METO honored for support of soldiers

Rachel Kytonen

Margaret Carlson and Shannon Torborg, from Minnesota Extended Treatment Options, were honored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) during a ceremony held Monday, April 18 at the Isanti County Government Center.

Margaret Carlson (left) and Shannon Torborg, from Minnesota Extended Treatment Options, were presented with Patriotic Employer awards from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for their support of Guard and Reserve. Carlson and METO were nominated for the award by Sgt. Carl Seim. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Jim Rostberg, local representative and committee member serving on the ESGR, presented Carlson and Torborg with their Patriotic Employer awards.

“The soldiers have a nice sense of security knowing that when they come back, they’ll have a job to come back to,” Rostberg said. “This takes away an element of concern for them so they can focus on their job at hand.”

The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve conducts an awards program designed to recognize employers who support a strong National Guard and Reserve force. Employers qualify for recognition when they practice leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.

Every employer nominated for recognition will receive the Patriot Award, and will then be eligible for consideration for other awards and recognition based on their level of support described in the nomination narrative.

METO was nominated for the Patriotic Employer award by Sgt. Carl Seim, Chaplain Assistant. His direct supervisor at METO is Carlson, who is an assistant group supervisor at METO.

“Margaret Carlson has been supportive to all service members at Minnesota Extended Treatment Options,” Sgt. Seim wrote in his nomination letter. “Margaret has dealt with two National Guard Member deployments in the same time and has reserved their position while deployed and was in contact with Guard members while overseas and had contact with employee’s families, giving support when needed.”

Carlson said she couldn’t give the support she does to the soldiers if it wasn’t for the support from her supervisor, Torborg, who is the treatment director at METO.

Sgt. Seim said Carlson appreciates Guard members military duties and allows for work schedules to be adjusted according to military commitments and extra duties.

“Margaret has taken care of the needs of the Guard members by allowing not just duty days off, but also days for travel, and resent days after military training before returning to work,” said Sgt. Seim. “Margaret has taken her time to be involved with soldiers lives in and out of the work place by attending social events and other ESGR events.”

Rostberg noted Carlson has received several ESGR awards in the past for her support of the Guard and Reserve.

“We need more supervisors out there like you,” Rostberg said to Carlson. “Thank you Margaret and everyone at METO, for your support of the ESGR program.”