Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Army Reserve to participate in the Northern California Employer Partnership Initiative. A signing ceremony took place Tuesday, April 21, at Camp Parks in Dublin, Calif.
The Employer Partnership Initiative was launched in April 2008 to formalize the relationship between the Army Reserve and the private sector, both of whom share the common goals of strengthening the community, supporting Army Reserve soldiers and families, and maintaining a strong economy.
"The Army Reserve looks for exemplary employer partners. LLNL has a great reputation, as being a great place to work and as an employer who will take care of soldiers and their families," said Richard (Phil) Stage, program support manager for the Employer Partnership Initiative.
The program is equally beneficial to communities, corporations and companies that participate, as well as soldiers in the Army Reserve, Stage explained. Partnering employers, such as LLNL, are given assured access to skilled and qualified soldiers serving in various capacities. Soldiers benefit from increased job opportunities and greater stability, resulting in continuity in their civilian careers and lives.
LLNL Director George Miller said it is important for the Lab to participate in such a partnership. "Our Laboratory has always been supportive of those who answer the call to military service," Miller said. "This partnership not only supports our soldiers, it provides access to individuals with skills of value to all the partners."
Representatives from eight Bay Area entities joined LLNL in signing the agreement: The City of Antioch, City of Livermore, City of Vallejo, PG&E, DeAnza College, Fremont Bank, Prudential and Westmed Ambulance Company. Currently, there are 300 partners across the country.
In addition, several representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher and Congressman Jerry McNerney attended the signing ceremony.