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INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. –  Tammy Hane of 3M, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriotic Employer Award in a virtual ceremony Feb 28. Hane was nominated by Minnesota Army National Guard Spc. Malik Awan.

Minnesota ESGR Committee member Christie Nixon also participated at the virtual award presentation.

Awan, who joined the Minnesota Army National Guard in 2018, is an 11B Infantry Soldier in Charlie Company, 2-135 Infantry in Winona.. Holding a degree in Computer Information Technology from Mankato State University, Malik did an internship with 3M in 2020 and was hired as an IT analyst about one year ago.

Due to COVID, 3M employees like Tammy and Malik have been working remotely for Malik’s entire tenure and the two of them have met in person only one time. Malik expressed his appreciation to Tammy for a thorough initial onboarding, including the information she provided on 3M benefits to Reserve Component military members. She has offered flexible times to perform his work. Through open dialogue, they have been able to accommodate Malik’s Annual Training and his short-notice and undetermined duration calls to State Active Duty during the civil unrest in St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2020 and 2021.

For over three decades Tammy Hane has been with 3M, which is a Minnesota based company that applies science to many industries, products, and brands across the world. She currently works as the Transformational and Agile Manager in Core Infrastructure Engineering. She expressed her appreciation for the Patriotic Employer Award, for Malik’s work and service, and for the service of other Reserve Component members and veterans at 3M. Her support of the military springs in a large part from her family’s military background – she listed her father, brother and sister as Army veterans.

Ms. Hane also signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support.

Malik also asked that Carl Fassbender, another IT Manager at 3M who also serves as a Colonel in the Minnesota Army National Guard, be recognized for his interactions and integration during Malik’s time as an intern.

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 courtesy of: Tammy Hane and Malik Awan, 3M
Photo : Christie Nixon, ESGR-MN Committee Member; Malik Awan, MN Army National Guard and 3M; Tammy Hane, 3M.

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