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PLYMOUTH, Minn. – Jay Zabel of Stryker Company in Plymouth received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award Dec. 16.

Award nominator, Spc. Zoua Baker is extremely proud and thankful to present the award to her supervisor and said, “Mr. Zabel is very understanding and supportive of my service in the Minnesota Army National Guard, especially during my deployment in 2019-20 to Kuwait and state active duty in 2021.  Mr. Zabel continues to support me during my drill weekends and is willing to work around my schedule.  We are a small company and my colleagues have to pick up the pace when I’m not there.  Mr. Zabel encourages our team and in turn, they too support me and my mission.”

ESGR is a Department of Defense program which 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  

Photo from left to right is, ESGR Volunteer Dave Bambenek; Patriot Award recipient Jay Zabel; and nominator Spc. Zoua Baker

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