Patriot Award

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.


An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family.

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Pictured: Sergeant Frank Cortez and Corrections Officer Nathan Lechner. Cortez received the award after Lechner nominated him through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.