Duluth Fire Department Receives Patriot Award

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visits with Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing, Duluth, Minn.  Senator Klobuchar was in Duluth to meet with wing leadership on the possibility of the 148th FW becoming an active association unit.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka/released)

John Strongitharm and Bryan Bushey (holding awards) from the Duluth, Minn. Fire department and winners of the Patriot Award pose for a group photo with the members of the 148th Fighter Wing who nominated them for the award . The 148th members who are also members of the Duluth Fire Department nominated their supervisors due to the exceptional support they receive with regard to their military service. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka/released)

John Strongitharm and Bryan Bushey from the Duluth, Minn. Fire department are seen holding the Patriot award during a ceremony held at the Duluth Fire department.  The Patriot award was given to recognize these supervisors for their support of Guard and Reserve members.  (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka/released)

John Strongitharm and Bryan Bushey from the Duluth, Minn. Fire department are seen holding the Patriot award during a ceremony held at the Duluth Fire department. The Patriot award was given to recognize these supervisors for their support of Guard and Reserve members. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Ralph Kapustka/released)

DULUTH, Minn. -- Col. Frank H. Stokes, 148th Fighter Wing Commander presented the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award to Fire Chief John Strongitharm and Deputy Chief Bryan Bushey of the Duluth Fire Department during a ceremony held in Duluth, Minn. on Nov. 1, 2011. Stokes thanked them both for the support they provide to their military members and for sharing their employees with the Guard.

The Duluth Fire Department (DFD) was nominated for the Patriot Award by seven members of the 148th Fighter Wing for the exceptional support they provide them with regard to their military service. If deployed, the Duluth Fire Department ensures that all Servicemembers return to the position they held prior to their deployment, and are welcomed home by their supervisors and peers. All Service members are treated with dignity and respect with regard to their military service.

Almost half of our military force resides in the Reserve Component which is comprised of the Guard and Reserve. The men and women who serve in the Reserve Component are unique in that they also have civilian employers. Support of America's employers, and the employees they share with the nation, ensure the viability of the all-volunteer force and help to ensure our national security.

The Patriot Award recognizes employers who support a strong National Guard and Reserve Force. Employers qualify for recognition by practicing leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve. Appreciation can be shown for supportive employers by nominating supervisors for the Patriot Award. It costs nothing and is an easy way to thank them for supporting your military service. More information on ESGR can be found at www.esgr.com.