Our Nation has relied heavily on Guard and Reserve Service members since entering continuous operations more than 14 years ago. Employer support enhances retention rates in the Armed Forces and, in the end, strengthens our national security. To recognize employers who support their Guard and Reserve employees, ESGR grants a series of Department of Defense awards. On Nov 14, Russell Sherman, Shelly Northeast Division safety director, received the Patriot Award for his unwavering support of a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after training, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed. Josh Foster, Shelly Northeast Division assistant safety director, nominated Russell and helped with presenting the award.