Michael Bryant, right, presents the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Committee’s Above and Beyond Award to Marine Corps Logistics Command (LOGCOM) employee Andrew Trout, left, while LOGCOM Inventory Management Specialist Daniel Erdmann, center, looks on. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)
ALBANY — Marine Corps Logistics Command (LOGCOM) employee Andrew Trout was recognized Wednesday for his support of Marine Reserve employees by being presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve State Committee’s (ESGR) Above and Beyond Award.
The Above and Beyond Award is presented to employers at the local level that have had at least one of their managers receive a Patriot Award for going above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act by providing Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits.
Trout, who was presented with the Patriot Award in January, was nominated by his former employee Daniel Erdmann, for his efforts to ensure that Erdmann and his co-workers in LOGCOM’s Secondary Repairables Section were afforded ample opportunity to honor their commitments as national guardsmen and reservists.
In Erdmann’s case, during his time with Secondary Repairables Section, which maintains the Marine’s repairable assets such as engines and transmissions, he also served as a Platoon Sergeant in the Marine Corps reserves.
Because Trout had worked closely with Erdmann to help him juggle both of his hobs, Erdmann nominated Trout for the Patriot Award, which led to the presentation of the Above and Beyond Award.
“I knew exactly what he was dealing with because he had two jobs,” said Trout. “He wasn’t just working here and that was it. He was also working his reserve job day in and day out because he was a platoon sergeant at the time. He had other things to do. A lot of times I talked with him about that and helped him with things and understood. We talked about things and made sure things were good to go with both jobs.”
On hand to present the award was Michael Bryant, a representative from the ESGR.
I often say, this is personal because I too served, currently with the Army Reserve and formerly with the Marine Corps,” said Bryant. “I know the importance of a good employer/employee relationship. The ESGR mission is to cultivate a good environment. We do that by recognizing employers for their support.”