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EWA BEACH, Hawaii – Chelita Muratsuka, nurse manager at Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support she provides her employee U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Melody Domingo.

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. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.

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. 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.

“Chelita has been very supportive with my schedule to attend military trainings on and off island as well as required courses for my UMIUIC. There has never been an issue with Chelita accommodating my annual training schedule as well as monthly drill weekend schedule,” explains Domingo.

ESGR is a Department of Defense program 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.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit

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