JOINT BASE CHARLESTON S.C. –
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic was presented the "Above and Beyond" award by the South Carolina Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for their support as a patriotic employer during a March 13, 2015 ceremony held in Columbia, S.C.
At the ESGR-sponsored ceremony, the "Above and Beyond" award was presented to SSC Atlantic and a select few other employers out of thousands in the state that employ Guardsmen and Reservists.
According to the ESGR web site, "The Above and Beyond Award is presented by ESGR State Committees to recognize employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits such as differential or full pay to offset lost wages, extended health benefits and other similar benefits."
Google, the Georgetown City Fire Department, S.C. Department of Corrections and the Summerville Family YMCA were among the other recipients of the award.
Approximately 53 percent of SSC Atlantic employees are veterans and the center employs 358 Guard and Reserve members.
Accepting the award on behalf of SSC Atlantic was Lonnie Cowart, SSC Atlantic Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs who noted that SSC Atlantic's employment of Guard and Reserve members is mutually beneficial.
"SPAWAR provides information technology products to the warfighter that allow information dominance," he said. "Guard and Reserve members not only have leadership training, they also use our warfighting products. It is not only a great thing to employ Guard and Reserve members'; it is the right thing to do."