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Award-Winning Scheduler Rewarded for His Flexibility

I think everyone has probably heard the phrase “Weekend Warrior” and most people probably know at least one person who serves the military in the Guard or Reserve.

If you are employed and serve as a Weekend Warrior, it can add stress to your life and one of those stresses is needing to make a last minute work schedule change because of your military commitment.

That is one of the reasons that the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) was founded by the Department of Defense in 1972, to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers. The organization was founded to assist in resolving conflict arising from an employee’s military commitment.


Hersheypark hires members of the Guard and Reserve and, if you work at Hersheypark, you know that there are more than 4,000 team members during the summer months and that means lots of schedules to create.Devon Lawrence, Hersheypark area manager of concessions, is one of many people who work with employee schedules. Devon is good at his job and has just been recognized for his flexibility with last minute schedule changes.

One of the employees who report to Devon is Senior Airman Chambers (AKA: Anthony Chambers). Anthony has been employed by the Hersheypark Food & Beverage Department since 2008 and his current position is Building Supervisor of Tower Fries.

Senior Airman (SRA) Chambers nominated Devon Lawrence to receive the ESGR Patriot Award as recognition of the outstanding support he, and the company, provided, and continue to provide, to SRA Chambers as he fulfills his military obligations in conjunction with working a full-time position.

Devon accepted the award from Colonel James E Astor, U.S. Air Force (retired), South Central Area Chair, Pennsylvania Committee, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

SRA Chambers commented that Devon is always willing to work with his schedule even when the Guard only provides a few days’ notice of upcoming requirements. SRA Chambers also commented that his employer was supportive as soon as they were notified of his deployment, and that he anticipates moving forward with the company upon his return from deployment.

SRA Chambers serves as a Senior Airman in the 271st Combat Communications Squadron, 193rd Regional Support Group, 193rd Special Operations Wing, which is the largest Air National Guard Wing in the country. The 271st Combat Communications Squadron is located at Fort Indiantown Gap and deploys, operates, and maintains tactical communications packages, in support of Air Force missions, worldwide or civil and disaster relief missions within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in learning about employment at Hershepark, please visit HersheyJobs.com.