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CLOQUET, Minn. – Tony Thompson, a supervisor at USG Interiors received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award June 29. Thompson was nominated for the award by Master Sgt. Erick Johnson, currently deployed, who serves in the Air National Guard.

The award was presented by Minnesota ESGR Region II Chair Frederick Godec.

“Tony has supported me over the past few years with my military obligations without any negative questions being asked,” said Johnson. “I know it can be an inconvenience and very annoying at times, especially over a long period of time due to deployments and activations. Tony has always remained professional and asked what he can do to help me. He has had to train in replacements and struggle through multiple challenges while I am away and has never once complained to me or made me think it was my fault.”

Johnson went on to say, “Tony checked in with my family to see how they were doing and asked about me while I was deployed. He also delivered a few company gifts to my wife during the holidays. When I got back from my deployment, Tony met up with me to check on how I was doing and to tell me that my employment is the same as how it was before I left. He also filled me in ahead of time of changes and new employees so I wouldn't be caught off guard when I came back. He has been a great foreman through all my military duties, and I am pleased to call him a friend.”

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.
ESGR celebrates over 51 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 from left to right is Frederick Godec Region II ESGR chair presenting the award to Specialty Foreman, Tony Thompson. Other officers at the celebration, Ben Nynas, Specialty General Foreman, Brian Umberger, Wet Felt Department Manager, Matt Boyer, Operations Manager, Jenna Leger Plant Manager. Photo by Katie Johnson Human Resources Professional.



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