Valero, Bel Brands honored for support of Guard

ESGR photos: LEFT: Jerrod Bass of Valero Renewable Fuels accepts a Patriot Award May 6. From left are Spc. Julie Bauman with the 139th HHC of Brookings and Bass. RIGHT: Jake Anderson, Bel Brands USA, accepts a Patriot Award on May 10. Pictured, from left are: Anderson, and Staff Sgt. John T. Hittle with the 139th BSB HHC.

BROOKINGS – South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, announced Jake Anderson with Bel Brands USA in Brookings and Jerrod Bass with Valero Renewable Fuels were honored with Patriot Awards in recognition of extraordinary support of their 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. 

Bass was nominated for being highly supportive of his employee, who serves in the National Guard Spc. Julie Bauman. Bauman said she nominated Bass for the award to thank him for his support of her duties in the National Guard, including flexible schedules, time off for inspections and training time, and allowing her time to care for her military family, as well as her family at home. 

Bass and Anderson were nominated as they give their employees the time off to prepare and attend National Guard duties, thanking them for serving, and letting her know how proud they are  of them. 

Anderson was nominated for being highly supportive of his employee, Staff Sgt. John T. Hittle who serves in the ARNG 139th BSB HHC. Hittle said he nominated Anderson for the award to thank him for his support of his duties in the National Guard, including flexible schedules, time off for inspections and training time, and allowing him time to care for his military family, as well as his family 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. 

For more information about ESGR outreach programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities visit www.ESGR.mil.

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