Plymouth State University Provost and Vice President Virginia Barry has signed a statement of support for New Hampshire Guard and Reservists, on behalf of the University, joining a nation-wide campaign. The signing ceremony took place on campus November 20, with Ernest Loomis, state director of the New Hampshire Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), officiating.
Signing the statement of support recognizes the University’s commitment to citizen soldiers by accommodating employee service in the Guard and Reserve, not limiting career opportunities and granting leaves of absence for training and active duty. Loomis stated, “Currently we have the largest mobilization of reserve forces in U.S. history. We depend on a strong tradition of citizen soldiers to maintain America’s ability to defend itself.”
A statement issued by the ESGR said, “America’s employers will become inextricably linked in our national security by sharing their most precious assest, their employees, and in the case of our colleges and universities, their students.” Plymouth State is the first institution in the University System to sign the statement of support.
Photo caption: VP Virginia Barry and Ernest Loomis sign the statement of support as Maj. Angela Maxner, commander of N.H. Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention; Col. (Ret.) Ted Kehr, ESGR executive director; Gerry Boyle, ESGR Region 4 chair and Sgt. Maj. Jim Goss, N.H. Army National Guard Retention SGM, look on.