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DULUTH, Minn. – Sgt. 1st Class Nathaniel Hughes from the Minnesota Army National Guard presented the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award to his employment supervisor, Police Chief Mike Ceynowa.

The award was given at the Duluth Police Department in recognition of Mike’s support of his employee's service to the Minnesota Army National Guard Dec. 11. Nathaniel was very appreciative of Mike’s support and assistance his training and deployment requirements. Thus Nathaniel wanted to honor Mike. An employee serving in the National Guard or Military Reserve, or the spouse of a National Guard or Military Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors for the Patriot Award for support provided directly to the nominating service member and his or her family.

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.

In addition to presenting a Patriot Award, Chief Ceynowa signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support, confirming that the Duluth Police Department 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.

Also present was Bob Boone who is a Minnesota ESGR Volunteer. 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 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

Photo left to right: ESGR Volunteer Bob Boone and Chief Mike Ceynowa
Photo courtesy of Bob Boone

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