Dupont Honored for Attitude Toward Reservists
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2006 Brian Ambrose knew from the start that the DuPont company valued its employees who were in the reserve components.
Ambrose was getting out of the Marine Corps in 1990 when DuPont hired him. “But before I could start, along came Desert Storm and the Marines called me back to active duty,” he said.
“DuPont told me, ‘When you’re done, just come on back. Your job is here,’” he said. “That told me right off that DuPont was the company I wanted to work for.”
Ambrose joined DuPont after leaving the Marines in April 1991. In November 1991, he joined the Delaware Air National Guard and is now a chief master sergeant.
Ambrose nominated the corporation for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, given annually by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. DuPont is one of 12 companies to receive the award this year. The Freedom Award recognizes employers for exceptional support to reserve-component servicemembers above the requirements of federal law. President and CEO Charles O. Holliday Jr. plans accept the award in a ceremony here Sept. 21.
DuPont employees who are called to active duty continue to qualify for health insurance. “For the first 60 days of a deployment, they receive full pay in addition to their military pay,” Sudler said. After that, the company makes up the difference between military pay and servicemembers’ DuPont salaries.
“They have supported my Air Guard commitment 100 percent,” said Ambrose, a safety specialist with DuPont’s corporate remediation group. “They operate the same way with all the reservists.”
DuPont officials were pleased and surprised to receive the award, said Cary Sudler, a spokesman with the company’s equal opportunity, affirmative action section. “You don’t do these things for recognition, but because it is the right thing to do,” he said in a phone interview.