By: South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

BROOKINGS – South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced that two local employers were honored with Patriot Awards.

Adam Zeller and Curt Norgard with 3M in Brookings and Richard Harms with Kibble Equipment in Brookings were honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of their service member employees.

The Patriot Award, created by ESGR, publicly recognizes individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who, like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.

n Zeller was nominated for being highly supportive of his employee, who serves in the South Dakota National Guard, LeAnn Hansen-Conn.

Hansen-Conn said she nominated Zeller for the award to thank him for his support of her duties in the National Guard, including flexible schedules, time off for inspections and training time, and allowing her time to care for her military family, as well as her family at home.

Zeller said that the quality work performances is definitely a reflection of the National Guard Guardsman.

n Harms was nominated for being highly supportive of his employee, who serves in the South Dakota National Guard, Brandon Boulais, ARNG 740th DET Trans Co.

Boulais said he nominated Harms for the award to thank him for his support of his duties in the South Dakota National Guard, including flexible schedules, time off for inspections and training time, and allowing him time to care for his military family, as well as his family at home.

Boulais said he nominated Harms as he is always glad to help out on his National Guard time.

Norgaard was nominated for being highly supportive of his employee, who serves in the South Dakota, National Guard, Andre Jorgensen with the ARNG 200th MRBC, Dept. 1.

Jorgensen said he nominated Norgaard for the award to thank him for his support of his duties in the South Dakota National Guard, including flexible schedules, time off for inspections and training time, and allowing him time to care for his military family, as well as his family at home.

Norgaard said he has had many National Guardsman working with him and it has been a good experience to see them grow with 3M and with the military.

ESGR seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.

ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD.

For more information about ESGR outreach program, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call Maj. Lona Christensen at 605-737-6540 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

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