Monday, February 27, 2012
Baptist employees and Derwood Boyles (pictured far left), past state chairman of the Mississippi Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Military Services, gathered around Baptist SICU and PCU Nurse Manager Rob Coleman, RN, BSN as he was presented a Patriot Award.
The Mississippi Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is an agency of the Department of Defense and honor employers who support their employees serving in the Mississippi National Guard and Reserve.
Coleman was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard by his Reserve employee, Hope Ferguson, RN, BSN, MSN. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's National Guard and Reserve units.
"This award came at a surprise to me; so I'm honored," Coleman said. "We sincerely appreciate our military employees, and we stand behind their commitments to serve our nation."
As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America's borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR provides education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.
The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize 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.
(Pictured left to right are: Derwood Boyles, Hope Ferguson, Rob Coleman, Laura Hankins, Jeremy Johnson and Ella Jones.)
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