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Tim Kulin, a civilian employer to one of the 302nd Airlift Wing’s Reserve Citizen Airmen, looks out the window inside the flight deck of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during a training flight, August 9, 2019.

Tim Kulin, a civilian employer to one of the 302nd Airlift Wing’s Reserve Citizen Airmen, looks out the window inside the flight deck of a C-130 Hercules aircraft during a training flight, August 9, 2019. Kulin was invited to participate in the wing’s annual Employer Appreciation Day, which aims to educate civilian employers on the missions of the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Casciotta)

Kevin Hambrick, a civilian employer of one of 302nd Airlift Wing’s Reserve Citizen Airmen, tries a scenario-based shooting simulator used by the 302nd Airlift Wing’s Security Forces Squadron during the wing’s annual Employer Appreciation Day at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 9, 2019.

Kevin Hambrick, a civilian employer of one of 302nd Airlift Wing’s Reserve Citizen Airmen, tries a scenario-based shooting simulator used by the 302nd Airlift Wing’s Security Forces Squadron during the wing’s annual Employer Appreciation Day at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 9, 2019. Employer Appreciation Day aims to give civilian employers a better understanding of the Air Force Reserve and the 302nd AW’s mission sets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Casciotta)

Rob Strickland, a civilian employer to one of the 302nd Airlift Wing’s Reserve Citizen Airmen, learns about how members of the 302nd Security Forces Squadron train, during the wing’s Employer Appreciation Day at Peterson Air Force base, Colorado, Aug. 7, 2019.

Rob Strickland, a civilian employer to one of the 302nd Airlift Wing’s Reserve Citizen Airmen, learns about how members of the 302nd Security Forces Squadron train, during the wing’s Employer Appreciation Day at Peterson Air Force base, Colorado, Aug. 7, 2019. Each year, the 302nd Airlift Wing hosts its Employer Appreciation Day, which aims to thank and educate the civilians who employ Reserve Citizen Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Casciotta)

Civilian employers take photos aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft during training flight near Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 9, 2019.

Civilian employers take photos aboard a C-130 Hercules aircraft during training flight near Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 9, 2019. Each year, the 302nd Airlift Wing hosts its Employer Appreciation Day, which aims to thank and educate the civilians who employ Reserve Citizen Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Frank Casciotta)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

More than 30 civilian employers of the 302nd Airlift Wing’s Reserve Citizen Airmen visited the wing to learn about its mission sets when their employees are called to service, here, Aug. 9.

 Every year, the wing partners with a local chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and hosts an Employer Appreciation Day as a show of thanks for the support employers give the reservists who work for them.

The day included a flight aboard one of the wing’s C-130 Hercules Aircraft during a training mission, training demonstrations by the 302nd Security Forces Squadron, a presentation by the ESGR representatives and mission briefings.

The ESGR is a program that seeks to promote cooperation and understanding between reservists and National Guardsmen and their civilian employers.

“It’s critically important the employers understand what our Airmen do when they come to work for us,” said Col. Gregory Berry, the 302nd Operations Group commander. “The support they give us is essential to our success and this is a day we set aside to thank them for that.”