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Reservists can recognize supportive bosses year-round

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve recognizes civilian employers who go above and beyond in their support of employees who serve part time in the military.

Reservists can nominate their employers for the Patriot Award year round on the ESGR website. Spouses of reservists are also eligible to nominate their supportive supervisor. Patriot Award winners receive a pin, certificate, and their photo posted on the ESGR website and social media.

The Department of Defense also accepts nominations for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award each year in the fall. The award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award, is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for exemplary support of their National Guard and Reserve employees.

The ESGR, a DOD agency established in 1972, aims to expand on and preserve employer trust by recognizing their support through these awards.