(3/7/13) February 20, 2013, Black River Falls – Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) and Timothy Vue, lab manager at BRMH have been recognized by the Department of Defense Employer Support of Guards and Reserves (ESGR) committee.
Mike Hallquist, ESGR Program Support Technician and Bruce Gallant, ESGR Area 5 Chairman, presented the award during a management meeting at BRMH on February 20, 2013.
Curtis Tessman, a member of the 1158th unit in Black River Falls, nominated his manager, Timothy Vue for the Patriot Award. The Patriot Award recognizes supervisors and bosses nominated by an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve for support provided directly to the nominator. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. "I was so grateful for Timothy's support for all my military duties, especially during and after my deployment for Operation Enduring Freedom," stated Tessman.
Hallquist also recognized BRMH as an organization for their outstanding support of service members. Stan Gaynor, CEO of BRMH, said, "We have high regard for employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve, respect the sacrifices they have made for our country, and value the experience and professionalism they bring to the workforce. Sergeant Tessman has made those sacrifices and exemplifies those qualities."
ESGR, a Department of Defense operational committee, was formed in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between service members and their civilian employers and to help resolve conflicts that may happen during an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by more than 4,900 volunteers in 54 committees in the U.S. Gaynor serves as a volunteer for ESGR Area 5.