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OMAHA, Neb. – Methodist Physicians Clinic Senior Director Clinic Operations, Michael Ortmeier, was recently presented with the Department of Defense Patriot Award by Ron Boro and Lou Wagner, volunteers representing the Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. 

Ortmeier was nominated for being highly supportive of his reserve component employee Capt. Emily Mahon, a member of the Nebraska Air National Guard.

 “My supervisor and employer deserve this award because they allowed me to take over a year of active duty orders to help the 155th Medical Group during busy COVID operations,” said Mahon. They sacrificed me, as a provider in a busy Urgent Care, so that I could help the unit.  They did not hesitate when I requested this opportunity, but rather said “thank you for your service.”

“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 Boro 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 me to recognize Mr. Ortmeier with this award.”

Following the award presentation, Ortmeier, signed a Statement of Support on behalf of the Methodist Physicians Clinic, publicly acknowledging support for all National Guard and Reserve service members.

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

Pictured: (Left to Right): Ron Boro, Michael Ortmeier, Capt. Emily Mahon, Lou Wagner

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