Thermo Fisher Scientific Commits Support for Veterans and Guard and Reserve Members

Just two days after the Memorial Day holiday, when the United States honored the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, Thermo Fisher Scientific pledged its commitment to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

President and CEO Marc Casper receives Challenge Coins from ESGR

President and CEO Marc Casper pledged Thermo Fisher's commitment to support employees who are members of the U.S. National Guard and Reserve. Shown here following the signing ceremony are, front row: Admiral Select Thomas Luscher, head of the ESGR office, and Marc Casper. Back row: Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Porter from the Massachusetts National Guard; Sue Rice, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Thermo Fisher Scientific; and Colonel John Driscoll from the Massachusetts National Guard.

The pledge was formalized during a May 28 ceremony, where President and CEO Marc Casper, joined by members of the Pentagon, the Massachusetts Army National Guard and ESGR volunteers, signed the official Employer Statement of Support Program.

The Statement of Support Program is the cornerstone of ESGR’s effort to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve. The program, as Colonel John Driscoll from the Massachusetts National Guard said, “takes care of the companies that take care of our soldiers.”

ESGR is designed to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. In pledging our support, Thermo Fisher confirms our commitment to:

  • Honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act
  • Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills that our service members bring to the workforce
  • Support and encourage opportunities to hire guardsman, reservists and veterans
  • Ensure our managers will have the tools they need to effectively manage our employees who serve

Providing Rewarding Civilian Careers to Those Who Protect Our Country

Addressing the attendees, Casper said that everything we do at Thermo Fisher starts with our company mission, which is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

“We all owe a debt of gratitude to our guests here today, and the many other men and women who have gone above and beyond to keep U.S. citizens safer – both within our country and outside our borders. By signing the Employer Statement of Support, we’re demonstrating our commitment to job security for employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve.”

He also emphasized our goal to be recognized as an employer of choice among veterans, guardsmen and reservists looking for jobs. “We want to be known as a company that can offer them a rewarding civilian career while supporting their military commitment,” said Casper.

Members of the Guard and Reserve in the United States include those serving in the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard. Members of the reserve components are generally required to perform, at a minimum, 39 days of military service per year. This includes monthly drill weekends and 15 days of annual training.

Supporting servicemen and servicewomen around the world

Joining the ESGR program is one of several steps that Thermo Fisher is taking to support servicemen and servicewomen around the world. In 2012, we launched Advancing: With Honor, a program designed to help officer and enlisted veterans from all branches of the military, including wounded warriors and military spouses, transition from active duty or other industries to a career at Thermo Fisher. And we proudly partner with organizations such as the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, Hire America’s Heroes, Vets in Tech and Operation Impact.

In addition, Thermo Fisher just launched its Veteran’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) to support and foster the advancement of veterans, military spouses and disabled veterans.
Matt Brogdon, Military Recruiting and Veteran Programs Manager and co-chair of the Veteran’s ERG at Thermo Fisher Scientific, said that the timing of the ESGR ceremony was poignant given the Memorial Day holiday and the debut of the Veteran’s ERG.

“This ceremony is particularly meaningful to me. When I am out recruiting veterans, being able to point to Thermo Fisher’s commitment sets us apart from our peers,” said Brogdon. “And it goes a long way toward demonstrating to our uniformed servicemen and women why we’re an employer of choice.”

Brogdon concluded the ceremony by presenting Casper and Admiral Select Thomas Luscher, the head of the ESGR office in Washington, D.C., with Challenge Coins. These coins are used by U.S. military units and offices to recognize high-performers in the ranks and build camaraderie. Brogdon designed this unique coin specifically for our veterans outreach efforts.