Images: 177th Fighter Wing hosts employers [Image 3 of 6]
Photo by Master Sgt. Mark Olsen
Non-commissioned officer in charge of Life Support Senior Master Sgt. Jason L. Gioconda, left, describes the functions of various pieces of survival gear to employers of 177th Fighter Wing Guardsmen, May 23, 2012. The New Jersey Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, held a 177th Employer Appreciation Day where traditional Guardsmen brought their employers to the Wing. After a briefing about the Wing's mission by Wing commander Col. Kerry M. Gentry, the employers toured the base, witnessed a ground scramble of F-16 Fighting Falcons and flew in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard. After the employers returned, they signed ESGR Statements of Support, which enlists the support of employers in the development of policies and practices that support and encourage employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.