Duluth Fire Department Receives Patriot Award
By MSgt Ralph Kapustka, 148th Fighter Wing
/ Published November 02, 2011
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.