Editor’s note: Article courtesy of and used with permission from Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis.
By Gina Ballweber
MINNEAPOLIS – The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), Chief Operating Officer Roy Fuhrmann was honored Jan. 19 with the Department of Defense Patriotic Employer award.
Fuhrmann was nominated for the award by Joe Hennessy, manager of Safety Management Systems at the MAC who also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard.
Hennessy couldn't attend the virtual presentation before the MAC Board of Commissioners because he was called up for active duty.
The award honors employers for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve.
"I applaud you for your strong support," said Minnesota ESGR State Chair Thomas Simonet, while virtually presenting the award to Fuhrmann.
Hennessy's most recent deployment marked the second time he has been called up for active duty in his 18 months working at the MAC.
Fuhrmann – who is a retired Army National Guard aviator and commander – said he is humbled and honored to receive the award but that the MAC as an organization is more deserving of the honor.
The MAC has supported members of the Guard and Reserve for decades and has longstanding policies that support employees who are called up for active duty to support state or federal activation missions. Reprinted with permission of MAC.
Photo: The Metropolitan Airports Commission Chief Operating Officer Roy Fuhrmann