CMBA Tours Army Aviation Facility

20 Jun 2016 10:50 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

by ESGR in the News

Central Minnesota Builders Association Tours St. Cloud Army Aviation Support Facility             Central Minnesota Builders Association Tours St. Cloud Army Aviation Support Facility    

Mike Bellos, Military Outreach Director of Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, took part in an educational employer visit from the Central Minnesota Builders Association June 2 at the Saint Cloud Minnesota Army National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF #2).  

“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. Providing a job to America’s citizen warriors is one way we can all serve,” said Nick Ostapenko, Minnesota ESGR state chair. “I am asking all Minnesota employers to consider the talents a Guard or Reserve member or spouse could bring to their organization.”

At the event were 51 members of the Commercial Council of the Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA). A catered breakfast was provided. The members received an ESGR presentation by Bellos as well as a presentation from Maj. Shawn Spencer the Facilities Maintenance Officer describing the facility, their roles and their aircraft's capabilities as well as deployments.

Following the presentations, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Paul Adamson and Spencer divided the group in two for tours of the 140,000 square foot shop floor. The members asked many questions during the tour and received an in-depth explanation of the capabilities of both the UH-60 and CH-47 aircraft.

“Thank you for the awesome tour. We had a great turnout and the members totally enjoyed themselves. Thanks for helping put it all together to make it a great experience,” said Bonnie Moeller, Executive Director of CMBA.

ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within the Department of Defense. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit