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TUKWILA, Wash. – Benjamin Marx, assistant superintendent at the Seattle Terminal, for BNSF at Tukwila, was presented with a Patriot Award by Larry Kirchner, military outreach representative for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of his extraordinary support of an employee who serves in the Marine Corps Reserve. 

Marx was nominated by Marine Corps Reserve Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Hammond, an equipment operator at BNSF in his civilian career. “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,” said Kirchner. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Hammond expressed his appreciation for the support and accommodation provided by Marx, citing his support and understanding of his reserve military duties. “Mr Marx, a combat veteran himself, was extremely helpful as I prepared for mobilization,” said Hammond. “In addition to coordinating additional family leave time,  he helped provide a flexible timeline for me to train an employee to take over my position during my absence.”

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, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil/WA.

Photo: Benjamin Marx (pictured), assistant superintendent at the Seattle Terminal, for BNSF, at Tukwila, Washington, was presented with a Patriot Award by Larry Kirchner, military outreach representative for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of his extraordinary support of an employee who serves in the Marine Corps Reserve.  Marx was nominated by Marine Corps Reserve Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Hammond, an equipment operator at BNSF in his civilian career, for Marx’s support of his military service.

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