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128 ARW hosts ESGR Boss-lift

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lavontia Harper, a boom operator with the 128 ARW, educates employers about a KC-135R Stratotanker’s boom operating procedures July 14, 2015, in support of an ESGR Boss-lift. The ESGR Boss-lift is a day set to educate civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members as to what their employees accomplish while on military duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Morgan R. Lipinski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lavontia Harper, a boom operator with the 128 ARW, educates employers about a KC-135R Stratotanker’s boom operating procedures July 14, 2015, in support of an ESGR Boss-lift. The ESGR Boss-lift is a day set to educate civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members as to what their employees accomplish while on military duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Morgan R. Lipinski/Released)

Civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members observe the operations inside a KC-135R Stratotanker cockpit July 14, 2015, during an ESGR Boss-lift. The ESGR Boss-lift is a day set to educate civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members as to what their employees accomplish while on military duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Morgan R. Lipinski/Released)

Civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members observe the operations inside a KC-135R Stratotanker cockpit July 14, 2015, during an ESGR Boss-lift. The ESGR Boss-lift is a day set to educate civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members as to what their employees accomplish while on military duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Morgan R. Lipinski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Chad Milne, the Wisconsin Air National Guard state director of operations, educates an employer about the in-flight procedures of a KC-135R Stratotanker July 14, 2015, during an ESGR Boss-lift. The ESGR Boss-lift is a day set to educate civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members as to what their employees accomplish while on military duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Morgan R. Lipinski/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Chad Milne, the Wisconsin Air National Guard state director of operations, educates an employer about the in-flight procedures of a KC-135R Stratotanker July 14, 2015, during an ESGR Boss-lift. The ESGR Boss-lift is a day set to educate civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members as to what their employees accomplish while on military duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Morgan R. Lipinski/Released)

MILWAUKEE -- The 128th Air Refueling Wing hosted an Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve Boss-lift here July 14, 2015.

This ESGR Boss-lift allowed the civilian employers of National Guard and Reserve service members an opportunity to observe 128 ARW Airmen perform a KC-135R Stratotanker aerial refueling.

"Boss-lifts let employers see that National Guard and Reserve service members learn valuable skill sets in the military which benefit the employer's workplace," said Bruce Swezey, a retired 128 ARW pilot and current ESGR volunteer.

The ESGR is a Department of Defense awareness program that promotes understanding between National Guard and Reserve service members and their civilian employers. The ESGR program encourages employers to come witness firsthand what their employees achieve while on military duty.

"I can't thank the 128th leadership and members enough for showcasing what our guardsmen and women do when they are gone for training, deployments or even on Unit Training Assembly weekends," said Swezey.

Distinguished guests that took part in the 128 ARW ESGR Boss-lift include Brig. Gen. Gary Ebben, Wisconsin National Guard assistant adjutant general, Col. Chad Milne, Wisconsin Air National Guard state director of operations, and Col. Dan Yenchesky, the wing commander of the 128 ARW.