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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve scheduled to recognize companies in May

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 8

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn - The Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Minnesota Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is scheduled to host its annual awards banquet on May 20 at the Hilton Minneapolis/St Paul Airport Hotel

"It means a lot to us to recognize and honor those employers who support our members of the National Guard and Reserve," said A Paul Monteen, Chair of the Minnesota Committee for the ESGR

"The banquet will honor the employers nominated for the Pro Patria, Above and Beyond and the Military Spouse Employer Support Awards," said Monteen "Entertainment will be provided by members of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Band and special guests Reuben and Danny Ristrom"

"The "Pro Patria" Award is presented annually by each ESGR committee to those employers that have provided the most exceptional support," said James P Mitchell, Support Technician of the Minnesota Committee "These employers show their support of our national defense through leadership practices and personnel policies that support their employees who serve in the military"

"The "Above and Beyond" Award is given in limited numbers by state and territory ESGR committees," said Mitchell "It recognizes employers at the state and local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty by their employees"

"The "Military Spouse Employer Support" Award is being given to select employers of spouses of service members," said Mitchell "The spouse of a Reservist or Guardsman is eligible to nominate their boss for an award where their supervisor has no legal obligation to provide unique support A growing number of employers are voluntarily offering assistance to spouses who often share the challenges of military service"

ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, recognizing outstanding employer support, and resolving potential conflicts between employers and their Service Members

See below for the companies who are scheduled to be honored at the award ceremony

For further information or questions, please contact Chris Campbell (651) 282-4285 or chrisscampbellctr@mail.mil

AWARD                                                COMPANY, CITY
Pro Patria                                              ASAS/Tysol, Inc, Woodbury
Pro Patria                                              City of Rochester, Rochester
Pro Patria                                              US Bank, Minneapolis
Above and Beyond                             Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, St Paul
Above and Beyond                             America Midwest Transportation, Courtland
Above and Beyond                             APi Group, Inc, New Brighton
Above and Beyond                             ATK Armament Systems, Plymouth
Above and Beyond                             Avtex, Bloomington
Above and Beyond                             BI Worldwide, Minneapolis
Above and Beyond                             City of Fairmont, Fairmont
Above and Beyond                             Deluxe Corporation, Shoreview
Above and Beyond                             EJ Ajax & Sons, Inc, Fridley
Above and Beyond                             Fair Contracting Foundation of Minnesota, St Paul
Above and Beyond                             Federated Insurance, Owatonna
Above and Beyond                             General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Bloomington
Above and Beyond                             General Mills, Inc, Golden Valley
Above and Beyond                             HealthPartners Medical Clinic, St Paul
Above and Beyond                             Hibbing Taconite Cliffs Natural Resources, Hibbing
Above and Beyond                             HOM Furniture, Lakeville
Above and Beyond                             ING Direct, St Cloud
Above and Beyond                             Kraus-Anderson Construction Company, Duluth
Above and Beyond                             Minnesota Department of Transportation, Roseville
Above and Beyond                             North Shore Mining Company, Silver Bay
Above and Beyond                             Remmele Medical, Inc, Big Lake
Above and Beyond                             Saint Paul Police Department, St Paul
Above and Beyond                             Scott County Sheriff's Office, Shakopee
Above and Beyond                             St Cloud Hospital - Patient Care Support, St Cloud
Above and Beyond                             Target Corporation, Duluth
Above and Beyond                             Target Corporation, Minneapolis
Above and Beyond                             Travelers Insurance, St Paul
Above and Beyond                             US Border Patrol, Duluth
Above and Beyond                             Voyageur Bus Company, Duluth
Above and Beyond                             Walter's Recycling and Refuse, Blaine
Military Spouse Employer Support                  Best Buy Company, Richfield
Military Spouse Employer Support                  Bolton & Menk, Inc, Mankato
Military Spouse Employer Support                  ISD 2754, Morgan
Military Spouse Employer Support                  Mayo Clinic, Rochester





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