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RIDLEY PARK, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that a Boeing supervisor recently received a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Boeing’s Richard Zebrowski was nominated for the Patriot Award by 1st Lt. Lennox Ramsey who is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company stationed in Plymouth Meeting.

In nominating Zebrowski, Ramsey said: “Rich has consistently demonstrated unwavering support of my military service even when given short notice of a service requirement. He openly communicates the importance of my service to other employees.” Ramsey also expressed his appreciation to his very supportive Boeing team that covers for him when needed; adding, they willingly adjust their work schedules to accommodate his military service.

Presenting the award to Zebrowski on behalf of ESGR was Angela Heverling, Pennsylvania Southeast Area Volunteer. Heverling commented: “It’s critical and an honor to recognize and pay tribute to those employers that hire and support our Guard and Reserve forces. It would be difficult for those in the uniformed services to perform their mission without employer support.” Heverling added: “Today’s members of the Guard and Reserves are highly trained and skilled; they bring integrity, a global perspective and, proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

ESGR, a Department of Defense office, 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. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit

PHOTO (6th–8th from R): 1st Lt. Ramsey, Patriot Award recipient Zebrowski and Southeast Area Volunteer Heverling; they were accompanied by Boeing team members.

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