BNSF locomotive engineer William Perry, who works out of Great Falls, Mont., is also a staff sergeant in the Air National Guard. Sonja Grigsby works at BNSF’s headquarters in Fort Worth and administers long-term absences for employees in the Guard and Reserves who are on military orders. Grigsby’s work is important to the many BNSF employees like Perry who are also serving in the U.S. military.
On June 6, Perry took advantage of a program organized by Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to thank Grigsby for her work. It’s called a “boss lift.” Guard and Reserve employees nominate representatives of their employers to take a ride on a C-130 transport plane, so they can experience what military employees do during training and deployments.
“This was my chance to extend to Ms. Grigsby what I deem a necessary professional courtesy, a formal invite of gratitude, for her dedication and help over the years in assisting me with my Military Leave,” explained Perry. “Not many employees can temporarily leave a company job, last minute, for an undetermined amount of time, in a military status, without worry or fear of reprisal. It is truly a great feeling knowing that the company I work for offers an unwavering level of support to all military employees who serve as citizen soldiers within their respective state and our country as members of the National Guard and Reserve.”
“BNSF provides a partnership with employees. Employees appreciate the help we provide just as much as we appreciate what they’re doing,” added Grigsby. “It was nice to be honored with a nomination. The entire experience couldn’t have been any better.”
Grigsby traveled from Texas to Montana to take the ride along with Perry and Tech Sgt. Michael Gorecki who is a BNSF locomotive engineer and Reservist.
More at the Great Falls Tribune website.
About the photos: At top, view of another boss lift plane from the inside of C-130. At bottom, Grigsby and Gorecki aboard the C-130 transport plane.