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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – U.S. Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Diana Morales-Carlson of the 934th Airlift Wing, nominated her Mortenson Construction supervisor Ellie Domich for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award.

Morales-Carlson praised her supervisor for sending care packages to her as well as making sure her family was taken care of during her extensive deployment. Regular emails by Ellie reassured Diana that her family was okay, and her return home was not going to be a problem. A group of about 50 employees were present during the Patriot Award presentation at the Mortenson Construction headquarter complex. David Mortenson, Chairman, praised both the supervisor and the service member for exemplifying the patriotic family culture at Mortenson Construction. Mortenson is ex-Navy and is proud of his service and gave high praise for his employees.

Mortenson signed an ESGR Statement of Support after the Patriot Award was presented confirming that the company joins other employers in pledging:

  • We fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  • We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
  • We will continually recognize and support our country's service members and their families, in peace, in crises and in war.

Mortenson Construction also partners with Helmets to Hardhats.

Representing ESGR was Jack Grams, Minnesota ESGR Awards Director. 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. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities call 800 336 4590 or visit

Photo (left to right): Ellie Domich (HR Service Center Supervisor), Staff Sgt. Diana Morales-Carlson (HR Coordinator), Jack Grams (ESGR)
Photo  (left to right): Jack Grams, Ellie Domich, David Mortenson (Chairman), Staff Sgt. Diana Morales-Carlson.

Statement of Support Signing: David Mortenson.

Photos Courtesy of Andy Larrannaga (Craft Communications Specialist)

Posted in: Minnesota
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