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WARMINISTER, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced that Jeff Smith owner of J. A. Smith Heating and Air Conditioning recently received a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Pennsylvania Guard and Reserve.

Smith was nominated for the Patriot Award by Sgt. Danny Rodriguez who is a member of the 1067th Truck Company, an element of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Wes Craig, Southeast Area Chair and State Chair Emeritus presented the award to Smith and said, “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.”

During the Patriot Award presentation, Rodriguez told Craig: “Jeff is extremely supportive of my military service and deployments during activations for COVID assistance and civil disorder in Philadelphia.”   Smith responded by telling Craig: “all the Guard and Reserve guys make great employees.  They are diligent, dependable, responsible and on time!”

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. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit

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