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ERDENHEIM, Pa. – Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, announced that Enfield Elementary School recently received three Patriot Awards in recognition of extraordinary support of employees serving in the Pennsylvania Guard and Reserve.  Pennsylvania ESGR is particularly proud to present employers with a Patriot Award for their strong support of their employees serving in our nation’s Reserve forces during ESGR’s 50th Anniversary year. 

Enfield Elementary School’s Principal Dr. Meghan Markle was nominated for the Patriot Awards by 2nd Lt. Elyna Curtin of Pennsylvania’s Army National Guard’s.  Curtin is the first employee at the school to serve in the Guard; and, she departs for Officer Basic School this summer.  In nominating Markle, Curtin stated: “Dr. Markle embraced and supported (my) school-wide drive to collect comfort items for some fellow forward deployed soldiers.”  

Pennsylvania State Chair Emeritus and Southeastern Area ESGR Wes Craig presented the Patriot Award to Markle.  In presenting the awards, Craig commented: “It’s critical and an honor to recognize and pay tribute to those employers that hire and support our Guard and Reserve forces.  It would be difficult for those in the uniformed services to perform their mission without employer support.”  Upon receiving the award. Markle said: “it is an honor to support 2nd LT. Curtin’s military service; her work ethic makes her a great teacher!”  

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. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.  

For more information about ESGR Outreach Programs, or ESGR volunteer opportunities, please call 1-800-336-4590 or visit

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