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SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. – Jeff Steensland, vice president, Jacob Howarth, senior program director, and Sam Brickey, program manager, all of Janicki Industries were presented with a Patriot Award, by John Van Dalen, ombudsman for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, in recognition of extraordinary support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

The three were nominated by California National Guard 1st Lt. Ransom Cuthall, a project engineer for Janicki Industries. “Jeff provides guidance at the highest level to my team and the other teams I work closely with,” stated Cuthall when explaining why he nominated Steensland. “However, despite the busyness of his schedule and number of his employees he manages, he tasks the time to personal ensure all of my needs are met when it comes to the fulfillment of my military duties. This includes checking in, ensuring my team is providing me support I need to transition in and out of projects, and personally coordinating backfills when the resources are constrained.”

“Both my civilian senior leader Jacob Howarth and my first line supervisor, Sam Brickey enables my team to function flawlessly while I fulfill my military colligations,” added Cuthall about nominating his two direct supervisors. “

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Van Dalen. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

“Jeff’s desire to talk about my military obligations at both a personal level with me and public level with my team, demonstrate exemplary leadership and a high level of investment,” explained Cuthall on Steenland’s support. He sets an outstanding example for his peers and subordinates and reflects every value the Janicki Industries holds.”

“National Guard and Reserve members bring tremendous skills and capabilities to our workforce, and employer support for their military service is critical to maintaining the strength of our Guard and Reserve units,” said Van Dalen. “By valuing the military service of their Guard and Reserve employees, employers are directly supporting the readiness and retention of our All-Volunteer Force, and our national defense.”

“Both Howarth and Brickey have gone above and beyond to ensure the team’s transitions while I am gone,” Cuthall stated regarding how supervisors’ support allows to perform his military duties. “Jake works closely with Sam to coordinate my projects and schedules in such a way that I can return to my work as quickly as possible.   It allows me to complete my military duties without concerns for my civilian job.”

ESGR is a Department of Defense office that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers. This year, ESGR celebrates 50 years of excellence in support of the Reserve Components and their civilian employers. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit

Pictured (Left to Right): Peter Janicki - CEO, John Van Dalen - ESGR, Jeff Steensland – vice president of aerospace, Jacob Howarth - senior program director, Samuel Brickey - program manager, John Janicki - president, and Ransom Cutshall, project engineer.

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