SDSU deparments honored for support of Guard

ESGR photos: LEFT: SDSU Police Chief Timothy Heaton, left, received a Patriot Award. He was nominated by Marc Rieger. RIGHT: Allen VanHoepen of the SDSU Housing and Residential Life Department received a Patriot Award. He was nominated by Floyd Mabbitt.

BROOKINGS – South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Chief Timothy Heaton of the SDSU Police Department in Brookings and Allen VanHoepen of SDSU Housing & Residential Life were each honored with Patriot Awards in recognition of extraordinary support of 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. 

Heaton was nominated for being supportive of his employee, Cpt. Marc Rieger who serves in the ARNG 139th BSB HHC. 

VanHoepen was nominated for being supportive of his employee Spc. Floyd Mabbit who serves with the HHC 139th BSB.  

Rieger and Mabbit say they made the nominations for the award to thank the employers support of their duties in the National Guard, including flexible schedules, time off for inspections and training time, and allowing them time to care for the military family, as well as their families at home. 

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. 

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