LINCOLN, Neb. – Jenell Hicks, a supervisor at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, was recently presented with the Department of Defense Patriot Award by Bruce Wood, a volunteer representing the Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Col. Thaddeus Fineran, Chief of Staff Army, Nebraska Army National Guard.
Hicks was nominated for being highly supportive of her reserve component employee Chief Warrant Officer Wesley Newton, a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard.
Newton writes, “Jenell has gone above and beyond in accommodating my flight schedule and the many training missions that I’ve had to partake in. I was called to assist operations at the border and left work for four months, Jenell covered down on my absence and ensured everything was in order to best accommodate my time away from work. Jenell has been supportive, flexible and accommodating of my military commitments and I am extremely grateful for her.”
“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Wood in his presentation. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units, and it’s a pleasure for us to recognize Ms. Hicks with this award.”
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, 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. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, visit www.ESGR.mil.