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  Press Release
Employers United for a Stronger America

For Immediate Release
1/5/04
Contact: LtCol Lammers

Arlington, Va (December 18, 2003)-- Roger E. Herman has been elected President of Employers United for a Stronger America Association (EUSA) by its Board of Trustees. Mr. Herman is Chief Executive Officer of The Herman Group, a firm of management consultants based in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The purpose of EUSA, a non-profit corporation, is to raise funds to support volunteer activities, which encourage employer support of men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. EUSA intends to foster powerful partnerships between leaders in business, military, and homeland security to make our nation more secure, vigilant, and prosperous through intelligent and responsive management of the human capital resident in the military Reserve Components.

"Roger Herman is perfectly suited for this position," said Barton Buechner, a Navy captain at the Pentagon familiar with Reserve and Guard issues. "Mr. Herman's expertise as a strategic business futurist concentrating on workforce and workplace trends and current issues is sorely needed. Mr. Herman will be a welcome partner with the Department of Defense's (DOD) National Committee for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve."

The DOD is reaching out to individuals and groups such as Roger Herman and EUSA because of the new challenges brought on by requirement to use so many Guardsmen and Reservists in the war on terror. Not since the Korean War has DOD called so many Guardsmen and Reservists been called to active duty

The war on terror is demanding a partial rolling mobilization of our reserve forces throughout the country leaving families without parents and employers without employees. DOD reported the latest numbers on activations on December 17, 2003. For example, the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps reported a decrease in the number of reservists on active duty in support of the partial mobilization. The Air Force reported an increase. The net collective result was 886 more reservists than the previous week.

At any given time, services may mobilize some units and individuals while demobilizing others, so figures have varied from month to month since September 11, 2001 as the military requirements in the war on terror have evolved. Employers and job supervisors, families and service members are being forced to make big adjustments.

Total number of reservists currently on active duty in support of the partial mobilization for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 148,042; Naval Reserve 1,530; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 20,664; Marine Corps Reserve, 7,100; and the Coast Guard Reserve, 1,178. This brings the total National Guard and Reserve on active duty to 178,514 including both units and individual augmentees.

The figure of 178,514 reservists on active duty means that approximately 178,000 employers will have to account for disruptions in their workforce as Guardsmen and Reservists are called to active duty and return home at some point as the war on terror continues. Roger Herman and EUSA are dedicated to assisting employers meet these workforce - workplace challenges to strengthen ties between employers, families, and the DOD.

The Herman Group is a firm of consulting futurists concentrating on workforce and workplace trends and their implications. Emphasis is placed on employee selection and retention as critical strategies. Included in the firm are researchers, professional speakers, authors, and consultants. The Herman Group is based in Greensboro, NC, with affiliates in Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Hong Kong, and Port Louis, Mauritius. Contact Joyce Gioia-Herman at 336-210-3548 or e-mail: joyce@hermangroup.com.

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