans, military spouses and wounded warriors for their team. Their corporate recruiters recognize that the American military has the best training in the world and they are reaping the results of dedicated men and women who are born leaders, responsible, task-oriented and can perform under pressure.
American Water Enterprises continues to recruit and invest in the careers of veterans and active ‘Citizen Soldiers.’
Representatives of the team’s human resources department and field operations participated in a recent Veterans’ Speed Career Networking event that was held at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center and sponsored by Judge VIP (Veterans in Professional) Careers.
Judge VIP Careers President, Michael Ferraro, who recently retired as the Command Chief Master Sergeant with the 514th Air Mobility Wing of the Air Force Reserves, is leading the ‘boots to boardroom’ efforts by forging new public and private relationships, and partnering with government, not-for-profits and corporate entities to reach the common goal of reducing the unemployment rate of our nation’s heroes.
American Water Enterprises stands proud, has answered the call of duty, and has opened its doors to our nation’s brave men and women.
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SOURCE: American Water Enterprises