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RICHFIELD, Minn. – Chief Petty Officer Austin Kerrigan,  U.S. Navy Reserve , is presenting the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award to his employment supervisor, Caitlin Icart. The award was given recently at the Best Buy Headquarters in recognition of Icart’s support of his service to the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Kerrigan was very appreciative of Icart’s support and assistance with his deployments and wanted to honor her. Also present was Hiroshi “Yoshi” Asato, an ESGR Ombudsman/Minnesota Committee member.  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 left to right: Hiroshi “Yoshi” Asato, Ombudsman, Minnesota ESGR; Austin Kerrigan, CPO (E7), USNR, Award Nominator; Caitlin Icart, Award Recipient

(Photo courtesy of Hiroshi “Yoshi” Asato)

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