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Woodbury County Engineers office receive Patriot Award

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  • By Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
  • 185th ARW Wing Public Affairs
185th Air Refueling Wing Vice Commander, Col. Scott Plambeck and Mr. Larry Harrington of the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve, presented a "Patriotic Employer" award to Mr. Mark Nahra and Mr. Forest Johnston of the Woodbury County Engineers office in Moville, Iowa today.

Senior Airman Pete McDermott nominated his supervisors, Nahra and Johnston for the award because of their support and understanding for his duties as a member of the Air National Guard.

McDermott, works full time for Woodbury County in Iowa, but also serves as a member of the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa.

Employees serving in the National Guard can nominate their supervisors for the Patriot Award in order to recognize their contributions to the mission of the U.S. military.

The Patriot Award is given directly to supervisors for their support of guard members, primarily for allowing their employees to work flexible work schedules, particularly surrounding scheduled times of training and during deployments.

As part of the Patriot Award program, Nahra and Johnston received a certificate and a lapel pin.

Members of the National Guard, who want to nominate their employers for the Patriot Award or other ESGR awards, can do so by filling out a nomination form online at the ESGR website.