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Patriot Award presented to Williamsport Pepsi manager

July 14, 2013
  • From left, Pepsi Co. Territory Sales Manager Kerry Lamp; Gary Kerns, warehouse manager for Pepsi Co. in Williamsport; and Ron Pitts, Western Maryland Area chairman for Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, celebrate Kerns' Patriot Award for support of an employee serving in the Maryland Army National Guard.
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WILLIAMSPORT — Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or MDESGR, a Department of Defense agency, announced recently that Gary Kerns, warehouse manager for Pepsi Co. in Williamsport, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of Staff Sgt. Daniel Myers, an employee serving in the Maryland Army National Guard.

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve,” Ron Pitts, Western Maryland Area chairman for MDESGR, said in a news release. “Mr. Gary Kerns was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard by his Reserve Component employee. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. It advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to its 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, call 800-336-4590 or go to www.esgr.mil.

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