Lt. Col. Katherine Carlson, a professor of military science at Northwestern State University, signed a Department of Defense State of Support of the Guard and Reserve to provide a visible reminder of the program’s support of the nation’s troops. Seated are Carlson with Major General (Ret.) Erbon Wise. Standing are John Pugh, state chair for the Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and ESGR Sector Chair Eddie Wise. According to Pugh, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve Units.