LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Branch Service Manager Richard Swanson of Penske Truck Rental received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support he provides his employee Marine Corps Reserve Lance Cpl. Gerrit Sluyter who works as a diesel mechanic in his civilian job at Penske.
“Richard is consistently lenient with my work schedule and supportive of my duties as a Marine,” said Sluyter. “Richard is always happy to give me the appropriate time to train, even on short notice calls to duty. He consistently expresses his appreciation for me as an employee, and as a member of the armed forces. Overall, Richard Swanson makes it much easier than I originally expected to both serve my country, and work fulltime as an employee at Penske.”
The virtual award presentation was facilitated by ESGR South Sound Area Co-Chair Ohad Lowy. “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,” said Lowy. “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.”
“Thank you for your service and all you do for us,” said Swanson. “Is been quite an experience and honor working with you. I a, happy to do what I can do support our troops and employees.”
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 www.ESGR.mil/WA. To nominate a supportive employer visit https://www.esgr.mil/Employer-Awards/Patriot-Award/Form.
Pictured: Branch Service Manager Richard Swanson (right) of Penske Truck Rental received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support he provides his employee Marine Corps Reserve Lance Cpl. Gerrit Sluyter (left) who works as a diesel mechanic in his civilian job at Penske.